Whenever one hears of moving to Dubai, the first thing that comes to mind is “tax-free” income or a city with skyscrapers and supercars. While these reasons are definitely enticing enough to convince you to move here, we must also understand that Dubai has evolved over the years and today it is much more than just a tax-free, flamboyant concrete jungle. This is the perfect time to be in Dubai and enjoy the perks of staying in an exceptionally forward thinking city.
We have compiled a list of top 5 reasons to be in Dubai – reasons apart from the tax-free income, the bling and the flamboyance; reasons that make Dubai a city with a soul!
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1.Tolerance and Diversity
We all know the world needs less hate and more love. If any country truly helps you break boundaries and embrace diversity and tolerance, it has to be Dubai! With more than 100 nationalities working and living in this city, you cannot help but experience an enriching cultural exchange. Dubai is amazingly open minded and respects customs of all communities. It is tolerant to all religions and it’s not surprising to find temples and churches here. Recently the government passed an anti-discrimination law which protects the residents from any intolerant activity based on faith. A hand sign has been adopted to support the country’s drive for greater tolerance.
- Public Facilities
We are usually blinded by the luxury cars and bustling roads of Dubai, however, owning a car is not a necessity if you want to explore and enjoy the city. The Public Transport system in Dubai which is run by the RTA is unbelievably convenient, efficient and cost effective. Metro, buses, taxis, trams, water taxis and abras are a few of the services available across the city that are available to both tourists and residents. The best part- it is disability and senior-citizen friendly. To add to this, the well-structured roads are not only a delight to drive on but are well maintained and monitored. Furthermore, Unlike most cities, public toilets are not nightmares, and cleanliness and hygiene is taken very seriously here.
- Innovation, Technology and Social Responsibility
From being a small fishing village, Dubai has grown in leaps and bounds to establish itself as a true global city promoting innovation, sustainability and humanitarian causes. Despite its geographic location in the middle of the desert, with extremely limited natural resources, it has managed to catch up with the rest of the world through its use of technology and as a result it inspires its residents to think forward and think BIG!
Dubai continuously nurtures and promotes tech startups, it is big on social media, on solar power and continuous innovation. The highly anticipated hyper loop is the next big project in Dubai Transport. In essence, it is a train shortens the travel time to Abu Dhabi from an hour to only fifteen minutes!
4.Safety & Security
Dubai is not only a tax-free haven but also a safe haven for expats. Whether you are a single woman or parents of teenage kids, be assured you will not face things as street side violence or harassment. Though Dubai is not innocent of petty crimes, as most cities in the world aren’t, acts of extreme violence are rare. The United Arab Emirates constantly ranks in the top 5 for the lowest crime rate and has an impressively high safety index, beating out several major cities around the world. The Dubai Police enforce the law with absolute firmness and breaking the law is absolutely not tolerated in any form. The government takes every measure to make sure its citizens feel absolutely safe and comfortable in their surroundings.
- A happening Art Scene
Dubai is no more a concrete jungle. It is rapidly picking up as the creative hub of the Middle East. From promoting Arab artists to bringing in global artists, Dubai has year-round live performances, projects and traditional stand-and-stare galleries. Places like Al Serkal Avenue, DIFC and Madinat Jumeriah are creative hangouts for art enthusiasts (in both fine art and commercial design). The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA) plans to implement new museums and develop the city’s art and design talent in a bigger and better way. The boom of creativity is evident from the numerous street arts that splash across the city!