Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UAE camel trek opens up vast deserts and Bedouin culture to expats

For a few lucky expats in the UAE, the journey of a lifetime is on right now. Deserts, the Bedouin heritage and camels are the hallmark of the Arab States’ long, fascinating history involving journeys across seemingly unending vistas of sand. Many of those who’ve read about the region’s earlier days can’t begin to imagine how the camels and their owners found their way across what seems like a futuristic, ever-shifting landscape under a burning sun. Every year, eleven lucky expats get the chance to find out everything they want...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2019

British expats fear Costa del Crime is back with a vengeance

Over 120 mafia-style international gangs are now operating across Spain’s Costa del Sol. Once infamous as a safe haven for British crooks, Spain’s Costa del Sol is now home to a huge British expat community, most of whom are retirees looking for a peaceful life in the sunshine. Tragically, over the past two years, the region has again become a hub for ruthless mafia-style gangs struggling to take over the highly lucrative drug-trafficking hotspot. The reasons for the huge increase in violent crime are purely geographic, with a...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Where next for expat entrepreneurs in the tech sector

Dependent on the specific business sector, Dubai ranks highly as best for start-ups, but so do many other world countries. Deciding which location is best for your entrepreneurial start-up can be tricky, as this new world in all its expat glory isn’t just the ‘one size fits all’ destination as described online. Certain countries and cities may be the chance of a lifetime for one speciality but dead in the water for another, however innovative the idea. For example, ever-popular Dubai works well for entrepreneurs in the...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Saudi real estate sector blaming expat exodus for slowdown

Saudi Arabia’s expat exodus is keeping the lid on the kingdom’s real estate market. Although the Saudi government firmly believes domestic demand will pick up, the present exodus of expat workers is having the opposite effect. Over the past year, property prices have fallen by between five and six percent, with rental prices down by one percent. The demand for affordable units is still apparent and supply is slowly increasing, but the entire market is now bearing the brunt of falling prices. A recent study by S&P is...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Mafia gang wars, drugs and murder threaten expat life in Spain

British expats living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are being warned over violence and assassinations now taking place in what appears to be a drugs-based mafia-style gang war. Over the past several months, Spanish police have been investigating at least two murders, with a third taking place just two weeks ago. The first body, that of a 39 year-old man, was found in a ditch on September 18, with the corpse showing signs of violence. Police originally labelled the death as suicide, but changed their minds when the proof of...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2019

How will expats in Dubai cope with EXPO 2020?

Expats in the UAE are now wondering about the effect on their lives of the six-month long Dubai EXPO 2020. Anticipating this spectacular world event is one thing, but getting around and doing your job as an expat may well be another, should the expected millions of visitors arrive. Naturally, everyone is excited, but the real world of commerce and business needs to continue as usual despite the mega-celebration. Anticipated issues include transportation, access to facilities, massive crowds and possible price increases in the short...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Dubai urged to make legal wills to avoid problems after they’ve passed

Long-stay expatriate professionals living and working in the UAE are being urged to make a formal will.If the worst happens and your husband dies whilst employed as an expat. ln the UAE, the lack of a formal last will and testament can cause stress and hardship to the deceased's family. Given the cultural differences between Western expatriates and local people, it’s no surprise that making a will is last on the list of must-dos for the majority of expats working in Dubai. Unfortunately, local laws on disposing possessions without...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

What’s forcing expat professionals to leave Dubai?

Once every expat professional’s dream destination, Dubai is fading fast at more and more top talents up and leave. ‘Sunny, no taxes and a top quality of life’ was the mantra quoted by expatriates eager to find jobs in the fast-growing Middle Eastern tropical paradise. Salaries their rivals could only dream about kept the legend growing and the land of milk and honey was everyone’s favourite location until the slump in oil process happened and the push to replace expats with locals began. Nowadays, the emirates including...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Is Dubai’s economic slowdown a warning for its expat professionals?

Dubai is rushing to court investors as its economy tanks. Weakening trade, tourism and property sales are threatening the Gulf States’ most diverse economy, with its growth now regarded as ‘lacklustre’ by economic experts. Last year, real estate deals fell some 21 per cent, with tourism figures remaining at around 16 million since 2017. Consumer spending in the city-state is also subdued, with the triple whammy resulting in just 1.9 per cent growth. The growth figure is half that of 2017 and point 4 per cent more than during...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2019

UAE plans 20,000 new Emirati jobs to replace expat talent

The UAE is planning to create 20,000 new jobs aimed exclusively at Emiratis. In a move which may result in the beginning of the end of jobs for expat professionals in the Gulf States, the UAE will create 20,000 private sector jobs for locals as well as subsidising their wages.No less than 160 private sector job categories will be included, with only Emiratis eligible to apply. The UAE is the second-largest economy in the Arab world, in which expatriates form 80 per cent of its entire population. It's also the latest cash-strapped...