Your One-Stop Guide to Moving Abroad from the UAE

Every year ServiceMarket, the UAE’s leading platform for home services, analyses thousands of requests for quotes for international moves and complements it with data from moving companies to share the latest moving trends with UAE residents. ServiceMarket recently teamed up with ISS Worldwide Movers to understand the average shipping time and cost for the 10 countries with the highest influx of people from the UAE.

Where are most UAE residents moving to in 2017?

India emerged as the most popular destination to move to from the UAE in 2017, followed by the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

How does this compare to last year’s moving trends?

In a similar study conducted by ServiceMarket in 2016, UK, USA, India, Canada and Saudi Arabia were the top destinations. However, this year, India overtook the UK and the US, and Saudi Arabia dropped off the list of the top five destinations.

And how much does it typically cost to move to these countries?

The costs of shipping 30 cubic meters and the average shipping times to the top 10 countries are as follows. Note that 30 cubic meters is approximately the volume occupied by the contents of a two bedroom apartment.

Top 10 destinations: Average shipping cost in AED for 2 bedroom apt (approx. 30 CBM in an 20’ container) Average time to ship to destination (in weeks)
India – New Delhi 15000 4-5 weeks
United Kingdom – London 17000 6-7 weeks
United States – Washington D.C. 23000 8-9 weeks
Canada – Ottawa 24000  9-10 weeks
Australia – Canberra 19000  9-10 weeks
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh 16500 3-5 weeks
Pakistan – Islamabad 17000 3-4 weeks
Lebanon – Beirut 16500 4-6 weeks
France – Paris 24500 7-8 weeks
Germany – Berlin 23000 6-7 weeks

The cost of transporting goods depends on a number of factors including mode of transportation (sea, air or land), weight and size of the cargo, distance to your destination and type of service. For example, a door to door service, where the moving company will pack up all your belonging, ship them, and also unpack them in your new home, will be significantly more expensive that a door to port service where you will be expected to clear the goods at the destination customs and arrange for the transportation to your new home.

If you’re planning on moving soon, here are 3 insider tips you should consider to help you avoid damages, losses, and extra expenses:

  1. Only use licensed and experienced companies: Check whether the moving company has a FIDI certification because it is the most important accreditation. You can avoid damages by booking an accredited company. In addition, most accredited international moving companies share all additional costs transparently with their customers.
  2. Make sure to insure your belongings before shipping them: This will cost you some extra money but you can have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are insured. The moving company is not responsible for any damage or loss of your belongings during transit, so if your items are water damaged or lost you will not be able to claim any money to help you replace them unless you have purchased insurance.
  3. Consider selling bulky and replaceable items: Since the cost of shipping is calculated based on volume not weight, you can save a lot of money by selling items that are bulky. You should consider selling or donating all larger items that can be easily replaced when you move to your new home. If your UAE home has a lot of cheap IKEA furniture, you’re probably better off selling it and buying new furniture when you arrive. Be sure to do this a few weeks before you leave, and make it clear to the moving company what you plan to take with you when they come to your home to do a survey and give you a moving quote.

You should also be mindful of of some of the additional moving costs in the UAE. Most reputable shipping companies in Dubai share detailed quotations with their customers and list all costs, clearly specifying what is and what is not included. You can easily read reviews of accredited shipping companies in the UAE on ServiceMarket. Get free quotes from movers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah now!

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