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Expat Health Insurance In The UAE: What You Need To Know

Monday July 08, 2019 (15:59:26)

The UAE is a hugely popular expat destination, with about 80% of its residents being from abroad. Most of the expats living there are from Asia, although its relatively liberal culture compared with other Gulf states makes it popular with expats from Western nations too.

There are many reasons to move to the UAE, from its high wages and excellent job opportunities to the luxurious style of living. Still, moving abroad is rarely a straightforward decision, and while dreaming about luxuriating on beaches is fun, it's important to keep the more practical considerations in mind too.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

United Arab Emirates

Which Jobs Could You Be Offered As A Female Expat In The UAE?

Monday July 01, 2019 (17:17:22)

The UAE has been considered an infamously difficult climate for women for some time now. Even in Dubai, for example, which is largely thought of as the most liberal city in the Middle East, women have only been legally allowed to drive in the past two years or so. It is unsurprising therefore that many female expats are hesitant about relocating there and spend a long time carefully considering whether life in the UAE is for them.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Living In The UAE: The Pitfalls Expats Can Face

Tuesday June 25, 2019 (15:05:40)

The UAE can be a great place to live and work. With a high standard of living, good transport links and education, plus zero income tax, it’s a popular choice for a number of expats – more than 88% of its population come from abroad, according to the UN. Some 120,000 of those are from the UK, with a further 50,000 from the US. The UAE even appointed a Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing!   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

A Guide To The New Financial Aggregator Website For Expat Investors In The UAE

Monday June 10, 2019 (18:44:57)

If you’re an investor in the UAE or the wider Gulf Cooperation Council, you may already be aware of a new tool designed to help you choose the best advisory firms in the UAE. A new financial aggregator website, whichfinancialadvisor.com, was launched earlier this year in an effort to combat scammers and streamline the advice system so that it’s clearer and easier to use.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Alternatives To Skype For Expats In The UAE

Monday May 27, 2019 (08:08:52)

Maintaining relationships with family and close friends is often a tricky path to navigate when moving abroad. Coffee mornings, pub lunches, birthday celebrations and family barbecues are invariably replaced, somewhat inadequately, by Skype video calls and WhatsApp group chats. However, expats in the United Arab Emirates are now suffering further setbacks in familial communications with the recent banning of Microsoft-owned Skype, causing frustration and upset aplenty.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi: A Guide To The City For LGBT+ Expats

Monday December 17, 2018 (10:42:33)

Transformed nearly overnight from sleepy coastal towns to glimmering metropoli by oil money, the United Arab Emirates have developed their economy in large part by spending generously on international talent. A large majority of the people living in the UAE at any given moment are non-citizens on temporary permits for work, and the United Arab Emirates have cemented their reputation as a place for the young and mobile to make money they can bring home at the end of their stay. While Dubai gets most of the international attention for its luxury resorts and towering skyscrapers, the federal capital, Abu Dhabi, also draws significant numbers of expats into its borders. For those seeking a bit less of Dubai’s glitz and glamour, Abu Dhabi can be a solid choice.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Health

United Arab Emirates

What Do The UAE's New Expat Healthcare Policies Mean For You?

Thursday September 13, 2018 (15:24:56)

A number of interesting changes have been underway in the United Arab Emirates lately, some of which could prove particularly useful and beneficial to the UAE expatriate community. In particular, the UAE healthcare system is set to receive a large overhaul, which is predicted to see exponential growth in the medical sector and provide a wealth of business and investment opportunities.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Education

United Arab Emirates

Expat Education In The Gulf States

Friday May 11, 2018 (11:23:23)

The Gulf has become an incredibly popular and desired option for expats over recent years. With a population reaching 8 million across the United Arab Emirates alone, the pull of luxury lifestyles, great pay and safe culture is an alluring prospect for many. In the international expat series, Stephen Spriggs from William Clarence Education shares his insights of things you need to know for a new life in Dubai.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

An Expat Guide To Working In The UAE

Monday October 16, 2017 (07:59:41)

The United Arab Emirates, or the UAE, occupies a central location in the Middle East, and has people from over 150 nationalities living within its borders. The country has the reputation of being the second richest Arab nation in the world. Thanks to its extensive oil and natural gas reserves, it occupies an important position in the world. Indeed, the UAE came into being in 1958, when vast oil reserves were found in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Currently, the majority of the nation’s total proven reserves lie in Abu Dhabi.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Promoting Positive Mental Health In The Workplace

Tuesday October 10, 2017 (09:18:09)
Dr Walid Abdul-Hamid t
On World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), The Priory’s Dubai Wellbeing Centre highlights how Priory is helping companies in the UAE with the mental health of their workers.

In his day-to-day work as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Priory’s Dubai Wellbeing Centre, Dr Walid Abdul-Hamid treats many Dubai workers suffering from mental health problems like depression, stress and anxiety. The Wellbeing Centre, which opened in April this year, enables workers to access treatment for conditions including anxiety, stress and depression. It is open before and after work and at lunchtimes, so offers flexibility for all. The Centre also goes into firms and discusses how employers can enhance and improve the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.   more ...