Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates


OFW recalls close brush with COVID-19 in shared UAE flat

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Arnaldo Tumaliuan shares a flat with 8 other people in Dubai. One of them tests positive for the coronavirus.

OFW. Arnaldo Tumalian has been based in the United Arab Emirates since April 17, 2007.  Photo from the Facebook page of Arnaldo  Tumaliuan

Another Filipina nurse dies of coronavirus in UAE

May 15, 2020 - 11:48 AM

A Filipino mechanic known for his dedicated volunteer work also dies after contracting COVID-19 in Dubai

BACK TO WORK. Workers dressed in protective clothing walk past jewelers' shops at the Dubai Gold Souk in the United Arab Emirates on May 13, 2020, as markets reopen amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

158 Filipino workers repatriated from UAE

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says many of the overseas Filipino workers who returned home were victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking

BACK HOME. The DFA and DOJ lead the repatriation of 158 OFWs, many of whom were victims of human trafficking. Photo from Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

Ambassador Quintana tells property developers: 'Give OFWs best deals'

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana also advises overseas Filipino workers to exercise due diligence when it comes to buying properties

Taguig City

PH mulls talks with UAE over 'good conduct certificate' requirement

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'The certificate is a new addition. But without talks, this means it is a unilateral decision only,' Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III says

DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they will be talking with the UAE government after it released a Cabinet resolution requiring a 'good conduct and behavior certificate' from expats. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UAE Filipino community prepares for Duterte visit

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:03 AM

Officials say they are expecting up to 60 000 Filipinos to attend the meet and greet with President Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte during his meeting with the Filipino community in Laos on September 5, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Successful Filipinos to give OFWs in Dubai tips on getting rich

Feb 21, 2016 - 1:56 AM

Many Filipinos in the UAE are lured by the promise of easy money only to find themselves heavily indebted in the end due to accumulated interest rates and hidden charges

RESPITE. Filipino workers take a breather at a Dubai beach, with the landmark Burj Al Arab in the background. Photo by Jo Kearney

Biggest challenge for Filipino nurses in Dubai? Language

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Language is a common cause of misunderstanding between employers and OFWs in the United Arab Emirates

OFW skills go digital

Jul 25, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Can our OFWs transition into higher paying work? Filipino Digerati a non profit organization in the United Arab Emirates UAE believes so

'Desert of Gold' features Filipino leaders in UAE

Jul 23, 2014 - 10:38 PM

This compilation features 36 uplifting stories of OFWs whose examples have helped shaped their communities and the nation

PAL, Etihad Airways increase Manila-Abu Dhabi flights

Jul 10, 2014 - 10:48 AM

The airlines will operate a combined 19 weekly flights between the two capitals and also provide more reciprocal benefits for their guests as part of a landmark agreement

More landlords in UAE shun Filipino tenants

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Filipino tenants tend to have overcrowded units distract neighbors with constant parties at home and cook exotic food Either they re rejected or evicted