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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)
Image © Michael Jäkel on Flickr
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)
Image © Keith Parker on Flickr
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)
Image © Keith Parker on Flickr
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 ...

United Arab Emirates > Links

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 ...

United Arab Emirates > Working

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 ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

5 Foods You Must Try When Living In The UAE

Sunday January 25, 2015 (02:52:15)

The UAE is a land of striking contrasts. It is both deeply traditional, and also incredibly modern. On one hand, it sits in the midst of the dessert, but it does also have a spectacular coastline. The one other thing that makes this destination stand out is the cuisine. Laden with Middle Eastern traditions that date back centuries, the local food here is simply cooked, but packed with character and flavor. Here are 5 foods you really must try when living in the UAE.

Harees

This hugely popular dish of the UAE is such a simple dish, but with an exotic taste.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Education

United Arab Emirates

An Overview Of International Schools in the UAE

Monday September 08, 2014 (03:05:49)

The United Arab Emirates has a thriving expat population, much of it centered in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Lucrative employment, investment opportunities, tax-free income and a high standard of living are factors that make the UAE a highly popular destination among expats.

The education system in the UAE has undergone considerable reform since the 1960s and currently there are a number of international schools that cater to expats. These schools follow a special curriculum and provide an international environment for their students. They also have their own degree and do not adhere to the local educational system in the UAE. Here’s a list of some of the top international schools in the UAE.   more ...

United Arab Emirates > Living

United Arab Emirates

Make The Most Of Your Time In The UAE – 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Saturday August 02, 2014 (01:59:26)

The UAE has come a long way from the desert it was once regarded as. In fact, this country is known to create history with its underwater hotels, spinning skyscrapers and manmade islands. It isn’t just the tourists who are attracted to the UAE; thousands of expats from Europe and the US move to this country each year, lured by its luxurious lifestyle. Moreover, there is a lot to do and see in the UAE. Therefore, it is best that you make the most of your time in the land of superlatives. Here is a list of 5 things that you should try, before you return home –

1. Try The Desert Safari   more ...



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