Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

7 Apr at 6 PM 2014

UAE denies considering plans to restrict expatriate driving licenses

Following a ban on the issuing of Qatar driving licenses to expat labourers, the head of Dubai Police’s traffic division has denied that the emirate is considering restricting expat driving licenses. Maj.Gen. Mohammed Saif al Zafeen assured local media that there was no plan to cut back on driving licenses issues to expat workers in the emirate, saying that everyone should have a right to drive legally. He added that the only change to driving regulations at present is the already approved move to lower the legal driving age to 17...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2014

British international schools abroad overrun by local students

International schools across the world, started for the purpose of teaching expat children a British curriculum, are now being overrun by local students. A recent study has revealed that some 80 per cent of places in overseas international schools are being grabbed by wealthy local people for their children. Expat families living and working overseas are gradually losing out on the chance to standardise their kids’ education in preparation for their return to UK schooling. Increasing growth in the market is noted in the Middle...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2014

British expats in UAE found support group to help divorced or separated women

After becoming aware that divorce and separation was affecting a growing number of married expats, two Dubai-Based teachers have started a support group to help desperate women start over. Fiona Cameron and Anne Prince, themselves the victims of broken relationships, decided to start the Leaving Dubai group after they became aware that expats whose marriages had fallen apart have literally nowhere to run for advice and help. According to Prince, relationship breakdowns affect one in three expat marriages and, for women, it’s a...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expat professionals searching for UAE positions facing new challenges

After some years of being the destination of choice or high-flying expat professionals, the jobs market in the UAE is due to become less foreigner-friendly and more complex. The seven-principality United Arab Emirates has long been a hub for white-collar expat professionals looking for high salaries and a boost to their CVs. However, increasing government restrictions on expat employees required by private companies may finally burst the bubble. Leading executive recruitment agencies in the region report that the job climate is now...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Dubai plans retirement homes for expats as well as Emiratis

As part of a scheme aimed at increasing the number of medical tourists to Dubai, the emirate is planning to set up retirement homes for expats as well as Emirati nationals. The retirement homes will come in three styles, independent retirement homes, nursing homes giving full medical care and assisted living homes. According to local publications, they will be located in a special zone, the Continuing Care Retirement Community, along with a 400-bed facility involving a medical teaching centre. According to the CEO of Healthcare...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Dubai brings in compulsory heath insurance for expats

Expats, locals and visitors to Dubai must now have compulsory medical insurance, with the new law taking effect immediately. The move is expected to push up the cost of health insurance in the emirate, although it’s expected that private companies employing expats will bear the cost. The scheme will be phased in over a three year period, and its introduction ends years of speculation about its application to expats. Mandatory health insurance will place a strain on local hospitals, as those previously uninsured and unable to...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expats granted right to buy freehold homes in UAE

Foreigners working legally in Abu Dhabi can now purchase freehold properties located in specifically designated investment zones in the city. Previously, expats were only allowed to purchase leasehold properties, with the change widely believed to have been brought in to stimulate the property market. For a decade or more, neighbouring Dubai has granted non-GCC nationals the right to buy freehold homes, making the emirate’s real estate market one of the world’s most vibrant. Hard hit by the 2008 financial crash, the property...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Dubai New Year fireworks display beats world record

Dubai’s astonishing New Year fireworks display achieved what its designers promised and beat the standing Guinness World Record. The start of the world’s largest fireworks display saw more than 100,000 fireworks light the sky in the first minute of the spectacle. The amazing number beat out the previous holder, Kuwait, which only managed to ignite 77,282 during its 2012 display. Dubai’s entire Palm Island and World Island show lasted only six minutes, but was spread over a dazzled 94kms of the emirate’s shoreline and...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2014

How not to leave Dubai with no savings

Many expat workers in Dubai earn good salaries and have useful packages helping them save, but equally as many leave after their contracts end with little to show for the experience. Expats in Dubai are trading their present lifestyles for a future financial disaster when their contracts run out, due to getting caught in the culture of spending in the emirate. Many arrive with dreams of getting rich, but leave with nothing but their memories of a temporary high life. Experts are now advising against the urge to upgrade everything...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Dubai set to stage world largest New Year fireworks spectacular

Expats in Dubai will have a spectacular New Year’s Eve as the emirate again attempts to beat the Guinness world record for the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display. The amazing, if somewhat brief, programme of fireworks will be launched from 400 locations on the offshore Palm Jumeirah Island and is expected to break Kuwait’s record display held on its 50th anniversary in 2012. The display will only last six minutes, but will consist of 400,000 synchronised shots of brilliantly coloured fireworks with a musical...