Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

29 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats relocating from Dubai chasing missing shipments

Despite paying a local shipper thousands of dirhams to transport their belongings back to their home countries, former Dubai residents still haven’t received their shipments. The situation strongly resembles the 2014 Dubai Relogulf incident, where expats were left without their personal goods and household items for many months. Those affected at the present time are certain the man who represented the shipping company Expat Relocations is the former Relogulf managing partner operating under another name. Relocating expats who...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Dubai expats and tourists warned against reporting rape

Following a number of incidents, expat and tourist women in Dubai and across the UAE are being advised not to report rape and sexual violence attacks The warnings come after a 25-year old British national was arrested and charged with adultery after reporting her rape by two British tourists. The victim, at present released on bail after being held in custody since the attack, is to face trial by Sharia law, whilst the two rapist were allowed to return to the UK. Sharia punishments for extramarital sex include floggings, imprisonment,...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2016

American expats in UAE expect serious financial market ramifications

US expats living in Dubai are reacting with shock/horror at the totally unexpected result of Tuesday’s presidential election. The new president-elect has business interests worth multi-millions of dirhans in Dubai, but is no more popular with US expats in the Gulf States than he is elsewhere in expatland. To one long-term Dubai expat resident it’s a bitter disappointment and a huge worry for not just the domestic impact but even more so for the global impact. Chair of Dubai’s Democrats Abroad United UAE Orlando Vidal told the...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Dubai fear Trump victory may harm financial markets

As Election Day dawns, US expat investors living in the UAE worry about the effect on financial markets and the dollar of a Trump victory. Anxiety in Dubai’s expat community over the possible effects of a Trump presidency on the US dollar is ramping up now that the election itself is underway. The UAE dirham is pegged to the dollar, making currency instability likely if the unthinkable becomes a reality. Other are sceptical, claiming the dollar is more likely to strengthen than fall due to the prospect of another US Federal...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2016

British expat in UAE fined and deported for volunteering

A British expat volunteer worker who’d fundraised online to help two sick children had been fined Dh5,000 and is to be deported. The woman was reported to UAE police last December by the UAE’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, accusing her of using her volunteer website to solicit donations for medical treatment for two young children suffering from liver conditions. Having been accused in court last June of violating the emirate’s rules in charity fundraising, she was initially found not guilty....
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Saudi fresh market off limits to expat shoppers

Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats. A municipal overseer with responsibility for the city’s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official excuse for the ban is that the local authority is pushing for Saudization of the popular market in order to increase the number of local Saudis employed. Director of Public Markets Nasser al Jarallah...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Best loved lifestyle websites and apps for expats in Dubai

If asked to choose between Dubai’s job opportunities and rewarding levels of salary and the location’s amazing nightlife and endless amenities, most expats would hit on the lifestyle. Admittedly, work in Dubai can be fascinating and even fun, but the endless choice of hot new venues, restaurants and clubs are the real attraction for the ‘work hard, dream big’ set. Luckily, everything that’s anything features on endless local websites and apps, saving the cool crowd time and effort in choosing the best. A pick of essential...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in UAE unfazed by falling pound

British expats living and working in the UAE are unconcerned about the drop in value of sterling, provided their families are with them. Amidst disturbing rumours forecasting a ‘hard Brexit’ and last week’s sudden ‘flash crash’ of sterling, UAE-based Britons are saying they have little cause to worry, especially if their families are with them on the overseas assignment. Many receive their salaries in US dollar-pegged dirhams and are only feeling the effects of the crash if they have families visiting from the UK. One...
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-...