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United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Moving To Dubai With Children? Take A Look At Our Guide To School Fees

Thursday August 18, 2016 (11:06:53)
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Dubai is often described as a place of superlatives. This melting pot of cultures has gained a lot of popularity as an expat destination in the last few decades. Foreigners from all across the globe are moving to this fast-developing emirate with their families as there is so much to see and do.

The UAE has been attracting students of all ages from various countries, primarily because its education system is among the best in the world.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Financial

United Arab Emirates

How To Budget For A Move To The UAE: An Expat Guide

Monday July 11, 2016 (11:16:11)

It is hard to talk about the United Arab Emirates without using superlatives. In less than four decades this Middle Eastern country has completely transformed itself from a tribal culture that was mainly dependent on fishing, pearl diving, and agriculture to a commercial, entrepreneurial, and industrial success story. The UAE has come a long way from the desert it once was, to the highly modern business hub with world-class infrastructure it is today.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Here's Why International Schools in The UAE Are Becoming More Popular

Monday July 11, 2016 (10:57:13)
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The expat community in the United Arab Emirates has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. People from all over the world including the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US, as well as other parts of Asia, are settling down in this part of the Middle East with their families.

Furthermore, many of them are choosing to educate their children within the country.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Interview with Annabel Kantaria, Author of Coming Home

Friday August 28, 2015 (16:11:36)

Expat Focus talks to Annabel Kantaria a British journalist and author living in Dubai.

In 2013, she won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the critical eye of top London agent Luigi Bonomi and Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA. Her debut novel, Coming Home (MIRA, May 2015), is the reworked version of the prize-winning manuscript.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Property

United Arab Emirates

A Guide To The Expat Property Hotspots Of The UAE

Sunday August 16, 2015 (16:56:40)
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The modern cities of the UAE offer numerous work opportunities for expats. These cosmopolitan destinations have thriving business environments and provide the expat population with many benefits, such as excellent salary packages and no income taxation. These cities therefore have a significant expat community, enabling new entrants to feel at home easily. Here are some of the property hotspots in the UAE that are popular among expats.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Ten Basic Phrases In Arabic For Expats Moving To The UAE

Friday July 31, 2015 (13:20:40)
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The UAE is one of those places where knowing the local language is not terribly important for expats. Even for expats who are eager and willing, there just isn’t much opportunity – you might somehow begin to learn the language, but you’ll find there’s almost no one to practice with. For most expats, interaction with the locals is minimal, and when it comes to languages, formal training alone, without any real-life practice, doesn’t get you very far.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

United Arab Emirates

Running Your Own Business In The UAE – Five Things You Need To Know

Wednesday July 29, 2015 (12:14:39)
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The United Arab Emirates has become one of the most popular expat destinations in Asia due to its cultural diversity, high standard of living, low crime rate and modern infrastructure. Factors like economic stability, strategic business framework, no-tax policy and free markets have also helped to attract foreign investors from across the globe.

While setting up your own venture here may seem like a profitable idea, it is essential for you to acquaint yourself with a few facts first.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

United Arab Emirates

Marlon Atreides, Oil & Gas Sector Manager, Randstad MENA

Wednesday June 17, 2015 (15:49:44)
Marlon Atreides
Marlon, please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Originally from Manchester in the UK, I moved to the Middle East, specifically Dubai, in March 2014 to become the Power & Energy Sector Manager for Randstad MENA. I am an NLP master practitioner with 10 years’ experience working for multinational executive consultancies. I have been fortunate to travel to many worldwide locations and get exposure to clients’ assets and operations. I have experience across the full life cycle of Power & Energy, and during my career have been involved in training and developing young aspiring graduates in the methodology and best practise of executive search and how to provide a ROI for clients.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

UAE – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Wednesday May 06, 2015 (20:44:59)

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look the United Arab Emirates and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Life With Baby Kicks
http://lifewithbabykicks.blogspot.ae/

Life With Baby Kicks is a blog written by Laura, who lives with her partner and two children in Dubai. The blog covers all sorts of topics, from parenting as an expat to making a Dubai rental property feel like home. A light-hearted site that nonetheless doesn’t mind tackling more serious subjects from time to time, Life With Baby Kicks is certainly recommended reading for any parents who are thinking of renting in Dubai.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Interviewing For A Job In UAE: Five Things You Need To Know

Friday March 27, 2015 (02:42:45)

The job interview is one of the most crucial elements of successfully landing a great job. What comes before and after is of course equally important, but will rarely have the make-or-break nature of the job interview itself. Here are five things you need to know when interviewing for a job in the UAE:

• Your industry: Interviewers will frequently ask candidates for an analysis of the current or future state of the industry. This gives them an idea of not just how much industry information you have, but how well you are able to analyze that information. Be sure to do an adequate amount of homework before your interview, so that your facts are accurate and up-to-date. Find information that is specific to the industry in the UAE, and compare it with the industry in the rest of the world. When providing analysis, be forthright, and try not to exaggerate or overstate either positives or negatives.   more ...