Single Parents

It is possible to live in Dubai and sponsor your children as a single parent, even if you are a woman. There will, however, be a number of extra requirements that you need to meet, including a minimum salary level and a No objection certificate (NOC) from the other parent (or a death certificate, in the case of a deceased spouse). You may also need to show your divorce certificate; it is best to contact the Immigration Department to find out the exact requirements, as these may change.

Pros and cons
Being a working single parent in Dubai may seem daunting for a number of reasons. Firstly, as an expat, your support system may not be as great as back home, where friends and family can help out, and, secondly, in a country where marriage and family are so important, you may feel a little like the ‘odd one out’.

However, once you get used to people enquiring where your husband is (if you have a child with you, people assume you’re married), there are actually lots of advantages to living in Dubai as a working single parent. For one thing, there’s the standard of childcare: the nurseries in Dubai are very good and a few offer full day-care; they are also generally much more affordable than in your home country. There is also the option of having a live-in nanny, which means that not only can you work as a single parent, but can enjoy an active social life too.

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