Adjusting to life in Dubai
You are about to embark on a new and exciting experience in the multicultural city of Dubai. It may take time to get adjusted to moving to a new country and to be away from familiar surroundings. Information in this section can help you settle in and understand your new environment.
It is completely normal to experience an adjustment period when coming to Dubai as you get involved in new activities, meet new people, adapt to the weather and enjoy the local cuisine. You can read more about the city's lifestyle through VisitDubai.
Dubai Culture also offers insight into what the city has to offer, including relevant cultural tourist sights and events.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
- Prepare – Read through our guide in this section on what you can do to prepare before you arrive to Dubai.
- Get involved – after you have arrived find out about which clubs and activities are available to you on campus. Spending time with other students can help you feel less isolated. Keeping busy will also help ward off any feelings of homesickness. You can find lots of useful information in our A-Z Student Guide which may help with the settling-in process.
- Food from home – cook food that you are used to eating at home with your family. Most supermarkets have sections for international foods. Introducing your new flatmates to a different cuisine can be fun and a great way to share your own culture with others.
- Stay in touch – schedule specific times for calls with your family. University life can be hectic so make time to keep up connections. Visit our Practical Information pages for guidance on phone and internet access.
Public displays of affection
Be patient when communicating with others. Meeting your hosts halfway is the least that you can do; the look of genuine delight on a local’s face when they hear you speaking their language makes it worth it.
As for other faiths, the UAE is tolerant and there are temples and churches, however, active promotion is not allowed. There are days throughout the year commemorating aspects of Islam, and some will be marked with a public holiday.