Thanks for your reply.
I suspected that might be the case. I am just passing through- I am moving to London for work, and so want to do a trip to get there. I thought that buying a bike in the UAE might be a good way to avoid incurring shipping and other bits and pieces, which I think would amount to something like half of the value of the bike.
It looks as though I will have to bring my bike over though, unless anyone has any suggestions.
Thanks again for the info.