Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

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,...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

British expats in UAE fear backlash from general election

British expatriates in Dubai are fearing an uncertain future after last week’s devastating election result. The loss of the Conservative PM’s majority in the House of Commons and her decision to align with an Irish party formerly reputed to have been supportive of IRA terrorists has caused massive instability in the UK political system. Worse still, the result came just days before the EU and Theresa May were due to start the Brexit negotiations. Expats living and working in the UAE believe the PM’s call for the snap...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar now refused visas on arrival at UAE airports.

As the snap diplomatic rift launched by Saudi Arabia and the UAE emirates on Qatar continues, its effect of expats’ lives is becoming clearer. For expats living and working in Qatar, the rift is likely to make their jobs harder, with the latest news stating expats who reside in Qatar will no longer be granted visas on arrival in the UAE. This latest ban is part of a Saudi plan to isolate Qatar from the rest of Gulf States, and comes in addition to another announcement stating Qataris are now forbidden from landing or transiting to...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats and Qataris panic buying in fear of food shortages

Following the news that Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, the country’s supermarket and food shop shelves were emptied by Qataris and expats fearing imminent food shortages. Qatar grows very few food crops, importing 90 per cent of its needs mainly from its neighbour Saudi Arabia via daily truck runs across the border between the two countries. Saudi Arabia’s decision to close its land border crossing with Qatar has caused panic in Doha's streets, with supermarkets and smaller shops already...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in UAE give their reactions to London terror attack

British expats living and working in the United Arab Emirates are shocked, angry and dismayed after last weekend’s Islamist terror attack in London. Many of the UAE’s large expat community are British and are reacting strongly to last weekend’s terrorist attack which killed seven people and injured dozens. The general feeling is that the three men who went on the rampage in central London are not Muslims – they are simply terrorists acting against the strict Moslem tenet of not killing innocent people. One Londoner who...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UK expat shows solidarity with Dubai Muslims by baking and distributing cupcakes

A UK expat is determined to show solidarity with Dubai’s Moslem community by the simple act of baking cupcakes for them. It may sound crazy, but Nicola Donal and her husband Brendon’s unique initiative is making friends and bringing a spirit of community to Dubai. When Nicola, a Mancunian herself, heard about the Manchester tragedy and read reports about increasing levels of hate crimes against Muslims, she determined to express solidarity with local people by baking cupcakes and distributing them around her district. The...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat receives first 3D printed prosthesis in Dubai

British expat Belinda Gatland has received a 3D printed prosthetic leg from the Dubai Health Authority as part of the emirate’s 3D Khair Year of Giving initiate. The British equine physiotherapy specialist and sometime jockey lost her leg 10 years ago following a riding accident, and is the first in Dubai to receive a fully 3D printed prosthesis. After her accident, her life changed dramatically as she’d needed repeated operations but still lost her left leg due to bone death. Her expensive conventional prosthesis allowed her to...