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Grand Onam Festivities at Arabian Center & Lamcy Plaza

Grand Onam Festivities at Arabian Center & Lamcy Plaza

Grand Annual Onam Festivities to Kick-start at Arabian Center & Lamcy Plaza The grand annual celebrations for Onam took place at Lamcy Plaza and Arabian Center on September 8th and 9th, respectively. Celebrating the homecoming of the legendary king Mahabali, the Kerala harvest festival Onam was back with all the […]

 
 

Bhupender Nath on ease of doing business in UAE

Bhupender Nath on ease of doing business in UAE

Our sit down with Bhupender Nath, CEO and Owner of Passion F&B, on ease of doing business in UAE amidst looming oil price slump and its impacts. What brought you to Dubai — work or personal reasons? Business brought me to Dubai, in 1997. When I was working in Africa, […]

 
 

Highlights from PM Modi’s Speech in Dubai

Highlights from PM Modi’s Speech in Dubai

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his much-awaited speech to a large gathering at the Dubai Sports City Cricket stadium on 17th August 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For a stadium that could accommodate 25,000 people, the registrations initiated through the website NamoInDubai.ae reached a massive 50,000. Indians constitute the […]

 
 

Saudi Arabia to extend foreign workers residency permits

Saudi Arabia to extend foreign workers residency permits

Good news for expats living in Saudi Arabia The new residency plan would allow foreign workers to have five years residence visa The Saudi Arabian government is hashing out a new residency permit plan for the expats living and working in the Kingdom, local daily Al Madinah reported Wednesday. The […]

 
 

Dubai Most Expensive for Rental Property Investment in the Middle East: Latest Survey Reports

Dubai Most Expensive for Rental Property Investment in the Middle East: Latest Survey Reports

Dubai is the most expensive region for expatriates to rent properties with 30% increase in rental property rates What’s the next best thing to do if we aren’t able to afford our ‘dream home’ in an exquisite foreign location? Of course, try and rent our dream palazzos! But even renting […]

 
 

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Sometimes we wish we were birds. Flying to innumerable places, seeing the world through eyes unencumbered by boundaries and restrictions. But where our idealistic dreams of being birds and soaring across the world map may be left short-changed, there are many other ways in which a part of our dreams […]

 
 

Oman to Reshuffle Private Sector Jobs to Empower Local Workforce

Oman to Reshuffle Private Sector Jobs to Empower Local Workforce

Nearly over 100,000 foreign workers face potential axe as Omani government plans to restructure the private sector to aid Omani professionals. The middle-east countries are highly favoured destinations for those seeking to emigrate for job and professional reasons. But given the fact that the rise of expatriate working professionals in […]

 
 

Becoming culturally competent in the Middle East melting pot

Becoming culturally competent in the Middle East melting pot

Becoming culturally competent in the Middle East melting pot Managing cultural diversity is an integral element of life in the Middle East. Traditional approaches to building cultural awareness provide information – on the traditions, beliefs and common practices – of specific nationalities, with the message “people from this place do […]

 
 

UAE residents focus on Career, delay Marriage

UAE residents focus on Career, delay Marriage

More unmarried people in their 30’s than ever before in UAE. Men in the UAE are more likely career-oriented than women. Trust – a big factor considering the transient nature of expat life in the UAE. Cultural differences, less pressure from parents back home to get married, living expenses, uncertainty […]

 
 

52% of GCC residents believe localisation efforts by local governments are effective: Bayt.com

52% of GCC residents believe localisation efforts by local governments are effective: Bayt.com

Bayt.com poll reveals that 52% of GCC residents believe that localisation efforts by local governments are effective 23.5% believe that nationals need better educational and vocational training facilities A Nationalization in the GCC  poll conducted by Bayt.com, the region’s number one job site, reveals that GCC nationals feel they are […]

 
 

Indian Expats neglect Retirement Planning

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A recent study says the UAE-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI) community is generally risk averse, poor at retirement planning, and not keen on seeking professional financial expertise. The survey studied the financial habits and investment behavior of Indian expats which covered 300 respondents across the UAE. The Standard Life NRI Wealth […]

 
 

Legal Counsel In The Middle East: For Expatriates, By Expatriates

Founder &Managing Partner,Advocate Musthafa Zafeer O.V. & Senior Lawer and Managing Partner, Adv.Almana Zafeer

 “A multinational firm from UK has plans of  expanding its operations in the Middle East. Because of the cultural differences and marked business practices in the Middle East and GCC countries, they need guidance and legal representation in setting up their operations, corporate restructuring, capital increases and reductions, business licencing […]

 
 

No tolerance for Bribes: But one Tangos while the other Waltzes away

No tolerance for Bribes: But one Tangos while the other Waltzes away

Location: Dubai The Story 5 employees of Al Ahli Driving Institute were caught for taking bribes from students and have been sentenced to 6 months in prison. The amount of the bribes taken by each man totaled to Dh 34, 000. The five men were clerks in the driving institute; […]

 
 

Egyptian Success Story: The Egyptian Food Bank Forum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2011 What a great event for Egyptians in the UAE to feel inspired and be proud. The theme for the Forum, said it all Egyptian Success Story. On Saturday, June 25th, Mr. Moez El Shohdy, kicked off the initiative by a very successful […]

 
 

Pension for UAE Expats!…really?

United Arab Emirates has been the Crown Jewel of the Arabian Peninsula. For decades it has prided itself on being an open and flexible government which fosters growth and prosperity. Though the global meltdown has made it feel vulnerable, its picking up the pieces and starting afresh and making international […]