Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

22 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Singapore still the most expensive place on the planet

For the fourth year running, Singapore is rated as the world’s most expensive location for expat professionals. The latest league table showing expat costs of living across major world locations has confirmed Singapore as the most expensive city for expatriates.The Economist Intelligence Unit’s study sees the Southeast Asian city state top the league for the fourth year in succession as well as noting 50 per cent of the world’s most pricey expat locations are now in Asia. However, in spite of its high ranking, Singapore offers...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Dubai’s luxury lifestyle may be addictive for expats

According to a recent survey, a majority of Dubai’s expatriate professionals decide to stay as long as possible in the emirate because they’ve fallen in love with its seductive lifestyle. As well as attracting ever-increasing numbers of expat professionals over the years, Dubai is now the focus of expat decisions to stay even longer after their initial contracts have expired. A survey by the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry indicates that the majority of expats in the emirate extend their stays by at least another three years...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Cost of apartment rentals close to Dubai Metro stations

Finding affordable apartments within easy access to the Dubai metro system can be a problem for newly-arrived expatriate professionals. Arriving in a totally unfamiliar city after securing the job of your dreams can be a nightmare for new expatriates, especially as regards finding a suitable and convenient place to live. It has to be said that Dubai is hardly the most economical world hub as regards rental accommodation, but affordable one-bedroomed apartments can still be had in districts served by the city’s Green and Red Line...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expat owner of Dubai rogue relocation shipper now arrested and charged

Expatriate victims of a rogue packing and shipping company operating out of Dubai have been promised their belongings back by Dubai police. Following the arrest of Lionel Davis, owner of Expat Relocations, expatriate families who fell victim to the rogue removal company have been reassured by police their household goods will be returned. Davis is now facing seven separate criminal charges related to embezzlement and issuing false cheques in 2015 and 2016. Expat Relocations is now known to have been an offshoot of Relogulf, closed...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Proposed increases in expat heathcare costs slammed by Kuwaiti medical professionals

Kuwaiti medical professionals are rejecting as racism an MP’s call for increased heathcare charges for expats. Last week, a recently elected female member of the Kuwaiti parliament called for new restrictions for expats aimed at forcing them to buy prescription medicines from private pharmacies rather then getting them direct from hospitals following medical check-ups. MP Safa al Hashem is known for her aggressive campaign urging the government to reduce the overall number of expats in the emirate and replace them with Kuwaiti...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Best Aussie enclaves in expat destinations

The Australian diaspora is one of the expat world’s most impressive, with at least a million Aussies living and working outside the home country at any given time. Adventurous as Oz expats undoubtedly are, there’s still the human need to be with like-minded souls, thus creating enclaves of Australian nationals in diverse locations across the world. Just under 50 per cent of wandering Aussies head for Europe, and some 24 per cent of those already overseas are gravitating towards Asia as their next stop on the expat trail. For...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2017

India introduces five year multi entry visas for expats in UAE

According to the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, both expats and residents in the emirates will be ‘issued as routine' with five-year multi-entry business visas by Indian missions located in the UAE. The announcement of the new visas was made by Indian ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri during a media discussion held at Dubai’s Indian consulate. Suri said the new visas will become the norm for genuine Emirati and expat business applicants, adding the introduction of five-year multi-entry tourist visas would follow over the next few...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expat private healthcare costs to soar in 2017

Expats on overseas assignments consider heathcare one of the most valuable add-ons to relocation packages, but policies and costs can change year by year. In the increasingly unsteady world of 2017, being covered via your employer by a comprehensive private health insurance package is an absolute must. From exotic infections through accidents and even terrorist activities, the reassurance of full coverage for expats and their families is even more crucial than in previous years. Expats across the world need coverage relevant to...
21 Feb at 4 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait protest law restricting them to thre private hospitals

Legal experts and politicians as well as affected expats are criticising Kuwait’s new law restricting expat healthcare to just three private hospitals. Kuwait’s new law obliges expats working in the emirate’s private sector to use only heathcare provided by three named hospitals, but politicians and lawyers are saying the rule is a violation of the Kuwaiti Constitution. Nasser al Abdali, chair of the Kuwait Society for the Development of Democracy told the Arab Times forcing expats to use three specified private hospitals as...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Dubai praise the best transport system in the world

Whilst living and working in the UAE isn’t always a breeze, expats in general are more than happy with the inexpensive, convenient and ultra-efficient public transport system. Getting around an unfamiliar city, especially for recent expat arrivals, is almost always a stressful experience, but those lucky enough to land a job in Dubai will find it straightforward and even enjoyable. The combination of a perfectly-planned Metro system, frequent, comfortable buses and a huge range of destinations makes travelling, even to nearby...