Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

19 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Salaries paid to 100 striking expatriate workers in Bahrain

Over 100 Pakistani, Filipino and Indian workers of Mercury Middle East, who took action and went on strike due to not being paid their salaries, have finally been given their wages after diplomats and labor officials intervened. Gulf Daily News reported that outstanding salaries were paid to the workers, which had been on strike since 28th February. It was also mentioned that last Wednesday, an embassy official from India refused to leave the workers accommodation until they were paid. The Bahrian Bay, a Four Seasons hotel project...
17 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Irish expat teacher fights Dubai conviction

The Irish expat teacher, who has already served a sentence for drinking without a license and public obscenity, plans to appeal against his conviction so that he can return to Dubai. Last April, a Dubai court convicted Conor Hayes, a teacher from Ireland, of public obscenity after they were told that a police officer was given the finger by the expat in 2011. After serving a one-month jail sentence last November, Dubai officials immediately deported the 39-year-old teacher from the country. Mr Hayes, who currently works in Qatar,...
5 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Dubai tops Mercer quality of life index for region

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has ranked Dubai as the number one place to live in the Middle East and Africa – although it came in 74th in the overall list. It is the third successive year that the Emirate came out on top for the region, according to the international human resources group. However, when all 230 cities that were taken into consideration are accounted for, Dubai finished in 74th position - some way off some of its European counterparts. Mercer’s information solutions leader for the Middle East, Nuno Gomes,...
13 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Dubai expat buys UK number plates in new business venture

A Scottish expat living in Dubai has bought 35 “Arab-related” UK number plates in the hope that he can sell them on to wealthy Middle Easterners living in high-end areas of London. Tom Milne, who runs an oil rig equipment supply company in the Emirate, explained that he noticed how much some of the plates were going for and decided there could be a chance to make some cash. He noted that one plate, ARA8S, went for US$400,000 so came up with the idea of buying in bulk and trying to offload them to wealthy Arabs, who he said were...
26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
8 Jan at 10 AM 2015

Remittances from Egyptian expats equate to three times Suez Canal revenues

The amount of money expatriate Egyptians send home is equal to three times the revenue earned by the Suez Canal, according to the World Bank’s director of migration and remittances Dilip Ratha. Egyptians send home around US$20bn annually, with Ratha revealing that the figure had doubled more than once in the past four or five years. He pointed out that the money sent home was now three times greater than revenues earned from the Suez Canal. However, he noted that a number of countries, including Egypt, were currently thinking...
10 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Filipina expat in UAE claims she was raped by co-worker

A Filipina expat in Dubai has alleged a co-worker and compatriot raped her in their shared accommodation after a night drinking alcohol. Dubai Police CID Director General Major General Khalil Al Mansouri confirmed the claim and said that the police were currently investigating the matter. He revealed that the woman said she was in bed sleeping when her co-worker came up to her, covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from shouting out and raped her. The 28-year-old victim went to police to report the incident the following day,...
1 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Dubai named world’s best city to work

Dubai has been voted the best city on Earth to work, beating off completion from the likes of Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Paris and New York. According to a recent survey carried out by Insead’s French alumni association, Dubai came first on a list of 15 of the world’s seemingly most desirable places to live. The researchers questioned 835 alumni from the school’s European-based campus who had gained experience working in the 15 cities involved. Among the things taken into account were the availability of young talent,...
27 Nov at 3 PM 2014

Pakistani expat to walk across seven emirates

A Pakistani expat in UAE has spoken of his plans to walk 350kms across the seven emirates to mark the country’s national day. Fifty-one-year-old Mohammad Malek, a Dubai-based carpenter, said he achieved the feat in 2013 and aimed to do the same again because he wanted to draw attention to the fact that the Middle Eastern country was one of the world’s most peaceful nations. Malek revealed that it would take him one week to complete the journey, starting on 26 November in Fujairah and finishing on 2 December in the capital, Abu...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2014

QROPS aces in the tax hole for permanent expat residents

QROPS are still a good choice for expats living permanently overseas as they give significant tax advantages in addition to conforming to the new pension rules. Overseas workers and expats who’ve reached retirement will benefit tax-wise from a QROPS, provided they have left the UK on a permanent basis. According to the Treasury, the new pension rules announced in the March budget speech will apply to QROPS, although the final wording has yet to be drafted. Whatever the result, QROPS will still be a good deal for those who wish...