Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Wealthy expats in UAE join in Golden Visa rush

Demand for foreign citizenship by ultra-wealthy expats in the UAE has soared by 67 per cent over last year’s totals. Statistics compiled by a Dubai-based immigration firm show a rush to hedge their bets by wealthy expats in the UAE, with the GCC as a whole also seeing increased demand by around 30 per cent. The research seems to confirm the need amongst the entire region’s mega-wealthy expatriates to protect their assets and ensure secure futures for their families by purchasing second passports via Golden Visa schemes....
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Is Dubai the new crime hub for tax fraud

Expat tax fraudsters are flooding to Costa del Dubai The futuristic desert city of Dubai is being used as a refuge by fraudulent tax evaders from the UK. Loved by the ultra-wealthy and famous, Dubai is now being nicknamed ‘ the World’s new Costa del Crime’ in a reference to the Southern Spain region formerly a refuge for UK criminals and fraudsters. Data leaked from the normally watertight government agencies show a high number of wanted and suspected criminals have purchased luxury mansions in several of Dubai’s most upscale...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a single entry although it wasn’t yet out of date. She was told by an immigration official she’s have to return to the UK on the next available flight, but pleaded for a new visa application as her...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai to be home to planets largest Chinatown

Will Dubai’s Chinese invasion squeeze out Western expat professionals? China’s in-your-face expansionist moves have so far been mainly confined to smaller Asian countries, but Dubai’s Dragon Mart development and its projected Dragon City will see the largest Chinese trading, retail and residential hub outside the mother country. Cleverly timed to coincide with the Chinese’ premier’s arrival in Dubai on an official visit, the UAE-based developer’s plan of an entire ‘city’ dedicated to Chinese expats and investors will...
30 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Is Dubai really cheaper for expats nowadays

For a generation of expat professionals, Dubai has been a 21st century icon and a source of comparative wealth. The futuristic city balancing between water’s edge and desert sands is a glittering playground for the wealthy and famous as well as supposedly presenting an opportunity for expat professionals to join in its endless entertainments and luxurious lifestyle. Shopping till you drop isn’t just a buzz-word here, it’s compulsory. However, beneath the glittering surface, things aren’t quite what they used to be as the...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UAE expats and visitors falling foul of Shariah law

Expats and tourists are advised to study the UAE’s Shariah law or stay away Dubai and rest of the UAE are popular for expat relocations and the entire region I waking up to its tourism appeal, but too many Westerners are falling foul of the region’s Shariah-based legal system. Regular online reports of tourists and expatriates in the emirates being arrested and often jailed for breaching the region’s Shariah-based laws are causing concern as the Gulf States finally wake up to the money-spinning possibilities of tourism. Recent...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are informed. The process in the UAE is typical, and is made easier if the deceased left a will, but has good few stages and can take time to complete. The first task is to obtain a death certificate...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat jailed in UAE for social media comment now released

A British expat jailed in the UAE for sending an electronic insult has now been released and is in a desperate state of health. Christian Wilke was accused of sending an ‘electronic insult’ via Facebook and was jailed as a result, but no-one seems to know why he was arrested in the first place and what Facebook post contained the alleged insult. After he’d spent nine full months behind bars, his mother Christine Wilke-Breitsameter managed to arrange for his freedom, announcing it on Facebook yesterday. Christian is a former head...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Are Dubai falling house prices a correction or a reduction

One of the major topics of conversation amongst expats working in Dubai is the emirate’s falling property prices. Some believe it’s a long-awaited correction in the expensive city, with others maintaining it’s simply a reduction which will reverse itself in the near future. Either way, it’s supposedly good news for potential expat property owners. Potential reasons behind the move downwards range from oversupply through lack of demand, a jobs market which is now struggling or difficult economic times. However, real estate...