Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

25 May at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus panic leaves travellers and expats trapped overseas

Out of all the stories about people trapped where they didn’t want to be due to the pandemic, this illustrates the worldwide chaos caused by governments’ uncoordinated reactions. On the sixth of March in Dubai, a pair of expat lovers held their much anticipated wedding and jetted off for their honeymoon in Mexico’s Cancun resort without a care in the world. The epidemic had broken out, but had yet to spread all over the world. As a result, they avoided crowds, but the though of travel restrictions simply didn’t occur....
25 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat professionals in Dubai helping the state deal with coronavirus

Dubai is utilising tech to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. As the most forward-looking of all the Gulf States, Dubai’s focus on science and tech as weapons against the coronavirus pandemic is a demonstration of its progress in the region. Expat and local professionals including epidemiologists and doctors are forming a key part of the country’s fight to limit the effect of the pandemic, using state of the art labs, research centres and hospitals. Solid digital infrastructure is being used every which way to collect and...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Boozing Brit expats run riot at Dubai staycation resort

Brit expats are getting ahead of both themselves and common-sense rules at a luxury Emirati resort. Western expats are flocking to the Hilton Doubletree Resort in Ras Al Khaimah to take advantage of the lack of covid-19 restrictions. One reason is that, even during the alcohol-free month of Ramadan, the resort is still allowed to sell unlimited amounts of booze. Located just an hour’s drive from Dubai city, dozens of British expats were spotted singing football chants, queuing at the bar and crowding around and in the pool. A senior...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Dubai lockdown ends but expats happier staying home

Following the lifting of Dubai’s stay-at-home lockdown, expats don’t seem to be rushing to leave their apartments. Movement restrictions across Dubai were partially lifted last week, allowing expats and citizens to leave their homes between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. without having to get a permit. However, according to local English language media, those asked whether they’re happy about the change didn’t seem to be in any hurry to take advantage of their new-found freedom. One Russian expat said she’s only leaving the house to...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Repatriation flights for Brits trapped in UAE now on the go

Finally, British expats and visitors trapped all across the UAE are now being repatriated via chartered flights. Several thousand British expats, residents and visitors have been stranded in Dubai and the rest of the UAE, with no idea when the British government would organise repatriation flights. As a result of coordination between the two governments, the first batch of 345 Brits flew out on Sunday from Dubai International Airport in a specially chartered plane. UAE airspace was closed March 26, leaving a large number of worried...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Kuwait now facing lockdown of foreign residence areas

As coronavirus infections soar within Kuwait’s expat community, the state government is mulling a total lockdown of all foreign residence areas. As the emirate reports 77 new cases, 74 of whom are expatriates, its first death was declared on Sunday and its total of confirmed infections increased to 556. The vast majority of the new cases involve expats from India, with Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Iranians and Egyptians. To date, no Western expatriates have been reported as having the virus. In addition to possible lockdowns in expat...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats and visitors stranded in Dubai Airport get first-class treatment

Dubai opens up airport hotels to passengers caught in the UAE’s grounding of all commercial flights. The UAE’s sudden ban on all commercial flights took place late last month, leaving dozens of expats and travellers stranded at Dubai’s international airport. Many were in transit through Dubai to other destinations, with a few forced to sleep in the transit lounge for several nights. However, the airport continued to support specific repatriation flights, providing those with seats already confirmed with accommodation and meals...
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...