Expat news in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai lures expat retirees with a five-year retirement visa
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Dubai lures expat retirees with a five-year retirement visa
While most Middle East countries are facing an expat exodus, the UAE is looking to attract more of them. Dubai has just announced its new strategy to attract and retain expat retirees: a retiree visa that will be renewable every five years. Here's what you need to know if you've always dreamed of retiring to one of the world's most developed and prosperous cities.
UAE: resident visas holders allowed to return on June 1st
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UAE: resident visas holders allowed to return on June 1st
As from June 1st, holders of valid resident visas who are stranded abroad due to current travel restrictions will be allowed to return to the United Arab Emirates. This news comes as a relief for many of them who have been waiting to reunite with their families.
Work permits in the UAE: Women can now sponsor their male relatives
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Work permits in the UAE: Women can now sponsor their male ...
Until now, only women could benefit from a work permit sponsored by a family member. Husbands could sponsor their wives for a work permit but not the other way round. But, things are changing. As of this month, women will also be able to sponsor their husbands, fathers and adult children for a work permit. This will allow more women to find and accept jobs in the UAE and will increase the pool of workers within the UAE.

Features

The new long-term residency permits in the UAE: Are you eligible?
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The new long-term residency permits in the UAE: Are you eligible?
It's official. Starting this month, according to the Government Portal of the country, the United Arab Emirates are accepting applications for 10-year and 5- year residence visas. The decision was validated by the UAE Cabinet in November 2018, and honorary visas have already been assigned 20 academics who are already living and working in the UAE. The two new visa categories were set up in an attempt to attract and retain highly skilled individuals to the UAE. Entrepreneurs, investors, highly specialised talents and even outstanding students will be eligible for these 10-year and 5-year visas. But what, exactly, does it take to be able to bag yourself a long-term residency permit in the UAE? For the next five years there will need to be:
Discover the new United Arab Emirates Expat Guide
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Discover the new United Arab Emirates Expat Guide
Thanks to their constantly growing economy, the United Arab Emirates attract many foreign professionals looking forward to benefit from opportunities it provides. Discover the new United Arab Emirates expat guide if you are also looking forward to more there.

Expat interviews

The Dubai adventures of a British expat couple
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The Dubai adventures of a British expat ...
Ruth from London landed in Dubai in February 2015 following her husband to his new post. They will be staying for another year before moving back to the United Kingdom. A freelance writer, Ruth shares with Expat.com her everyday life in the United Arab Emirates.
An American expat in Abu Dhabi: The life of a travel writer in the Middle-East
Everyday life
An American expat in Abu Dhabi: The life of ...
To follow her husband, Christine decided to leave the dynamic city of New York, and head to Abu Dhabi, UAE. It's been two years since she has been living in the Middle-East, and she definitely doesn't regret her choice. She shares with Expat.com her expatriation experience in this eminent emirate.
Jo in Abu Dhabi: Life of a non-Muslim expat and avid blogger in the UAE
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Jo in Abu Dhabi: Life of a non-Muslim expat ...
Since 2008, Jo has been living in Abu Dhabi, UAE's capital city. The Filipino expat opens up to Expat.com, and discusses everyday life in the UAE for a non-Muslim expatriate, and all the things that make this country a good place to live in.

Global edition articles

Tax reforms in Belgium: What is changing for expats
Everyday life
Tax reforms in Belgium: What is changing for ...
On October 12, the declaration of the Belgian Prime Minister looked like a Marshall Plan. The objective is to reduce budgetary costs while relaunching employment in the country. Even though the Prime Minister has not mentioned expatriates, this does not mean that the tax reform will spare them. So what is changing in 2022, and what should expats expect?
Career prospects in the hotel industry as borders reopen
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Career prospects in the hotel industry as ...
The announcement that Australia is preparing to gradually reopen its borders after 18 months of “travel ban” caused a stir. This might be a great opportunity for people who are looking to live and work abroad. Indeed, border reopenings symbolise growth. But it is also true that the hotel industry, which is highly exposed to the Covid-19 pandemic, was already in crisis before the pandemic? So what should you expect if you wish to build a career in the tourism industry?
Genders and expatriation: the five most LGBTQIA+ and no binary friendly countries
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Genders and expatriation: the five most ...
In an era of reaffirmation of identities, thriving cultures have been recognizing and integrating no binary and LGBTQIA+ people through social politics, laws, and cultural representation. From a critical gender perspective, some countries are acknowledging not only two sexes (men/women), but a plurality of them, expanding the possibilities of gender and sexual orientation.