Moving to Abu Dhabi (UAE)

If you are moving to Abu Dhabi or elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) we understand that right now you have a lot on your mind. We can remove a lot of the worry, taking care of the whole process of moving your belongings from start to finish. It is reassuring to know we are experts at moving customers to Abu Dhabi and can ensure everything goes smoothly, efficiently and with minimum fuss. Please request a quotation for further information.

How much time should you allow for shipping to Abu Dhabi?

We recommend that customers allow 3 to 5 weeks for port-to-port shipping to Abu Dhabi from the UK. Please note that all imports of personal effects into Abu Dhabi are subject to full inspections for which we recommend you allow 2 weeks.

What can you take?

Abu Dhabi is an Islamic state and as such there are some strong restrictions on the import of certain items into Abu Dhabi. We recommend that you do not consider taking alcohol, large quantities of foodstuff, weapons, firearms, fireworks, statues and figures with religious undertones, statues or artwork of naked human beings or any items that could be considered to be pornographic.

All printed material such as books, magazines, DVDs, videos, tapes, and photographs will be detained by customs and subjected to inspection when shipping to Abu Dhabi. Please note, that anything pornographic or against Islamic beliefs will be seized for destruction or for the customer to pay for its return to the country of origin.

It is important to note that you must be present in the UAE at the time of Customs clearance and in addition to your passport and stamped residence visa; you will need a detailed inventory or packing list – this will be prepared by our international removals team.

Taking a car or motor vehicle

Importing a car into Abu Dhabi is relatively straightforward as long as the vehicle meets UAE specifications. All vehicles are subject to duties of approximately 4% of the cost, insurance, freight (CIF) value of the vehicle. Please bear in mind that all motor vehicles are subject to special attention in terms of Customs Duty as well as Goods and Service Tax (GST) in some cases. These vary between vehicles and have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Taking pets

Transporting pets is a very specialist area and each requirement is unique and therefore has to be dealt with individually. Taking common household pets such as cats and dogs to Abu Dhabi is relatively straight-forward as there are no quarantine requirements. For all pets moving to Abu Dhabi and the UAE you will need an import permit. Your pet will also need to be micro-chipped and have full up to date vaccinations. You will also need to make sure that your pet is certified to travel with all the relevant paper work from your vet.

The international removals team at Cadogan Tate can organise moving your pet to Abu Dhabi including giving you all the information you need to prepare your pet for the move.

Your next steps

It is reassuring to know that the Cadogan Tate International Removals team are experts in moving to Abu Dhabi and can ensure everything goes smoothly, efficiently and with minimum fuss.

If you would like a quotation one of our surveyors will arrange a visit to talk you through everything and answer any questions you may have. They will assess your belongings and put together an accurate quotation for shipping to Abu Dhabi. Once you are happy we will draw up a plan of exactly what is going to happen, organise a convenient moving date and assign you a Move Co-ordinator, who will be there to support you at every stage of your move.

For further information, please email us at, or use the form below to submit your enquiry

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