Expat Dubai News
Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai
5 Dec at 6 PM 2013
A new law unveiled earlier this week means that the 80 per cent of Dubai’s residents who are expats will be compelled to obtain private health insurance.
nationals make up just 20 per cent of the Emirate’s population, and are already covered by a national scheme, but private health insurance will be mandatory for all other residents from next year. The law will be rolled out over a three year period, and is similar to a scheme introduced in Abu Dhabi six years ago.
Dubai’s wealthy nationals are expected to benefit from...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
An American working in the United Arab Emirates has been the first foreigner to be arrested under tough, newly-introduced cybercrime laws.
A press release by the Emirates Center for Human Rights confirmed that Shezzan Cassim was arrested last April for publishing a video on YouTube depicting a satirical view of life in Dubai
for young residents. Cassim and others who helped create the video are being held at an Abu Dhabi maximum security prison, according to the group.
Cassim has been accused of publishing caricatures likely to...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2013
British government missions in Dubai
are to reduce their notarial and documentary services from 1 December in order to save money and improve efficiency.
Due to changes brought in by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, some services offered to British expats living and working in Dubai
will be curtailed. Embassies and consulates in the UAE are to withdraw the shortlist of available documentary and notorial services, replacing it with a list of private UAE lawyers who provide similar services at an increased cost over that of the...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Confusion over Dubai’s medical cover policies for expats is causing concern that compulsory private health insurance is on the cards
A plan mooted by the Dubai
government in 2008 just before the financial crisis hit would have resulted in all expat workers forced to carry private medical insurance. However, the scheme was deferred in favour of the huge expat community, but now looks likely to be reintroduced into law.
Since 2008, expats have had access to free medical care, due to the confusion over how comprehensive the cover...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Expats in Dubai
are facing a hike in their electricity and water charges from January 2014.
The emirate’s Federal Electricity and Water Authority has announced an increase of between 14 and 17 per cent on water and power charges to come into effect in January 2014. The increase will be on the slab rate, with the total divided between the two utilities.
According to a spokesman for the authority, the price rises were motivated by the fact that UAE users consume twice as much energy and water as does the individual international...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2013
In an attempt to increase security and stability within the Dubai
property market, the UAE’s central bank has issued new lending regulations for both Emiratis and expats.
For UAE nationals wishing to purchase their first home, a maximum of 80 per cent of the property’s valuation up to $1.36 million will be lent, with a lending ceiling of 70 per cent for properties valued at above that amount. For purchasers seeking a second home or property, the loan will be pegged to a maximum of 65 per cent of valuation.
25 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Saudi Arabian women are gearing up to overturn the ruling banning them from driving, with protests planned and female activists already behind the wheel.
In a move which, if successful, will free both Saudi women and their expat counterparts to drive legally in the kingdom, the activists are calling on social networks for a Saturday turnout to support their cause. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which bans women drivers.
The movement is led by Manal al Sharif, arrested recently for posting a video of herself behind the...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2013
The decree passed by the Abu Dhabi government that all public employees must live within the emirate has caused a huge hike in rents within the region.
The decree was aimed at stopping the two-hour daily commute from nearby Dubai
by expat employees and wealthy Emiratis, all domiciled in Dubai
due its more relaxed lifestyle. According to local real estate specialists, the former commuters have mostly moved to three areas, Teem Island, Al Reef and Raha Beach, causing both house prices and rentals of upscale properties to hit a rising...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Although sale prices and demand for luxury homes in Dubai
are now on an upward spiral, values are still falling far short of their peak in 2008.
A recently-released residential property review of this year’s second quarter notes that luxury villas and high-end apartments showed a strong increase of 21.4 per cent over the previous quarter’s results along with significantly increased demand. However, prices are still 30 per cent or more under the levels seen in 2008 before the financial crash.
Much of the renewed interest is...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Advice cards on what to wear when shopping in Dubai’s malls are being handed out to expats and tourists considered by security guards to be dressed inappropriately.
The latest crackdown on visitors and expats who may be unaware of the UAE’s strict dress code is taking place at the Dubai
Marina Mall, where security guards are busy handing out cards ordering shoppers to dress respectfully when on a visit. Placards with the same information were earlier placed at the entrance to the mall, but are apparently being ignored.