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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, international 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 ... 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 around 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 is not up to the standards offered in the UAE. As a result, the ... Read more

5 Reasons Why Expats Love the UAE

The United Arab Emirates represents one of the most popular worldwide destinations for expats. These days the native Emiratis are finding themselves considerably outnumbered by expats, who make up over 90% of the estimated 9.4 million population. That the UAE is popular among travellers cannot be denied. However with the dry, desert environment and soaring summer temperatures, the question is really what is drawing expats here in such numbers? Zero Income Tax It's no secret that the Emirate's natural riches; namely oil in ... Read more

Understanding Ramadan and knowing how to behave when you are in the UAE

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar is very important because it is the month of Ramadan. It is culturally significant for all Muslims around the world and is particularly so in the Emirates. This year, it runs from June 28th to July 27th and usually lasts for 29 or 30 days. During this holy month, Muslims immerse themselves in their faith and abstain from drinking and eating from sunrise to sunset every day. The Muslim community are prohibited from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex between sunrise ... Read more

Better housing benefits for expats moving to the UAE

The United Arab Emirates is an exciting place to move to. It offers people a high quality of life and is always booming. Although the laws and customs are rather strict and can take some time getting used to, it is a nation that is widely made up by expatriates. English is commonly spoken and job opportunities are abundant. In fact, expats make up around 90% of the UAE population and are employed on all levels of work. However, it is a country where the cost of ... Read more

British expats in the UAE celebrate the Queen’s birthday

Brits living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) turned out in their droves to celebrate the 88th birthday of the Queen this week. Parties were held at the British embassies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with representatives of the 120,000-strong expatriate community in attendance. Both began with the national anthems of the UAE and the UK, performed under fluttering Union flags and twinkling lights, followed by a cake cutting ceremony. Flown out especially for the occasion were the Salamanca ... Read more

Guide to living in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a veritable hotspot for expatriates in recent years, causing the community to be a wide mix of nationalities, cultures and languages. In order to enjoy the experience to the full, there are certain pieces of advice that it is a good idea to note. In a recent article, Emirates 24/7 explored the top tips to impart on anyone moving abroad to live in the UAE. Here are some of those pearls of wisdom: Cohabiting A long term ... Read more
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