Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

20 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MP urges exit visas for expats

As Kuwait’s government and lawmakers continue proposing and introducing measures hostile to foreigners working in the emirate, a law is being introduced requiring exit visas for all expats. Kuwaiti MP Waleed al Tabtabaei has proposed a measure imposing exit visas for all foreign workers intending to leave the emirate. The law, if adopted, would forbid expats working in the private sector from leaving unless they are granted approval by their sponsors and have received a special permit from the public manpower authority. It’s...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Oman must now have private healthcare insurance

Oman is preparing to issue a new law requiring the purchase of healthcare insurance by nationals and expats working in its private sector. According to the Times of Oman, the announcement of the new law by the Omani minister of health indicated enforcement by early next year. Currently, just 10 per cent of expats working in the emirate and around nine per cent of Omani nationals actually have private healthcare insurance, although it’s a mandatory requirement. The introduction of a new law forcing compliance is expected to provide a...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

What to do and not do as a new expat in Dubai

Almost 70 per cent of Dubai’s population is made up of expats from across the world, with all making the same, often comic, mistakes when they first arrive. Relocating to an unfamiliar country is a succession of new experiences, most of which are based on a totally different culture and way of life. Dubai is the perfect example of difference and diversity, and can be very confusing and embarrassing for those new to the scene. It’s entirely possible that old Dubai hands sit back and watch as newbies make the same mistakes as they...
30 Sep at 2 PM 2017

New expats in Dubai warned over rental property scam

New expats arriving in Dubai and searching for suitable accommodation are warned to watch out for rental scams. The process of finding a rental home in an unfamiliar city can be daunting for new arrivals, but there’s a good choice of agents in Dubai as well as a choice of online classified advertisements. However, as one unlucky expat family found to their loss, all is not what it may seem. One expat family who arrived in Dubai last March conducted an extensive search to find the right apartment at the right price in the most...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in UAE appalled and angry over tube train bomb

British expat professionals living and working in the UAE are furious and appalled at the explosion in a London tube train. The failed major terrorist attack on a London commuter tube train last Friday has resulted in anger amongst the many British professionals working in the UAE. Although the device itself was flawed and its explosive content did not ignite, the flash when the detonator blew up was enough to injure 20 commuters and cause panic across the capital. One Britisher working in the UAE told local reporters the train...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Gulf State slowdowns affecting real estate sales

Dubai as a must-have for expat professionals might now be more affordable as its property market stalls. As economies in the Gulf States slow down, house prices and rentals are becoming more affordable for expats. Dubai’s developers are hoping to encourage incomers to invest in pre-sales in order to offset the fall in oil prices and currency problems. Standard and Poor’s earlier projection that Dubai rents and real estate priced would continue to fall over the whole of 2017 seems to have been accurate, giving expats the chance to...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait cracking down on private sector employers of expat professionals

In another attempt to accelerate Kuwaitization of its workforce, Kuwaiti private sector companies are to be charged a fee for each expat employee over an allowance of 50 per cent of the workforce. The announcement by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Affairs is likely to affect almost every private sector company, as 90 per cent of the total Kuwaiti workforce is employed in the public sector. The levy will be fixed at $830 per expat employee and is being seen as a tax aimed at reducing the number of expats in the emirate. The move was...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Dubai urged to avoid long term insurance based investment plans

New arrivals in Dubai are being warned about commission-hungry IFAs peddling totally unsuitable, expensive long-term investment plans. Advice to expats starting out on the adventure of working in the Gulf States often includes the fact that retirement plans need to begin early on in order to generate enough capital for a successful transition from work to leisure in later years. It’s a totally sensible suggestion, but those who offer it may not be acting in your best interests, especially if they’re recommending insurance-based...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dubai population explosion down to expats

Already one of the world’s fastest growing conurbations, Dubai’s population is expected to double by 2027. Researchers at UAE University have released the results of a study claiming the population of Dubai will double over the next 10 years, with the soaring numbers due to an ever-increasing number of expatriates. Expats have already been implicated in the 1,000 per cent growth in the emirate’s total population over the past 40 years. According to Dr Fayez Elessawy, leader of the research team, the study also revealed...
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...