Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

18 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Gulf State-based expat families urged to forego their usual UK summer break

British expats in the UAE are being urged to stay put during the summer holidays. Thousands of British expat professionals living and working in the UAE along with their families normally return to the UK during the summer period in order to catch up with relatives and friends back at home. It’s an annual ritual which seems to be the worst idea ever now that the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold in both the UK and the Gulf States. Doctors in Dubai are urging foreigners to stay put to avoid spreading the virus either in the UAE...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat students fear for their degrees as international unis shut down

As coronavirus lockdowns and closures spread across the world, international students at foreign universities are facing challenges which may mean the end of their degree education. Universities in the UK, the USA and Europe are now shutting their doors due to the pandemic, leaving expat students all over the first world afraid for their futures should they not be able to finish their courses and sit for their degrees. At best, online learning is expected to be set up all across international academia, but exams are uncertain as...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats shut out of Kuwait worried over due date for rental payments

As the coronavirus scare spreads across the world, expats in Kuwait who were on overseas trips when flights were suspended are now unable to pay their rents in time. Expatriates with Kuwaiti rental properties may be in breach of the law through no fault of their own, as all tenants are required to pay their monthly rents before the 20th day of each month. According to one judge, landlords are able to get eviction orders if tenants are behind on their monthly payments, whatever the reason for the delay. If expats are unable to enter...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Dubai increases its traditional pre-Ramadan food discount scheme

Expats in the UAE as well as locals are welcoming the traditional massive Ramadan food discounts. Throughout March, discounts of between 25 and 60 per cent on a vast range of food prices will be available for locals and expats alike. The pre-Ramadan linked announcement by Dubai’s Ministry of the Economy was made at the emirate’s 15th Gulf Consumer Protection Day conference and was welcomed by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Major retail outlets as well as cooperatives are being encouraged to support the initiative, with the...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

The UAE annual Camel Trek will become a marathon next year

Following the success of last month’s annual UAE Camel Trek, the emirate’s Heritage Centre has announced an annual Camel Trek Marathon, open to both expats and tourists. The announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince followed on after the successful staging of a camel race between the 13 expats who’d taken part in the annual Camel Trek. After a deal of training and the trek itself, expatriates from the UK, Japan, China, Romania, Armenia, the USA, Finland and Germany displayed their camel-riding skills in an exciting race. March...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait gets serious about protection and prevention after confirming coronavirus cases

After confirmation of several cases of the coronavirus, the Kuwaiti parliament has issued a list of measures aimed at controlling the outbreak. As the seemingly unstoppable infection takes hold in the UAE, expats living and working in Kuwait are becoming increasingly concerned over its impact on their lives. According to local media, the emirate’s cabinet has now defined a number of measures aimed at preventing further cases from developing. Firstly, all private and government schools, universities and military colleges will be...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Reasons why expats in the UAE aren’t making financial plans for retirement

Expats in the UAE are being urged to take retirement finance seriously. A recent survey revealed almost half of all expats living and working in the UAE are either planning to keep working after their official retirement age or haven’t given a thought to their post-retirement standards of living. Additionally, 60 per cent had an almost total lack of financial awareness as regards long-term savings plans, with 43 per cent believing end of service benefits would take care of their post-retirement needs on a long-term basis. Given...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2020

US expats in the UAE join to force the end of FATCA

American expatriate professionals living and working in the UAE are joining together to force the end of the hated FATCA dual taxation regime. The new law, passed in the US Senate 10 years ago, forces overseas banks to report on assets held by US expats living outside the country. Supposedly aimed at reducing tax avoidance, the measure has caused major issues amongst American expats worldwide, including rejection by retail banks in their country of residence due to the swinging penalties applied should an overseas bank fail to comply...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Thailand upgrades virus screening as two Chinese visitors found to be infected

Expats living, working and retiring in Asian states and especially Thailand are growing ever more concerned about the spread of the so-called coronavirus. Recent news that the first person-to-person transmission of the recently-identified virus had taken place saw airports all over Asia queuing up to instigate mandatory health screening for all arrivals from China’s high-risk region. The outbreak seems to be gaining ground as cases have been discovered in Thailand, South Korea and Japan, and the World Health Organisation will meet...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Dubai's sweet and spicy karak tea is an expat addiction

Expat professionals settling into a new posting in Dubai soon become addicted to the ultra-sweet, spicy karak tea. Especially during the cooler winter months, the UAE’s favourite beverage is the sweet karak tea beloved by Arab nations since their days in the desert. Every café and street stall which sells karak tea is crowded with both expat and local customers addicted to its sweet, spicy taste, but does anyone known exactly how unhealthy as regards sugar levels it is – and if they do, do they care? The UAE government may be...