±A - Join Our Community

Learn from the experiences of other expats and make new friends in our disccussion forums and Facebook groups

±A - Cigna

±A - Read Our Guide

The Expat Focus Guide to Moving Abroad contains everything you need to know when planning an international relocation available now, completely free

±A - Compare Quotes and Save

Insurance, FX and international movers

±A - Listen to the Podcast

The Expat Focus podcast features interviews with expats living abroad and service providers meeting their needs subscribe today!

±A - Expert Financial

From our tax, investment and FX partners

±A - ExpatFocus Partners

Expat Focus Partners

Become a Partner. Click Here.

Getting There By Air

United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Getting There By Air

The three largest airports in the UAE are Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah and despite being separated by only 120km the total of passengers passing through in 2012 reached 80 million. The UAE is fast catching up with the airports of New York City where numbers seem to have levelled out at 100 million passengers per year and the majority of passengers are handled by the home based airlines of Air Arabia, Etihad, Emirates and Flydubai.

Whether the UAE will reach the figures of New York City is unknown as although construction programmes are on-going, flights are being restricted and the neighbouring countries are becoming unhappy about the amount of air traffic.

For anyone thinking of relocating to the UAE getting there by air should never be a problem unless you live in Antarctica. From 220 other destinations worldwide over 130 airlines make 6,000 weekly flights into Dubai airport alone, an average of around 35 per hour.

Dubai is the busiest of the three airports and the fourth busiest in the world. In 2012 the airport had a handling capacity of 60 million passengers but in January 2013 Concourse A opened and this increased to 75 million. Terminal 3 which houses Concourse A is the largest airport terminal in the world with 528,000m2 of floor space. The 11 storey building also includes a train station and a hotel.

Abu Dhabi airport is a mere 32kmaway from Dubai and less than a quarter of the size but plans are afoot to take advantage of the 19.8% growth rate in 2012. At present it caters to a fraction of the passengers of Dubai but with more than a million passengers a month development has been started on a new terminal. It will be known as the Midfield Terminal and is situated between the two runways. The completion date is set for 2017 when the capacity of the airport will increase to 20 million per year. Already flying to 90 destinations around 40 airlines use Abu Dhabi airport at the moment but this is set to increase in the next few years.

The best flight deals are from British Airways, Emirates, KLM Airways, Qatar Airways and Air France. Departures are available from all major airports and sometimes connecting flights will be made in Amsterdam, Paris and Doha, Qatar. There are plenty of cheap flights from the United States of America.

For anyone relocating and wanting to bring their possessions with them there are cargo options available with many companies. Millions of tonnes of freight pass through the airports each year from individual parcels to whole containers. Most of the major airports accept cargo and onward transportation easily be arranged.

Read more about this country

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.