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Intro: life and experiences in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & United Arab Emirates

Backpacking in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

  • Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are generally only visited by backpackers as a stopover.

Taveling in the United Arab Emirates

  • Spotting the Emirates: The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates, of which Dubai and Abu Dhabi are by far the best known. The other five emirates are Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaywayn, Fujeirah and Ras al-Khaimah.
  • Spotting nature: In addition to the rugged, dry landscapes, it is the coastal wetlands where you should go in the Emirates to see special animals and plants. In the emirate of Fujeirah, for example, there is the Wadi Wurayah nature reserve, where, in addition to many special birds, you can also encounter caracals and foxes. Furthermore, you can (with a bit of luck) look for the Arabian tahr goat, Arabian oryx, sand gazelle, Arabian wolf, striped hyena, red fox, Blanford fox, Rüppell fox, the Asian caracal, the Arabian wild cat, the desert cat and 400+ bird species. If you have not yet spotted a sea turtle while snorkeling, visit the turtle sanctuary in Dubai.

Study in the United Arab Emirates

  • Language study: you can take an Arabic language course in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, among other places.

Internship in the United Arab Emirates

  • Internships: internships can be found in Dubai if you have or can find the right connections.
  • Internship cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai.
  • Internship competencies you can acquire: communication, environmental awareness, networking.

Volunteer in the United Arab Emirates

  • Volunteer projects: mainly in education (teaching English).

Working in the United Arab Emirates

  • Jobs: temporary work can be found, but obtaining a work visa is often a significant hurdle.

Working as a digital nomad in the United Arab Emirates

  • Favorite locations: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah.

Living in the United Arab Emirates

  • Expats: A significant portion of the population in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) consists of expats and foreign workers. Ras al-Khaimah and Abu Dhabi are especially popular.
  • Healthcare: make sure you arrange your own (international) health insurance carefully.
  • Characteristics: the temperature in the summer, the air-conditioned society, the influence of Islam, negotiating prices, the lack or sometimes the abundance of alcohol, the relatively high salaries.
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