For most people who come to the UAE, returning home, or beginning a new life somewhere else, is a considerable challenge.
When it is time to go
Whatever the reason, slogging through paperwork, packing, paying the bills, looking for health insurance and taking the children out of school can be a costly headache.
To avoid the hassle - and the debts - some people choose to abscond, jumping on a plane with no intention of coming back. But this is hardly a prudent option, nor is it an ethical one.
Expatriates who abscond from debts could be blacklisted from re-entering the country for years to come - if not forever. And as soon as you enter a UAE airport, even in transit, you could end up having problems with the local authorities.
Absconding will also eliminate your end-of-service gratuity and final payment, which in this country are linked to proper existing procedures.
Fortunately, for the majority of us, departing from UAE life is a sweet sorrow, and it pays to end your time here responsibly. If you follow the right steps, the process can be relatively painless.