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7 Amazing Reasons To Make Hijrah to UAE

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The UAE has earned its reputation as the ‘land of opportunities’ and a hub for thriving businesses. However, for those of us seeking a Muslim country to call our new home, the question often arises:

Is the UAE an ideal place for hijrah?

In a world where wrongdoings and uncertainties seem to be spreading fast, the desire to find a peaceful place to raise our children in accordance with our Islamic values is a wish shared by many of us.

Particularly for many of us Muslims in the West, navigating the challenges of preserving our faith, identity, and values can be especially difficult, given the rising concerns about safety, fitnah, and corruption in non-Muslim lands.

I’ve seen many families destroyed and torn apart, children growing up confused between right and wrong, many influenced by bad companions.

When the persecution of the people of Makkah against the Muslims grew intense, Allah commanded them to migrate to Madinah, where they could practice their religion more peacefully.

In our present day and age, we are fortunate to witness the widespread presence of Islam and the numerous Muslim nations available as potential new homes for us.

And you know what? Among the many options, the UAE stands out as a top destination for hijrah.

I’ve lived here for more than 10 years of my life, and in this blog post, I’ll uncover some of the most amazing reasons why UAE stands as one of the best places for hijrah.

7 Amazing Reasons to Make Hijrah to UAE

After living in the UK for many years, there are several things about the UAE that I come to really appreciate.

Many of them comes from UAE being a Muslim country such as the Masjids and prayer facilities being widely available and having many places accommodating to women-only spaces.

But among many others, I’ll also reveal why UAE stands out among many Muslim countries as your hijrah go to destination.

#1 Masjids and prayer facilities are everywhere

One of the remarkable aspects of life in the UAE is the ever-present accessibility to masjids. Wherever you go in the UAE, you’re bound to find a masjid nearby, making it incredibly convenient for us Muslims to fulfill our daily prayers.

For instance, even malls in the UAE are equipped with ablution facilities and designated prayer areas.

And it’s not just malls; even at places you might not expect, like gas stations, you’ll come across small masjids.

A masjid at ADNOC gas station

This means that whether you’re on a long road trip or just stopping for fuel, you can easily pause and engage in your daily prayers without hassle.

In essence, the UAE’s commitment to providing accessible places of worship is a testament to its dedication to making the practice of Islam convenient and accessible for all. It’s a reflection of the country’s respect for its diverse Muslim population and serves as a reminder of the importance of faith in daily life.

Hearing the call to prayer (adhan) five times a day is indeed a remarkable blessing, one that we often don’t experience in the West.

Here, on this side of the world, masjids are also are architectural marvels, beautifully crafted and have an incredibly welcoming vibe.

#2 Common availability female only places

As a Muslim woman, I cherish my hijab and niqab, but I also appreciate the freedom of choice to not wear them when it’s not necessary.

The UAE understands and respects this choice, offering women the option to enjoy outdoor activities without men in sight. Here, as a woman, you have access to a range of spaces designed exclusively for women.

For instance, the UAE boasts women-only beaches, gyms, and parks where women can relax, exercise, and enjoy outdoor activities without any concerns. These spaces provide a sense of freedom and security, allowing women to fully embrace their leisure time.

Additionally, certain beaches in the UAE (like Dubai’s Mamzar beach) even have designated “ladies’ days” when men are not permitted to enter, with female security guards ensuring a safe and private environment.

Even when dining out, you’ll find that many restaurants have dedicated family rooms that offer privacy to female family members. It’s a considerate gesture that ensures women can enjoy meals with their loved ones in a comfortable setting.

#3 Islamic education and free Qur’an learning centers

Often overlooked, one of the hidden gems of the UAE for Muslims is the abundance of Qur’an centers, a true blessing for those seeking to learn and memorise Qur’an.

What’s even more astonishing is that the majority of these centers offer their services completely free of charge. As a resident, I personally had the privilege of enrolling in one such center in Abu Dhabi. To make it even more convenient, they even provide transportation services, with buses dedicated to picking you up and dropping you off.

Furthermore, Islamic studies are seamlessly woven into the school curriculum from the very beginning, with the exception of non-Muslim schools, of course. This means that your little ones are introduced to their religion right from the outset of their educational journey.

The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your children are receiving not only a solid Islamic upbringing at home but also reinforcement of their faith at school is truly reassuring.

#4 Affordable living options

UAE offers many affordable living options in terms of accommodation, grocery and transportation. For those of you who are on a tight budget in your first few years of moving to the UAE, you can get a decent two bedroom apartment for 2000 AED per month (roughly $550).

In many places where gas prices have shot up, petrol and electricity are reasonably more cost effective in this side of the world. You can fill up a GMC truck for $30. Not bad at all, right?

Speaking of utility bills, just to give you an idea, our family typically pays around 200-300 AED for electricity and water during the colder months, and around 500-700 AED in the summer (due to having the AC running).

Depending on where you shop, you can also get amazing deal on your groceries.

#5 Accessible and convenient

In the UAE, you can practically find anything and everything you need. And if, by some rare chance, you can’t locate a specific item, don’t worry. Getting things shipped here is both easy and reasonably priced.

You’ll find familiar names like Amazon and IKEA right here. Plus, ordering items to your doorstep is a breeze with delivery services like Talabat and Deliveroo at your service.

#6 Economic Opportunities

UAE presents a wealth of economic opportunities, particularly for aspiring entrepreneurs. Positioned as a global business hub at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa, it offers a diverse range of prospects. The UAE’s business-friendly policies and regulations simplify the process of setting up and running a business, making it an attractive destination for startups and established companies alike.

Moreover, the UAE has transitioned from being solely reliant on oil to diversifying its investments across various sectors, including technology, renewable energy, and tourism. This diversification opens doors for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and those interested in sustainable industries. The government’s active support and investment in these sectors further enhance the appeal.

So, if you’re planning to open up a business somewhere down the road after you make your hijrah, then there’s an ample of opportnities waiting for you here in the UAE.

#7 Safety and security

I should have probably put this at the top of the list – the UAE is considered a safe country, much safer than many other places in the world.

Now, of course this doesn’t mean I’d let my children play outside unsupervised or walk in alleways in deadtime of the night. However, compared to places where gun crimes and knife crimes are on the rise, UAE feels a lot safer.

UAE wants tourists and expats here, so they take safety and security really seriously. For families like ours, this is a blessing. Your children can grow up in a place where they feel safe going to school, playing in parks, and making new friends.

And for us as Muslims, it’s reassuring to know that we can practice our faith openly without any fear of persecution and discrimination.

There’s no perfect place for hijrah in this world

It’s important to acknowledge that the UAE, like any place on this Earth, isn’t flawless, and it comes with its set of challenges. Ultimately, this is still the dunya, so you’ll not find such thing as a perfect destination for hijrah in this world.

The journey of hijrah, by its very nature, isn’t a smooth one. It’s akin to life itself, which often throws obstacles our way. However, it’s these challenges that provide us with opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

What truly matters is how we approach these challenges. Instead of seeing them as roadblocks, we can view them as stepping stones on our path to drawing closer to Allah, the Almighty.

Each hurdle, be it adjusting to a new culture, language barriers, or adapting to a different way of life, can serve as a means to strengthen our faith and iman.

How Strangers to UAE can help you with your hijrah aims to be as your trusted friend who’s been there and done that. We’re here to be your guiding light in the UAE journey, even before you pack your bags, insha’Allah.

Our amazing community members, many of whom have already gone through hijrah, are ready to share their stories, tips, and practical advice through this blog.

If you have any questions or suggestions for any future blog topics, feel free to drop us a message at our contact page.

Additional Resources

If you’re in the process of making hijrah to the UAE but unsure what to prepare and expect, consider reading one of our member’s comprehensive ‘Before Departure’ guide.

It provides all the essential information you need before booking those flight tickets. While it’s primarily aimed at Muslim Americans planning to journey from the US to the UAE, Muslims from other countries can also benefit by adapting some of the key details to their own circumstances.

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2 thoughts on “7 Amazing Reasons To Make Hijrah to UAE”

  1. What an amazing article that touches on just a few of the positive things we experience living in the UAE. We have been blessed to call UAE home for nearly 20 years. Deciding to leave your home country, leaving behind all the things you are familiar with, for a new place is not an easy choice. Having resources like Strangers2UAE and American Wasta to help make the journey a little less unfamiliar is amazing.

  2. Great job at eloquently offering a Muslimah’s concise perspective on some benefits of relocating to the UAE. As a male, head of household, I can attest that the safety and family oriented events reduces homesickness. There’s tons of functions surrounding both education and entertainment. The English language is embraced in almost every establishment. There are dozens of off and online expat communities filled with like-minded individuals. So, there’s literally a place for everyone except wrongdoers.

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