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Expats in Kuwait admire police but avoid police stations

In their dealings with expats, Kuwaiti police are suspected of having two faces â?? one positive and the other bordering on the negative. Expats living and working in Kuwait have nothing but praise for their local police, usually for their positive reactions to problems occurring outside the confines of their local station. However, the... Expats Blog -

Kuwatization ramps up as government prepares to terminate expat jobs

Expats working in a number of Kuwaiti government sectors are to be sacked in order to provide jobs for locals. In accordance with a Kuwait government plan to fully Kuwaitise government jobs by 2022, foreigners working in the IT, information, development, public relations, admin and statistics, admin support, arts and marine sectors will... Expats Blog -

Cala Romantica fraud victims get their money back in court

Spanish bank Sabadell Solbank has been ordered to reimburse damages of hundreds of thousands to expats who lost out over a failed off-plan real estate development. The scam began in 2006, when the Cala Romantica development was launched as an off-plan opportunity due to be completed by 2008. Construction had stalled long before the... Expats Blog -

Expats to benefit from changes in Federation of European FAs

FEIFA now has a new associate membership sector developed to meet the needs of the European expat community. FEIFAâ??s new sector is aimed at professional advisors who arenâ??t IFAs but who are working with global employees with a cross-border lifestyle which complicates their financial affairs and needs. Included are expats from overseas... Expats Blog -

Expats at risk from Dubai immigration scam

A new scam targeting expat workers is doing the rounds in Dubai, with a good number of already losing money. Posing as Dubai immigration officers, the scammers are calling expats and telling them thereâ??s a pending residency case against them which can only be resolved in their favour if a fine of between Dh 1,000 and Dh 4,000 is paid... Expats Blog -

Expats account for a quarter of all Portuguese property purchases

Portugal is as popular as ever with expats, whoâ??ve accounted for 25 per cent of 2017 property purchases. Foreign buyers are becoming even more active in Portugalâ??s property market, with data showing a 30 per cent increase in 2017 sales over the same period in 2016. Some 152,000 homes found buyers from France, Brazil, the UK and China,... Expats Blog -

Qatar to go to international arbitration to stop blockade

The Gulf State of Qatar is to seek international arbitration as a means to end the blockade. Spokesperson for Qatarâ??s Foreign Ministry Lulwar al Khatar told reporters Wednesday the emirate is seeking international arbitration in order to its diplomatic blockade by Egypt and three of its neighbours in the Gulf. Qatarâ??s move came after... Expats Blog -

Search stepped up for missing British expat in Marbella

Following an appeal launched earlier this week by English language expat newspaper Olive Press, the search for missing mother of two Rebecca Muldoon has been ramped up by Spanish police. Emergency 112 are now operating from a base on Camino del Pinar and are coordinating the search for the missing woman. Coverage of Rebeccaâ??s... Expats Blog -

Expats in UK worried about Brexit effect on their finances

As speculation on the effects of a hard Brexit racks up, expats living and working in the UK are dissatisfied at best and fearful at worst. As a result of the ongoing uncertainty, the UK has dropped like a stone in the recent InterNations Expat Insider survey, managing only 54th place out of the 65 countries in the study. Significant... Expats Blog -

Abaya Fashions in Jeddah

It's been a while since I posted about abaya fashions. When I first moved to KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) back in 2007, pretty much all that was available was a black heavier polyester blend with the differences being in the subtle embellishments and a slight variety of styles. Show More Summary

UAE VAT introduction worries expats and Emiratis alike

Expats and Emiratis alike are concerned about the effect VAT will have on their living expenses. The introduction of VAT across the UAE and its effect on consumer prices is worrying residents in the emirates, according to a recent survey. Some 44 per cent of respondents fear they may not be able to afford to live in the same style after... Expats Blog -

International mobility threatened by worldwide instability and tightening visa laws

A recent report is showing a strong decline in the numbers of Britons being sent overseas by their employers. The Brexit effect may well be the cause of a decline in the number of Britons being sent on secondment or assignment to worldwide destinations, according to a recent report. Just two years ago, 13 per cent of all overseas... Expats Blog -

New US travel warning blocks five Mexican states

Expats living in Mexico are in fear after the latest US travel advisory placed five states in the same category as Yeman, Somalia and Syria. The new warning designates Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Colima and the US border state of Tamaulipas as Level 4 risk destinations, with 11 more states placed on Level 3 along with advice urging... Expats Blog -

Dubai jails British expat for furious email to dodgy car dealer

Dubaiâ??s habit of jailing Western expats for what seems like no good reason is hitting the news yet again. British estate agent Yaseen Killick was understandably angry when the second-hand Volkswagen Gold heâ??d bought from a local dealer for £6,000 broke down the next day. Anger turned to fury when he discovered the car had previously... Expats Blog -

British expats in France take meals on wheels to new heights

Bordeaux-based Brits desperate for a decent curry have elevated meals on wheels to a new height by chartering a plane to bring some in from a Portsmouth curry house. Having spent ages complaining about the impossibility of finding a decent Indian curry in the worldâ??s most famous gourmet heartland, a group of deprived British expats have... Expats Blog -

Fears grow for missing British expat mother in Spain

A British mother of two has now been missing from her Marbella home for over a week. Essex-born mother of two Rebecca Muldoon disappeared on January 2 from her home in Marbella, with fears now growing as to her fate. Sheâ??d been living in Marbella for a year along with her two children aged 11 and eight. Her neighbour had found the... Expats Blog -

Homeless Scot in Dubai is a warning to newly arrived expats

A failed expat in Dubai is homeless and heavily in debt due to getting caught up in the emirateâ??s luxury lifestyle. Scot Jonathan Castle first arrived in Dubai in 2002, attracted by the high wages and luxury lifestyle of successful expats in the emirate. He soon found a well-paying job as a copywriter for a well-known advertising... Expats Blog -

Expats in GCC bypass GPs and go straight to specialists

A recent survey has revealed a high number of expats working in the UAE donâ??t visit their local doctor but go directly to a specialist when theyâ??re ill. General practitioners across the UAE are being bypassed by expats working in the emirates, according to a YouGov survey undertaken on behalf of Arab Health 2018. Almost half of the... Expats Blog -

Dubai banks now offering free online remittances

Dubaiâ??s forex service companies are feeling the heat as Dubai banks begin offering free online remittance services. Banks across the UAE are now offering free remittance services via online and mobile banking in order to claw customers away from the emirateâ??s currency exchange businesses. Forex company remittance charges are typically... Expats Blog -

Expats in Saudi banned from working for car rental companies

Expats will be banned from working in car rental businesses from March18 this year. The ideal of Saudization came a step closer with an announcement from the Ministry of Labour that expats are to be banned from working in companies providing car rental. The ban will start on 18 March and joint inspection teams will investigate all the... Expats Blog -

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