Dubai plans retirement homes for expats as well as Emiratis

Published:  28 Jan at 6 PM
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As part of a scheme aimed at increasing the number of medical tourists to Dubai, the emirate is planning to set up retirement homes for expats as well as Emirati nationals.

The retirement homes will come in three styles, independent retirement homes, nursing homes giving full medical care and assisted living homes. According to local publications, they will be located in a special zone, the Continuing Care Retirement Community, along with a 400-bed facility involving a medical teaching centre.

According to the CEO of Healthcare City, Marwan Abdin, the facility will be dedicated to education and the creation of a pool of qualified, professional health workers and doctors in the region. Recent reports by Western media state that a shortage of healthcare skills in the Gulf State is resulting in dependence on expatriates to fill essential jobs.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is to put in place stringent measures to combat fake saudization by employers. Violators who recruit expat workers, transfer iqamas from business owners or seek loans will risk five years in prison and huge fines.

Fake nationalization is defined as registering nationals with foreign fathers, other Gulf citizens or Saudis for the kingdom’s social insurance scheme without employing them, thus improving a company’s standing within the Nitaqat scheme. Citizens are encouraged to report such violations online or via a toll-free phone number.
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