Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

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...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2019

How to beat the Christmas blues if you’re far from home

Christmas and the New Year are times for partying and getting together with friends and family but, for expats who’re on the other side of the world and can’t get home, the season can bring on loneliness and depression. At its worst, a lonely Christmas in a strange land can bring on panic attacks and serious depression, especially if there’s no supportive expat community ready to ease feelings of isolation. Watching everyone else having fun and hiding your feelings in order to keep your co-workers happy makes for a very...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait to build six bachelor cities for single expat males

Kuwait is mulling the development of no less than six ‘bachelor cities’ aimed at single, male expats living and working in the emirate. Kuwait municipality’s Director General Ahmad al Manfouhi recently informed local media about a plan to build six ‘bachelor cities to house male expatriates. Construction is expected to be funded by the private sector in coordination with the Partnership Projects Authority. The information was given after a lawmaker commented on the increase of such developments in various regions and their...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Dubai racks up its heathcare insurance coverage for cancer and Hep C

Expat holders of Dubai’s Essential Benefits Plan basic insurance package are to get unlimited coverage for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer as well as Hepatitis C. According to an advisor to the Dubai Health Authority’s newly formed Dubai Health Insurance Corporation Saleh al Hashemi, the new insurance cover will start on January 1. An amount of Dh19 per health insurance policy will be deducted and placed in a trust account aimed at contributing to the cost of free cancer treatment for workers in the emirate’s Low Salary...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Dubai celebrate with real live Christmas trees

Of all the memories of Christmases past, the pine fragrance of a real, live Christmas tree is one of the most evocative. Expats moving to Dubai could be forgiven for believing a plastic Christmas tree will have to do, but they’re in for a magical moment when they realise the real thing has been available in Dubai for over 25 years! Large-size, fragrant Christmas trees have been imported from Canada and the USA every Christmastime since the 1990s, and are for direct sale from trucks set up in the city’s working-class Satwa...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE keen to learn Arabic

Expats living and working in the UAE are showing a deal of interest in learning the local lingo. Some 80 per cent of the UAE’s entire population comprises expatriates, the majority of whom are non-Arabic speakers, with the English language the predominant business language in the emirates. However, an increasing number of expat professionals are now signing up to learn Arabic, with Dubai’s dozen or more language institutes gearing up to meet the extra demand for their services. The language institutes cover Mandarin Chinese as...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK now cheaper for expats due to Brexit effect on sterling

A recently released new survey has revealed the UK is now one of Europe’s cheapest countries for expat workers. Expat professionals living and working in London have seen a welcome drop in the capital’s cost of living due to Brexit, with the city dropping 81 places to 127th in the latest worldwide cost of living survey. Formerly one of the world’s most expensive destinations for expatriates, London is expected to drop still further in the rankings after 29 March next year. Visitors and incoming workers from Europe will now find...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Dubai-based expatriate eco-warrior lives life without plastic

Expat eco-warrior Nila lives in Dubai and is getting by very well without using plastic or any of its derivatives. Nila is committed to proving plastic isn’t necessary for life a we know it, and she’s a magnificent example of the way to lead a totally sustainable lifestyle in the midst of Dubai’s luxurious ambience. As a child living in Africa, she was taught by her Peace Corps father never to waste anything and to always respect the environment, and she sticks by her convictions to this day. She told the media she’d been...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2018

UAE long-stay expats to get defined contribution pensions

The UAE’s end of service benefit is a useful and welcome lump-sum bonus for expats who’ve worked in the emirates for a while, but is it enough? Expats in the UAE are entitled to this gratuity once they’ve worked for a company for one year, and those working in the same job for more than five years receive an amount increased to 21 days’ pay based on the final salary. Thus, the amount received depends on the actual duration of employment. In contrast, emirati employees leaving their jobs are paid in a different manner as...