Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

18 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Gulf State-based expat families urged to forego their usual UK summer break

British expats in the UAE are being urged to stay put during the summer holidays. Thousands of British expat professionals living and working in the UAE along with their families normally return to the UK during the summer period in order to catch up with relatives and friends back at home. It’s an annual ritual which seems to be the worst idea ever now that the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold in both the UK and the Gulf States. Doctors in Dubai are urging foreigners to stay put to avoid spreading the virus either in the UAE...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Dubai increases its traditional pre-Ramadan food discount scheme

Expats in the UAE as well as locals are welcoming the traditional massive Ramadan food discounts. Throughout March, discounts of between 25 and 60 per cent on a vast range of food prices will be available for locals and expats alike. The pre-Ramadan linked announcement by Dubai’s Ministry of the Economy was made at the emirate’s 15th Gulf Consumer Protection Day conference and was welcomed by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Major retail outlets as well as cooperatives are being encouraged to support the initiative, with the...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Negative expat investment returns on prime properties now in reverse

Five-year negative investment returns on prime residential rentals in major world cities are now in reverse as the sector improves. Since 2014, declining rental yields on prime residential properties in major world cities have been disappointing expat investors, but the trend may now be in reverse as average yields have improved by 0.2 per cent and are now outpacing increasing property values. A survey by a leading international real estate firm identified Los Angeles as top of the tree as regards yields, with rental growth now at...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

The UAE annual Camel Trek will become a marathon next year

Following the success of last month’s annual UAE Camel Trek, the emirate’s Heritage Centre has announced an annual Camel Trek Marathon, open to both expats and tourists. The announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince followed on after the successful staging of a camel race between the 13 expats who’d taken part in the annual Camel Trek. After a deal of training and the trek itself, expatriates from the UK, Japan, China, Romania, Armenia, the USA, Finland and Germany displayed their camel-riding skills in an exciting race. March...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

Expats to be banned from Omani private health sector tech jobs

The Omani parliament is debating a proposal to block expat access to private health sector technical jobs. The latest proposal as part of the total Omanisation of the emirate’s workforce is aimed at banning all expat professionals from technical positions in the private health sector. After parliamentary debate and agreement, positions including laboratory technician, nursing, X-ray technician up to supervisor level, physiotherapist, pharmacist and medical profession auxiliary will only be open to Omani nationals. According to...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Qualified expats in Kuwait confused by mixed governmental messages

Older expats in Kuwait are confused over governmental mixed messages. In yet another attempt to hit out at the emirate’s demographic imbalance, Kuwait’s recent cancellation of older private sector expat employees’ work permit renewals wasn’t a popular move. The new rule affected expats over the age of 60, and didn’t involve those with university degrees such as engineers, medical professionals, legal consultants, partners in private companies and specialists in a variety of sectors. In addition, the age limit was brought in...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2020

For female expats, Dubai isn’t all it seems

For women relocating to Dubai, life in the expat community may not be all it seems. Dubai’s reputation of glitz, glamour and endless parties is one of its main attractions for many would-be female expats, whether they’re arriving to further their careers or as trailing spouses with or without children. The city’s foreign community is packed with expatriate women from all walks of life, but many are finding emotional adjustment to their new lives isn’t easy in spite of financial security, a glamorous lifestyle and live-in...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Dubai's sweet and spicy karak tea is an expat addiction

Expat professionals settling into a new posting in Dubai soon become addicted to the ultra-sweet, spicy karak tea. Especially during the cooler winter months, the UAE’s favourite beverage is the sweet karak tea beloved by Arab nations since their days in the desert. Every café and street stall which sells karak tea is crowded with both expat and local customers addicted to its sweet, spicy taste, but does anyone known exactly how unhealthy as regards sugar levels it is – and if they do, do they care? The UAE government may be...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in UAE sewing protective gear for rescued Oz koalas

Expat communities all across the UAE are getting together and sewing blankets and pouches on behalf of the Australian Animal Rescue Craft Guild. The Australia-based Guild is a volunteer-organised association formed to focus on animal rescue efforts, and is now mobilised in a desperate attempt to save as many species as possible from becoming extinct due to the devastating series of wildfires in south and south-western Australia. Dubai-based Kiwi expat Philly Johnson is leading the teams making mittens for koala paws, pouches for...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Western expats in Gulf States confused by conflicting warnings

As the security situation surrounding the passenger plane crash in Iraq becomes more sinister, expats living and working in the Gulf States as well as visitors are again being advised to watch their backs. Tensions in Egypt and Turkey as well as the Gulf States are high due to fears of retaliation involving tourists as well as expats, and even cruise companies are warning of possible schedule changes. US expats in the UAE are being told to take the usual precautions, although should it be confirmed that the downed aircraft was hit by...