Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expat professional hires in Kuwaiti and gas oil sector drop by 50 per cent

The appointment of expat professionals to crucial positions in Kuwait’s oil and gas sector during the fiscal year 2018/2019 has fallen by 50 per cent. During Kuwait’s 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Kuwait oil and gas sector appointed 345 expatriate professionals as against hirings of 190 during the year 2018-2019, a drop of almost 50 per cent. Even so, the same source of information reasserted the crucial importance of expat professional experience in maintaining operational standards in global companies, adding that, in spite of the...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

French expats worldwide grieve for Notre Dame

French expatriates mourning the effects on Notre Dame of this week’s devastating fire have been joined by expats and citizens worldwide. Grief caused by the loss of so much of the world-famous medieval cathedral and its treasures is now being minimally tempered by the news that many precious artefacts and relics have been saved. The remainder of the structure seems to be holding up after the flames and the many tons of water needed to prevent total destruction of the much-loved French heart of the Catholic church. Messages of grief...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Is Saudization failing due to local lack of interest in working?

Saudi Arabia’s Saudization strategy seems to be failing, as huge numbers of expats have left but haven’t been replaced by local talent. Since Saudization became the Kingdom’s buzzword, led by its controversial Crown Prince, some 1.5 million expatriate jobs have been made vacant and offered to Saudi locals. Expat reasons for leaving are many, and include early termination of contracts, the economic slowdown and the feeling that job security is no longer guaranteed. The push for companies to hire Saudi nationals as replacements...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats lose Dh millions in UAE timeshare scam

Many hundreds of expats living and working in the UAE have lost millions of dirhams in total to a cleverly-worded timeshare scam. Expatriates both in Dubai and across the UAE are believed to have been tricked into the scam by a Dubai- based company calling itself Arabian Times Travel and Tourism. It’s believed around Dh4 million is involved, with victims still coming forward and an alert on the company first hitting local media as long ago as last September. The cleverly-worded prospectus offered lifetime memberships allowing...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bahrain shutting out expats whilst Dubai hangs out the welcome banner

Bahrain lawmakers are planning to restrict expat public sector contracts to a two-year maximum. The bad news from Bahrain seems to deliberately contradict a statement by Dubai officials that close on 700,000 expat resident entry permits were granted to GCC nationals over the past two years. Previously, the Bahraini government had already approved a scheme to get rid of all expat civil servants within the next four years, but a specially-appointed cabinet is now examining the new proposal in the light of two-year expat contracts which...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi expats in UAE reassert racial attacks ‘not us’

Kiwi expats in the UAE are strongly asserting the horrendous terrorist attack isn’t representative of their country. As the world grieves for the 49 dead after the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack, Kiwi expats in the UAE and across the world are heading to social media to state unequivocally the murders are not representative of their country in any way. Widd Bonney, owner of the Dubai Facebook page Kiwis in Dubai, told local media last Friday was a ‘horrible day’ not just for New Zealanders but for decent human beings all...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UAE still expat professional favourite for quality of life

New release of a popular annual survey ranks Abu Dhabi and Dubai tops in the region for quality of life. The recently-released Mercers’ Quality of Living survey saw Abu Dhabi and Dubai keeping their high rankings as the most liveable expat cities in the Arab states. Some 231 world cities were surveyed, with the two popular expat destinations retaining their positions as 74th and 70th respectively. Unfortunately for the region’s overall reputation, another of its cities – Baghdad – was rated as the least hospitable and took...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Author busts expat myths about UAE culture and lifestyle

The Gulf States, however popular as an expat destination, are to many a region of myth and mystery set in an uncomfortably dry, hot climate. Out of all the world’s exotic expatriate destinations, the Emirates and their citizens are perhaps the most prone to Westerners’ misconceptions as regards culture, history and lifestyle. A recently published book attempts to dispel the myths and assumptions of new expat arrivals along with a good number of long-stayers, and was the focus of a session at the Emirates Airlines Festival of...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Gulf States focusing on cheaper local talent and Asian expats

A new Dubai initiative aimed at boosting Emiratis’ skills is likely to affect job security for expatriates. The emirate’s new strategy will attempt to boost the skill-sets of local job seekers, thus increasing their participation min the local jobs market. Unemployed locals will be given preference for jobs in the financial, technical, commercial, energy, social and tourism sectors, inevitably reducing the number of positions left available for expat talent. According to Dubai's Crown Prince, the initiative will empower local...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

What’s the average expat professional salary in the Gulf States?

Almost every ambitious expat professional would love to land a job in the Gulf States, but what’s the average pay? The Gulf States attract top drawer expat professionals for their luxury lifestyle, superb weather, career opportunities and, of course, high salaries for those with the right qualifications and experience. Getting head-hunted for a position with a multinational company based in Dubai, Kuwait or one of the other emirates is every ambitious expat’s dream, but what about the salaries themselves? Results of an annual...