Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats warned to double check insurance policies before signing on

Expats are being warned to read all the small print on their job loss insurance policies. For expats working in Dubai, the possibility of having their contracts terminated in advance of the due date can cause a major upheaval, with many taking on insurance policies which cove them in the event of being involuntarily out of a job. However, reading the small print very carefully before signing on is now being recommended as changes in policy terms are being used to deny expats the contracted amount. One unfortunate expat found...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UAE minister denies expat teachers are stealing Emirati jobs

Expatriate teachers in the UAE are being accused of stealing qualified Emirati teachers’ jobs. According to the UAE’s Ministry of Education undersecretary, accusations that expatriate teachers are taking jobs from qualified local teachers are false. In response to negative comments during a Federal National Council meeting, Dr Haman Mohammad al Yahyaei told reporters the argument was based on a debate on local teachers’ unemployment rates in which another lawmaker blamed expat teachers for the poor performance of Emirati pupils....
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE concerned over effects of interest rate hike

Expat professionals living and working in the UAE are worried about the effect on the cost of living of last week’s interest rate hike. Last Thursday’s announcement by the UAE’s Central Bank is the second this year, and is expected to impact borrowing costs including personal loans, car loans and mortgages. Businesses as well as residents will be affected, with expats working in cost-sensitive sectors such as tourism and the property sector showing increased concern. Large corporations with substantial loans will need to cover...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Dubai remodels Ramadan rules for non Moslem expatriates

In response to Saudi Arabia’s opening up its economy, Dubai has remodelled its strict Ramadan rules in order to benefit its non-Moslem expat community. In the past, the daytime fast and other rules relevant to the holy month of Ramadan have applied to non-Moslems as well as to followers of the faith, but this year’s period of abstinence passed like any other month for the emirate’s expatriate community. In a response to Saudi Arabia’s efforts to attract wealthy tourists as well as the best and brightest expats, Dubai fought...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Why should expats invest in the UAE

The recent decision by UAE lawmakers to issue new 10-year investment visas may well produce gains due to increased numbers of expats taking the plunge, but the reasons behind their decisions aren’t clear at present. It seems the UAE’s new 10-year visas have a similar motivation to the much-derided, so-called ‘investment visas’ including passports and permanent residency now available in a number of first-world countries. The Gulf nation’s landmark decision will end the tiresome bi-annual visa applications for the lucky few,...
29 May at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait ban on under 30 year old expat diploma holders reversed

The recently announced employment ban on work permits for diploma-holding expats aged under 30 years is set to be cancelled. The controversial ruling was poorly received by the expat community and the emirate’s business owners, as it’s uncertain whether suitable replacements could be found within the local population. The resolution applied to both the private sector and to workers in the oil and gas industry, and was to be implemented early last year but was postponed until July this year to allow further study of the issue...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Kuwaiti lawmakers debate Kuwaitization by dumping all lower waged expats

News about further increases in expat healthcare charges is being denied as fake by the Kuwaiti Health Ministry. The ministry has since instructed healthcare centres and hospitals that no further increase in expat healthcare charges has been ordered since last year’s increase in October. Furthermore, the ministry has reiterated that doctors alone have the right to proscribe medicines to expatriates, adding these rules haven’t changed nor have the prices for medications. The October 2017 rulings increased healthcare charges for...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Dubai house prices still falling

Expat professionals working in Dubai are being advised there’s never been a better time to invest in a property. Prices in Dubai’s secondary housing market are softening and mortgage rates remain on the low side, suggesting that now is the perfect time for expats to give up on renting and buy a home. Properties are now becoming ever more affordable across the UAE, spurred on by the number of expats relocation away from the region. Lower property values mean expats for whom a 25 per cent deposit has previously been a financial...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

Could non Muslim expats benefit from observing Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches, expats living and working in the UAE might well be asking themselves whether they’d benefit from a month’s fasting and self-examination. Many Western expats in the UAE wonder every year whether they’d derive benefits from joining in the fasting during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Questions about the experience itself, coping with fasting and whether a foreign non-believer could actually do it eventually lead to a few actually trying it. One female teacher who’d formerly lived in Egypt had stayed with...
9 May at 6 PM 2018

UAE now a hub for online shopping scams and card fraud

Over a million consumers living in the UAE were victims of online shopping scams during 2017. Online shopping scammers and fraudsters had a very successful 2017, according to a new report which estimated some $87.3 million was lost by unwary online consumers. E-commerce is enjoying a boom in the Gulf States, as are crooks and scammers hitting on consumers with credit and debit card fraud, online shopping scams and theft of payment information. Almost a third of online shoppers in the region were caught up in the illegal activity....