Dubai for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Dubai

Great destination for:

๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ adventure | ๐Ÿ–๏ธ beach | ๐ŸŽจ culture | ๐Ÿœ๏ธ desert | ๐ŸŒณ nature | ๐Ÿฅพ hiking&walking | ๐Ÿฆ’ safari | ๐Ÿ˜Œ wellness | ๐Ÿธ nightlife | ๐Ÿ™๏ธ city break | ๐Ÿ” food & drink | ๐Ÿ˜Ž great for singles | ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž great for couples | ๐Ÿšผ child-friendly | ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธsafe for solo travellers

Why workation in Dubai:

  • โœ…Ultra-modern coworking spaces & high-tech infrastructure
  • โœ…Luxurious lifestyle and vibrant nightlife
  • โœ…Gateway to global business opportunities

โญโญโญโญ โ€The architecture is the most stunning thing about this place, it feels like the 22nd century.โ€

TL;DR

โŒš Time difference UTC +4 hours
๐Ÿ“ถ Average internet speed Very Fast 60 Mb/s
๐Ÿ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever.
๐Ÿงญ Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) ๐ŸŸจ Exercise Increased Caution

The local vibe in Dubai

Dubai buzzes with energy, a city where tradition meets futuristic ambition. Skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa pierce the sky, while bustling souks offer a taste of the old-world charm. The streets are a mosaic of cultures, with food, fashion, and languages from around the globe. Sunsets bring cooler air, transforming the city into a vibrant nightlife hub. Despite its luxury, there's a grounded feel among the locals, offering warm welcomes. It's a place of contrasts, always moving, always intriguing.

Pros & Cons of Dubai for digital nomads

Pros Cons
โœ… Safety โŒ Cost of living
โœ… Internet quality โŒ Climate conditions
โœ… Availability of recreational and cultural activities โŒ Air quality
โœ… Business environment โŒ Community reception and ease of socializing
โœ… Healthcare quality โŒ Safety for diverse groups
โœ… Road safety โŒ Smoking prevalence
โœ… Seasonal weather variations โŒ Freedom of speech and political climate
โŒ Population density and urban crowding
โŒ Language barriers

Our favorite cafรฉs with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafรฉs recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Tom&Serg.

โญโญโญโญ (4.7) โ€“ Google reviews

โœ… Free Wi-Fi

โœ… Lot of plugs

โœ… Delicious foods

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Dubai

If you're a digital nomad on the lookout for your next destination, Dubai might just be the spot you're dreaming of. Known for its futuristic skyline and bustling marketplaces, Dubai offers a blend of modernity and tradition that's hard to find elsewhere. The city is not just about luxury and opulence; it's a place where creativity and innovation meet, making it a vibrant hub for digital nomads from all over the globe.

What sets Dubai apart is its thriving coworking scene and the sense of community among digital nomads and expats. With a plethora of coworking spaces equipped with top-notch amenities, you're bound to find the perfect spot to get your work done. And when the laptops shut down, the city's diverse and international vibe offers endless opportunities for networking, cultural exchange, and making lasting connections.

A glimpse of life in Dubai

What fellow nomads say about Dubai

"I was in Dubai briefly. It's not the cheapest location, but it can be very cheap if you're in Old Dubai, which is the traditional part. The super modern parts are more expensive and also quite unwalkable, while the old part is quite walkable and looks like a real city. It's not my favorite city and the ratio of men to women is kind of strange, with statistics showing about 3 men to 1 woman. It's more good for vacation than for nomads in my opinion."

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Jessica

"The architecture is the most stunning thing about this place, it feels like the 22nd century. It's as cosmopolitan as a place like New York but more with people from the other side of the world. Good alternatives for coffee and food. The nightlife is expensive, but it's good."

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Mike

"I was in Dubai for 1 week, it is the best place to do business and modern living. It shows impressive infrastructure and the latest in what modern construction techniques can achieve."

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Lea

Daily Budget for Dubai

Accommodation
Budget Hotel: $50-$100 per night
Mid-range Hotel: $100-$250 per night
Luxury Hotel: $250-$700 per night
Food and Drinks
Street Food: $3-$10
Casual Dining: $15-$40
Fine Dining: $50-$150
Coffee: $4-$8
Transportation
Public Transport (Metro/Bus): $1-$4 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $8-$20
Car Rental (daily): $40-$80
Attractions and Activities
Museum and Cultural Sites: $10-$30
Desert Safari: $50-$150
Water Parks: $50-$100
Skydiving: $200-$400
Shopping
Souvenirs: $10-$50
Luxury Brands: Variable
Connectivity
SIM Card with Data: $15-$30
Total daily budget: $100-$500+

Travel tips for exploring Dubai

How to Get There

Upon landing at Dubai International Airport, the most convenient transportation options include taking a taxi, booking a ride through ride-sharing apps like Uber or Careem, or using the Dubai Metro. For a smooth journey, consider booking your ride in advance or purchasing a Nol card for using public transport. The Metro is a great choice for getting to many parts of the city efficiently and affordably.

Greeting Phrases

  • Good morning - ุตุจุงุญ ุงู„ุฎูŠุฑ (Sabah al-khair)
  • Good afternoon - ู…ุณุงุก ุงู„ุฎูŠุฑ (Masa' al-khair)
  • Good evening - ู…ุณุงุก ุงู„ู†ูˆุฑ (Masa' al-noor)
  • Hello - ู…ุฑุญุจุง (Marhaba)
  • Thank you - ุดูƒุฑุง (Shukran)

FAQ Dubai

How crowded is Dubai?

Dubai is a bustling metropolis known for its modern architecture, luxurious shopping, and vibrant nightlife. As a major global city, it can be quite crowded, especially in tourist areas and during peak travel seasons. The city's population is continually growing, adding to its density.


What is the nightlife like in Dubai?

Dubai offers a dynamic nightlife scene with a wide range of options for everyone. From rooftop bars with stunning views of the city's skyline to luxurious nightclubs featuring world-renowned DJs, there's no shortage of places to explore after dark. Note that alcohol is served in licensed venues typically located within hotels.


What kinds of people can I expect to see in Dubai?

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse population. You'll meet people from all over the world, including expatriates, tourists, and local Emiratis. This mix of cultures contributes to Dubai's unique and vibrant social fabric, offering an opportunity to experience a wide array of cultural perspectives.


Are there healthy eating options available in Dubai?

Yes, Dubai offers an extensive variety of healthy eating options. Many restaurants cater to health-conscious diners with menus featuring organic, vegan, and vegetarian dishes. Juice bars, salad bars, and specialty health food stores are also readily available throughout the city.


Is Dubai pedestrian-friendly?

While Dubai is known for its excellent road infrastructure and reliance on cars, many areas, especially around major tourist attractions, shopping malls, and residential communities, are designed to be pedestrian-friendly. The city has been making efforts to improve walkability with pedestrian bridges, walkways, and zebra crossings. However, due to the high temperatures for much of the year, walking long distances outside can be uncomfortable.


Does Dubai experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Power outages in Dubai are extremely rare and, when they do occur, are usually resolved very quickly. The city's infrastructure is highly developed, with a reliable power supply ensuring that disruptions are minimal and seldom affect daily life or business operations.


What is the natural environment like in Dubai?

Dubai's natural environment is characterized by its desert landscape, offering stunning dunes and unique wildlife. The city also boasts beautiful beaches along its coastline. In recent years, there has been a significant emphasis on green spaces, with the development of parks and gardens providing lush, green areas for recreation and relaxation.


Is it easy to access other destinations from Dubai?

Yes, Dubai is a major international travel hub, making it easy to access other destinations. Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, offering flights to and from most major cities globally. Additionally, the city's location makes it a gateway to exploring other parts of the UAE and neighboring countries either by road or short flights.


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โœ… Local emergency number 999 (Police), 998 (Ambulance)
โœ… Best hospital Dubai Hospital | Al Khaleeja St, Al Baraha, Dubai | +971 4219 5000
โœ… U.S. embassy U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4, Abu Dhabi | +971 2 414 2200
โœ… U.S. Consulate General U.S. Consulate General Dubai, Corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd, Dubai | +971 4 309 4000

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