How to move from UAE to Ireland

Moving to Ireland

In Moving Guides by Steven Kane

Capital City: Dublin
Population: 4.8 Million
Language(s): English, Irish
Currency: Euro
GDP per capita: USD 62,500 (2015)
Drives on the: Left
Time: GMT +0
Internet domain: .ie
International dialling code: +353

We are pleased to provide you with our guide on moving to Ireland from Dubai, UAE. Please make note of the special links at the foot of this page.


The Republic of Ireland, also known as Eire makes up the vast majority of the island of Ireland, with Northern Ireland in the north east of the island being a separate country.

Gaelic Ireland dates back over 2,000 years, and the Island became mainly Christian by the 5th Century AD, with Catholicism becoming the major religion. In the 12th century following the Norman invasion, the English started to increase its influence in Ireland and over the next 500 years and in the 17th century settlers from England and Scotland arrived in Ireland. From this point onwards sectarian conflict was very common. By the mid 1800’s 3 consecutive years of failed potato crops led to famine in Ireland and between 1845 and 1851, 2 million people either starved to death or emigrated (many to the USA). Ireland finally gained independence in 1922.

In 1973 Ireland joined the EEC (now the EU), however it suffered a recession during the 1980’s. However during the 90’s Ireland saw a huge fiscal boost and for a number of years saw one of the world’s highest economic growth rates. Traditionally a nation of emigration, Ireland became a country of immigration, and has been transformed into an affluent thriving country. The economy slowed after the global financial crisis.

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush vegetation which is in large part due to the mild climate. Agriculture is widespread among the flatlands and Ireland is one of the leading nations for renewable energy.

Expats in Ireland

With the huge economic growth in the last 20 years, Ireland has seen a huge influx of foreign companies and expat workers. Life in Ireland is unlikely to hold too much of a culture shock especially for Western Europeans and North Americans.

The Irish are very proud of their hospitality and people are generally friendly and welcoming. Places to eat, drink and socialise are very common especially in Dublin and other major cities and there are an increasing number of sophisticated venues.

Sport and leisure is very well represented in Ireland, with world class golf courses and deep rooted traditions in Gaelic football and hurling, as well as football, rugby and horse racing. The Irish enjoy a proud and fanatical following to their sports teams.

Whilst the cost of living has increased since the 1990’s, the quality of life has also improved significantly. New arrivals will find high quality housing, schooling and public services

Cost of living (Dublin)

In the last 20 years the cost of living has increased dramatically, especially in Dublin (represented below) – other cities/towns may differ.

A meal at the standard restaurant is likely to cost roughly (Euro) € 15-18 per person with a beer priced around € 5 and soft drinks around € 1.70 per can.  A reasonable bottle of wine costs approximately € 12 and a coffee typically sets you back around €3

At the local supermarkets a loaf of bread is priced around € 1.30, a liter of milk approximately € 0.95 and a dozen eggs roughly € 2.75.

Public transport in Dublin (and Ireland in general) is very good. Monthly transport for commuters around the city is likely to be around € 120. Taxis start around is € 4 and then around € 1.25 per kilometer thereafter. Petrol is around € 1.30 per liter.

Rent in Ireland is expensive especially in Dublin, typically a 2 bedroom apartment in Dublin would range from around € 1,100 – 1,500 per month. Outside the city and in other areas a 2 bedroom apartment would cost around € 700 – 1,000 per month.

Basic utilities for an average two-bedroom apartment will be around € 80.  Prepaid mobile phone charges are approximately € 0.25 per minutes and broadband Internet is roughly € 45 per month.


Children in Ireland attend compulsory education from the age of 6 until the age of 16. The standard of education is generally very high with Ireland regularly ranking in the top 10 by groups such as the World Economic Forum.

School generally starts at 9am and finishes around 3:30 – 4:00pm and the school year runs from September to June.

Public schools are very good in Ireland and the majority of local and expat children attend. Education is free, with parents sometimes needing to cover the cost of uniforms, books and extracurricular activities.

Primary Education is for children between the ages of 6-12. Some primary schools are operated by religious groups. There are private primary schools which charge fees each term.

Secondary Education is divided into a junior cycle – 3 years and a senior cycle of 2 years. This stage of schooling prepares students for higher education. Students sit an exam at the end of the junior cycle and again at the end of the senior cycle at which time they may be awarded a leaving certificate.

College/University cater to students from 17-18 years onwards and comprise of technical colleges, institutes of higher learning and universities which offer a variety of courses as well as bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees.

In addition there are many kinder gardens for children aged 4-6 as well as schools catering for special needs and also institutions catering to adult education.


Ireland offers levels in healthcare which are among the best in the world. The service is free to all Irish citizens as well as EU member nationals and anyone holding a European Health Insurance card.

Whilst the health service is modern and staffed by a highly professional workforce, it tends to be oversubscribed and waiting lists for special care and operations is a common problem.

Private healthcare is available and whilst the standards may only be marginally higher than the public healthcare system there tends to be much less of a waiting list and medical procedures are able to be performed with a much higher degree of urgency. This is essentially what you are paying for and many people whether Irish or expat, decide to opt for a private healthcare cover. If you are moving to Ireland it is wise to approach your employer and ensure private medical cover is provided for or at least subsidised as part of your salary package.

Pharmacies are plentiful throughout Ireland with most open late into the evening if not 24 hour. Medication which is prescribed is free and even people who do not qualify for free medication benefit from the Drugs Payment Scheme which means a cap is put on the price of medication and costs in excess of this cap are covered by the government, meaning medication is in most cases quite affordable.

Moving Documents

When moving to Ireland from Dubai, importation of Household Goods and Personal Effects

  • Copy of passport
  • Transfer of Residence
  • Lease / purchase agreement
  • Work permit / Letter of employment
  • Two original copies of utility bills form overseas (not more than 12 months old)
  • Letter from protocol section of Irish dept. of foreign affairs
  • Original packing list
  • Bill of lading / AWB

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Note: This document is provided as a guide for people moving from Dubai, or Abu Dhabi, UAE to Ireland,  and for information purposes only. Customs regulations can and do change at any time, usually without notice. Your mover will provide you with more information.