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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 -

Is expat life in Mexico all it seems to be

These days, migrating to Mexico isnâ??t just for American citizens disenchanted by the way things are going in the US of A, as the country is becoming increasingly popular with retirees from Europe. The reasons why emigrants settle on Mexico arenâ??t much different than the priorities given for moves to popular expat destinations in... Expats Blog -

Expat tax avoiders in Switzerland forced to come clean

A significant rise in the number of expat tax avoiders in Switzerland turning themselves in has taken place since international laws forced Swiss banks to share offshore clientsâ?? details. For many decades, traditional Swiss banking secrecy shielded the mega-rich from their tax liabilities as well as encouraging the use of Swiss banks... Expats Blog -

Brit expats in Marbella furious about month long internet failure

British expatriates living in Spainâ??s Costa del Sol region are furiously angry over an internet failure which began over a month ago and is still not resolved The service went down on December 3, with providers OliveNet promising it would be repaired quickly, but it soon became evident the problem was far more serious than had been... Expats Blog -

Travelling to Alpine ski resorts now hell for expat motorists

Expat ski fanatics who chose their locations with travelling to the slopes in mind are having problems actually getting to their favourite resorts. From Chamonix through Gstaad, St Moritz and Klosters to Les Trois Vallee skiers arrive to take full advantage of the perfect pistes, ski-in, ski-out chalets, buzzing nightlife and après-ski... Expats Blog -

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