Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Abu Dhabi Irish school offers Gaelic classes to expat children

An innovative new school in Abu Dhabi is aimed at teaching Irish to the children of expats from the Emerald Isle. The unique Gaeliscoil Irish-language school exists to teach the children of Irish expats working on contract in the UAE, in the hope that its pupils will stay in touch with their heritage and history through the beauty of the ancient language. Started with just three pupils, the school now teaches 30 children and is planning a registration day in the capital in order to encourage more enrolments. Teacher Elis Ni...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Abu Dhabi falling rents good news for upgrading expats

Expat workers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of falling rentals by upgrading to larger apartments. The emirate’s shrinking economy due to the massive fall in oil prices is causing layoffs in the expat workplace, thus reducing demand for rented apartments in several popular districts. Expats with ongoing contracts are now taking full advantage of landlords’ willingness to charge less rent and accept deposits in stage payments in order to get tenants. Middle class expats are upgrading from single bedroomed apartments to two-...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

UK expats lose a billion in fraudulent investment scam

In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers. Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly scams. British expats living in Dubai and Spain are estimated to have lost a total of at least one billion pounds sterling to fraudulent investment schemes. Yet another FCA warning issued in early...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Dubai US expats astounded at shameful rhetoric of election campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s provocative utterances have overturned the traditional tone of American presidential elections in which at least a modicum of respect for the office itself was evident. From Trump's Mexican border wall through banning all Moslems from the USA and his latest veiled reference to the second amendment as the solution to Hilary Clinton, this is an election like no other in America’s political history. A world away in Dubai, as well as in every US expat community on the planet, bewildered...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

High flying expats in Dubai see salaries increase

Although the vast majority of international expats in Dubai are stuck in low-paying jobs, the brightest and best are on a roll and getting richer. Traditionally, Dubai’s high salaries have been the main attraction for the high numbers of professional expat workers flooding to the emirate. Nowadays, in spite of the dramatic fall in oil prices, the number of expats on fat pay packets is accelerating at a good rate as shown by data for the years 2009 to 2015. Seven years ago, the number of expats receiving salaries of over Dh10,00...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Overall cost of living in the UAE puts pressure on expats

UAE expat school fees, rents and the rising cost of everyday necessities are all putting unwelcome pressure on expat professionals working in the region. Although Dubai’s rents in general have been enjoying a welcome downturn, the emirate’s soaring cost of living is causing problems with budget balancing for the majority of expats in the region. According to a recent survey by National Bonds, utility bills, international school fees and housing costs are major concerns within the expat community. Around 48 per cent of...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Qatar population diminishing due to expat exodus

According to statistic issues by the Ministry of Development Planning, the emirate’s population declined faster in July than in June, mostly due to expats relocating. The ministry’s figures show that a decline of a further six per cent was noted for July, bringing population levels down to just over 2.3 million people, Since February this year, population levels have fallen dramatically from a total of 2.54 million. A proportion of the decrease is being put down to locals leaving the country for holidays in European capitals, as...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Best locations for expats from entrepreneurs to retirees

A new survey has identified the best places for expats dependent on their reasons for emigrating. Expats leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, including the need to take their careers further, the wish to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit or a wish to find the most suitable place to retire. The one thing they all have in common is that they feel stuck and unfulfilled in their present situations, but finding the best place settle can be a challenge, even in these technological days. The survey analysed no fewer...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

No good news as Dubai expats prepare for the worst

With the expats’ promised land now failing to deliver, many long-term expat residents in Dubai are mulling over a return to their home countries. Although economic forecasts suggest the desert-based mega-city is better placed to weather the storm than its neighbouring emirates, the combination of the oil price crisis and the downturn in construction is hitting hard on expats as well as local businesses. Major foreign-owned companies linked to the oil industry are cutting jobs as clients scale back on projects, with removal firms...