Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

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

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...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Wealthy expats fleeing Britain in fear of post Brexit tax status

Reports show over 12,000 non-domiciled expat professionals have left the UK over the past year, with another 55,000 planning to leave. The mass exodus is focused on the City of London financial district with its specially orchestrated non-dom tax rules, introduced to encourage top financial talents to take temporary assignments in the UK. With Brexit looming, the privileged few aren’t hedging their bets after an announced new crackdown on long-term non-doms. Changes in the law will mean non-doms will need to have been resident...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait furious over 10 year cap on visas

Kuwait is back in the news once more due to it’s proposed 10 or 15-year cap on visas for expat professionals working in the emirate. Expat feathers were ruffled a few months ago when the first suggestion of the 10-year cap was mooted in the emirate’s parliament. Recently, the suggestion was made that the cap should be increased to 15 years, a slight improvement which has not yet been voted in by lawmakers. Kuwaitization is a dirty word for many expats nowadays, as they are fully conscious the emirate plus the rest of the Gulf...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

UK expats still taking advantage of sinking sterling to purchase UK property

Expats on assignments in the UAE are still taking advantage of the shrinking pound by investing in UK property. New research indicates both foreign nationals and UK expats working in the UAE are snapping up British real estate whilst sterling is at a low point. Outside London, its suburbs and its fashionable outer rim, property prices are falling due to low demand by British residents, leaving bargains to be had in the buy-to-let and second home markets. During 2017, the majority of buyers concentrated on properties in the...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Most UAE expats have no income protection

Research by an international insurance company has revealed the vast majority of expat professionals working in the UAE have no protection against loss of income through incapacity or illness. The study, carried out by Zurich International working with Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, examines both regional and global income gaps. One important question asked respondents whether they knew how long their savings would keep them going should they lose the ability to work. The UAE’s result showed...
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...
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...
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...