Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

18 Oct at 6 PM 2017

British ambassador in UAE reminds UK expats about consular services

As a result of the recent increase in the numbers of British expats falling foul of UAE laws or finding themselves in dangerous or difficult situations, the British ambassador has released a guide to consular services in the emirates. Whilst a good number of UK expats scattered around various world destinations admit to having little faith in Britain’s consular efforts to aid those in various forms of distress, it has to be said the ambassador’s reminder is pointing in the right direction. Expats living and working in the UAE...
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...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Majority of expats in UAE planning retirement back home

New research has shown the majority of expat professionals working in the UAE are planning to enjoy their retirement in their home countries rather than staying in the emirates. Contrary to the perceived wisdom that every single expat approaching retirement age in the UAE can’t wait to get back to the home country, a recent survey has revealed around nine per cent are happy to spend their later years in the Gulf state in which they were working . However, that leaves the bulk of expat professionals having to decide whether to head...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet. The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for the past two years, but Norway’s second place is an indication of how much the world expat environment is changing. Singapore’s top score was helped along by a majority of respondents’ voting...
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...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2017

When to give up and get a housemaid in the UAE

Nowadays, many trailing spouses whose partners are working in the UAE also have jobs themselves, but coping with housework because of guilty feelings about hiring a maid is no fun. Many trailing spouses from Western countries have feelings of discomfort about hiring a maid to do jobs around the house, mostly because the Western way of keeping rooms tidy and cleaning regularly has been drummed into them by their own mothers. Normal household chores such as hoovering, dusting, washing and ironing are still considered to be women’s...
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...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Saudi annual school holidays move to coincide with Ramadan

Students attending schools in Saudi Arabia will now have one long break encompassing the fasting month of Ramadan. In order to ensure examinations don’t take place during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the Saudi school year has now been rearranged for a period of five years. A cabinet decision approving the change was taken following a proposal by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs. The school year will now begin on September 17 and end on May 15, the day before Ramadan begins. September 24, the Kingdom’s National...
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...