Category Archives: Need to know

Sharia law & your money in the UAE

Whilst most people are aware that Sharia law is the legal framework used in the GCC countries, not all expats have realised that this can affect them and their money. Did you know that on death your bank accounts and assets … Continue reading

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News: Beneficial changes for DIFC Wills

The DIFC Wills Service Centre (formerly called the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry) has confirmed changes to the rules (the Amendments) which will come into effect from 30th June 2019. This is good news for anyone with UAE assets. There … Continue reading

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Ramadan in Dubai 2019 – a guide

This is not intended to be a definitive guide to the holy month, but is a simple overview and more importantly, a ‘what not to do’ for those who are not fully aware or are new to the UAE. Ramadan … Continue reading

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How to negotiate a rent reduction

Most people are aware that rents are falling across the UAE so many of us will be expecting a reduction in our rent at renewal. But what if your landlord hasn’t got the message and doesn’t want to give you … Continue reading

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Need to know: UAE Consumer Protection Regulations

 The UAE has had legislation in place to protect consumers for quite a few years but the details are not as well known as they might be so this article is an overview of the law and your rights when … Continue reading

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UK Spring Statement 2019 – points of relevance to expats

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has today delivered his Spring Statement. Less formal or broad in scope than the Budget, which moved to the Autumn last year, this is not about announcements on tax or spending, but … Continue reading

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UK Stamp Duty to be even higher for non-residents?

Breaking news. It has been announced that the UK Government will shortly be issuing a new consultation document in which it will propose that the rate of Stamp Duty, the tax payable on purchase of a property, will increase further … Continue reading

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