Expat Dubai News

Latest 10 news items tagged Dubai

17 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE invited to join annual 500km camel trek

The wonders of the desert and the traditional Bedouin culture and way of life are now open to expats joining the annual UAE 500km camel trek. Registration for the journey of a lifetime across the region’s vast deserts is now open, with expats of all nationalities invited to join in. The trek itself covers the deserts’ vast expanse of unique natural beauty and gives a rare insight into the lives and culture of the tough Bedouin tribes who called the seemingly endless dunes their home. This unique experience shows the traditional...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2018

New UAE long term residence law stabilises expat life

Expatriates living and working long-term in the UAE are welcoming the emirates’ new long-term residence option. The thought that UAE law forces long-term expat professionals to leave their adopted country once they’ve reached retirement age has long been a painful thorn in the sides of those who’d given the best years of their life to helping the UAE develop to its present-day form. At best, it seemed ungrateful, and at worst it causes distress to expats who literally have nowhere else to go after leaving their friends and...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats returning to Dubai after summer break warned over drinking alcohol on flights

Tourists as well as expatriates returning to Dubai after the summer break are being warned not accept an alcoholic drink during their flight. The warning comes after a Swedish expat living long-term in London with her partner and children was arrested and imprisoned for drinking a glass of red wine offered to her by a stewardess. British consulates across the UAE issued the advice via a Facebook post after the story made news worldwide, with many responses asking why airlines are still serving alcohol on flights heading for Dubai as...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Brits in Spain lose millions to yet another financial fraudster

In spite of endless warnings about financial fraudsters preying on expats, another Ponzi scheme has now been uncovered. Victims of the latest financial fraud in the popular Spanish resort of Marbella have claimed losses of up to six million in sterling due to a Ponzi scheme being run by a Welsh investment advisor. Rhys Williams lived the high life in the resort, persuading his victims to invest eye-watering amounts in a Dubai printing and paper recycling firm as well as in Dubai trading platforms. The fraudster guaranteed returns of...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai private school fees frozen at last years level

Expat parents with children at private schools in Dubai are relieved about fees being frozen. As Dubai’s private education sector gears up for the new 2018/2019 academic year in September, the news that fees will be frozen at their present amounts has come as a relief for expat parents. The initial announcement came in June and was welcomed by expatriate families already struggling to make ends meet in the pricey emirate. In the main, salaries haven’t increased and, especially for those with more than one child in private...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai debt laws leave elderly British expat in limbo

A homeless, debt-ridden British expat in Dubai is trapped in an impossible situation due to the emirate’s illogical laws. Hardly a month goes by without yet another instance in which Dubai’s inflexible laws have trapped yet another British expat and resulted in imprisonment and deportation, but the latest story defies Western concepts of common sense more than most. Given that the plight of the expat involved was caused by his own lack of ability to cope with his own expectations of Dubai, the situation he’s now in gives him no...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Should expats in Dubai renegotiate their rentals

As Dubai’s sky-high rentals take a dive, should expats living and working in the emirate try to get a better deal? During the second quarter of 2018, Dubai rents fell by five per cent and are expected to stay on a downward path during the rest of the year. For expats whose present contracts are close to ending, the advice from the professionals is that renegotiation is a good idea. How much you aim for is down to present rental charges and the area in which the property is located, but a reduction of at least 10 per cent seems fair...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats arriving at UAE airports warned about immigration scam

Expats arriving back in the UAE after holidaying overseas are being warned not to fall for a recently discovered immigration fraud. Scammers are targeting expatriate holidaymakers returning to the emirates through Dubai airport, using Caller ID Spoofing to convince victims they’re genuine immigration officers. At present, scores of returnees have received calls from crooks impersonating genuine immigration staff and accusing them of committing serious immigration laws whilst away. Victims are threatened with deportation should they...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Wealthy expats in UAE join in Golden Visa rush

Demand for foreign citizenship by ultra-wealthy expats in the UAE has soared by 67 per cent over last year’s totals. Statistics compiled by a Dubai-based immigration firm show a rush to hedge their bets by wealthy expats in the UAE, with the GCC as a whole also seeing increased demand by around 30 per cent. The research seems to confirm the need amongst the entire region’s mega-wealthy expatriates to protect their assets and ensure secure futures for their families by purchasing second passports via Golden Visa schemes....
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...