Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Dubai's sweet and spicy karak tea is an expat addiction

Expat professionals settling into a new posting in Dubai soon become addicted to the ultra-sweet, spicy karak tea. Especially during the cooler winter months, the UAE’s favourite beverage is the sweet karak tea beloved by Arab nations since their days in the desert. Every café and street stall which sells karak tea is crowded with both expat and local customers addicted to its sweet, spicy taste, but does anyone known exactly how unhealthy as regards sugar levels it is – and if they do, do they care? The UAE government may be...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in UAE sewing protective gear for rescued Oz koalas

Expat communities all across the UAE are getting together and sewing blankets and pouches on behalf of the Australian Animal Rescue Craft Guild. The Australia-based Guild is a volunteer-organised association formed to focus on animal rescue efforts, and is now mobilised in a desperate attempt to save as many species as possible from becoming extinct due to the devastating series of wildfires in south and south-western Australia. Dubai-based Kiwi expat Philly Johnson is leading the teams making mittens for koala paws, pouches for...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Western expats in Gulf States confused by conflicting warnings

As the security situation surrounding the passenger plane crash in Iraq becomes more sinister, expats living and working in the Gulf States as well as visitors are again being advised to watch their backs. Tensions in Egypt and Turkey as well as the Gulf States are high due to fears of retaliation involving tourists as well as expats, and even cruise companies are warning of possible schedule changes. US expats in the UAE are being told to take the usual precautions, although should it be confirmed that the downed aircraft was hit by...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Dubai fearing fake news may be true

Dubai claims fake news on report that it’s unsafe for expats. As a result of the US’s assassination of Soleimani, expats in Dubai are concerned violence may spread across the Gulf State region, but the UAE’s Media Office is claiming recent reports of Dubai as a possible Iranian target are simply fake news. British media outlets have been highlighting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel warning to UK tourists headed for the Gulf States as well as Turkey, but Dubai officials are denying Iran has issued any security...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Dubai reject exaggerated media accusations of danger

Expats living and working in Dubai are encouraging incomers to ignore exaggerated reports by international media over the urgent need to leave. Long-term expats in the UAE believe the doom and gloom media reports concerning the likelihood of regional conflict are exaggerating the situation. Many are claiming the favourite expat professional destination is still safe for foreigners and that there’s no need to pack up and leave, with some blaming the British press for publishing misconceptions about Dubai. One Briton who’s lived...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2020

New Dubai five year tourist visa is a hit with expat professionals

Dubai’s new five year tourist visa will make life easier for expat professionals with families wishing to visit on a regular basis. Whilst many other countries worldwide are now making life far tougher for their expat communities, Dubai is taking the opposite tack with its newly announced five year, multi-entry tourist visas. The innovative visa will help families of expats visit more often, cut the costs of getting regular tourist visas and prove convenient for job-seekers. Dubai’s ruler announced the innovation last Monday,...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

UK and US expats and tourists now at risk in Middle East

Expats and tourists in Egypt are being warned they’re now soft targets for terrorists demonstrating their loyalty to Iran. Although it stopped short of placing a travel warning for 14 states in the Gulf region, the British Foreign Office is telling it like it is as regards the risks to both expats and visitors. Dubai and Turkey are also included in the warnings, and Iraq is now considered a no-go area for Westerners, especially American and British citizens. Embassies and Foreign Offices are now reminding expatriates and tourists of...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Gulf States advised to evacuate

Are British expats in the Gulf States at risk from Soleimani assassination reprisals? Experts in the USA and many Western nations are now urging their expat citizens to leave Iraq and the UAE as retaliation against US and other western targets is highly likely. Following the attack, British PM Boris Johnson came out in favour of Trump’s possibly illegal decision, with many now believing his statement puts UK expats in the region at risk. One Tehran-based analyst is strongly advising all Western workers in the region to evacuate...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat visitors to major Saudi events offered free three day visas

In an attempt to boost its flagging tourism industry, Saudi Arabia is now offering free visas to expats in the Arab States interested in visiting major events. Residents living in the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will be allowed visa-free entry for a three day stay, enabling those interested to visit several of the major events due to take place over the Kingdom’s festival season. Events include the Riyadh Season and Al Ula’s Tantora Festival, with the latter taking place in Saudi’s northwestern quadrant. The idea of giving free...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UAE wins praise for its flexible immigration and residency rules

A recent report is claiming the UAE has the world’s most flexible immigration rules. According to a report by the International Institute for Management Development, the UAE ranks at global number one for the flexibility of its residency rules. The World Competitiveness Report measures the willingness of over 60 world countries to use digital technology as their motivation for essential economic transformation both in government, society and commercial enterprises. Head of the emirates’ Directorate of Residency and...