Suzanne Locke

Illustration by Alvaro Sanmarti
All you need to know about opening a bank account in the UAE

From opening an account onshore and offshore to borrowing and investing your income, here's how to avoid any pitfalls

July 04, 2023, 12:08 PM
Ben Bolger launched a personal finance podcast and YouTube channel because he wanted to build an unbiased, trusted resource of information for expats. Photo: Vidhyaa Chandramohan for The National
Money & Me: ‘A good financial plan is worth its weight in gold’

Financial planner Ben Bolger believes money management is a life lesson that needs to be taught in schools

March 18, 2021, 8:10 AM
Shehab Allam, who became the first person to swim the full 25 kilometres of the Dubai Canal, says it is difficult to continue in the sport when it doesn’t pay. Photo: Antonie Robertson / The National
Money & Me: ‘I have learnt that money doesn’t come easily and involves a lot of work’

Swimming, free-diving and fitness instructor Shehab Allam is a former monofin world champion and hopes to find a sponsor to continue his sports career

December 10, 2020, 2:15 PM
Some documents need to be kept with you at all times in the UAE, such as your Emirates ID, says Aideen Hopkins of EER. Antonie Robertson/The National
How to organise important financial documents simply and safely

The summer months offer the perfect window to reorganise your paperwork and ensure it is being stored correctly

August 03, 2020, 4:03 AM
Jaspal Bal says his biggest financial regret is running up Dh50,000 in credit card debt when he was younger. Courtesy Jaspal Bal
Money & Me: 'We contracted coronavirus but our finances haven't suffered'

While Covid-19 affected lighting designer Jaspal Bal directly, quarantine is helping him save up to Dh7,000 a month

June 11, 2020, 9:46 AM
While Earvin Famarin plans to be open about money with his son in the future, he says traditionally Filipinos are not comfortable discussing financial matters. Reem Mohammed/The National
Why talking about money with your family and friends should not be taboo

While discussing how much you earn and invest may be considered culturally inappropriate, the effects of Covid-19 make opening up more important than ever

June 01, 2020, 5:10 AM
Precautionary measures to contain the spread of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak are leading to a squeeze in finances for many businesses and individuals. Getty Images
Experts share their tips to financially cope during Covid-19

How to manage your money whether you’ve lost your job, had your salary cut, kept your job or had to face tough decisions as a small-business owner

April 08, 2020, 7:34 AM
UAE resident Haitham Essam fears his retirement pot will be affected by coronavirus. Antonie Robertson/The National
How UAE residents are managing their finances during the pandemic

While some are saving more, others are balancing a drop in income with lower spending

April 01, 2020, 11:16 AM
Entrepreneur Diana Wilde says if you can’t afford to lose what you invest in your business, 'find a way to work on your idea without giving up your day job'. Reem Mohammed/The National
Should entrepreneurs use their own money to fund their business?

With a fifth of small entities failing in the first year, some founders advise only investing what you can afford to lose

February 25, 2020, 2:07 PM
Rich families should not feel guilty about being wealthy says Maya Prabhu of JP Morgan Private Bank. Instead they should ensure they are “intentional” about their relationship to money, which is a “means to an end”. Razan Alzayani / The National
How wealthy parents can teach children about money

With poor financial literacy a key reason for wealth not surviving, high-earning parents must help their offspring learn how to manage their money

February 03, 2020, 4:30 AM
Illustration by Mathew Kurian 
The money rules that can help your finances fly

From how to manage debt, spend, save and invest, here's a guide to the financial 'rules of thumb' to live by

January 21, 2020, 11:02 AM
Tariq Bell with his daughter Eleanor. The teacher and his wife left Dubai in 2011 before returning in 2015. Antonie Robertson/The National 
Returning residents: 'Why we boomeranged back to the UAE'

Is the grass always greener financially? Suzanne Locke meets expatriates who said goodbye then hello again

November 26, 2019, 9:54 AM
Sarah Mohamed of Quill Communications is now building enough emergency savings to last a year. Antonie Robertson/The National
Money & Me: 'Facebook helped me clear Dh500,000 of debt'

Sarah Mohamed, a communications director, turned her finances around in two years after a business venture failed

November 16, 2019, 10:35 AM
Shop less and buy secondhand to reduce fashion waste. Photo courtesy The Clothes Library
Seven ways to be an ethical shopper in the UAE

Consumers can make socially responsible choices by shopping less or checking eco credentials

October 21, 2019, 11:52 AM
Experts says the most important financial goals to focus on in the early career years are building your skills and your portfolio and a six-month emergency fund Getty
How graduates in the UAE can start their careers on the right financial footing

From managing your money effectively to tips to help you secure the best job and salary for your future

October 16, 2019, 10:42 AM