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How Much Does It Cost to Migrate from Dubai?

Migrating from Dubai? It's essential to be aware of all the potential costs to ensure a smooth transition. This guide dives deep into everything from visa and documentation fees to settling-in costs, giving you a clear picture of what to expect financially when you decide to make your move.

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Moving from a big city like Dubai to an entirely different place could be very difficult and can involve lots of money. You have to think about visa fees, finding a new place to live, sending your belonging over, and other unexpected costs.

This comprehensive blog will discuss different costs involved in migrating from Dubai to help you plan your budget and move. Let’s get it started.

Visa and Documentation Costs

The first and the most important expense to consider is when you leave Dubai is the visa and its documentation cost for the new country. Always check with the embassy or consulate of your destination country in Dubai for the latest fee details.

Visa fees can vary widely depending on:

  • Destination Country:  Migrating to countries like the USA, Canada, or Australia can be more costly than resettling in other countries.
  • Type of Visa: Whether it’s a student visa, work visa, business visa, or another category, each has different fee structure.
  • Application Process: Additional charges for document translations, medical exams, or legal certifications might need additional charges.

Moving Personal Belongings

Transporting your household item like furniture, electronics and other personal belongings can charge you substantial part of the migration cost. Several factors determine this cost:

  • Volume & Weight of Goods: Cost will varies with volume and weight of goods to be transported.
  • Destination: The farther you move, the higher the cost will be. For example, shipping to Europe may be cheaper than shipping to North America or Scandinavian countries.
  • Mode of Transport: Sea freight is generally cheaper but slower, while air freight is faster but more expensive.
  • Insurance: Protecting your belongings during transit might add to the cost provides peace of mind.

Housing and Accommodation

While this is not a direct cost for relocating from Dubai, but you’ll need to consider the cost of living or accommodation in your destination country:

  • Rental Deposits: Many countries require a security deposit and the first month’s rent upfront.
  • Utilities: Setting up water, electricity, internet, and other utilities come with initial fees.
  • Real Estate Agents: If you’re looking to buy or rent a house, agents may charge their service fee, usually a percentage of the property’s value or monthly rent.

Settling-in Costs

These are miscellaneous costs you’ll need to pay as you settle into your new home:

  • Local Transportation: Whether you buy a car, using public transport, or using taxis, transportation cost is considerable.
  • Healthcare: Some countries might require migrants to purchase private health insurance.
  • Initial Grocery and Essentials Shopping: Setting up your new home will involve some initial shopping including groceries and other essential items.

Emergency Funds

Always keep an emergency fund in your reserves. Unexpected expenses or delays can occur, and having a financial backup can be a lifesaver.


While the costs of migrating from Dubai to other countries could be very costly, but proper planning and budgeting can reduce much of your stress. Always keep this mind that the expenses mentioned here are estimates and can vary based on individual circumstances and market fluctuations. It’s always a good idea to overestimate your budget slightly to ensure you’re prepared for any surprises.

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