Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates
|Regions with significant populations|
|Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai|
|Tagalog or other languages of the Philippines, English|
|Roman Catholicism or other Christian denominations, Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos|
Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates are migrants or descendants of the Philippines living in the United Arab Emirates. More than 700,000 Filipinos live in the UAE, of which 450,000 live in Dubai, and they form 21.3% of the population of Dubai. Dubai is home to the largest population of Filipinos in the UAE, followed by Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. In 2007, Filipinos in the UAE sent more than US$500 million in remittances back to the Philippines.
Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates are primarily migrant Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) employed in the architecture, construction, cargo shipping design engineering, energy, information technology, marketing, medical, real estate, retail, telecommunications, and tourism sectors or as domestic helpers. The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment also has two Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) in the UAE, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. These offices, as well as agreements between the Filipino and UAE governments, have set the monthly minimum salary for OFW's at US$400. Because of the high number of Filipinos in the UAE, OFW's have called more direct flights from the UAE to the Philippines.
The Global financial crisis of 2008–2009 has taken a toll on the working Filipino population in the United Arab Emirates, and in December 2008 alone, 3,000 Filipino workers lost their jobs. The overall population shrank by 20% at the end of 2008 as compared to the end of 2007. The Embassy of the Philippines in the UAE asked laid-off Filipinos to register, because of the possibility of job openings in Qatar. However, the decline could also be attributed to new visa and passport requirements that the government of the UAE instituted midway through 2008, affecting up to 20,000 Filipinos. Those with expired visas were stranded on the Iranian island of Kish, and at Al Buraimi, Oman near the Oman/UAE border.
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