1st Move International have been providing unbeatable packing and weekly international removals services from the UK to Dubai for over 25 years.
Here you will find important information on international removals to Dubai including transit times, shipping costs, customs formalities, the types of services we offer (full container / shared container) and how our unique packing works.
We have pioneered bespoke packing methods to offer the safest way of shipping your personal effects and household goods to all main ports, towns and cities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and more and we have become the UK's leading independent mover to the UAE.
Specialist shipping and moving services from the UK to Dubai for furniture, household goods and personal effects.
Rather than simply shipping items loosely in a container, we combine the contents of your move onto individual pallets and shrink-wrap each pallet to prevent any handling of individual items and to provide a shield against the outside world. This zero touch method of packing and delivery ensures your personal belongings remain protected and untouched upon arrival at your door.
Palletising your shipment means we can easily and accurately measure the size of your move. There's no guessing and we guarantee that you only pay for exactly what you ship. No more, no less. Read more about our smarter pricing here.
Unlike other movers, we can guarantee regular weekly shipments direct to Dubai from the UK. Once your belongings are packed we will immediately schedule for the next available weekly sailing. No waiting around! You can then track your container here.
Thanks to the reduced handling and improved protection that our packing offers, we have some of the lowest insurance claims on record. Read more about our international removals insurance.
We've been in the international removals industry for over 25 years and our team of experts have helped move countless people from the UK over to Dubai. Our team will be on hand at every step of the process and can offer advice should you have any questions along the way.
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We are the only removals company to offer this method of packing and we have been doing so for over 25 years. Our palletised shrink-wrap packing is proven to:
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This option is perfect for large house moves to Dubai. Our Full Container Load (FCL) service gives you sole use of your own 20ft or 40ft container. We can collect and pack your belongings at our own 20,000 sqft facility or we can provide this service at your door.
For those smaller moves we offer a shared container service whereby we collect and expertly pack your personal effects using our Safer packing procedures and then load your items within the week on the next available ship to Dubai. Your goods are protected thanks to our packing and you don't need to wait around for a container to be full as we are able to ship alongside commercial shipments from large exporters.
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We offer nationwide collection that covers all areas of the UK and we can arrange for onward delivery with our agents in Dubai allowing for a full door to door service.
Are you moving to Dubai and want to find out how much it will cost to ship your stuff? Please see below for our simple price guide for personal effects shipping via container from the UK to Dubai.
Short Answer: The cost of international removals from the UK to Dubai starts from £871 for a shared container service, £2,224 for a 3 bed house and £2,857 for a 4 or 5 bed house. The UK to Dubai port-to-port shipping charge will ultimately depend on your move size and final location in Dubai, UAE.
These shipping costs should be used as a guide only. For obvious reasons they do not include collection, delivery or packing/loading costs. For an accurate quote, please fill out our quote form and we'll get back to you with a tailored estimate.
These moving costs are for a 3 bed house in a 20ft container or a 4-5 bed house in a 40ft container. They are the shipping costs from the UK port of Southampton or London to the port of Jebel Ali only.
|Destination Port||Shared Container Cost (GBP)||3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP)||4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)|
|Jebel Ali, UAE||£871||£2,224||£2,857|
We have sailings from the UK to Dubai at least once every 7 days.
The port to port transit time is around 20 days depending on your specific destination.
For more detailed schedules with specific dates and vessel names, please see our Dubai shipping schedule page.
|Destination||Next Sailing||Transit Time|
|Jebel Ali, UAE||Under 1 Week||20 Days|
The following information is taken from the UK government website on entry rules for the UAE in response to coronavirus.
Travellers to the UAE do not need to take a Covid test if they are fully vaccinated or hold a covid recovery certificate,
These rules may change on short notice so we urge everyone to check before making any plans.
Dubai nationals residing abroad and foreigners coming to Dubai for the first time for residences shall be exempted from customs duty on their personal effects and used household items.
The duty exemption is subject to the following conditions:
The following documents are required to import used personal effects and household items into Dubai:
Some items are prohibited or restricted from import into Dubai. Prohibited items are strictly banned from import whereas restricted items may be subject to certain limitations or may require permission from the relevant authorities to import.
Prohibited goods include narcotic drugs, gambling tools or machinery, items that contradict Islamic faith and nylon fishing nets to name a few.
Restricted items include pharmaceutical products, alcohol, foodstuffs, personal care and cosmetic products, rough diamonds, e-cigarettes and more.
For more information on prohibited and restricted goods, please see the Dubai customs government website.
Our partner company Autoshippers provide car shipping services from the UK to all main ports in Dubai and the UAE. For more info on how to ship your car to Dubai, visit Autoshippers.
So, whether you are moving from the UK to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah or elsewhere in the UAE you can be assured of a faster, safer and smarter move with 1st Move International. Simply fill in our quick quote form and start your international move to Dubai today.
We provide removals services from the UK to all areas of Dubai including: Abu Hail, Al Awir, Al Barsha, Al Garhoud, Al Hamriya, Al Karama, Al Mamzar, Al Muntasa, Al Muraqqabat, Al Quoz, Al Qusais, Al Rashidiya, Al Rigga, Al Safouh, Al Satwa, Jumeirah Garden City, Al Shindagha, Al Wasl, Corniche Deira, Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hill, Hatta, Jebel Alindly, Jumeira, Jumeirah Garden City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeira Palm, Mankhool, Mirdiff, Nadd Al Hamar, Nadd Al Shiba, Naif, Oud Meth, Port Saeed, Arabian Ranches, Ras Al Khor, Satwa, Sofouh, Trade Center, Umm Al Sheif, Umm Hurair, Umm Ramool, Umm Suqeim, Za'abeel.