Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

27 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Drunk expat punches motorist in Dubai

A drunken Russian expat in Dubai punched a motorist in the face twice after saying the victim had parked in the wrong place, a court has been told. The 24-year-old man was set to go on trial faced with consuming alcohol and assault charges but did not show up at the Dubai court on Sunday. Prosecutors told that the assault on the 27-year-old Iranian occurred on 23 September. The victim explained that he was parking his vehicle outside his apartment block when the Russian approached him and struck the windscreen in a rage. He went...
9 Apr at 2 PM 2015

Expat played important role in India’s freedom of speech

IT entrepreneur, Javed Farooqui, has made it possible for Indians to post comments online and tweet without the fear of getting arrested. Mr Farooqui, one of mouthshut.com’s founding directors who is based in Dubai, got his company to file a writ petition contesting Section 66A contained in the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 to the Supreme court. This act was deemed to suppress free speech online. According to Javed Farooqui, this is a victory for the common man to have his voice heard. He is proud that he was among the...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Expatriate Staff Evacuated from Total Sites in Yemen.

Total, the major French oil company, said that all expatriate staff had been evacuated from the Saana and Kharir sites in Yemen even though these sites have not been raided by Saudi-led forces overnight against Houthi Forces. On Monday, a spokeswomen for Total told Reuters in an email that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure that maximum security conditions are in place for all the remaining people. According to Total, there have been reductions in operations on Yemen’s Block 10 and that gas production is being...
19 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Salaries paid to 100 striking expatriate workers in Bahrain

Over 100 Pakistani, Filipino and Indian workers of Mercury Middle East, who took action and went on strike due to not being paid their salaries, have finally been given their wages after diplomats and labor officials intervened. Gulf Daily News reported that outstanding salaries were paid to the workers, which had been on strike since 28th February. It was also mentioned that last Wednesday, an embassy official from India refused to leave the workers accommodation until they were paid. The Bahrian Bay, a Four Seasons hotel project...
17 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Irish expat teacher fights Dubai conviction

The Irish expat teacher, who has already served a sentence for drinking without a license and public obscenity, plans to appeal against his conviction so that he can return to Dubai. Last April, a Dubai court convicted Conor Hayes, a teacher from Ireland, of public obscenity after they were told that a police officer was given the finger by the expat in 2011. After serving a one-month jail sentence last November, Dubai officials immediately deported the 39-year-old teacher from the country. Mr Hayes, who currently works in Qatar,...
5 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Dubai tops Mercer quality of life index for region

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has ranked Dubai as the number one place to live in the Middle East and Africa – although it came in 74th in the overall list. It is the third successive year that the Emirate came out on top for the region, according to the international human resources group. However, when all 230 cities that were taken into consideration are accounted for, Dubai finished in 74th position - some way off some of its European counterparts. Mercer’s information solutions leader for the Middle East, Nuno Gomes,...
13 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Dubai expat buys UK number plates in new business venture

A Scottish expat living in Dubai has bought 35 “Arab-related” UK number plates in the hope that he can sell them on to wealthy Middle Easterners living in high-end areas of London. Tom Milne, who runs an oil rig equipment supply company in the Emirate, explained that he noticed how much some of the plates were going for and decided there could be a chance to make some cash. He noted that one plate, ARA8S, went for US$400,000 so came up with the idea of buying in bulk and trying to offload them to wealthy Arabs, who he said were...
26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
8 Jan at 10 AM 2015

Remittances from Egyptian expats equate to three times Suez Canal revenues

The amount of money expatriate Egyptians send home is equal to three times the revenue earned by the Suez Canal, according to the World Bank’s director of migration and remittances Dilip Ratha. Egyptians send home around US$20bn annually, with Ratha revealing that the figure had doubled more than once in the past four or five years. He pointed out that the money sent home was now three times greater than revenues earned from the Suez Canal. However, he noted that a number of countries, including Egypt, were currently thinking...
10 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Filipina expat in UAE claims she was raped by co-worker

A Filipina expat in Dubai has alleged a co-worker and compatriot raped her in their shared accommodation after a night drinking alcohol. Dubai Police CID Director General Major General Khalil Al Mansouri confirmed the claim and said that the police were currently investigating the matter. He revealed that the woman said she was in bed sleeping when her co-worker came up to her, covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from shouting out and raped her. The 28-year-old victim went to police to report the incident the following day,...