How to move house or relocate from Dubai while social distancing

Advice and rules on how moving companies can help you move house safely

How to move house or relocate from Dubai while social distancing

It’s an unusual time right now for everyone, and while the vast majority of us are spending as much time at home as possible, the fact is for some people a relocation or moving house in Dubai has been in the diary for months, while others may now find they need to move as a result of a change in their circumstances.

But what are the regulations around moving house in Dubai in the current climate?

Last month (April 24) the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA and the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced a partial reduction in restrictions on movement in Dubai during Ramadan. This means Dubai residents are permitted to leave the house for essential items like food and medicine without a permit between the hours of 6am and 10pm.

Under Dubai Economy regulations, moving services are able to continue operating as needed. Moving companies, and their employees specifically, are allowed to move freely around the city as required.

Experts from Service Market, which lists plenty of at-home hygiene services as well as packing/moving/shipping companies operating locally, gave Time Out Dubai some information on the steps and measures currently being taken by moving companies, and what you need to know.

• All moving teams are fully equipped to handle moves safely and efficiently. All team members wear gloves and masks, and temperature checks are conducted by supervisors every day. Any team member who is feeling unwell is taken off duty immediately.

• All packing materials are also being disposed of after moves are completed.

• Some moving companies are also requesting that only one family member is present in the house while the team works to maintain social distancing.

• Residents who are moving may need to check with their building management about the move-out process and get a move-out permit, which is part of regular moving procedures. The rest is taken care of by the moving companies.

• Residents usually also need services such as cleaning, painting, maintenance and pest control services once they've moved into their new home. Cleaning services are considered vital services and many services (though not all) can still be booked as usual.

If you are relocating internationally then there are several pieces of guidance to consider, too.

Relocation companies are still shipping and operating during right now, and there are select repatriation flights being operated out of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Delays in shipping your goods can be expected right now, so make sure that your relocation plan leaves room to cater for delays. Typically, it takes about four to six weeks for a container leaving the UAE to arrive at its destination, though of course with stricter regulations on working hours around the world, that number may be stretched a little.

According to Service Market, however, there have been no new regulations or quarantine requirements on goods being moved as part of a relocation, and international relocation experts and specialists are, similarly to local packers and movers, taking extra precautions when packing and handling personal goods and furniture.

• All packers and movers are screened daily to ensure they're fit and healthy before starting work.

• They're fully equipped with PPE, masks and gloves when arriving to begin packing.

• All staff make sure they adhere to social distancing from customers, so to avoid any contact wherever possible.

• All vehicles are being sanitised at the start and end of each working day, and no more than three staff travel in each vehicle.

• You may even be asked to ensure that only one family member is home to minimise the risk of passing any germs or viruses.

• And, of course, ensure that you book licensed and accredited packers and international relocation experts. Look for the FIDI international accreditation as well as IAMX and BAR.

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