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From West to Gulf

A Muslim American’s Handbook for Moving to the UAE

Insights, Tips, and Advice for Foreign Muslims Coming From USA to UAE

Hello and Welcome!

أهلاً وسهلاً ومرحباً بك

In this blessed deen of Al Islam, we are taught that knowledge proceeds statements, and actions. This is why we emphasize the importance of learning about the UAE prior to visiting, especially if you intend to have a lengthy stay.

​Throughout this tutorial we aim to provide enough insight and resources that will empower you to make well informed decisions. The resources are trustworthy, tried, and tested contacts and sources that Americans on the ground have collected over the decades of residing in the UAE.

Although it is intended to be a “before you depart” guide for Muslim Americans, much of the information contained herein may be beneficial for all visitors especially traveling from the west.

Our ultimate goal is to create a seamless and positive experience for Muslim Americans as they relocate to the UAE.

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Our Recommended Steps

Important stuff you should read and consider in order to efficiently make your move:

Before Departure

Things you need to know before buying your ticket

Touch Down

Now that you’ve reached UAE


Resources to help make your stay smooth

Knowledge proceeds statements, and actions

Discover a wealth of insights, tips, and firsthand experiences shared by fellow expat families currently thriving in the UAE.