Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

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

UAE expat professionals furious over Skype ban

Expats in the UAE are furious at the emirate’s banning of Skype. Both locals and expat professionals living and working in the UAE are furious at the government’s banning of the popular VOP Skype. Residents are making their views very clear via social media outlets and the Microsoft-owned company is calling the ban a ‘frustrating move’ and doing its best to get reinstated. The move has hit hard on businesses as well as on expat professionals working in the emirates who use the programme to stay in touch with their families and...
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...
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...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Arabia’s relaxation of regulations has a sting in its tail for expats

Following Saudi Arabia’s easing up of some regulations affecting expats, it’s now cracking down on so-called public misbehaviour offences. ‘Give a little, take a little’ seems to be the new Saudi attitude towards foreign visitors and its expat community, with the introduction of new laws against public behaviour. Ten new rules are now in the statute books, with fines of up to $1,333 to be levied on non-compliance. Starting with physical or verbal acts of violence or any other acts which cause fear, damage or threats to public...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait to cap residencies for expats according to their skills

Kuwait is planning to bring in residency caps for expatriates in a move which will slash numbers to just under half of the emirate’s overall population. Media reports reveal unskilled labourers will be hit by a six-year cap, semi-skilled workers will have an eight year cap imposed if they’re single and ten years if they have families living with them, and skilled expatriates will be allowed a 12-year cap. Expats with specific, rare expertise will not be affected by the new rules. At the present time, estimates show the numbers...
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...
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...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Al Hashem hits out again at Kuwait’s expat community

Yet again, expats living and working in Kuwait are being targeted by politicians. Just a few weeks after a major annual survey ranked Kuwait as the worst world destination for expatriate professionals, yet another rant in the emirate’s parliament referred to expat recruitment as an ‘unnatural invasion’. It comes as no surprise that female MP Safaa al Hashem is clearly on yet another anti-expat attack as the woman is infamous for airing her prejudiced views on a regular basis. Her plan on this occasion was to grill Kuwait’s...