Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Living the tax free high life in Dubai for expats

Dubai’s fame as a luxurious haunt for the ultra-wealthy draws internationally-minded expats willing to try their luck in the casino of Middle Eastern life. Dubai is one of the world’s most enticing no-tax destinations, attracting not just the cream of the expat professional crowd but also mega-wealthy entrepreneurs and global-minded individuals keen to exploit all Dubai has to offer. For expats, the lure of earning many times more than their salaries in the home country coupled with a tax-free status is far too good to resist,...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat fundraisers in Dubai stunned by punitive new regulations

The majority of expats working in Dubai had no idea of the regulations concerning charity work in the emirate until one of their number was arrested for a Facebook post. Lawyers are now warning companies and resident expats that breaking the strict rules may mean massive fines and a 12 month prison sentence. Last year’s announcement of Decree 9 prohibits collecting donations and advertising fundraising events unless written permission has been given by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. It’s possible that...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

New UAE online portal to sell secondhand household goods

The UAE’s new YallaBargain secondhand online portal is sure to become a success due to the turnover of expats arriving and relocating. The expat population of the UAE is estimated to include some 200 nationalities, resulting in a wide range of pre-owned household goods, with millions of dollars-worth of equipment and furnishings purchased every day. Co-founder of the website Sai Naveen told local media the resale value of goods discarded when expats return to the home countries is around 10 billion dollars, with everything now able...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Two Dubai expats face 500 year jail sentences for massive financial fraud

Following their arrest in 2016, the two traders were finally found guilty and sentenced to 500 years’ imprisonment for their involvement in a $200 million currency trading scam. Ryan Fernandez and Sydney Lemos, both currency traders, had defrauded clients through their Exential Group firm and were first arrested when an investor claimed promised returns had not been paid out. Following the complaint, the Dubai government’s Department of Economic Development ordered the business to cease trading. The pair had touted investments...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat community in UAE gets free workshop on Ramadan etiquette

Expats in the UAE could be forgiven for not quite understanding the historic and religious culture surrounding the Holy Month of Ramadan, but a free two-hour workshop on its do’s and don’t’s should help. The UAE is reputed to have the largest concentration of expats of any region on the planet, with some 90 per cent of residents across the emirates originating from overseas. The month-long festival of Ramadan is the Islamic calendar’s Holy Month and has rules regarding conduct which may seem strange, especially to Westerners....
10 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Thermal drone finds lost rescue dog in the desert outside Dubai

A South African couple in Dubai feared the loss of their almost blind rescue dog until a friend offered assistance with his thermal drone. Stevie, a four-year old German Shepherd dog, was adopted from a local dog rescue shelter by South African expat Michael Rudolph and his family almost four years ago as a four-month old puppy, after being severely beaten and starved by his former owner. His injuries were so severe that he suffered brain damage causing epilepsy and was almost blind, needing constant care and love from his new owners....
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat financial independence winning out over risky IFA advice

Following the seemingly endless media reports of dodgy IFAs, Ponzi schemes and fraudulent cold-calling financial scammers, the new buzzword in the worldwide expat community is financial independence. The online Financial Independence world, usually referred to simply as FI, contains many bloggers describing their own experiences and passing on tips to those who’ve had enough of being cash cows for unscrupulous IFAs at best and downright fraudsters at worst. One Dubai-based expat founder of a non-profit community entitled SimplyFI...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Dubai expat parents worried about school reopening dates

Dubai expat parents are growing concerned about the lack of information on September's school year starting dates. At this time of year, it’s usual for expat parents to be advised by their children’s schools as to their September re-opening dates following the long Spring Break holidays. Some parents are finding it difficult to decide on travel plans for overseas holidays, whilst others are concerned that all may not be well with the schools themselves. For the majority of private schools in the emirate and across the UAE, July 5...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Relocating expats fear losing their possessions in container ship collision

Expat families relocating back to the UK fear they’ve lost all their household and personal belongings after a container ship collision. Following a cargo ship crash just outside a Pakistan cargo terminal during which some 20 containers fell overboard, 10 expat families returning from the UAE to the UK now fear their personal belongings may all be lost. The Tolten container ship, en route from Dubai to Felixstowe in the UK and owned and operated by Hapag-Lloyd, collided with another vessel during docking manoeuvres at the South East...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Indian millionaire exodus due to regulatory overkill

If you’re a multimillionaire, you can live where you please but, for the Indian mega-rich, the grass is definitely greener overseas than in the home country. Over the past four years, almost 23,000 millionaires have deserted India for fresh fields and overseas pastures new, according to research co-ordinated by an internationally famous wealth management firm. The survey took in 150,000 mega-wealthy expat Indians and analysed the reasons why a good proportion were happier elsewhere in the world. Unsurprisingly, the motivation to...