Plan Your Move Early – Talk to the Professionals

Are you moving to or from the UAE and still flummoxed on where to begin?

With spectacular architecture, grand resorts and wonderful desert landscapes, it is no wonder the United Arab Emirates is identified as one of the top most visited countries in the Middle East. Tourism has contributed as one of the UAE’s most influential strategies to maintain the flow of its monetary trust. However, expats also crowd the Emirates for employment.

Commercial opportunities in this region have paved the way for local and foreign companies to expand, which is why the region is accustomed to workforce mobility or expats moving to the nation to advance their careers. Planning your move early can give you a jumpstart on a successful relocation.



There are a lot of international moving companies to choose from so you must ensure the following points:

  1. Check the company has a registered moving license. The best way to avoid scams is to make sure that the mover is properly licensed. Check its Company Registration (CR) and the Computer Card. 
  2. Let the business present you with an insurance option. Especially when moving from one country to another, movers to the Emirates have to make sure your belongings are safe and insured. A good international removalist should provide you with liability insurance to safeguard your belongings.
  3. Ask for references or check websites for service reviews. As they say, a quality service is best determined by customer feedback.


Having established the 3 major points, be sure to ask your movers the following queries to ensure a flawless relocation to the UAE:

  1. Estimates and Quotation.

    A reputable mover will be happy to provide a free estimate of your belongings using in-house survey technology. Ask for a corresponding quotation and compare these with other prospect movers. When enquiring over the phone, make sure you have a list of all the furniture you want to move. Check the mode of payment and the terms and conditions and be clear on whether your removalist will pack, unpack and rearrange your furniture.

    Remember to check if the removalist has any ongoing promotions or if it has a different rate on weekends or during any off-peak times.

  2. Additional charges.

    Ask for any probable cause for additional charges that are not presented in the quotation. Some companies may charge for moving large or awkward items, if the destination is not accessible, or if the destination is far away.

  3. Rescheduling/Cancellation policy.

    You might be faced with unforeseen events whereby you need to postpone, reschedule or cancel your move. Check if the mover is flexible in case of such incidents, find out whether your deposit will be reimbursed or refunded.

  4. Delivery.                                                                                                                                    In cases in which your furniture arrives in the Emirates before you do check if the movers have an available storage facility. Are they able to store your belongings? Are they going to use a third party to manage your possessions? Are there any extra charges? How long are you able to store your items? 

  5. Office in the UAE                                                                                                                      Check whether your international mover has a physical office in the UAE. 

Leaving the job to the professionals will ensure a safer and more effective relocation. Leave behind the things you don’t need because whether you are moving locally or internationally, it is advisable to pack light. 



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