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dubai Expat News

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Dubai?

Dubai is portrayed as a millionaire’s playground and the potential for a lavish lifestyle is too much for some to resist. Evidently, a lot of people had the same idea as 80% of the country’s population of 2.5 million is made up of expats.Many assume that the cost of living in Dubai is significantly higher, but this is due to the super cars and penthouse apartments glamorised by the media. Compared to London, the cost of living in Dubai is actually ... Read more

10 Rules to Avoid Jail in Dubai

If you are considering travelling to the UAE, or moving there for work, it is best to keep some dos and don’ts in mind. Dubai is predominantly a Muslim country, and with this comes traditions and laws unlike other countries. To ensure a memorable stay in Dubai (for all the right reasons) the 10 rules below will help keep both Emirati nationals and travellers happy. What to wear in Dubai Like all countries within the UAE, Emiratis in Dubai dress conservatively or in ... Read more

13 Websites That Make Moving to Dubai a Breeze

Moving abroad as an expat is one of the most exciting – yet nerve-racking – things that any of us do.According to statistics just moving house within your home country is rated as more stressful than getting divorced or being made redundant. Just imagine how that stress can multiply when moving half way round the world.Yet every day more and more of us willingly choose to become expats; whether that’s to further our careers, to follow a loved one or just ... Read more

Dubai Offers Free Internet to All

We live in an ever-more connected society, where Internet and mobile phone access are considered basic necessities rather than the flashy luxuries they were just a few years ago.On the other hand, while 3G phone access (and increasingly 4G high-speed networks) are available in many towns and cities around the world, things can be rather different outside of these cultural hubs.Consider, if you will, the holiday-makers lying in the sun on the beach. Or the locals relaxing in the shade ... Read more

Former expats remember old Dubai

Modern Dubai is both a thriving city and an expatriate hub, but before the skyscrapers were built and luxury tourists flocked to the destination, it was home to the forerunners of today's overseas workforce.Many of these first expats are now in their 60s and 70s, but hold fond memories of living in Dubai and experiencing it as it was.They formed a Facebook group entitled Dubai - The Good Old Days (DTGOD) in order to share reminiscences with others who were in ... Read more

Expat mother has child kidnap appeal in Dubai dismissed

A mother from Britain, who has been battling to clear her name for the kidnap of her own son, has had her appeal dismissed.Afsana Lachaux is trying to regain custody of four-year-old Louis after he was handed over to her ex-husband when she failed to attend a child access visit in the midst of the fight for custody.She was handed a one month sentence, suspended for a year in February, but has been trying to have the decision overturned ever since.Mrs ... Read more

Health insurance to be mandatory for expats in Dubai

A new law is being phased into use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will make it mandatory for expatriates to have health insurance.Those wishing to continue living in Dubai after retiring will be required to purchase expat insurance to cover medical costs should they arise, reports Emirates 24|7.Dr Haider Al Yousuf, director of health financing at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said that the new Health Insurance Act will mean all citizens and residents will be required to make ... Read more

British expat in Dubai convicted of kidnapping son

A British expatriate living in Dubai has been convicted of kidnapping her young son, after failing to turn up to a child access visit.Afsana Lachaux said that she is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, because she was prevented from giving evidence or presenting witnesses at her trial.Ms Lachaux moved to the emirate in 2010 with her then husband, but they split up in 2011 and in 2012 she was accused of missing a court-ordered access visit with their three-year-old son Louis.Her ... Read more

Expatriate healthcare changes afoot in Dubai

Expatriate employees based in the Emirate of Dubai look set to experience major changes to the way they utilise health insurance in the region, after officials signed a new agreement on the topic.Under the new plans, healthcare and more specifically health insurance will be a compulsory requirement for anyone living in or visiting the region.This change of rules will apply to anyone resident in any of the free zones within the Emirate.The change was announced by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) ... Read more

Expatriate Health Insurance News: Other emirates look to compete with Dubai

Expatriate investors and those looking to carry out a professional career overseas are increasingly heading to Qatar and Ras al Khaimah as opposed to the traditional favourite, Dubai.Foreign purchasers have been able to buy property in Dubai on a freehold basis since 2002 and this has led to a build now, pay later approach, reports the Telegraph.This has led to a delay in the recovery of Dubai's economy with an estimated US$150 billion (£96 billion) tied up in new developments.What this ... Read more
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