Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

15 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Dubai dogs get home cooked dinners thanks to expat dog owner

A Dubai-based expat dog-lover is now supplying freshly home-cooked, nutritious meals to local dog owners. Egyptian expat Nael Basily’s pet dog provided the inspiration for his master’s development of healthy dog food recipes when he fell sick with cancer late last year. The local vet attributed the illness to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, prompting Nael to research into commercially available, processed dog food. Before he came to Dubai, he’d cooked food every day for his Golden Retriever, Twixy, but hadn’t had time since...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Briton in UAE accused of causing death of Arab pensioner in lift

A female British tourist has been detained and ordered not to leave the UAE after a fellow lift passenger died of a heart attack. The 32-year old British visitor to the UAE was in a hotel lift in Sharjah with a 60-year old Arab woman and brushed against her whilst leaving the lift. Just a few moments later, the older woman collapsed and died. Subsequently, the deceased‘s family made a formal complaint to local police, blaming the British woman for their relative’s death. The tourist was apprehended for questioning by the police,...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2018

The real Dubai behind the glitter and gold

The average expat professional’s view of Dubai before he or she arrives as part of a considered career move is normally centred on the city’s luxury, amazing skyline and the high life as lived by those fortunate enough to have secured permanent employment. Given that Dubai is all the above and more, opening your mind as well as your eyes will reveal the real Dubai with its fascinating culture and rich history. Exploring the reality of this unique corner of the planet starts with a visit to the original heart of the city around...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2018

New UAE expat security checks start today

The UAE’s stringent new security checks mandatory for expats are due to begin today. From today, expats living and working in the UAE will be required to present a document stating they have no criminal convictions either in their home countries or in countries where they’ve lived during the past five years. The mandatory requirement will apply to all expat residents applying for a work visa, with the document to be known as the Good Conduct and Behaviour Certificate. According to the authorities, the move is intended to safeguard...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Misselling of financial products by dodgy IFAs still rampant in the UAE

In spite of UAE regulations on compensation for financial irregularities involving investments, expats in the UAE are still at risk from dodgy IFAS. A recent report in Dubai’s English language media confirms many expats living and working in the Emirates are losing tens of thousands of dirhams to unprincipled independent financial advisors. One British lawyer who’s lived in Dubai for 11years tells it like it was when, around a year after he’d arrived, he was mis-sold a regular savings pension plan by a rogue expat presenting...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Ireland to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry

The decision by Irish lawmakers to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry is clearly linked with an expected increase in business between the two countries. From next Wednesday, UAE visitors to Ireland will no longer be forced to apply for a visa but can enter the republic without any restrictions. The move is believed to be a key to creating more business connections with the Emirates and its estimated 10,000 Irish expats. Already, 230 Irish companies are doing business in the region, and the new move will also put Ireland on the same...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Eleven day camel trek gives expats clues to Emirati culture

Fifteen expats of various nationalities recently experienced a challenging 11-day camel trek aimed at learning about the traditional Emirati desert culture. Beginning January 11 in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, the 15 expats from nine countries rode their camels across the UAE’s deserts and through harsh weather for around 500 kilometres. Every day, they trekked for around nine hours without a break, sleeping off their exhaustion before doing it all over again the following day. Challenges came as standard and included a massive...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Irish expat couple in Dubai gift house and driving lessons to maid

A Filipino maid who’s been working in Dubai for an expat couple has been gifted with a home and driving lessons as well as other demonstrations of their appreciation. April Rose Marcellino Gatin has been looking after Irish expat couple Henry and Elaine Horan for 11 years since her arrival in Dubai, after first becoming their maid when they lived in Brunei. Their relationship is an all-time success story in a country where maids aren’t always treated with the kindness and care they bestow on their employers. Perhaps the most...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Downtown living in Dubai now a hot property location

Realtors in Dubai are now marketing the city as a ‘residential destination’. Gone are the days when Dubai was a growing city providing expat professionals with rewarding jobs and a unique, developing environment, with real estate agencies now describing it as a ‘destination’. The rebranding is the result of the city’s changing environment from a massive, modernising oasis set between the desert and the ocean to a ‘des.res’ location for the world’s ultra-wealthy and famous. According to one estate agency, most...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Fake degree scammers back in UAE business with a new twist

A Pakistani online purveyor of fake university degrees is now back in business with a new scam. Axact, a Pakistani fake degree company boss whose tentacles reached all over the world and made millions from selling degrees from non-existent universities is now back in business. Boss of the Karachi-based software firm Shoaib Shaikh was arrested and jailed early last year along with 14 of his executives and his company was closed down. The UAE had been a rich source of the cash for fake degrees scam, as were the USA and several Southeast...