Expat Dubai News
Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats.
A municipal overseer with responsibility for the city’s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official excuse for the ban is that the local authority is pushing for Saudization of the popular market in order to increase the number of local Saudis employed.
Director of Public Markets Nasser al Jarallah...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2016
If asked to choose between Dubai
’s job opportunities and rewarding levels of salary and the location’s amazing nightlife and endless amenities, most expats would hit on the lifestyle.
Admittedly, work in Dubai
can be fascinating and even fun, but the endless choice of hot new venues, restaurants and clubs are the real attraction for the ‘work hard, dream big’ set. Luckily, everything that’s anything features on endless local websites and apps, saving the cool crowd time and effort in choosing the best.
A pick of essential...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2016
British expats living and working in the UAE are unconcerned about the drop in value of sterling, provided their families are with them.
Amidst disturbing rumours forecasting a ‘hard Brexit’ and last week’s sudden ‘flash crash’ of sterling, UAE-based Britons are saying they have little cause to worry, especially if their families are with them on the overseas assignment. Many receive their salaries in US dollar-pegged dirhams and are only feeling the effects of the crash if they have families visiting from the UK.
23 Sep at 6 PM 2016
An innovative new school in Abu Dhabi is aimed at teaching Irish to the children of expats from the Emerald Isle.
The unique Gaeliscoil Irish-language school exists to teach the children of Irish expats working on contract in the UAE, in the hope that its pupils will stay in touch with their heritage and history through the beauty of the ancient language. Started with just three pupils, the school now teaches 30 children and is planning a registration day in the capital in order to encourage more enrolments.
Teacher Elis Ni...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Expat workers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of falling rentals by upgrading to larger apartments.
The emirate’s shrinking economy due to the massive fall in oil prices is causing layoffs in the expat workplace, thus reducing demand for rented apartments in several popular districts. Expats with ongoing contracts are now taking full advantage of landlords’ willingness to charge less rent and accept deposits in stage payments in order to get tenants.
Middle class expats are upgrading from single bedroomed apartments to two-...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed.
As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016
In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers.
Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly scams. British expats living in Dubai
and Spain are estimated to have lost a total of at least one billion pounds sterling to fraudulent investment schemes.
Yet another FCA warning issued in early...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s provocative utterances have overturned the traditional tone of American presidential elections in which at least a modicum of respect for the office itself was evident.
From Trump's Mexican border wall through banning all Moslems from the USA and his latest veiled reference to the second amendment as the solution to Hilary Clinton, this is an election like no other in America’s political history. A world away in Dubai
, as well as in every US expat community on the planet, bewildered...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Although the vast majority of international expats in Dubai
are stuck in low-paying jobs, the brightest and best are on a roll and getting richer.
’s high salaries have been the main attraction for the high numbers of professional expat workers flooding to the emirate. Nowadays, in spite of the dramatic fall in oil prices, the number of expats on fat pay packets is accelerating at a good rate as shown by data for the years 2009 to 2015.
Seven years ago, the number of expats receiving salaries of over Dh10,00...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2016
UAE expat school fees, rents and the rising cost of everyday necessities are all putting unwelcome pressure on expat professionals working in the region.
’s rents in general have been enjoying a welcome downturn, the emirate’s soaring cost of living is causing problems with budget balancing for the majority of expats in the region. According to a recent survey by National Bonds, utility bills, international school fees and housing costs are major concerns within the expat community.
Around 48 per cent of...