Relocating from the UAE to London: Security and privacy in a serviced apartment

Moving to a new city and a new country is a challenge. Finding a secure base in the heart of a bustling capital that meets both the needs and requirements of your family is vital.

Interior of Clarendon serviced apartment, Marylebone
The strong commercial links between the UK and United Arab Emirates mean that at the end of the seven-hour flight transporting you between the two nations, the new culture (and climate) of the England is slightly more familiar than you might expect. London is a city of rich possibility and potential; but for a relocation to be successful it’s important to find the right accommodation that offers not only comfort, but also security and privacy.

The economic argument

Relations between the UK and UAE have never been stronger; as quoted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alan Yarrow (2014-15) in preparation for an extended trade visit to the Gulf States. With 4,000 UK businesses operating in the UAE, it is the UK’s twelfth largest trading partner. Firms like Barclays Capital, HSBC, Clifford Chance, Norton Rose, Serco and Thomson Reuters have substantial operations in both countries. This is built on a strong foundation of political ties with a legal structure to support investors and businesses that want to trade from one country to another.

Why London?

London is a vibrant and multicultural city. As such a cosmopolitan city, security is a significant factor in planning an extended stay, especially with a young family. From French to Spanish, Middle Eastern and Chinese, pockets of the capital attract different nationalities where communities are strong. Food, drink, restaurants, shops; it offers those relocating a taste from home helping them to find a bridge between their new city and their old one on the other side of the globe.

The best places to stay

As a sprawling metropolis there are some areas of London better suited to GCC families relocating. Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone and Holborn have existing strong Middle Eastern communities. Marylebone, for instance, is home to a good mix from the Gulf nations. It is central for those looking to commute to London’s financial district, but removed enough for a high standard of luxury living and away from the hustle of the capital’s core.A rich culture of arts, heritage and architecture offers plenty to explore. London’s diverse population ensures the cultural offering is equally varied with everything from film festivals to art exhibitions reflecting its communities. Retail enthusiasts can turn to the high-end luxury on offer along Regent Street and Bond Street. Well-known attractions like Madam Tussauds, Harrods and Marble Arch are also conveniently close by.

International education

For those relocating with families, London’s myriad international connections have led to the establishment of international schools including The International Community School, L’Ecole Internationale Franco-Anglaise and Southbank International School. Several private schools also welcome international students. These provide continuity and an excellent, high standard of education. Well used to both diplomatic and high net-worth families and individuals looking for places for their children, these schools are adept at handling issues of security and discretion.

Serviced apartments offer privacy

Finding the perfect home is vital. For an extended stay a hotel is often simply not practical, in the sense of space, security and privacy. A serviced apartment has no public lobby: Instead there is a coded entry and privacy, with space to dine and relax away from hotel staff or guests. Serviced apartments provide total flexibility and are on average three times larger than a hotel room.With a generation of experience, Clarendon has monitored the growth of serviced apartments across London. Fully furnished apartments from studios to one, two and three bedrooms enable “relocators” to find a living space to suit their needs.Moving to a new city and country is a challenge, but a secure base in the heart of a bustling capital with the right amenities and attractions will make the move as smooth and welcoming as possible.For further information on Marylebone and many other London locations visit www.clarendonuk.comFor more Re:locate news and features about serviced apartments click here