Expat news in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai welcomes nearly 100,000 expatriates amid the crisis
Everyday life
Dubai welcomes nearly 100,000 expatriates amid the crisis
The number one city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai stands out in terms of immigration. Its economic prosperity has left everyone speechless. After a sudden demographic drop in the early days of the pandemic, Dubai started welcoming new immigrants in the fall of 2020. So how has this city become a favorite expat destination within the past two years?
UAE expats demand is back to pre-pandemic levels
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UAE expats demand is back to pre-pandemic levels
There is a huge presence of expats in the United Arab Emirates. Of a total headcount of 9.9 million Dubai inhabitants, only 1.15 million are Emiratis, according to the Global Media Insight 2021. Most expats in the UAE are from India (27%) and Pakistan (13%), but the country has a big British community as well. 
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.

Features

UAE: resident visas holders allowed to return on June 1st
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UAE: resident visas holders allowed to ...
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 ...
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.
The new long-term residency permits in the UAE: Are you eligible?
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The new long-term residency permits in the ...
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 ...
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

World Cup 2022 vibes with expats in Qatar
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World Cup 2022 vibes with expats in Qatar
More than a week after the kick-off of the 22nd edition of the World Cup, tension mounts as teams struggle to secure their place in the Round of 16. For some, it is already the end! Others have made sure to get through their final group matches. Here's how expatriates and visitors in Qatar are experiencing the "World Cup" vibes.
These are the best Christmas markets across Europe
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These are the best Christmas markets across ...
When we talk about the holiday season, we certainly think of the sumptuous European Christmas markets where the magic happens. Although their origin is not precisely known, they are often associated with Northern European countries as it is estimated that the first ones appeared around the 14th century in Germany and Alsace. Here is our selection of the most popular and anticipated Christmas markets in Europe, some of which start much earlier than you think!
The ICT sector faced with mass layoffs and a drop in recruitment globally
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The ICT sector faced with mass layoffs and a ...
Is 2022 a dark year for the tech world, as described by some experts? The list of companies laying off thousands of employees is getting longer, and they include giants like Microsoft, Meta, Twitter, Salesforce, and soon Amazon. In Singapore, the situation is worrisome since leading tech powerhouses operating there have successfully attracted many foreign professionals over the years, not to mention the country's economic dynamism. But now that the giants are pulling out, the jobs of many locals and expatriates alike are being threatened.