A number of retired couples find life in the UAE not to be what they expected. The culture is very different to the UK and many couples moving to Dubai fail to fully discuss the implications of retiring to Dubai.

The Arabian climate will not suit everyone and you must remember the UAE is a long way from the UK.

Problems may arise when relatives and close friends are left behind and in some cases the retiree emigrants are overwhelmed by homesickness.

Before taking the plunge and buying your retirement Dubai villa, there are a number of things you should consider before deciding whether retiring to Dubai is for you.

  • Rent a Dubai villa or apartment for a few months before committing to buy. This allows you to experience living abroad and see how homesick you are.
  • Visit at two different times of year if possible. You will find out what the country is like when colder and quieter and help you decide whether a Dubai villa is for you.
  • If either you or your partner suffers from ill-health you will need to consider the availability and proximity of medical services.
  • Think about what type of environment you want to live in and whether a thriving city is right for youThis article is for information purposes only and does not constitute advice. All views in this article are opinions of the Expats Pensions team. We specialise in helping people that have left the UK evaluate the possibility of taking their UK pension with them. For further information please visit http://www.expatspensions.com

    For details on claiming your state pension you can visit the UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-if-you-retire-abroad