When You Arrive: Checklist

To get you started, here’s a checklist of everything you need to do to become ‘legal’ in Dubai – and read on to find out exactly what to do to achieve each of the points below. Easy!
  • Apply for a residence visa through your employer: you cannot live or work in Dubai without one.
  • Sponsor any family members who are not working for a residence visa: they also cannot live in Dubai without one.
  • Go for a medical test.
  • Apply for an Resident Identity Card: this is compulsory as part of the residence visa process.
  • Get a UAE driving licence: this is compulsory once you have a residence visa.
  • Apply for a liquor licence: this is compulsory if you plan to drink alcohol in Dubai.
  • Open a bank account.


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