Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

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...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Dismal Kuwait expat survey ranking criticised in Arab online media

Kuwait’s recent ‘worst destination for expats’ ranking in a major expat survey seems to have struck a chord in an online UAE news outlet. After Kuwait’s relegation to 64th out of 64 nations surveyed for the second year running, the ranking achieved viral status as local and international media comments made sure the world’s expat community was aware of the emirate’s downsides. According to the survey results, expats would be better off in Russia, Nigeria, India, Turkey and even the UK than in Kuwait. Even more galling...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2019

To retire or keep working is the new expat dilemma

If you’re working in the UAE and hoping to retire there, planning your financial future is important. Expats in the emirates are facing a retirement crisis, according to investment professionals. The UAE makes no provision for expat pension schemes or social security, in spite of the fact that a good number of expat professionals would prefer to spend their retirement in a place they now call home. As with the vast majority of developed countries, life in the Gulf States isn’t cheap, with costs of living similar to those in...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmaker hits out at overlarge expatriate communities

Expatriates in Kuwait are in the firing line again as MP hits out at the size of expat communities. This week it was Kuwati lawmaker Ahmad al-Fadhi’s turn to slam the emirate’s expat community, claiming it was far too large and therefore poses a security threat to the country. As a sideline, he also mentioned the vast majority had either no or very low qualifications. Indians, Syrians, Bangladeshis and Egyptians, he said, now make up over half of the emirate’s 3.4 million expat residents. Quoting what he described as the...
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...