Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Dubai to build two hospitals for expats on basic insurance deal

In a welcome nod to the majority of Dubai’s expat community, the Asten DM Healthcare group is to build two new hospitals catering exclusively for those on the basic insurance package. Some 70 per cent of Dubai’s resident expat community are unable to afford the more expensive options under the mandatory health coverage available, leaving them in a difficult position when illness strikes. Asten’s initiative will deliver affordable healthcare in two brand new medical facilities, one in Muhaisnah and the other in Al...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats and nationals in UEA condemn Trump move on Jerusalem

Government officials, Emiratis and expats living and working in the UAE are all in agreement that Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is totally unwarranted and poses a strong risk of damaging the entire Arab region’s fragile stability. Official notices of deep concern came from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (FNC) officials in addition to the minister himself, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, who denounced the decision on social media. Those in power in the region are all agreed the move has sparked outrage across...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Thousands of expat government jobs should be filled by Emiratis

During a meeting last Wednesday, Abu Dhabi’s Federal National Council members were told that 8,000 government admin public sector jobs at present done by expats should be given over to Emirati citizens. Council members expressed their concerns over the high rate of unemployment in the country to Minister of State for Higher Education and chair of the Federal Authority for Human Resources Dr Ahmad al Qubaisi. Several other council members told the meeting they knew of thousands of Emiratis who wish to work but are unable to find jobs...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Paralysed Brit expat trapped in Dubai by warped legal system

British pensioner Malcolm Munroe is paralysed following a stroke in 2013 and is being detained in a Dubai hospital until his unpaid business debts are settled. Monroe’s massive stroke left him totally paralysed and only able to more his eyelids. Since December 2013 he’s been in Dubai’s Rashid Hospital after being judged a criminal as he was unable to pay his business debts. His only alternative is three years in a Dubai prison, clearly impossible. Monroe arrived in Dubai with his family in 1983 and took over an already...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Female British expat in Dubai facing prison for witnessing fight

A young British expat who’s lived and worked as an account manager in Dubai for three years is now at risk of prison for witnessing a fight between Brits and a drunken Swedish man. Asa Hutchinson was with a group of male friends in the lobby of a Dubai hotel when the men spotted a drunken expat asleep on a sofa and decided to take selfies with him. The Swedish man, aged around 50, woke up during the process and immediately hit out at the group. Asa’s friends backed off, but the Swede called the police, who arrived, arrested them...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British Embassy urges UK expats and visitors to take care in Dubai

Dubai’s British embassy is warning all UK citizens in the emirate to take more care when outdoors. Between the annual increase of British visitors and UK expats taking advantage of the cooler winter weather, the streets and malls in Dubai are far more crowded than during the rest of the year. Scheduled events during the cool season such as this weekend’s Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the Dubai Rugby Sevens at the end of this month also attract a huge number of visitors. In order to ensure UK citizens’ safety, the British...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Dubai free fall real estate prices now bottoming out

Given that it hasn’t gone unnoticed in Dubai’s expat community that real estate prices are falling, what’s on the cards for foreign property investors next year? Unsurprisngly, property values in Dubai’s residential enclaves continued to fall during this year’s second quarter, with the average decline set at about 1.5 per cent. It’s the 12th consecutive quarter in which prices have dropped, making a total fall of 14 per cent since the decline began. As a result, average house prices are now almost 30 per cent lower than in...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Risks of earthquakes in the UAE

Reports of the effects of the powerful earthquake which struck along the border of Iraq and Iran include a death toll of at least 452, injuries to thousands and massive damage to villages. Tremors were felt across most of the UAE due to the shallow epicentre of the quake along the Iran/Iraq border, sending expats and nationals fleeing from buildings in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other northern emirates. Luckily, no deaths, injuries or damage to property were reported, although Emirati citizens were warned of aftershocks. One Dubai expat...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expatriate pupils in Dubai learn to love Arabic lessons

Expatriate pupils at one of Dubai’s international schools are newly enthusiastic about learning Arabic due to the Living Arabic Forum. Until very recently, expatriate children were far less than enthusiastic about learning Arabic, as they considered the language was far too ‘foreign’ and likely not to be much use to them in their future lives. Nowadays, it’s very different, thanks to the introduction of the Living Arabic Forum’s new, improved teaching methods which encourage a love of the language. One shining example of...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2017

National Bonds to take on financial advice in UAE

Dubai-based financial firm National Bonds is planning to move into the UAE with a digital app offering affordable investments and general financial advice. According to National Bonds CEO Mohammed Qasim al Ali, IFAs in the UAE are very limited and only offer expensive options to potential investors and pension savers. The company will concentrate on challenging the poor advice given by established IFAs in the region by launching an app offering a varied selection of investment choices in addition to National Bonds. Al Ali told local...