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UAE Expat News

UAE Considers Introducing VAT

The UAE has become famous globally as a top expat destination. These days 8 out of every 9 people in the United Arab Emirates is an expat, drawn by strong career prospects and a tax-advantaged system.Now, however, the government in the UAE is considering making changes to their low-tax economic policies, with the potential introduction of both VAT (sales tax) and corporation tax on companies being run from within the Emirates.There are a number of reasons suggested for these recent discussions. ... Read more

Which Country Is Best For Expats? – Infographic

It's not until you're thinking about moving abroad that you suddenly realise just how many options there are. From The United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, from Ireland to Iceland, how do you know which expat destinations are best?Arguably one of the most useful strategies is to consider the factors that are most important to you. For example, if you're moving abroad for work, which countries offer the highest salaries to expats? Equally, the cheaper the costs of ... Read more

Sudanese Expats in UAE Struggle with New Passports

Like many developing nations, Sudan relies heavily on expat remittances to help Sudanese families make ends meet. In the United Arab Emirates alone there are estimated to be over 300,000 Sudanese expats, mostly working in the burgeoning construction industry. Each year these expats send millions of dollars back to relatives in the Sudan.Unfortunately however, a new policy is causing concern among Sudanese expat workers. It has been agreed that as from November 2015, the standard Sudanese passport will no longer be ... Read more

Secrets of Expat Schooling in the UAE Revealed

For expats with children, one major concern when moving abroad is education. With many countries differing significantly not just in the quality of education on offer, but also the resulting qualifications, choosing the “best” school for your children while living in a foreign country can be problematic to say the least.The problem is of course even more extreme in situations where the native tongue is different to your own; meaning that sending your children to a locally-run school may just be ... Read more

Half of Expats in UAE Consider Leaving

" The United Arab Emirates have long been one of the top expat destinations in the world, drawing in highly qualified workers from around the world with the promise of a tax-free salary. Under such circumstances, the already reasonable wages on offer to qualified expats can look positively generous, and enable many workers in the kingdom to put money aside for a rainy day. This is the very same money which would otherwise have been eaten by tax in most other countries.Moving ... Read more

UAE Introduces Changes to Expat Wills

" When we think about moving abroad, the most common factors considered are job opportunities, the costs of living, and the climate. Very few of us make the legal system a priority in our decision making process. Yet according to reports from the United Arab Emirates, some exciting changes are happening surrounding the wills of expats living in the country. Furthermore, while these changes may seem small to some, they're a further example of how ''expat-friendly'' the nation has become, and how ... Read more

European Expats Have Low Expectations of Banks in UAE

" A fascinating new study has recently been published, which focuses on banking in the United Arab Emirates. The goal of the survey of over 500 UAE-based bank users aimed to benchmark customer satisfaction and provide guidance for future improvement in the Gulf banking sector.The UAE has been described as “over banked” simply because there are so many banks and ATMs in comparison to many other countries. Access to banking services is at an all-time high, and such ubiquity should be fostering ... Read more

Expats in UAE Disappointed With Mandatory Health Insurance

" The economy in the United Arab Emirates is rather different to that experienced in the West. Most critically, the lack of income tax has an impact on what government services are offered for free. Of these, health care has long been a hotly contested subject. In most cases, health insurance is considered mandatory and is most commonly provided by employers to their staff.Now, however, a study suggests that this employer-provided health care may not be living up to expectations. According to ... Read more

European Expats in UAE Cashing In

" As many of us are patently aware, currency conversion rates can make a significant impact on an expats finances. Of course conversion rates swing and roundabout; sometimes they’re in your favour, and sometimes against. For European expats living and working in the United Arab Emirates, the experts tell us that the conversion rate just became very beneficial indeed.Over the last few months, the value of the US dollar has been on an upward trajectory, fuelled by the USA’s economic recovery. The ... Read more

UAE Plans Changes to Save On Expat Healthcare

According to recent statistics, almost 90% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is made up of expats. Whilst the UAE manages to draw expats from all round the world, it is particularly popular among Asians from developing countries, who move here to work in the burgeoning construction industry.At last count, Asians made up 54.4% of the expat population, many hailing from the poorer countries where healthcare is not up to the standards offered in the UAE. As a result, ... Read more
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