Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

25 May at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Dubai hold Brexit referendum debate

A heated debate on the Brexit referendum took place in Dubai’s Capital Club, attended by a good number of expats working in the kingdom. The discussion demonstrated that being thousands of miles away has no effect on the strength of feelings of those who consider the UK as their true home. Strong opinions were stated by supporters of both sides of the argument, beginning with Gulf News Editor Francis Matthew’s reminder of Britain’s long-standing connection with Europe. Referring to the descriptions ‘Norman’ and...
16 May at 6 PM 2016

Entire expat workforce in Dubai to be trained in culture and law

Under a recently launched scheme planned to operate in three stages, all expat workers in Dubai will have to undergo compulsory education in their rights, duties and Dubai laws. Four of the Emirate’s government departments are involved in the newly introduced Workforce Training programme, with the first stage involving blue collar workers now ongoing. The second stage, due next year, will involve expats working in the construction sector and. by 2018, all expatriate workers will be forced to attend the training sessions. The...
9 May at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows expats now more settled in UAE

Stabilising property prices and the UAE lifestyle are now major draws, reassuring expats formerly planning to leave. Results of a recent survey report 36 per cent of expatriate respondents are now planning to stay long-term in the Emirates. The same survey’s 2015 results showed over half of expats working in the UAE were preparing to leave rather than purchase a home due to the soaring cost of living. The poll, conducted by finance comparison website compareit4me.com, strongly indicated that expatriate workers feel their future...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook. The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living in the Sultanate and will apply to arrivals by air as well as by road. A number of nationalities including Filipinos and Indians will have to apply for e-visas whatever their jobs, as the former...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation packages are encouraging British teachers to take the opportunities of a lifetime and leave the UK. With Britain’s schools already experiencing a recruitment famine, the brain drain effect of...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat property investment hubs under the microscope

Expat property investment is seen as an option by many retirees living overseas, but needs to be carefully considered. Buying a second home or investment property outside the home country is a popular option for many expat retirees, but making an informed decision takes a good deal of research as regards location, tax liabilities, renting out and leasing legalities and the chance of capital appreciation. In short, making the right decision should be based on personal priorities, the purpose of the purchase, any risk exposure and...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Expats in UAE afraid to integrate with Emiratis

Expats living and working in the UAE admit to finding it almost impossible to get Emirati friends. Although the British have a reputation for being unsociable, many expats living in the UAE who would like to find friends amongst the local community are being stymied by cultural differences. A recent survey agreed with perceived wisdom in the Dubai expat community that striking up friendships with Emiratis is tricky. According to the survey, an average of 61 per cent of expats living elsewhere across the globe found it easy to make...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in the Gulf fear final salary scheme pension shortfalls

A warning by the UK Pensions Protection Fund that a high number of final salary schemes may be short of necessary funds to pay out amounts due is causing concern amongst UK expats working in the UAE. Wealth management companies in the Gulf are advising expat clients on the best way to transfer out of occupational pensions which may be at risk. An increasing number of expats working in the region are expressing concern about losing out on their planned retirement funds. Paying in to a final salary pension was intended to ensure that...
7 Aug at 12 PM 2015

UAE: Indian and Pakistani expats make up a third of population in 3 emirates

Expats from Indian and Pakistan make up 37 per cent of the total population in the emirates of Dubai, Ajman and Sharjah, according to the latest statistics from market intelligence company Euromonitor International. With the combined populations of the three emirates, Indians make up 25 per cent, Pakistanis 12 per cent, Emiratis nine per cent, Bangladeshis seven per cent and Filipinos five per cent. Euromonitor International research manager Nikola Kosutic noted that the high number of expats from India and Pakistan could be...