India, UK and US have topped the list of the most popular destinations that UAE expats are moving, or returning, to, according to a study by local online marketplace ServiceMarket that surveyed over 1,000 moving requests in made by customers in 2017.
The analysis found that Canada, Pakistan, Australia, Lebanon, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia followed suit.
The number of expats moving to the Kingdom has dropped, however, resulting it to fall to 10th position over the last couple of years.
It further revealed the cost of shipping a 2 bedroom apartment (25 cubic meters) to India averaged AED11,000-AED12,000, followed by AED16,000-AED17,000 to the UK and AED21,000-22,000 to the US.
The cost to ship the apartment to Canada stood at AED20,000-AED21,000.
Pakistan is cheaper to ship to, with an average of AED12,000-AED13,000, while the charge to Australia is around AED15,000-AED16,000, followed by Lebanon at AED14,000 to AED15,000.
The cost of shipping to France is AED19,000-AED20,000 while Germany is AED16,000-AED17,000.
Saudi Arabia is among the cheapest to ship to, considering it is the UAE’s neighboring country, at AED13,000-AED14,000.
The exact cost, however, will depend on the weight and size of the cargo, as well as the type of shipping service you choose. Door-to-door services are more expensive than port-to-port services, though the former option will have the international moving company take care of all packing, unpacking and paperwork.
ServiceMarket recommends considering several factors when shipping belongings, including the approximate transit time which will range from 4 to 10 weeks depending on your destination. It also advises insuring belongings so that they remain protected during transit, and choosing to ship by sea, since transportation by land is riskier, despite being cheaper. The platform allows customers to compare ratings, read reviews.
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