Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi expats in UAE reassert racial attacks ‘not us’

Kiwi expats in the UAE are strongly asserting the horrendous terrorist attack isn’t representative of their country. As the world grieves for the 49 dead after the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack, Kiwi expats in the UAE and across the world are heading to social media to state unequivocally the murders are not representative of their country in any way. Widd Bonney, owner of the Dubai Facebook page Kiwis in Dubai, told local media last Friday was a ‘horrible day’ not just for New Zealanders but for decent human beings all...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UAE still expat professional favourite for quality of life

New release of a popular annual survey ranks Abu Dhabi and Dubai tops in the region for quality of life. The recently-released Mercers’ Quality of Living survey saw Abu Dhabi and Dubai keeping their high rankings as the most liveable expat cities in the Arab states. Some 231 world cities were surveyed, with the two popular expat destinations retaining their positions as 74th and 70th respectively. Unfortunately for the region’s overall reputation, another of its cities – Baghdad – was rated as the least hospitable and took...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Author busts expat myths about UAE culture and lifestyle

The Gulf States, however popular as an expat destination, are to many a region of myth and mystery set in an uncomfortably dry, hot climate. Out of all the world’s exotic expatriate destinations, the Emirates and their citizens are perhaps the most prone to Westerners’ misconceptions as regards culture, history and lifestyle. A recently published book attempts to dispel the myths and assumptions of new expat arrivals along with a good number of long-stayers, and was the focus of a session at the Emirates Airlines Festival of...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Gulf States focusing on cheaper local talent and Asian expats

A new Dubai initiative aimed at boosting Emiratis’ skills is likely to affect job security for expatriates. The emirate’s new strategy will attempt to boost the skill-sets of local job seekers, thus increasing their participation min the local jobs market. Unemployed locals will be given preference for jobs in the financial, technical, commercial, energy, social and tourism sectors, inevitably reducing the number of positions left available for expat talent. According to Dubai's Crown Prince, the initiative will empower local...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

What’s the average expat professional salary in the Gulf States?

Almost every ambitious expat professional would love to land a job in the Gulf States, but what’s the average pay? The Gulf States attract top drawer expat professionals for their luxury lifestyle, superb weather, career opportunities and, of course, high salaries for those with the right qualifications and experience. Getting head-hunted for a position with a multinational company based in Dubai, Kuwait or one of the other emirates is every ambitious expat’s dream, but what about the salaries themselves? Results of an annual...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Second passport investment scams set to lose applicants their passports and cash

The must-have accessory for mega-wealthy expats in the UAE is now a second passport, but recent purchasers may now lose their investments as well as their passport privileges. The numbers of millionaire expats in the UAE applying for a second passport have increased by 30 per cent over the past year or so, with between hundreds of thousands to millions of dirhams the going prices for the privilege of worldwide visa free travel, citizenship and trouble-free residency in the issuing country. However, recent applicants are keeping their...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Is now the time for Dubai expats to bag a property bargain?

Is Dubai’s property price collapse signalling an end to its boom years? Over the past four years, Dubai’s property prices have slumped by a massive 25 per cent, with the fall blamed on the oversupply of high-end luxury real estate combined with the fall in oil prices. A recently released report confirms the nose-dive, with formerly fought-over prime properties on the spectacular man-made Palm Jumeirah Island dropping by a further 9.5 per cent last year. Prices in Dubai Marina with its yachts, sandy beaches and soaring Jumeirah...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019

One euro Sicilian village property offer sees thousands of willing buyers

If you’ve ever dreamed of finding an incredibly affordable property in a charming Sicilian village, now’s your chance! The offer earlier this week of 17 dilapidated, traditional homes in Sicily’s picturesque mountain village of Sambuca for just one euro each resulted in a property stampede as thousands of would-be buyers rushed to secure the property bargains of the century. The reason for the sales was to save the village from total depopulation, as most of its inhabitants have either died of old age or left for jobs in nearby...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2019

UAE public and private schools to pair in Year of Tolerance

In celebration of the UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance’, upscale private schools and their public education counterparts are to pair up, with a pilot scheme already on the go. GEMS, the emirates’ largest private school provider, is gearing up for the innovative programme by already pairing two of its 50 elite schools with their emirati twin public schools. According to Deema al Alami, the education provider’s vice-president, Dubai’s Wellington International School and Fujairah’s Winchester School are already participating in a...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows most UAE expats don’t trust IFAs

A recent survey revealed more than half of expat respondents use financial advisors, but over two-thirds don’t trust them. The survey, carried out by the CFA Institute, was based on the trustworthiness of expat financial advisers working in the UAE’s retail sector, and brought no surprises to a retail audience now used to reports of yet another financial scandal. Some 3,000 expatriates living and working in the emirates took part in the study, with over half using IFAs in spite of their diminishing reputation as ‘honest...