Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

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...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Tourism College in Dubai offers scholarships to expats and locals

Dubai’s College of Tourism is preparing to award a number of full scholarships to expat as well as emirati students. The educational institute, part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, is joining with the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group to award 20 full scholarships to selected applicants for their Certificate of Retailing course due to kick off in September. The grants are the first in a series to be awarded under the auspices of the DCT Student Fund and are to be aimed at expat students as well as their...
27 Jun at 4 PM 2018

Asian cities now most expensive for expats

Given the latest survey on costs of living in popular expat professional hubs, those looking to relocate to Asian cities might do well to renegotiate their salaries. The recent Mercer survey identified Hong Kong as, again, the world’s most expensive city for expat life, with Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul not far behind. The Hong Kong result isn’t much of a surprise, considering that a parking space can set you back some $760,000, and the average expat professional aiming for Asia wouldn't be much better off in Shanghai or Beijing....
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats warned to double check insurance policies before signing on

Expats are being warned to read all the small print on their job loss insurance policies. For expats working in Dubai, the possibility of having their contracts terminated in advance of the due date can cause a major upheaval, with many taking on insurance policies which cove them in the event of being involuntarily out of a job. However, reading the small print very carefully before signing on is now being recommended as changes in policy terms are being used to deny expats the contracted amount. One unfortunate expat found...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Dubai remodels Ramadan rules for non Moslem expatriates

In response to Saudi Arabia’s opening up its economy, Dubai has remodelled its strict Ramadan rules in order to benefit its non-Moslem expat community. In the past, the daytime fast and other rules relevant to the holy month of Ramadan have applied to non-Moslems as well as to followers of the faith, but this year’s period of abstinence passed like any other month for the emirate’s expatriate community. In a response to Saudi Arabia’s efforts to attract wealthy tourists as well as the best and brightest expats, Dubai fought...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Dubai house prices still falling

Expat professionals working in Dubai are being advised there’s never been a better time to invest in a property. Prices in Dubai’s secondary housing market are softening and mortgage rates remain on the low side, suggesting that now is the perfect time for expats to give up on renting and buy a home. Properties are now becoming ever more affordable across the UAE, spurred on by the number of expats relocation away from the region. Lower property values mean expats for whom a 25 per cent deposit has previously been a financial...
4 May at 6 PM 2018

Saudi private sector economy veers off track due to foreign worker levy

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector has had the worst April results for nine years. Softer output growth, slower job creation and a contraction in new orders were all features of the April results of Saudi Arabia’s non-oil private sector report by Dubai’s Emirates MBD Bank. The kingdom’s PMI score is now at a record low of 51.4, indicating growth is close to stalling and giving the possibility of a contraction being recorded at the end of May. Economists are surprised by the figures, as oil prices are now sharply higher...
3 May at 6 PM 2018

Dubai cyberpolice crack down on social media and fake news

Spreading fake new online in Dubai will now result in a fine of up to Dhs 1 million. Dubai authorities are now cracking down on the dissemination of fake news via social media, urging those who read possibly fake news or receive it via an email not to share it. One reason for the clampdown is the UAE’s long-standing culture of respecting the state, its rulers and its peoples. Notices stating not everything on the internet is the truth are being posted, including the assertion that some news items are simply rumours intended to harm...