Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

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...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

Abu Dhabi Uni team catalogues early expat history in the region

A team of students from Khalifa University along with expat and local volunteers are exploring Abu Dhabi’s non-Moslem Cemetery to find out more about the early expat history of the emirate. The Sas al Nakhi graveyard holds the remains of literally hundreds of residents, from Indian workers, army personnel and Chinese labourers to expatriates from the West who helped put the oil and gas-rich region on the world map. The many infant graves date back to a time when infant mortality was high due to a lack of sophisticated medical attention....
3 May at 6 PM 2019

UAE five and ten year residency visas now up for grabs

The long-awaited 10-year UAE residency visas for selected expat groupings are now in force. An official announcement implementing the new rules was made last week in Abu Dhabi, confirming the start of the new longer-term residency visas aimed at providing a sense of belonging and stability for valued expat professionals. The five visa categories include real estate investors, researchers, general investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, medical specialists and also outstanding students wishing to gain further qualifications in the...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drug addiction in expat students on the rise in Kuwait

Expats in Kuwait are being urged to ensure their kids don’t get involved with the emirate’s growing drug culture. For those expatriate families with a breadwinner and spouse in high-salaried positions, the Kuwait lifestyle is far different from that in the home country, involving leaving the kids with nannies, maids, preschools or nurseries whilst parents concentrate on their full-time jobs and the emirate’s busy social life. It seems expat youngsters in the emirate respond to a lack of a loving home environment in a similar...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats advised learning Chinese is vital for those working globally

The unprecedented economic boom taking place in China is a justification for expatriates working in its major cities to learn the language, especially if they’re active in the global marketplace. China’s manufacturing sector is now the planet’s largest, with UK companies in particular being urged to provide Chinese language classes for all their relocating expat professionals. Expanding a Western company into China often involves finding Chinese partners as well as employing non-specialist Chinese employees at far less cost than...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government reassures British expats over Brexit effect

British expats in Spain are being urged by the government not to panic about their post-Brexit status. As the original date for the UK’s divorce from the EU has come and gone and yet another longer extension seems likely, the Spanish government has issued a reassuring update confirming a 21-month grace period. During this time, all Britons living in Spain will be considered residents, even if they’ve not yet received their certificates due to a backlog of applications. For those desperate to cover their backs due to fear of a...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Italian government hits out at British expatriates

A new Italian government ruling concerning British expats’ rights post-Brexit is sending shivers of fear throughout the UK expat community. Strict restrictions on travel outside the country, fingerprinting and a charge of €200 are part of the ruling, with questions already being asked by campaign groups across the country. Although the ruling is set to come into effect only if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the underlying threat to expats’ lives is unmistakable especially as the rights of Italian citizens living and...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in HCM City support Vietnamese students’ bike-sharing project

Vietnam is now becoming popular with the international expatriate diaspora as well as tourists, but increasing numbers of arrivals are putting a strain on Ho Chi Minh City’s public transport system. Ho Chi Minh City is now a popular tourist destination as well as a hub for expats working in various sectors including education and IT. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy, Vietnam is the perfect place to develop new ideas and start-ups as well as for digital nomads needing a base for a while. In addition, more international...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UAE still expat professional favourite for quality of life

New release of a popular annual survey ranks Abu Dhabi and Dubai tops in the region for quality of life. The recently-released Mercers’ Quality of Living survey saw Abu Dhabi and Dubai keeping their high rankings as the most liveable expat cities in the Arab states. Some 231 world cities were surveyed, with the two popular expat destinations retaining their positions as 74th and 70th respectively. Unfortunately for the region’s overall reputation, another of its cities – Baghdad – was rated as the least hospitable and took...