Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

22 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Dubai moving towards home ownership

Expats in Dubai are moving away from renting a property towards becoming home owners. Over the past few years, a shift in sentiment from renting to actually owning a home has been gaining ground in the expat community, aided by governmental reforms and lucrative offers by developers. Real estate agents serving the expat community are seeing the move towards home ownership as the seal of approval by professionals progressing in their careers and adjusting to living the Dubai lifestyle. Although there’s been a fall in off-plan...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Retired expat nurse in Kuwait has back rent paid and eviction stopped

An elderly expat woman who’d lived in Dubai for over 40 years has had her back rent paid by the city. The 75–year old expat, now retired and with little or no income, had been living in Dubai for 43 years, but was facing eviction as she could no longer afford her rent. A kind neighbour informed the Rental Disputes Settlement Centre, who immediately intervened on behalf of the old lady. The ‘helping hand’ committee agreed to pay the outstanding Dh48,000 and, after talking with her landlord, received a promise he would allow her...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
8 May at 6 PM 2019

Desperate Dubai property developers offer creative incentives to expat buyers

If you’re working in Dubai and considering buying a property, now’s the time! Dubai developers are being forced to offer lucrative incentives to potential purchasers due to a slump in demand and the prospect of a further 50,000 new homes coming on stream later this year. Freebees, incentives and innovative new mortgage loan plans are all on offer on both ready-to-buy properties and off-plan purchases. The present lack of demand from expat investors and home-buyers is being put down to increasing uncertainty over expatriate futures...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

What to do and what not do during Ramadan

The Moslem Holy Month of Ramadan can be a cultural challenge for expats, especially for those who’ve only just arrived in the Gulf States. For everyone, the Holy Month is a time for family, community and peace, although many expats who feel they can’t cope take time off and leave for the duration of the month. For those who stay and don’t want to cause offence by doing or saying the wrong thing, the do’s and don’t are straightforward and easy to get right. Deciding to join in the community spirit and catching up with Moslem...
6 May at 6 PM 2019

How to avoid getting into debt in Dubai

How to avoid running into the UAE’s tempting debt trap. Newly arrived expats in Dubai have a choice – to manage their generous salaries or live up to the luxurious lifestyle by borrowing. Credit is easily obtained, and those not used to grabbing everything they’ve been promised can easily fall into excessive borrowing via easy payment plans, mortgages, car finance and a wallet full of credit cards. A lack of money management skills sends expats into the spiral of more borrowing in order to pay off outstanding loans and other...
6 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat employers in UAE upbeat about 2019 economy

The current year is expected to give more employment opportunities to expats seeking to land jobs in the UAE. As Dubai corporations become more confident of growth during 2019, the expat professionals most in demand will be from the financial, IT and systems administration sectors, especially those with previous experience in data science analysis, digital and cyber security and project management. Also in demand will be expats seeking admin and support roles. According to a recent report, 89 per cent of the UAE’s chief financial...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

UAE Meet the Locals group breaks down cultural barriers

Although the UAE is an all-time expat favourite for career development and high salaries, getting to know local people as friends is an unenviable task. The lack of interaction between expats and Emiratis is based on many aspects, including language, culture and an inability on the part of incomers to understand and appreciate an unfamiliar way of life. The unequal ten to one demographic balance between foreign nationals and local people is another reason, as are the all but segregated housing complexes popular with expats with...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Dubai eases off liquor license law requirements

Dubai expats are welcoming far easier liquor licence requirements. Expat residents in Dubai will now be able to get the mandatory licence to buy, drink and store alcoholic beverages in the home without having to satisfy the former tough requirements. Previously, expats who wished to avail themselves of the official liquor license had to produce a letter from their employer or, if not employed and female, from their husband or father as well as a tenancy contract and a certificate showing earnings in excess of Dhs3,000 monthly. Under...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Last of eight Brits killed in Sri Lanka bombing not yet formally identified

The last British victim believed to have been killed in Sri Lanka’s tragic Easter Sunday bombings has yet to be formally identified. Dubai-based Mancunian IT director Lorraine Campbell had been staying at the 5-star Cinnamon Grand Hotel and was seen on CCTV breakfasting with colleague Juno Srivastave close to where one of the bombs was ignited. Her husband Neil Evans has now flown to Columbo to try to find her, but her son Mark told reporters he’s been told his Mom is dead although she hasn’t as yet been formally identified....