Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are informed. The process in the UAE is typical, and is made easier if the deceased left a will, but has good few stages and can take time to complete. The first task is to obtain a death certificate...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat jailed in UAE for social media comment now released

A British expat jailed in the UAE for sending an electronic insult has now been released and is in a desperate state of health. Christian Wilke was accused of sending an ‘electronic insult’ via Facebook and was jailed as a result, but no-one seems to know why he was arrested in the first place and what Facebook post contained the alleged insult. After he’d spent nine full months behind bars, his mother Christine Wilke-Breitsameter managed to arrange for his freedom, announcing it on Facebook yesterday. Christian is a former head...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Dubai expat blocked from remittance due to suspected fraud

Expats living and working in the UAE are being warned by bank officials over transferring money to people not known to them. Armenian expat Donara Sanamyan faced serious difficulties after she’d attempted to help a friend from her home country who’d come for a visit. The friend needed to transfer money back home in a hurry, so Donara agreed to do the transfer for her through her regular transfer agency MoneyGram. The transaction was refused, with no reason given. A few days later, Donara tried to send her regular transfer to her...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Tourism College in Dubai offers scholarships to expats and locals

Dubai’s College of Tourism is preparing to award a number of full scholarships to expat as well as emirati students. The educational institute, part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, is joining with the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group to award 20 full scholarships to selected applicants for their Certificate of Retailing course due to kick off in September. The grants are the first in a series to be awarded under the auspices of the DCT Student Fund and are to be aimed at expat students as well as their...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expatriate renters in Abu Dhabi to pay more municipal property tax

Over 2.3 million expats in Abu Dhabi will pay more to rent their homes due to increases in municipality taxes. Expat professionals living and working in Abu Dhabi will now receive increased monthly bills from their local municipality in addition to the usual electricity and water bills. Notification of the new municipality tax was sent out in February this year but the collection of the tax was put back to the end of May. According to the company charged with tax collection on behalf of the Department of Municipal Affairs, the monthly...
27 Jun at 4 PM 2018

Asian cities now most expensive for expats

Given the latest survey on costs of living in popular expat professional hubs, those looking to relocate to Asian cities might do well to renegotiate their salaries. The recent Mercer survey identified Hong Kong as, again, the world’s most expensive city for expat life, with Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul not far behind. The Hong Kong result isn’t much of a surprise, considering that a parking space can set you back some $760,000, and the average expat professional aiming for Asia wouldn't be much better off in Shanghai or Beijing....
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats warned to double check insurance policies before signing on

Expats are being warned to read all the small print on their job loss insurance policies. For expats working in Dubai, the possibility of having their contracts terminated in advance of the due date can cause a major upheaval, with many taking on insurance policies which cove them in the event of being involuntarily out of a job. However, reading the small print very carefully before signing on is now being recommended as changes in policy terms are being used to deny expats the contracted amount. One unfortunate expat found...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UAE minister denies expat teachers are stealing Emirati jobs

Expatriate teachers in the UAE are being accused of stealing qualified Emirati teachers’ jobs. According to the UAE’s Ministry of Education undersecretary, accusations that expatriate teachers are taking jobs from qualified local teachers are false. In response to negative comments during a Federal National Council meeting, Dr Haman Mohammad al Yahyaei told reporters the argument was based on a debate on local teachers’ unemployment rates in which another lawmaker blamed expat teachers for the poor performance of Emirati pupils....
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE concerned over effects of interest rate hike

Expat professionals living and working in the UAE are worried about the effect on the cost of living of last week’s interest rate hike. Last Thursday’s announcement by the UAE’s Central Bank is the second this year, and is expected to impact borrowing costs including personal loans, car loans and mortgages. Businesses as well as residents will be affected, with expats working in cost-sensitive sectors such as tourism and the property sector showing increased concern. Large corporations with substantial loans will need to cover...