International Removals to DUBAI and the UAE from the UK
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Are you planning to relocate to Dubai, UAE, and looking for a reliable and trusted removal company? Our premier international removals service is here to take care of every aspect of your move, ensuring a seamless transition for you and your belongings on this exciting adventure to the Middle East.
Known for its iconic skyline, cultural diversity, and thriving business opportunities, Dubai offers an exciting lifestyle and endless possibilities. As you embark on this life-changing journey, choosing a specialist international removals company like United International Removals is a wise decision. With our extensive experience in handling the complexities of international moves to Dubai, we guarantee an enjoyable and hassle-free relocation process.
Whether you dream of immersing yourself in the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere of downtown Dubai, enjoying the luxurious lifestyle in Palm Jumeirah, or experiencing the charm of traditional neighbourhoods like Al Bastakiya, our dedicated team is here to assist you. From the iconic Burj Khalifa to the stunning beaches of Jumeirah, and the thriving business districts, we cover every part of Dubai, ensuring your belongings reach your new home securely.
Let us take care of your relocation to Dubai so you can focus on the exciting opportunities that await you in this modern metropolis in the desert. Whether it’s exploring world-class shopping malls, enjoying fine dining experiences, or embracing the captivating blend of tradition and modernity, Dubai offers a truly unique and enriching lifestyle for British expats.
So, what are you waiting for? Complete our online form, and we will provide you with a quote for your overseas removal to Dubai. Alternatively, you can give us a call at 01942 55710. Our friendly team is ready to answer all of your questions and assist you in making your relocation to Dubai a success.
We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In The UAE You Are Moving To!
Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.
Our removals to the UAE service includes:
- Complete door-to-door service
- Free video or home survey
- Your own personal Move Coordinator
- Highly experienced packing crews
- Quality packing materials as standard
- Full or shared load container shipping
- Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
- Help with the required paperwork and documentation
- Shipment Protection Cover available
- Local teams to handle your delivery
- Storage facilities available in the UK or in the UAE
We offer a full and comprehensive UAE shipping service…
We handle everything for you, taking the stress out of your international relocation.
Professional Export Packing
Our dedicated team of packers will ensure all your belongings are safe and secure.
Our local customs agents will ensure everything goes smoothly on arrival in your country.
How long do removals and shipping to Dubai and the UAE take?
Removal and shipping times tend to be similar no matter whether you’re moving to Dubai or elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates.
Typically though, we estimate around 5-7 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) and 7-10 weeks for a shared container (LCL). On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as groupage or shared, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.
Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to the UAE are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to the Emirates, but several factors come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.
How much do removals to Dubai / UAE from the UK cost?
The cost of removals to Dubai and the UAE will depend on a number of factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.
As a rough guide, expect to pay £1500 – £2800 for an apartment move and £3800 – £5200 for a full household removal to UAE.
Additional costs will also need to be considered, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and UAE customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.
The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs to get the cheapest removals to the UAE.
NB: As prices are regularly changing, we highly recommend you contact us to get an estimate of current removal costs and book a free home or virtual survey so that we can give you a more accurate removals quote.
What is included in the cost for removals to the United Arab Emirates?
We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to the Emirates, which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service.
Additional fees not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in Dubai, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.
Beware of cheap removals quotes to Dubai and the UAE which do not include all the costs.
Whats is the container shipping or removals process to UAE?
Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to the UAE via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!
Our UAE removals service includes the following steps:
1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.
2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.
3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance and shipment protection.
4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.
5) If you require a full-load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.
6) For shared or part load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.
7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to Dubai or the UAE.
8) On arrival at the port (we ship to all major ports in the UAE), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.
9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our partner, UAE removals service, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.
What about small moves to Dubai, UAE?
If you are only sending a few personal belongings such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.
We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or elsewhere.
Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.
Often it will be more cost effective for smaller shipments to be sent by our air freight service.
It does not, however, include large items of furniture.
Are there any prohibited and restricted items for the UAE I need to be aware of when packing?
When travelling or relocating to Dubai and the UAE, you should check out the list of restricted and prohibited items to ensure a smooth entry into the country. Familiarise yourself with these regulations to avoid any complications during your journey before deciding what to pack.
- Narcotics: Weeds, opium, heroin, morphine, cocaine, and all kinds of narcotics are strictly prohibited.
- Offensive Material: Publications, pictures, paintings, sculptures, and cards that violate Islamic religion or public morals, or are intended as pornography, are not allowed.
- Gambling Tools: Equipment related to gambling and machines used for gambling purposes are prohibited.
- Goods from Boycotted Countries: Importing goods from boycotted countries is not allowed.
- Hazardous Materials: Ozone layer depleting materials, radioactive-contaminated materials, asbestos boards and pipes, laser pens with red flashlight beams, hazardous waste, ben tree leaves, and used and renovated types are prohibited.
- Agricultural Products: Importing seeds, tubers, outdoor seedlings, and honeybees into the UAE require a permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
- Food: Specific limits apply to the importation of various food items.
- Medicines and Drugs: Travelers are advised to carry prescriptions for their medications and ensure that the quantity is justified for personal use during their stay. Certain medicines containing banned substances may require prior permission from the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
- Vehicles: Importing vehicles may require following specific procedures set by customs authorities.
- Publications: Publications, including artwork, that contradict Islamic values are banned. Personal items may be scrutinized, and materials found to be in violation may be censored or confiscated.
- Weapons: Importing weapons, ammunition, body protection, and related equipment requires permission from the Ministry of Interior.
- Technical Equipment: Certain technical equipment such as satellite phones, listening or recording devices, radio transmitters, powerful cameras, or binoculars may require a license from the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority.
- Cash/Money: Travelers carrying cash or financial instruments exceeding AED 100,000 must declare it at customs.
- Personal Goods: Personal belongings are exempt from customs fees if their value does not exceed AED 3,000 and if they are for personal use and not for commercial purposes.
- Cigarettes and Alcohol: Importing cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are allowed within specified limits for personal use.
Please note that this is a general overview, and it’s important to consult the official UAE customs authorities for the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding restricted and prohibited items for import into the UAE.
Do you provide an air freight service to Dubai and UAE?
If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Dubai or the UAE, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removals service but also the most expensive. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.
What if I have other questions about removals to Dubai and the UAE?
You can check out our more detailed UAE International Removals Guide below, or why not call one of our advisers on 01942 557102?
They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices and arrange a home survey consultation to provide a more accurate price.
We move hundreds of people and families to the UAE every year…
No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in the United Arab Emirates you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.
Popular UAE Destinations Include:
- Abu Dhabi
- Ras Al Khaimah
- Umm Al Quwain
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Essential tips to make removals to the UAE easier and stress free
If you have not undertaken an international removal before then it can be daunting. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
However, remember, your United Removals Move Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.
Planning your move – Start early!
When it comes to any house move, planning and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.
The best advice we can give you regarding removals to the UAE is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you could find that you have forgotten something important.
We recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last-minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be much smoother and stress free if you have time to prepare in advance.
Get quotes from about three specialist international removal companies
We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?
Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.
We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.
Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind
In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to the Emirates and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.
You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Dubai if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are a lot of belongings.
Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.
Storage services for your household goods in UK or the UAE
Will you need storage in the UK or the United Arab Emirates?
Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.
Often people find that they have a period of time once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, which we can help you with.
We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in the UAE after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.
If the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in the UAE to ship your belongings to, then we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in the Emirates whilst you sort out accommodation. We will be able to help no matter whether you’re moving to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other Emirates.
Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.
Packing for your move to the Emirates
Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Dubai and the UAE. The journey is lengthy, and they will be moved from one form of transport to another more than once.
This means that there is a chance that items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.
A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential, so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.
Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.
For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your articles. This includes custom-built crates.
Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:
- Full international export standard packing & wrap service
- Fully trained export packers
- Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
- Custom wood casing/crates if required
- Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
- Advice on preparing your items for transport to the UAE
- Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
- Complete inventory list for customs
You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.
Preparing your items for removal and shipping
You will need to ensure all your belongings are clean and in condition before they are packed. It is also essential that they are dry to avoid mildew and mould forming on the long journey.
Take time to consider what items to take and what delicate and valuable need extra care when packing.
Shipping furniture to Dubai and the UAE
Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to United Arab Emirates from the UK.
For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces, including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards, can be packed and shipped in a container.
As large items are bulky, you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have built-in wardrobes, so shipping these might not be worthwhile.
Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK
You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.
Shipping your belongings to the UAE from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.
If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.
Customs clearance and inspection
Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in Dubai and the UAE. This is something that we can help you with. However, you may find the following helpful information when planning your move.
Importation of removals goods is allowed for UAE citizens and those with a valid UAE residence visa provided the shipment consists of personal effects and used household goods only. All used personal effects and household goods are exempt from duty. Brand new items will attract Custom duty at 5% of the invoice value.
For your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any customs duties, inspection fees, and also any other charges. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Canada will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.
The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Canada and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.
This information is essential as it can help minimise customs inspection and quarantine fees that the UAE Customs Service may change.
Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal
It is possible to ship your car or other vehicles in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.
However, the UAE does have strict import criteria for cars and vehicles so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective.
Importation is allowed provided the vehicle meets UAE specifications of left-hand drive and other basics. Vehicles new or used are subject to 5% duties on CIF/FOB Discretion at Government Authorities. 5% VAT plus processing charges as per government regulation.
Some paperwork will be required, but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly, and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.
Insurance and shipping protection
United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest levels of service.
However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.
We can offer and recommend Shipment Protection Cover that is highly flexible and will offer you lots of advantages.
This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is the completion of a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.
The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value that you want to cover and are based on whether you have packed the items or they have been packed professionally.
Relocation, while often exciting, is never a simple task. When it involves setting foot on entirely new soil on the other side of the pond, the challenge magnifies. The duties of securing a new home, establishing employment, and choosing an ideal neighbourhood can indeed be quite an undertaking. Here, we provide a comprehensive guide filled with practical advice to assist you in your transition to Canada.
Where to move to in Dubai and the UAE?
Whether you’re drawn to the world-class infrastructure of Dubai or the cultural treasures of Sharjah, the UAE offers a unique and rewarding experience. Our comprehensive guide aims to help you navigate the intricacies of relocating to the UAE, from finding suitable housing and securing employment to adapting to the local lifestyle and embracing the vibrant expatriate community.
Dubai is the most popular destination for expats and is known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, iconic landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah, and its thriving business sector. It offers a diverse range of job opportunities across various industries, luxurious residential options, world-class shopping malls, and a lively nightlife. Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and offers a modern and dynamic environment for individuals and families alike.
As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is the political and economic centre of the country. It boasts impressive architecture, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed and traditional atmosphere compared to Dubai, with a focus on government and business sectors. The city also provides excellent educational institutions, cultural attractions, and opportunities for outdoor activities.
Sharjah is the third most populous emirate in the UAE and is known for its rich cultural heritage. It has a strong focus on preserving Arab and Islamic traditions, with numerous museums, art galleries, and cultural festivals.
Ajman is the smallest emirate in terms of land area but is the fourth most populous in the UAE. It is a growing residential and commercial hub, attracting expats looking for a more relaxed and affordable lifestyle.
Ras Al Khaimah:
Ras Al Khaimah, located in the northernmost part of the UAE, is known for its natural beauty and historical sites. It offers stunning mountain landscapes, beautiful beaches, and outdoor activities like hiking and water sports.
Fujairah is the only emirate located on the eastern coast of the UAE, along the Gulf of Oman. It is known for its picturesque beaches, clear turquoise waters, and stunning mountain ranges. Fujairah is a popular destination for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
Umm Al Quwain:
Umm Al Quwain is the least populous emirate in the UAE and is known for its traditional lifestyle and natural beauty. It offers a peaceful environment, and historical sites and is a suitable choice for those seeking a quiet and close-knit community.
While Dubai is the major focus for many expats in the UAE due to its cosmopolitan nature and job opportunities, the other emirates offer their unique charms and attractions. It’s essential to consider your preferences, lifestyle, and career prospects when choosing a city or emirate for relocation in the UAE.
Buying property in Dubai, UAE
Purchasing property in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a unique opportunity to invest in a thriving real estate market. The country boasts a diverse range of properties, from luxurious villas and apartments to commercial spaces. It’s important to note that foreigners can own property in designated areas called freehold zones, which include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah. These areas provide expatriates with the chance to own property on a freehold basis.
The Dubai and UAE property market offers a wide range of options to suit different budgets and preferences. Prices vary depending on factors such as location, property type, size, and amenities. For example, in Dubai, popular residential areas like Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina tend to have higher property prices, while more affordable options can be found in areas like Dubailand and International City.
Before finalising a property purchase, it’s crucial to conduct thorough due diligence. This includes obtaining a property valuation, reviewing all legal documents, and ensuring that the property is free from any encumbrances or disputes. Engaging the services of a qualified lawyer who specializes in UAE real estate law can help safeguard your interests during the transaction.
Relocating your pets
If you plan to bring your pets to the UAE, it’s important to be aware of the country’s regulations and requirements. The UAE has strict guidelines to ensure the well-being and health of animals entering the country. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment oversees the importation of pets and provides detailed information on the necessary procedures.
To bring your pet to the UAE, it must have an ISO-compliant microchip for identification purposes. You must also obtain a pet import permit from the relevant authorities, which typically requires documentation such as a valid health certificate, vaccination records, and a copy of the owner’s passport. The UAE also mandates that all pets undergo a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival, which is usually 30 days for dogs and 10 days for cats.
It’s highly recommended to engage the services of a professional pet relocation company that specializes in relocating pets to the UAE. These companies are well-versed in the country’s regulations and can assist with the necessary paperwork, transportation arrangements, and ensuring a smooth transition for your beloved pet. Additionally, they can provide guidance on pet-friendly accommodations and amenities in the UAE to help you settle in comfortably with your furry companion.
Looking for a job in the UAE
If you’re considering moving to the UAE in search of employment, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the job market and visa requirements. The UAE offers a range of job opportunities across various sectors, including finance, technology, hospitality, and construction.
To find employment, it’s advisable to research job portals and recruitment agencies that specialise in the UAE market.
The tax regime and modern amenities in Dubai and the UAE make not only attractive to expats but also entrepreneurs and businesses from all over the world.
Visas for moving to Dubai and UAE
Obtaining a work visa is a crucial step for working in the UAE. The process usually involves a sponsorship from an employer, who will initiate the visa application on your behalf. The employer must provide relevant documents, including a job offer letter, valid trade license, and your passport information.
The UAE government has established several visa categories to cater to different types of employment. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation is the authoritative source for information on work visas and employment regulations in the UAE.
The most common work visa is the Employment Visa, which requires sponsorship from a UAE-based employer. This visa is typically valid for two years and can be renewed. Another popular option is the Free Zone Visa, which allows individuals to work in specific free zones across the UAE. Free zones offer various incentives and benefits to attract foreign businesses and professionals.
It’s important to note that the UAE government encourages Emiratization, which prioritizes the employment of UAE nationals in certain sectors. This can impact the availability of job opportunities for expatriates in certain industries. However, there are still numerous sectors where expatriates can find employment, especially those with specialized skills and expertise.
Transferring money to the UAE
When relocating to the UAE, it’s important to consider the process of transferring money to the country. The UAE has a well-established banking system and offers various options for international money transfers. To ensure a seamless and cost-effective transfer, it’s advisable to consult with a foreign currency specialist or a reputable bank that specializes in international transactions.
It’s recommended to open a bank account in the UAE before making the move. This will facilitate the process of transferring money and managing your finances once you arrive in the country. Most major banks in the UAE offer a range of account options for residents and non-residents, each with its own set of requirements and benefits.
We understand that relocating to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a significant undertaking, and our team of experts is here to provide you with comprehensive assistance throughout the entire process. From initial planning to packing and removal, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure a smooth transition to your new home in the UAE. Feel free to reach out to our dedicated team for personalised guidance and support as you embark on this exciting journey.
New to moving overseas? Why not contact us for a no-obligation chat?
Moving overseas can be challenging and complex, especially in these challenging times. A lot of things have changed for both overseas and European moves.
Our experienced advisers and Move Co-Ordinators handle international moves every day – all over the world. They will be happy to talk to you about your move, explain all the processes, answer all your questions and put your mind at ease!