Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kiwi expats in UAE reassert racial attacks ‘not us’

Kiwi expats in the UAE are strongly asserting the horrendous terrorist attack isn’t representative of their country. As the world grieves for the 49 dead after the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack, Kiwi expats in the UAE and across the world are heading to social media to state unequivocally the murders are not representative of their country in any way. Widd Bonney, owner of the Dubai Facebook page Kiwis in Dubai, told local media last Friday was a ‘horrible day’ not just for New Zealanders but for decent human beings all...
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...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Author busts expat myths about UAE culture and lifestyle

The Gulf States, however popular as an expat destination, are to many a region of myth and mystery set in an uncomfortably dry, hot climate. Out of all the world’s exotic expatriate destinations, the Emirates and their citizens are perhaps the most prone to Westerners’ misconceptions as regards culture, history and lifestyle. A recently published book attempts to dispel the myths and assumptions of new expat arrivals along with a good number of long-stayers, and was the focus of a session at the Emirates Airlines Festival of...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Gulf States focusing on cheaper local talent and Asian expats

A new Dubai initiative aimed at boosting Emiratis’ skills is likely to affect job security for expatriates. The emirate’s new strategy will attempt to boost the skill-sets of local job seekers, thus increasing their participation min the local jobs market. Unemployed locals will be given preference for jobs in the financial, technical, commercial, energy, social and tourism sectors, inevitably reducing the number of positions left available for expat talent. According to Dubai's Crown Prince, the initiative will empower local...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Abu Dhabi expat start-up wins Dh100,000 flights on Emirates Airlines

Reflecting on the UAE’s vibrant start-up sector, the winners of the Gulf News Flying Colours competition were EZ Shade, selected for their innovative merit, social values and ethical business. The top four start-ups were chosen from a field of over 300 entrants all competing to prove their ideas were backed by mobility, sustainability and the ability to connect minds, with the principles embedded in the emirates’ Year of Tolerance also under consideration by the judging panel. Also shortlisted along with EZ Shade were Reading Hub,...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2019

UAE minister pushes creation of government-backed End of Service Benefits scheme

According to a senior UAE official, the emirate needs to create investment funds for the use of expats as regards end of service benefits and retirement. At the first UAE Workers’ Incentives and End of Service Benefits conference, human resources director general Dr Abdulrahman Abdulmana al Awar told the assembly that accelerating advancements in global technology, total years of service and increased retirement ages all strongly suggest the need for regionally established and managed investment funds. He noted his idea would need a...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

What’s the average expat professional salary in the Gulf States?

Almost every ambitious expat professional would love to land a job in the Gulf States, but what’s the average pay? The Gulf States attract top drawer expat professionals for their luxury lifestyle, superb weather, career opportunities and, of course, high salaries for those with the right qualifications and experience. Getting head-hunted for a position with a multinational company based in Dubai, Kuwait or one of the other emirates is every ambitious expat’s dream, but what about the salaries themselves? Results of an annual...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Planning expatriate retirement from a GCC country

When the time comes for retirement from your GCC/UAE job, deciding on exactly the right destination is the most important part of the planning process. Even although Bahrain was named in 2018 as the world’s best expatriate professional location, expats approaching retirement should carefully consider the wisdom of staying in the UAE. Global economic conditions as well as the shift away from expat employment to the local population are now beginning to affect companies’ employment packages, thus making the entire region less...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expat passports no longer require Kuwait residency stickers

Expats in Kuwait now won't have residency stickers placed in thier passports, according to a new rule. The passports of expats living and working in Kuwait won’t now need to have residency stickers, according to the emirate’s Deputy PM and Minister of the Interior. The change is reputed be part of various ministry departments’ ongoing upgrades and is is expected to end the confiscation by sponsors of expatriate passports. The cancellations will also refer to departure and temporary residence notifications formerly also...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Second passport investment scams set to lose applicants their passports and cash

The must-have accessory for mega-wealthy expats in the UAE is now a second passport, but recent purchasers may now lose their investments as well as their passport privileges. The numbers of millionaire expats in the UAE applying for a second passport have increased by 30 per cent over the past year or so, with between hundreds of thousands to millions of dirhams the going prices for the privilege of worldwide visa free travel, citizenship and trouble-free residency in the issuing country. However, recent applicants are keeping their...