Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Volunteer programme to befriend elderly expats in Abu Dhabi

The results of a Better Life Index study by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development have revealed a high proportion of elderly residents are depressed and lonely as well as suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other age-related disorders. It’s not just local people who’re affected, as there are now some 30,000 expats aged over 60 years living in the emirate. In order to improve their lives, a volunteer initiative is being put in place in an attempt to build a bridge between the generations. The pilot programme, to...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE considering online gaming as an alternative career

As the UAE jobs market shrinks due to nationalisation, expats wanting to stay in the region are considering online gaming as a full-time job. Esports are the latest fad as well as a potential money-maker due to the esports tournaments paying out as much as millions of dirhams in prize money to successful players. The industry is now flourishing in the Gulf States, attracting a growing number of events as a result. One organisor, YaLaEsports, has garnered a massive amount of funding from investors and now has 50 players taking part in...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Saudi hotel sector jobs to be closed to expats by year end

According to a recent Saudi Gazette announcement, the vast majority of jobs in the hospitality sector will be closed to expatriates by the end of this year.. The new rule will apply to hotels with three-star or higher ratings, villas listed as four-star or higher, hotel suites and resorts, and includes almost every position with the exception of drivers, bellboys, parking attendants and doormen. The move will Saudizise the entire upper, middle and lower employment tiers of the sector and will come into force on 28th December this...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Dealing with a spouse’s death as an expat in Dubai

The death of a partner whilst on reassignment overseas isn’t something any expatriate wants to think about but, in certain circumstances, it can cause major financial disruption as well as grief. Rules about inheriting money should a partner die are different across the world and can be confusing, especially for those grieving the unexpected loss of a husband or wife. For expatriates living and working in Dubai, it can be especially galling, as joint accounts are frozen after the death is reported, making it very difficult to access...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Abu Dhabi voted safest world city for expat families yet again

Abu Dhabi is now rated as the world’s safest city for expats. In a recent survey undertaken by Numbeo, Abu Dhabi has been rated the safest city in the world for expats and their families. For the iconic UAE city, the rating is the third consecutive time it’s topped the 330 other world cities surveyed, beating out even Dubai and its sixth-place rating. Safety and security as well as a lack of discrimination is one of expatriates’ major requirements, especially if they’ve relocated along with their families. As well as being...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Dubai female expat sponsorship rules add confusion due to mixed messages

The basis for expat sponsorship of family members is now set on salary rather than job title. Clarification of the actual requirements for sponsorship was necessary after wives planning to sponsor their husbands were unsure of their right to do so after Dubai officials had been advising that sponsorship was limited to expat professionals earning over Dh4,000. A spokesperson from the emirate’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship clarified the issue, saying that both male and female expatriates are now able to sponsor their...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expats reassured UAE police visits are only for census purposes

Expats living in Sharjah are being asked not to worry if police knock on their doors as it’s all part of a local census. Due to kick off in August, the two-week census will take place across the UAE city in an attempt to determine residents’ attitudes to safety and security in the local community. Starting on August 15th, the poll will be carried out by local police officers on behalf of Dubai’s Department of Statistics and Community Development. Over 5,000 expats and Emiratis are expected to be contacted, and can choose between...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expats now sueing their Dubai employers citing verbal abuse

After suffering verbal abuse from their employers, expatriates in Dubai are now suing bosses and winning. Although verbal abuse in the workplace isn’t a new thing in Dubai, taking the offenders to court and being awarded substantial sums for psychological damage is now the way to counter the syndrome. Although many cases brought simply included the words ‘stupid’ and ‘silly’, a criminal offence in Dubai, one employee has been awarded a total of Dh200,000 for psychological damage, an accusation which must be substantiated by...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2019

How do expats in Dubai stand the summer heat?

When the emirates are mentioned to potential expats, exotic images of camels, sand dunes, upscale shopping malls, eye-wateringly high salaries and luxury residences spring immediately to mind. In many ways, the vision is true, but there’s far more to Dubai and its surroundings than meets the eye, as newly-arrived expatriates soon find out. However, there’s one issue which causes concern to those from temperate climes – the summer heat. Peak summer temperatures arrive in July along with very dry air, soaring as high as 49 degrees...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Spain wins out as top destination for expat Brits

It’s survey time again, with Spain now voted the top dream destination for British expats. According to a new poll carried out in the UK, Spain is still the all-time favourite destination for Britons looking to improve their quality of life at less cost than in the UK. The study’s question was straightforward, asking respondents where they’d move if they could choose one country anywhere on the planet. Spain was one option, pitted against Dubai, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as other British expat hideaways, but...