Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats in UAE to undergo criminal record checks

The UAE parliament is expected to make a favourable decision regarding the need for expatriate workers to undergo criminal record checks. Security checks for criminal records are about to become the norm for expats working in the UAE after the scheme was approved in principle by the emirates’ cabinet. The move is believed to be a result of a high-profile criminal case involving a Jordanian accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year old boy. Since the case was brought, FNC members based in Dubai have called for...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2017

New Year finance resolutions for expats in UAE

Everyone’s favourite New Year resolution is to get richer than in the previous year, but it’s essential to set in place rules and regulations to make it come true. According to Gulf New’s Money page, personal debt via borrowing is at a high level in the UAE’s expat community. Consumer loan totals are soaring, making personal finance goals trickier than before. Expert advice from the page first concentrates on the discipline of regularly saving money as a start to building wealth, with Western expats well ahead of all others in...
29 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Dubai rush to beat healthcare deadline

Dubai residents are struggling to find suitable healthcare policies before the cut-off date of December 31. Dubai expats faced with the emirate’s new requirements to purchase healthcare insurance are struggling to meet Saturday’s deadline in order to avoid the monthly 500 dirham fines and problems with their visa extensions. To date, 98 per cent of Dubai residents have complied with the new law, leaving around 800,000 still unable to find cover. The start date of the new law, which applies both to employees and to their...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat woman escapes from Dubai rape situation via 999 call

A quick-thinking Canadian woman living and working in Dubai managed to thwart a rape attempt by a UAE soldier by dialing 999 whilst the man was driving to a remote spot. The 21-year-old Canadian had agreed to meet the soldier at an agreed location in order to have dinner with him, and had driven her own car to the meeting place. After parking her vehicle, she joined the man in his car and the pair headed for a restaurant in Dubai’s International City. After the meal, she asked the soldier to drop her off at her parking place as she...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai expat photographer holds Xmas charity pet photoshoot

Acting in the spirit of Christmas, an expat photographer working in Dubai is raising money for an animal welfare charity by photographing pets and their owners who attend a local veterinary clinic. Iranian expat Massih Shahbazi organised his first, free, Christmas photo call last year at the Lucky Veterinary Clinic for customers of the clinic and their pets. It was such a huge success he decided to repeat it this year and charge a token amount in order to help Animal Action, a local animal welfare charity. In 2015 he took around 200...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in UAE might not be home for Christmas

Christmas plans of UK expats living and working in the UAE risk being wrecked by threats of strike action from three major carriers. Three airlines are involved in a rash of labour actions aimed at disrupting many flights, including those booked by UAE expats returning home for Christmas celebrations with families and friends. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Swissport are all facing industrial action by disgruntled employees backed by their trade union. Of the 120,000 UK expats living in the UAE, a good few return regularly to...
15 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai expats face fines if health insurance not purchased

Dubai residents and expats are facing fines if they have not registered for health insurance before January 1 next year. Not complying with Dubai’s new rules on health insurance will hit expats especially hard, as fines aren’t the only punishment for ignoring the emirate’s compulsory health insurance package. Those who fail to get up to date with the new requirement will be unable to get their visas renewed, and may be forced to leave the country. The basic health cover package is aimed at Dubai residents, expats, employees...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Common sense tips for expat newbies in Dubai

Newcomers to Dubai’s dramatically different culture can be excused for making all the usual mistakes whilst settling in to their new lives, but most issues can be easily resolved with common sense and advice from long-stayers. Relocating to any foreign country can be stressful in itself, but when your new location is as different as it possibly can be from your home country, it’s best to take care not to upset the locals. Dubai is a magnet for talented professionals from across the world, but it’s no comfort that you’re not...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UAE expat investor risk aversion survey gives interesting results

New research on UAE expats’ investment preferences has identified professionals from the UK are the least likely group to take chances with their savings. The survey, undertaken by an international insurance company and a local investment management firm, identified the highest risk-aversion attitude to investment as a British preference. Across the entire UAE expat community, a full 48 per cent of UK expats stated they were risk-averse, as against an overall 32 per cent internationally. Expats from the USA were in line with the...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai property market still popular with UK expats

The Dubai real estate market has remained buoyant through 2016, with UK property investments forming a large part of its success. Recent reports from Dubai’s Land Department show property investments of AED 57 billion involving 26,000 investors during 2016, making the emirate one of the world’s most popular property investment hubs. Its success is believed to be a result of regional economic decline and political challenges overseas, and is being seen as a reflection of investor trust in Dubai developers’ focus on quality and...