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Are you planning on moving to or living in Dubai? Dubai is continually growing to be home to an exciting, diverse, multi-cultural blend of young, dynamic and professional people enjoying the unrivalled quality of life that the Emirate has to offer. Medical facilities are also of the highest quality and holders of Dubai international health insurance can rest assured that there is good quality treatment available in their country of residence.

Global Health Insurance has a number of consultants that can give you advice on what Dubai international health insurance plan is best suited for your needs. Contact us for further information and quotations.

It is no surprise therefore that Dubai has recorded that fastest growth in population in the world. More and more expatriates are moving to the city due to the high quality of life, outstanding employment prospects, fantastic medical facilities and to experience the very best in the world of work and lifestyle.

Accommodation in Dubai

Non nationals now have the opportunity to purchase a home in Dubai but it is still a costly and time consuming process. Therefore for now rental is still the main option to expatriates. Living in Dubai is pleasant as it is one of the most accommodating place to live in the gulf, with high quality accommodation in good supply throughout the city. Many have excellent facilities - gym, sauna, satellite television or in-house video and covered car parking are some of the options available to residents.

Many expatriate executives choose to live in the Jumeirah suburb, which stretches southward along the coast from the city centre. For top-of-the-range villas, the choice is between larger independent properties or smaller villas in compounds. The latter usually have swimming pools, squash and tennis courts.

Most rented accommodation in Dubai is unfurnished (although kitchens may be partly or fully equipped). Many villas and new apartments have central air-conditioning already installed and a range of furniture and household equipment.

Jobs in Dubai

Due to the rapid economic growth in Dubai there are numerous job opportunities available. One of the biggest local newspapers has an "Appointments" edition three times a week where you can find all types of vacancies. There are many financial services and engineering positions available and these are also published on the newspaper’s website.

A large number of recruitment agencies are also located in the city. They can help you to find the right job and are very useful when it comes to giving expats advice and information on visas and other work related issues.

Healthcare in Dubai

Medical facilities in Dubai are very good, both in public and private sectors. The Health and Medical Services Department provides medical care for all UAE nationals, visitors and resident expatriates. Currently expatriates can go to any hospital as long as they have a valid health card. However this may change in the future and all expatriates may require having private Dubai health insurance plans or Dubai international health insurance to ensure any treatment costs are covered.

Pharmacies: Most medicines are readily available at pharmacies. You may check in the local newspapers for information. In Dubai you can call a 24-hour municipality emergency number - 04 2232323 which lists the locations of open chemists. Prescription costs should be covered by your Dubai health insurance policy.

Medical facilities: A list of medical facilities can be found here to assist with any treatment in an emergency or otherwise.

Education in Dubai

English is the medium of instruction in most schools which adopt variations of the popular Montessory method of instruction. Annual fees may vary. Some play-schools like the New Dubai Nursery (Satwa) accept children from 18 months onwards.

An academic record of your child is required for admissions. Some schools conduct entrance tests. Schools offer GCSE, 'A' Levels, French, American, Indian, Japanese and other systems. Teaching standards are above average and many teachers are expatriates themselves.

Children with special needs: Handicapped centers supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs cater to those with hearing and physical disabilities, the visually impaired and others with special needs. The Ministry is constantly improving its facilities whilst at the same time emphasizing the role of the family in caring for the disabled.

Dubai International Health Insurance

If you need assistance finding the right insurance plan to cover you both globally and in Dubai, international health insurance can provide you the extensive coverage you’re looking for. Not only can they provide extensive coverage for hospital treatments in Dubai, international health insurance can also provide optional benefit packages such as maternity, dental and specialist care. Contact our global partner, Pacific Prime Dubai today to find out more about how we can help you find the right international health insurance plan.