Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

7 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dozens of British expats made homeless by Torch Tower blaze

Torch Tower residents allowed into their apartments on Saturday to collect their valuables found everything from water damage to burnt-out interiors. Expats and Dubai nationals who’d fled Friday’s huge fire at the prestigious skyscraper were allowed to return to their homes to collect valuables and essential documents before an investigation of the blaze took place and renovations were started. As well as apartments which had fire damage including charred furniture and wrecked interiors, same units had sustained water damage...
4 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dubai residential skyscraper becomes towering inferno again

In a chilling reminder of London’s Grenfell Tower disaster, Dubai’s Torch Tower residential skyscraper burst into flames for the second time, sending expats and tourists running for their lives. The 86 storey, over 330 metre-tall residential tower’s first conflagration was in 2015, with its flammable cladding blamed for the fast spread of the fire over its external surfaces. In the same manner, the somewhat inappropriately-named Torch Tower burst into flames again last Thursday night. The skyscraper, set in Dubai’s upscale...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2017

House hunting for cheaper digs during the Dubai summer

Changing your accommodation in Dubai isn’t easy, especially if you’re cash-strapped and it’s full summer in one of the world’s hottest cities. Affordability in Dubai, one of the most expensive cities on the planet, benefits from budgeting, however much your salary and perks bring in. Rental charges can make up a significant slice of the monthly stipend, with expats who’re not expert in money management often deciding to ease the strain by finding a less expensive place to live. Unfortunately, this decision is often made...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dubai expatriates on Palm Jumeirah needed for reality TV show

A London-based production company is seeking UK expats with homes or businesses on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah complex to star in a new reality TV show. Arrow Media, the production company responsible for the popular Ultimate Airport Dubai show, is working with the UK’s commercial TV network ITV on what is expected to be a no-holds-barred expose of Brits living in untrammelled luxury in an exotic setting. Qualifications for applicants seem to be rather basic, as well as possibly reflecting the tone of the new show, with being...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Is the Dubai concept based on expat professionals

Dubai’s popularity as an expat professional hub draws foreign workers across the globe, but is the Dubai dream a cover-up for an unpleasant reality? On paper, and for new arrivals, life in Dubai is little short of a dream, with luxurious accommodation, maids, drivers, a great social life, international cuisine, all year-round sunshine, 24/7 aircon, and a salary difficult if not impossible to achieve back in the home country. The city is a shrine to the 21st century, with magnificent architecture reaching for the sky, green oases,...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dubai school fees forcing expats into cheaper homes

Summer in the UAE traditionally sees large numbers of expats packing up and relocating, with soaring school fees helping to make the decision either to leave or move to a smaller rental property. The already high cost of Dubai’s international school education for expat children is about to increase still further due to the government’s permission raising fees for the next school year by 4.8 per cent, resulting in expat schooling costs since the 2011/2012 school year soaring by around 30 per cent. Although expats in the UAE receive...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows Gulf states rising costs of living

In spite of readjustments in their local economies, Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s survey rankings have moved up, indicating more expense for expats in the region. The Mercers cost of living survey found that Dubai had risen one point to 20th most expensive world city, with Abu Dhabi following on at 23rd, two points up from last year’s study. Several other Gulf cities including Doha, Muscat and Riyadh also featured in the list of top 100 most expensive expat destinations. The Dubai and Abu Dhabi ratings come as something of a surprise as...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirement in the UAE

As retirement approaches for expats working in the UAE, many would like to stay and enjoy their golden years in the place they now call home. At present, some eight thousand expats live and work in the UAE, with many long-stayers approaching their retirement dates but wishing to stay in the Emirates. After many years in the region, the UAE is home but, without any provision for permanent residency, it’s a challenge to stay after retirement kicks in at either 60 or 65. Staying on may be tricky but it’s not impossible, especially for...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Chaos for expats departing Qatar due to shipping ban

Qatar’s ongoing sea blockade is making things difficult for expats leaving the emirate. As a result of the UAE ban on Qatari vessels, expats who’ve planned to leave the emirate this summer are now unable to transport their possessions either by sea or by land. Many are trapped, with no option but to sell off their household goods and vehicles at cheap prices as the cost of storage for an indefinite time is prohibitive. Prior to the June 5 blockade, the majority of shipping from outside the emirate came via the UAE port of Jebel...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Bahrain makes second attempt to revoke expat driving licenses

Following the failure in 2014 of a similar effort, a Bahraini municipal authority is again attempting to cancel the driving licenses of expats working in the emirate. The first attempt failed when Bahrain’s Constitutional Court ruled the measure was discriminatory and unconstitutional, but a loophole in the court’s reasoning allowed a driving ban provided it targeted those in specific employment categories. As a result, Muharraq Municipal Council has now approved a proposal banning driving for expatriates in certain categories,...