One of the first things that you will need to establish as an expat to Sharjah is how to manage your money. You will be shopping, paying bills and doing business in the emirate, so how can you set up a bank account, withdraw funds and exchange currency?
ATMS (also known as cash machines) are common and easy to find throughout Sharjah. You will usually find them within the main shopping centres, airports and in hotels. The ATMS represent the local banks, as well as many other prominent UK and USA banks including Citi Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered. If you have an international ATM card, it can be used in most machines in the UAE and credit cards are accepted in Sharjah.
Sharjah offers a number of excellent education opportunities for all age groups, from preschool to university age, as well as professional career training. School in Sharjah pride themselves on offering high quality tuition to students. As an expat living in Sharjah, you will find a variety of curriculums on offer; the education system offers a choice between the British, American, German and French curriculums. The Department of Private Education at the Sharjah Educational Directorate, a government body under the Federal Ministry of Education, supervises schools in Sharjah. The school year in Sharjah is divided into three terms. A typical school day will last from 8 am to almost 3 pm, Sunday to Thursday. School days are shorter during the holy month of Ramadan.
There are a number of different banks in the UAE to choose from, so take your time to find the one that suits your particular needs the best. The UAE hosts both global and local banks – the local banks are generally well respected and safe as they fall under the UAE Central Bank which monitors all banking activities. You can find a list of the banks in the UAE here.
You may make currency exchanges with the banks, as well as currency specialists.