Transfer money from UAE to UK

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The Emirati Dirham can be converted to UK Pounds and there not any money transfer restrictions when sending money from Dubai to the UK. Dubai has become a very popular UK expat work destination given the size of the financial services sector which has attracting skilled immigration. Money flows from Dubai are predominantly composed of repatriated salary, but some money transfers flow the other way given the emirate’s appeal as an investment holiday destination.

Dubai’s links to the UK

Attracted by high salaries and low taxes, many UK professionals have chosen to move to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates of which Dubai is one. In 2012, there were some 65,000 British national working in the UAE according to a study by the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, and the Institute of Public Policy Research. Emirates, the flagship airline of Dubai has large numbers of flights between the UK and Dubai. Emirate Airlines is also a very prominent sponsor of sport in as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.

Visas and work permits

A UK citizen planning to work in Dubai will require both a residence visa and ‘labour card.’ A medical examination will be required as part of the process. Residence visas are typically issues first and then follows the labour card which can also be used an identity card.

Although easy to renew, Residence visas are only valid for three years. New residents are advised to stay in Dubai and the wider Emirates for the first six months from moving there. There are no retirement visas in the UAE, so the limited number of British retirees there will likely have a family connection.

Buying property in Dubai

Only people who are a national of the UAE or other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, are allowed to purchase freehold property in Dubai. UK nationals are only allowed to buy property in certain specified locations. With most expats renting, it is important to be aware that tenants must pay to the municipality an annual housing fee equivalent to 5% of the rent.

The Dubai property market has rebounded since its crash several years ago. According to Knight Frank, the international property company, Brits spent AED4.5bn on property in Dubai the first half of 2014. Between 2013 and 2014 Dubai rose from the 35th to 16th most expensive city in the world to rent in for expatriates.

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