Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

24 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Boarding schools versus international schools for expat children in UAE

Gone are the days when almost all expat professionals working in the UAE sent their children to overseas boarding schools, but are the emirate’s international schools a better and cheaper option? Although boarding schools are no longer a necessity for expat parents wanting the best education for their kids, it’s a fact that one attraction of an overseas education is the freedom it gives to its students and their parents compared with the restrictions of living in the UAE. Surprisingly, a UK boarding school education can also give...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait under pressure in run up to demographic debate

According to reliable sources, the Kuwaiti parliament is preparing for a debate in the National Assembly over plans to tackle the emirate’s controversial demographic imbalance. The debate, due to take place after this year’s Ramadan, is aimed at encouraging the government to take action over problems caused by Kuwait’s huge demographic imbalance. A push for immediate action on measures put forward to reduce the number of expats in the emirate will form part of the debate itself. A number of Kuwaiti lawmakers have been expressing...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Stricter driving laws in UAE to cause problems for expat professionals

Seen as yet another hit on expat professionals living and working in the UAE, the new driving regulations include a limit of five years on expat driving license renewals and two year licenses for new drivers in the emirates. Expat professionals with several years’ service or more in the UAE could be forgiven for feeling less than welcome these days, with new regulations on several fronts including healthcare and driving likely to cause difficulties, especially for those with families. To make things worse, the Kuwait administrative...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Online help for depression felt by trailing spouses in UAE

British would-be expats are clamouring to find jobs in the UAE in order to enjoy a fresh start but, for many, adjustment to the totally different way of life can lead to serious depression. Research by the World Health Organisation has revealed some three hundred million world citizens are suffering from ill health caused by depression, with loneliness and a lack of human contact being one of the major causes. Newly arrived expats are especially vulnerable, as their expectations are high and reality rarely matches up until integration...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2017

New UAE UK treaty allows expats tax free transfers from pension savings schemes

A new double tax treaty (DTA) between the UK and the UAE aimed at personal tax matters is now in force, and may result in big savings for expats with pension savings funds. The DTA treaty applies to UAE-resident British expats over the age of 55, allowing them to withdraw their full pension funds on a tax free basis, although certain circumstances will apply. It’s hoped the new law will prevent UK expat induviduals and businesses from being taxed twice on earnings as well as freeing up labour movements and building closer trading...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Dubai gets first overseas Priory clinic for alcoholics and drug addicts

Best known in the UK for its celebrity addicts, the London-based Priory Clinic is now open in Dubai’s prestigious Heathcare City. With its nine clinics and hospital now covering England and Scotland, the Priory’s early days saw it become famous as the fashionable port of call for celebrities with addictions varying from alcohol, drugs and sex to other substance abuses and even shopaholic syndrome. For some famous names, their ship docked at the Priory’s port of call more than once, giving the UK’s gutter press a good number of...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Gulf States see massive falls in popularity with expat professionals

A recent InterNations expat survey has shattered the Gulf States’ reputations as great places for expat professionals to further their careers and enjoy luxury lifestyles. In the past, landing contracts in Saudi, the UAE, Kuwait and several other oil-rich emirates gave expats an opportunity to kick-start upward mobility in their careers, accumulate savings for their futures and enjoy an enviable lifestyle. Since the price of crude crashed, the dream seems to be over as lawmakers turn to blaming expats for problems caused by...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Cost of apartment rentals close to Dubai Metro stations

Finding affordable apartments within easy access to the Dubai metro system can be a problem for newly-arrived expatriate professionals. Arriving in a totally unfamiliar city after securing the job of your dreams can be a nightmare for new expatriates, especially as regards finding a suitable and convenient place to live. It has to be said that Dubai is hardly the most economical world hub as regards rental accommodation, but affordable one-bedroomed apartments can still be had in districts served by the city’s Green and Red Line...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Superheroine Consular Carol urges Brit expats to take better care of their passports

Just as most UK expats had managed to forget the zany side of their home country, the UAE British Embassy's social media pages are using a cartoon superheroine to advise that keeping passports in freezers is not the best idea. The www,gov.uk/overseas webpage is a must-visit for expats bemoaning the good old days when Britishers were known worldwide for their eccentricity. It features a new, female superhero cartoon character, Consular Carol, whose only job in life is to help protect British passports, wherever on the planet they may...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Best Aussie enclaves in expat destinations

The Australian diaspora is one of the expat world’s most impressive, with at least a million Aussies living and working outside the home country at any given time. Adventurous as Oz expats undoubtedly are, there’s still the human need to be with like-minded souls, thus creating enclaves of Australian nationals in diverse locations across the world. Just under 50 per cent of wandering Aussies head for Europe, and some 24 per cent of those already overseas are gravitating towards Asia as their next stop on the expat trail. For...