Expat Uae News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uae

16 Jan at 6 PM 2019

UAE public and private schools to pair in Year of Tolerance

In celebration of the UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance’, upscale private schools and their public education counterparts are to pair up, with a pilot scheme already on the go. GEMS, the emirates’ largest private school provider, is gearing up for the innovative programme by already pairing two of its 50 elite schools with their emirati twin public schools. According to Deema al Alami, the education provider’s vice-president, Dubai’s Wellington International School and Fujairah’s Winchester School are already participating in a...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows most UAE expats don’t trust IFAs

A recent survey revealed more than half of expat respondents use financial advisors, but over two-thirds don’t trust them. The survey, carried out by the CFA Institute, was based on the trustworthiness of expat financial advisers working in the UAE’s retail sector, and brought no surprises to a retail audience now used to reports of yet another financial scandal. Some 3,000 expatriates living and working in the emirates took part in the study, with over half using IFAs in spite of their diminishing reputation as ‘honest...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals now shunning the Gulf States due to instability

Expat professionals and their companies are now leaving their lucrative Gulf State jobs due to political problems. Leading international companies, their expat employees and formerly enthusiastic investors are now either shunning or leaving the Gulf States due to the political shenanigans culminating in the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. As a result, one of the planet’s most promising regions is now a no-go as regards expatriate talent. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two major engines of development in the region, are both tightening...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2019

How to beat the Christmas blues if you’re far from home

Christmas and the New Year are times for partying and getting together with friends and family but, for expats who’re on the other side of the world and can’t get home, the season can bring on loneliness and depression. At its worst, a lonely Christmas in a strange land can bring on panic attacks and serious depression, especially if there’s no supportive expat community ready to ease feelings of isolation. Watching everyone else having fun and hiding your feelings in order to keep your co-workers happy makes for a very...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE warned over scam social media investment offerings

Expats in the UAE are being warned not to fall for fake investment scams on social media. Warnings about fake investment schemes promising quick returns at high rates are being given out by Kuwait’s Capital Markets Authority and its Ministry of Commerce. The enticing offers are found on social media and are phrased in such a way as to attract both Kuwaitis and expatriates working in the UAE. ‘Learn how to earn extra monthly income at as much as Dh1,500 to 1,700 a week’ is one phrase calculated to entrap those unfamiliar with the...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE keen to learn Arabic

Expats living and working in the UAE are showing a deal of interest in learning the local lingo. Some 80 per cent of the UAE’s entire population comprises expatriates, the majority of whom are non-Arabic speakers, with the English language the predominant business language in the emirates. However, an increasing number of expat professionals are now signing up to learn Arabic, with Dubai’s dozen or more language institutes gearing up to meet the extra demand for their services. The language institutes cover Mandarin Chinese as...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK now cheaper for expats due to Brexit effect on sterling

A recently released new survey has revealed the UK is now one of Europe’s cheapest countries for expat workers. Expat professionals living and working in London have seen a welcome drop in the capital’s cost of living due to Brexit, with the city dropping 81 places to 127th in the latest worldwide cost of living survey. Formerly one of the world’s most expensive destinations for expatriates, London is expected to drop still further in the rankings after 29 March next year. Visitors and incoming workers from Europe will now find...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE taking advantage of sterling falls

It seems Brexit isn’t bad news for everyone, as expat professionals in the UAE are repatriating cash at great rates. As the pound sterling continues its path downwards, expatriates working in the UAE are laughing all the way to their UK banks as they remit currency at the best rates seen since the 2008 financial crash. Even so, they’re now in a dilemma – whether to wait until the pound crashes still further or send money home using today’s attractive exchange rates. One insurance broker is holding off as he’s convinced...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Saudi expat fees to be reviewed as economy tanks

According to leaks, the Saudi government is discussing changes to its expat fee scheme as the charges have hit hard on businesses. It seems the controversial expat fee policy is now under review as businesses are feeling the financial strain and the expected cut in unemployment isn’t happening. Rising costs and an expat exodus are inflicting financial pain, and businesses are in agreement it’s doing nothing but harming their bottom lines. It’s believed a ministerial committee is considering restructuring or modifying the fees,...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Omanization bites as expats leave, but Golden Visa scheme unlikely to succeed

The introduction of Oman’s visa ban and its recent extensions seems to have encouraged unemployed locals to get jobs, but Oman‘s new Golden Visa scheme doesn’t allow expat citizenship. The aim of the expat visa ban was to vastly increase available jobs for Omanis as the emirate’s unemployment figures were at an all-time high. Since the visa changes were announced, the expat labour force has shrunk by four per cent, with the majority of drops seen in the financial, engineering, manufacturing, industrial and construction...