Dubai Real Estate

For International Clientele

Profound traditions and ambitious vision wrapped into evocative desert splendor

Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.

Dubai is rammed full of expats from multiple nations and myriad backgrounds, making it a true cultural melting pot.  This is a massive plus for anyone who wants to learn more about the world from one single location. The local currency is the Durham. Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan and all visitors are welcome.

However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.


Lifestyle in Dubai


Tourism & Leisure Destination

Multicultural Attitude

International Entertainment

World Shopping Destination

Impeccable Customer Service

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly

Gluten Free / Organic Friendly

Strong Spiritual Identity

Urban Design

Pet Designated Parks

Outdoor Activity & Recreation Rich

Culture Mecca

Yoga and Meditation Everywhere

Business Destination



There is not just one style of food in Dubai. Here you can get any style of food you desire. The main restaurants in the region take inspiration from Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine but there are plenty of European and new-world inspired dishes to try.  Dubai is a luxurious place, so everywhere you go will be high-class. Like many business areas, there are plenty of economical street food options that are equally as delicious.


An art boom is sweeping through the Middle East. Collectors are crowding into auction houses and art fairs, and cleaning out galleries of pieces worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. The UAE, and neighboring countries are investing heavily in the arts and culture, building new museums and hosting exhibitions. That's encouraging a new generation of art lovers.


As a tourist and business destination, Dubai offers every type of activity and recreation you can dream of. As the latest definition of international luxury, Dubai, and its neighboring Abu Dhabi is always offering the cutting edge services and amenities that global-savvy trendsetters require.


If you want luxury experiences, Dubai is the city that can make it happen. From personalised shoes and supercar tours to VIP desert adventures and Arabian Gulf yacht outings, Dubai offers plenty to keep discerning travellers happy. Dubai was designed with serving the world's elite in mind - every activity you encounter is curated  so that you experience the most opulent of destinations, modes of transportation, customer service, tastes, amenities and attractions.

Attractions & Destinations

A Glamorous Playground


Internationally Certified. Locally Recognized.

Joske Thompson is a licensed Global Real Estate Advisor and has been trained as a Certified International Property Specialist to specifically address the needs of those looking to purchase property in California as a foreign national and U.S. nationals looking to purchase property abroad. He is the President of the San Francisco chapter of FIABCI, an elite network represented in 65 countries with members from all professions of the real estate sector. His extensive knowledge on international property and investment practices, paired with his robust worldwide network, affords Joske the competitive edge to deliver successful strategies for his global clientele. As a member of Top Agent Network, Joske is locally recognized as a top agent in San Francisco. 

Real Estate Market



Cost of Living Comparison

San Francisco


Food: +53%

Housing: +57%

Clothes: -8%

Transportation: +13%

Personal Care: +27%

Entertainment: +7%

Total Difference: +34%

Exchange: 3.672 AED/USD



 Food:  +12%

Housing: +23%

Clothes: -7%

Transportation: +132%

Personal Care: -7%

Entertainment: -4%

Total Difference: +34%

Exchange: 5.228 AED/GBP



Food: +12%

 Housing:  +23%

Clothes: -7%

 Transportation:  +132%

 Personal Care:  -7%

 Entertainment:  -4%

 Total Difference:  +34%

Exchange: 5.228 AED/AUD



Food: +16%

Housing: -54%

Clothes: -27%

Transportation: +18%

Personal Care: -22%

Entertainment: -10%

Total Difference: +21%

Exchange: .46789 AED/HKD


Tne Dubai Economy

as of Dec. 2017

Dubai At a Glance

Sourced From Forbes

The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Successful efforts at economic diversification have reduced the portion of GDP from the oil and gas sector to 30%. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE nearly 60 years ago, the country has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living. The government has increased spending on job creation and infrastructure expansion and is opening up utilities to greater private sector involvement. The country's free trade zones - offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes - are helping to attract foreign investors. The global financial crisis of 2008-09, tight international credit, and deflated asset prices constricted the economy in 2009. The UAE's strategic plan for the next few years focuses on economic diversification, promoting the UAE as a global trade and tourism hub, developing industry, and creating more job opportunities for nationals through improved education and increased private sector employment.

GDP: $349B

GDP Growth: 3%

GDP per Capita: $37,600

Government Type: The United Arab Emirates has a presidential, federal, and despotic monarchy. The country is a federation of 7 emirates.

Leader: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Trade Balance/GDP: 2.4%

Public Debt/GDP: 63%

Population: 6.1M

Unemployment: 3.6%

Inflation: 1.8%

Avg Commute Time: 41.21 min

Forbes Rankings

Trade Freedom: 56

Monetary Freedom: 76

Property Rights: 21

Innovation: 25

Technology: 24

Red Tape: 47

Investor Protection: 10

Corruption: 24

Personal Freedom: 129

Tax Burden: 1


Meet Your Global Real Estate Advisor

Joske Thompson

Certified International Property Specialist

1699 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109 /  Tel. +1 (415) 345 3100

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