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Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Moving to the United Arab Emirates?

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Are you moving to the United Arab Emirates and are you looking for a reliable moving company to relieve you of your worries? De Haan is specialized in foreign and emigration relocations. Emigrating to Dubai, the largest city in the Emirates, is very popular. But also moving to Abu Dhabi, the capital. Choose De Haan's expertise and commitment for your move to or from the United Arab Emirates! We are here to help.

Move to the United Arab Emirates trouble-free

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country located on the Persian Gulf and consists of 7 independent emirates, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The United Arab Emirates is located in the continent of Asia. De Haan knows the local challenges of this continent and the Middle East like no other and has good agreements with its local partners, who, like us, are affiliated with FIDI. De Haan specializes in international removals and has extensive experience with overseas removals to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and relocations to the Middle East.

Our relocation specialists will pack your household effects carefully and professionally. In addition, your relocation coordinator will guide you and, where possible, unburden you throughout the entire relocation process from A to Z. With relocation specialist De Haan, you can move to the Middle East worry-free.

Custom formalities when moving to the United Arab Emirates

We arrange customs formalities for you and ensure safe transport. Whether your household effects for your move to the United Arab Emirates are by land, air or sea freight. Let us help you with your relocation to the Emirates or inquire at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in The Hague and RDW. Please note that you cannot just take everything with you and that e.g. strict rules apply to the import of cars to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Ask your Move Coordinator about this.

Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Are you also going to leave for Abu Dhabi or Dubai? When you move abroad, you have to take a number of things into account. You can already prepare a number of them well. If you are going to live in the Emirates for more than 8 months, arrange your deregistration with the municipality in advance and always ask for proof of deregistration. Also activate your DigiD before moving to the United Arab Emirates, extend your Dutch driving license and have your diplomas legalized. All this will save you time, money and effort! Public health care when moving to the UAE is free for everyone, but private care can be very expensive. Nevertheless, the care is of a very high level. Foreigners must apply for a Health Card. To obtain a Health Card, you must submit copies of your passport and employment contract, and your health will also be checked.

Dutch in Abu Dhabi and Dutch Club Dubai

To get to know new people when moving to the UAE, you can contact the Dutch Association or Dutch Club, among others. In the United Arab Emirates, Dutch associations can be found in Abu Dhabi and Dutch Club Dubai. In Dubai there is also a business club aimed at maintaining business contacts.

Moving back to the Netherlands from United Arab Emirates

Even if you move back to the Netherlands, you have come to the right place at De Haan Verhuizingen. We provide the right partner for packing your household effects plus customs clearance upon arrival of the goods in the Netherlands. It goes without saying that your permanent point of contact within De Haan ensures that you are aware of the necessary documentation for importing your removal goods. This way you will quickly feel at home in the Netherlands: your move has never been so carefree.

Smooth, Trouble-Free International Relocation with De Haan

There are essentially three main ingredients to making sure all your belongings reach your destination without sustaining any damage:

  • Correct packing
  • A reliable partner
  • All formalities in order

De Haan has all these bases covered:

  1. We use durable, special-purpose packing material and train our moving experts in seaproof packing – this requires great skill!
  2. As both a FIDI and an OMNI member, we rely on our global network of moving partners to deliver your belongings to your new address. We select local partners based on quality and regular evaluations. Quite often, we know the staff at these overseas companies personally and have worked with them for many years. This ensures that you can count on committed and professional moving experts in the country you're moving to.
  3. De Haan arranges all customs formalities and shipping by sea or air. We assign a designated coordinator to oversee this entire process, to communicate with our partners overseas, and to keep you informed.

Documents, requirements and conditions for your move to United Arab Emirates

Which documents are requested and which requirements and conditions apply to you depends entirely on your personal situation. We are happy to guide you in this difficult matter of documents because we understand that this can be stressful.

Here you will find information (only available in English): FIDI customs Guide United Arab Emirates

We hope you have obtained some more information. If you have more questions, you can always contact us or request a price indication or quote.


Hugo van Bastelaere

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June 08 2023

I can only praise how everything went with my move. The transport also went surprisingly well, at first the departure seemed to be postponed, but within a few weeks I received confirmation that my container was leaving for Rotterdam by boat. De Haan's Move Manager updates were excellent and I was always told the most important status. Upon arrival in the port of Rotterdam, everything went smoothly and because I did not yet have a home to store the stuff in, I was very happy with your solution to store the container in your warehouse. Fair is fair, the price that was charged for this was very competitive and I am also grateful to you for that. In the meantime I was able to look for a home of my own and when I found it, a delivery was also possible in the short term. The items would be delivered between 8.00 am and 8.30 am, and since I was not at the address I had drive too. To my surprise you were already at the door when I arrived at 7.45 am, so again a nice feeling! Unloading was easy and the boxes were unloaded with feeling. They were even ready at 10.30 am, I would not have thought it possible that it would go so smoothly. Super service, really left with a nice feeling from start to finish. I won't be moving internationally anytime soon, but if I do I'm sure I'll come back to you or recommend you to friends if they want to move. Really great!

K. Knops

Moving to the Netherlands,
from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

August 11 2022

great service, flexible, fast, friendly

P. Teuwsen
July 25 2022

Excellent service and excellent communication.


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