Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

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....
15 May at 6 PM 2020

UAE announces amnesty for expat visa overstayers

Expats in the UAE whose visa and residency documentation expired early in March will now escape fines and will still be allowed to re-enter the country without bias. All expats in this situation will now be granted a three-month grace period, after which they must exit the country, starting from May 18. Those who decide to leave will not face prohibition from returning at a later date. Exemption from fines will also apply to expired ID cards and work permits. In addition, for labourers employed by local companies as well as support...
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...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat repatriation flights to UAE now available

For expats working overseas, one of the worst aspects of the pandemic is being unable to return to your present country of residence due to lockdowns. It’ll never be known exactly how many expat professionals on business trips became the modern equivalent of stateless persons, simply due to the fact they were in the wrong place when lockdowns were declared. For those stranded overseas, adhering to requirements such as two-week quarantines, compulsory health insurance covering covid19 treatment when no such insurance is available and...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expat volunteers create lifelines for sufferers across the world

Volunteer armies all over the world are fighting the pandemic and supporting its victims. As the covid-19 pandemic continues its inexorable march across our world, the millions of expat and citizen volunteers following in its wake are ambassadors of hope for all those caught in its grip. First responders aren’t just those in the hospital front lines who save lives by risking their own, they’re also the armies of worldwide volunteers who see those in need and respond with everything from food and shelter to friendship, support and...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait begins repatriation as the UAE adopts tough measures

Kuwait is planning to begin the repatriation of some 50,000 stranded expats this coming Sunday, with airlines being given permission to operate outward bound flights to defined destinations. The repatriation effort comes as the emirate continues its amnesty ruling for expatriates without residency permits, with officials ensuring those affected won’t be fined for overstaying and will be allowed to return later provided they have the correct documentation. At the same time, Kuwait’s overall total of infections with the coronavirus...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Can the Gulf States survive without its expat professionals?

From high-ranking expat professionals to workers in the private sectors, many believe the Gulf States as a whole would suffer should all foreign workers decide to return to their home countries. Workers from overseas at all levels make up a very high percentage of the entire region’s workforce, making mass layoffs a very real risk to the economy. At the present time, it’s not just the coronavirus which is threatening the monarchies of the Arab Gulf States, it’s also the collapse in the price of oil. The double whammy is forcing...
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...