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Living In The UAE: The Pitfalls Expats Can Face

The UAE can be a great place to live and work. With a high standard of living, good transport links and education, plus zero income tax, it’s a popular choice for a number of expats – more than 88% of its population come from abroad, according to the UN. Some 120,000 of those are from the UK, with a further 50,000 from the US. The UAE even appointed a Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing!    more ...
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Alternatives To Skype For Expats In The UAE

Maintaining relationships with family and close friends is often a tricky path to navigate when moving abroad. Coffee mornings, pub lunches, birthday celebrations and family barbecues are invariably replaced, somewhat inadequately, by Skype video calls and WhatsApp group chats. However, expats in the United Arab Emirates are now suffering further setbacks in familial communications with the recent banning of Microsoft-owned Skype, causing frustra ...    more ...
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Abu Dhabi: A Guide To The City For LGBT+ Expats

Transformed nearly overnight from sleepy coastal towns to glimmering metropoli by oil money, the United Arab Emirates have developed their economy in large part by spending generously on international talent. A large majority of the people living in the UAE at any given moment are non-citizens on temporary permits for work, and the United Arab Emirates have cemented their reputation as a place for the young and mobile to make money they can bring ...    more ...
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Moving To Dubai With Children? Take A Look At Our Guide To School Fees

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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 ...
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Interview with Annabel Kantaria, Author of Coming Home

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 manuscri ...    more ...
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Ten Basic Phrases In Arabic For Expats Moving To The UAE

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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 ...    more ...
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5 Foods You Must Try When Living In The UAE

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

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 mos ...    more ...
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5 Expat Clubs In The UAE You Should Consider Joining

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 t ...    more ...
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Moving To The UAE - What To Expect As A New Expat

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 popula ...    more ...