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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 ...

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United Arab Emirates

Property in Dubai - What Expats Should Know

Saturday March 16, 2013 (16:44:16)
Burj al Arab and the Quaid Madinat Jumeirah
For those with an eye and ear on international affairs, the very word 'Dubai' can conjure up images of an extravagant, hyper-modern dreamworld, defined by its bold "science fiction now" innovations in architecture and landscaping. Of course, there are certain lightning rods for attention, like the new underwater Water Discus hotel being developed by the state-owned Dubai World holding company, as well as the notorious Burj Al Arab hotel, which help to fuel this preconception: the latter hotel is often touted as "the world's only 7-star hotel" (despite "5 star deluxe" being the highest official rating given by the hospitality industry), boasting suites of two floors each.

Other much-discussed features of the local landscape include the manmade Palm Islands archipelago, in the midst of which another archipelago is designed to appear like a microcosm of the globe's continental land masses. With items like these in mind, it's understandable why many expect the whole of Dubai, including its residential areas, to live up to this standard of novelty and luxury.   more ...

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United Arab Emirates

Jeffrey Todd, Deputy Editor for The National

Friday January 06, 2012 (22:42:46)
Jeffrey Todd
Jeffrey Todd is the Deputy Editor for "The National", one of the UAE's most popular English newspapers.

Jeffrey, can you tell us a bit about your background before you joined "The National"?

Prior to The National I worked at the Toronto Star covering the crime and destruction beat, including fires, car crashes, murders and kidnappings. It was a challenging time because I had to get information out of people who were reluctant to give it to me - and I had to do it fast!

Tell us more about "The National" and how you ended up as a reporter (now deputy editor) on this major national newspaper.

My parents lived in the United Arab Emirates for three years from 2000 to 2003. When The National announced its launch, I was familiar with both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. And once I saw the scale of the project and all the great journalists involved, I couldn't turn down the opportunity. You don't help with the launch of the newspaper every day.   more ...

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