5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In The United Arab Emirates

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 … Read more

Expats and the UAE Bikini Ban

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, … Read more

UAE Labor Laws: Getting Things Right

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 … Read more

Dubai Aside: Other Great UAE Towns for Professional Expats

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 … Read more

Latest United Arab Emirates Job Market Statistics

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 … Read more

Gail Mallo, Abu Dhabi

Who are you? I am Gail, a Social Media Marketing Specialist, living and working in Abu Dhabi. I am twenty seven years old and recently married to my high school sweetheart. We met here in Abu Dhabi more than ten years ago when we were studying at the same high school. I grew up in … Read more

Property in Dubai – What Expats Should Know

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 … Read more

Cheryl Esteban, Abu Dhabi

My name is Cheryl Esteban, I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2005. I am currently working as a bank Customer Service Associate. I decided to find a job overseas because back then I felt that my life had become one boring routine. I needed a change of … Read more

Zvezdana Rashkovich, Dubai

I am a Croatian/American author, blogger Interpreter, Third Culture Adult, (ATCK) mom of four TCKs and wife to a Sudanese Egyptian architect. I grew up in Libya and Sudan, moved to the US in my twenties and later to Qatar. We moved to Dubai for my husband’s job in the construction industry and we have … Read more

Jeffrey Todd, Deputy Editor for The National

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. … Read more