Ok, I have just done this, so here we go. (sorry, but have just logged on for the first time in about 2 weeks)
Before you leave wherever, please make sure that any Education documents you have have been legally Attested (means that they are a true authentic document) lawyer or so will be good for this. The reason being is that there are too many fakes coming in from the Sub-Continent!
Would be a good idea to at least try and line up some interviews and things before you arrive. Contact some agencies etc before you plan to leave.
Upon arrival, you will get a 60 day Visa. This can be extended for dhs.500 for one more month.
Flats and the rent in Dubai is on the increase. One bed place can set you back anywhere between dhs.40 - 55K per year. And thats just around average facilities. Most of these places will NOT be furnished. A serviced apartment will set you baxck around dhs.4.5-5.5K per month.
The Supermarket Spinneys is a good place to look, cos thats where i found mine! Good suggestion there Fakespike
I have found a Villa to share, which is a lot cheaper and if you can find one furnished, then all the better. If you want to live outside of Dubai, Sharjar is the place to be. It's cheaper for renting, but a hell of a shit journey everyday!
There is just so much work here for all types of trades! I mean that. Ish, being a pimp, will probs know about the sex trade and the fact that it's booming. But just work in general is massive.
Hope this helps. Go to www.gulfnews.com
and check out some of the Classifieds!