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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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United Arab Emirates

5 Expat Clubs In The UAE You Should Consider Joining

Tuesday June 03, 2014 (03:56:14)

Joining a club or group in a new country is a way to make the most of your expat life. These clubs, founded with various aims in mind, are a great way to connect with people from your home country and keep familiar traditions alive, while integrating into the new culture at the same time. The UAE is an expat hub and there are many clubs and societies to cater to the interests and welfare of its rising expat population. Here are 5 expat clubs in the UAE you should consider joining.

Abu Dhabi Women’s Group

The Abu Dhabi Women’s Group is a meeting point for people across the world who share the same experience of being located to Abu Dhabi.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Moving To The UAE - What To Expect As A New Expat

Wednesday April 30, 2014 (18:26:00)

The United Arab Emirates has always been popular with expats, and many of them are drawn to places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi because of the lucrative business and investment opportunities available here. The UAE also has a liberal culture compared to its neighbors in the Middle East, and expats find it easier to adapt to the lifestyle here. Here’s what new expats can expect when moving to the UAE.

Tax-free salaries

One of the most popular benefits of living and working in the UAE is the opportunity to earn a tax-free salary. This enables expats to save more, since they earn a higher disposable income. However many expats find that their income can get easily spent on rent, luxury goods and socializing if they’re not careful.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In The United Arab Emirates

Wednesday March 26, 2014 (05:08:57)

Golf has gained a great deal of popularity in the UAE and there are many top-quality courses across the region. UAE also hosts a European Tour golf tournament called the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, held in January every year since 2006. The UAE has even played host to the World Sand Golf Championship in the past. Here are five of the best golf courses in the UAE.

Yas Links, Yas Island

Yas Island is a 6,000 acre multi-billion dollar property renowned for state-of-the-art attractions such as a Formula 1 Grand Prix racing park. Another jewel in its crown is the Yas Links golf course, opened in 2010, and designed by architect Kyle Philips.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Expats and the UAE Bikini Ban

Friday May 03, 2013 (19:00:53)

In recent days, visitors to the public beaches of the United Arab Emirates were met with some disheartening warnings: signs were placed along these beaches warning that skimpy or revealing attire such as bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome there. While exact penalties for this newly minted offense are unclear as of the moment, there is much talk of cash fines involved.

News of this unexpected regulation came from the Emirate of Ras-Al Khaimah [RAK], which currently accounts for over 4 million of the UAE's residents and is occasionally seen as the next Emirate to follow in the footsteps of Dubai's tourism success. Not being as oil-dependent as novice students of the Middle East might expect, much of the $25 billion local and foreign investment to have gone into RAK will clearly go towards further amenities and facilities to keep visitors happy. It is worth considering briefly how this ban can be expected to impact such outreach efforts.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

UAE Labor Laws: Getting Things Right

Friday May 03, 2013 (15:05:46)

The United Arab Emirates, as of a 2011 Al Arabiya report, was host to nearly 4 million foreign-born laborers from sub-Continental Asia, the Arab world and elsewhere, with an expatriate population of twice that number (and, just as a reminder, the vast majority of UAE residents do qualify as expatriates). The majority of the foreign-born workforce does not have professional qualifications, however, with the same report claiming fewer than 230,000 residents with university degrees. One could interpret these numbers as saying that the demand for skilled / educated labor within the country is still substantial enough to reward a professional interest in the country.

Out of the three incremental "waves" of migrant labor to have appeared in the country, the latest wave - initiated by a sense of competition between Abu Dhabi and Dubai over mega-development projects - briefly resulted in a state where "even laborers were in short supply". Though there is some argument as to whether this construction and development wave has crested, the UAE may still present an attractive option to adventurous professionals with future-building aspirations.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Dubai Aside: Other Great UAE Towns for Professional Expats

Friday April 26, 2013 (19:43:42)
Abu Dhabi
The world has been hit by huge financial problems in recent years, but the numbers of professionals flocking to live and work in the UAE have increased. Dubai tends to be the place of choice for expats, due to the high standard of living and safety, as well as a cosmopolitan feel and of course the tax free income. However, there are alternative choices available in the UAE for working professionals other than the world-famous city of Dubai.

The UAE consists of seven emirates (the equivalent of principalities), namely Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. This article is going to take a look at two alternative options for you to consider if you are investigating the possibility of living in the UAE as an expatriate.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Latest United Arab Emirates Job Market Statistics

Thursday April 04, 2013 (21:43:29)
Skyscrapers in Dubai, UAE
The United Arab Emirates [hereinafter UAE] are a federation of seven different principalities each governed by its own emir: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Since the early 1960’s, these federated states have advanced in prosperity largely on account of their oil exportation. Abu Dhabi, which led the charge among the emirates in this respect, came to share the wealth with the surrounding area, and some 50 years later the CIA World Factbook has listed the UAE as having the 10th largest per capita GDP in the world (this places it, impressively, above the significantly larger nation of Canada, and a full fifteen places ahead of the United Kingdom, although more recent estimates have seen the UAE's ranking drop to 13th.)   more ...