Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UAE laws female expats need to know

Many women moving to the UAE either for work or as trailing spouses are confused as to their rights and obligations in UAE law. Being male and moving to the UAE is tricky enough as regards laws, cultural aspects and correct behaviour patterns, but for women it’s a potential nightmare. Former freedoms and legal entitlements are thrown out of the window the moment females set foot on Arab soil, with immediate adjustment necessary to avoid unpleasant situations. One obviously sensitive topic in this Islamic region is drinking,...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Saudi dependents tax sees rents plunge and apartments empty

The newly introduced Saudi tax on expats’ dependents is causing stress to landlords as many expats have opted to send their families home. Larger apartments are now being left empty, with ‘to let’ signs appearing on the buildings. According to one rental agent, landlords are now being forced to use his company’s services in order to let recently empty properties as the usual method of posting rentals on social media sites is no longer producing results. In addition, former renters don’t seem to be recommending friends or...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Buy to let loans even more popular with UK expat investors

Following on from last year’s considerable increase in expat applications for buy to let mortgages, 2017’s total to date is even higher. Over £500 millions’ worth of enquiries for UK buy-to-let mortgages have been made to one lender since the beginning of this year. The amount represents a 130 per cent increase on the same period in 2016, with 25 per cent of enquiries coming from UK expats working in high-salaried locations. Brits in the UAE accounted for a quarter of the total, with 12.5 per cent from the USA, Hong Kong at nine...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expat international money transfers made easy

Wherever you’re working as an expat and however much you’re earning, you might need to transfer money back home. If you’re working overseas and supporting your family back in the home country, you’ll need to be able to make regular transfers without their costing you a fortune. The same goes for mortgage payments and savings accounts in your own currency. Currency transfer is very big business for international banks, with transfers from overseas to the UK totalling around a massive four billion sterling in 2015, much of which...
4 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar offers expats residence status to encourage them to stay

As the diplomatic and trade blackout of Qatar continues, so does growing concern about its effect on the large number of expat professionals working in the emirate. Foreigners in Qatar account for a huge 88 per cent of the emirate’s entire population, but the continuing dispute between the UAE and the tiny country is causing concern that many may choose to leave. The recent offer to expat professionals of perks formerly reserved for Emiratis is being seen by local media as being a bribe to encourage essential employees to stay....
4 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dubai residential skyscraper becomes towering inferno again

In a chilling reminder of London’s Grenfell Tower disaster, Dubai’s Torch Tower residential skyscraper burst into flames for the second time, sending expats and tourists running for their lives. The 86 storey, over 330 metre-tall residential tower’s first conflagration was in 2015, with its flammable cladding blamed for the fast spread of the fire over its external surfaces. In the same manner, the somewhat inappropriately-named Torch Tower burst into flames again last Thursday night. The skyscraper, set in Dubai’s upscale...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UAE central bank clamps down on mis selling of expat investments

The UAE’s Central Bank is being praised for its recent clampdown on the mis-selling of unsuitable investments to the emirates’ expat community. The Central Bank began its attack on unscrupulous sales of dodgy investment plans to its expat population by instructing finance companies and banks under its jurisdiction to amicably settle mis-selling complaints within a period not exceeding 90 days. The notice was issued in response to the ever-increasing number of complaints about investment and savings products being offered to...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dubai expatriates on Palm Jumeirah needed for reality TV show

A London-based production company is seeking UK expats with homes or businesses on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah complex to star in a new reality TV show. Arrow Media, the production company responsible for the popular Ultimate Airport Dubai show, is working with the UK’s commercial TV network ITV on what is expected to be a no-holds-barred expose of Brits living in untrammelled luxury in an exotic setting. Qualifications for applicants seem to be rather basic, as well as possibly reflecting the tone of the new show, with being...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Is the Dubai concept based on expat professionals

Dubai’s popularity as an expat professional hub draws foreign workers across the globe, but is the Dubai dream a cover-up for an unpleasant reality? On paper, and for new arrivals, life in Dubai is little short of a dream, with luxurious accommodation, maids, drivers, a great social life, international cuisine, all year-round sunshine, 24/7 aircon, and a salary difficult if not impossible to achieve back in the home country. The city is a shrine to the 21st century, with magnificent architecture reaching for the sky, green oases,...