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The United Arab Emirates is a country composed of seven semiautonomous principalities, or emirates, which are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Islamic, Persian and Arabian culture have all played a part in shaping life in the UAE, creating a highly cosmopolitan society, 88% of which now consists of expatriates. Despite being one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East, the class-based nature of Emirati society has drawn criticism. This is particularly the case with regards to the human rights of migrant workers from South Asia, many of whom have their passports withheld by their employers.
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If you are considering moving to the United Arab Emirates or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated the United Arab Emirates section including; details of immigration and visas, Emirati forums, Emirati event listings and service providers in the United Arab Emirates.
From your safety to shopping, living in the United Arab Emirates can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks. Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in the United Arab Emirates with relevant news and up-to-date information.
Working in the United Arab Emirates can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements. Find out about visas and passports, owning and operating a company in the United Arab Emirates, and general Emirati culture of the labour market.
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