Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

20 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MP urges exit visas for expats

As Kuwait’s government and lawmakers continue proposing and introducing measures hostile to foreigners working in the emirate, a law is being introduced requiring exit visas for all expats. Kuwaiti MP Waleed al Tabtabaei has proposed a measure imposing exit visas for all foreign workers intending to leave the emirate. The law, if adopted, would forbid expats working in the private sector from leaving unless they are granted approval by their sponsors and have received a special permit from the public manpower authority. It’s...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats left with nothing after upscale Pattaya condo project goes bust

Over a hundred expat and Thai investors are still waiting for their money after the luxury Centara Grand Residence project was declared bankrupt. Basil Development Co’s advertorial for the high-rise condo development ensnared over 100 buyers by focusing on upscale living, resulting in all of them buying off-plan. Several months ago, all building work was stopped as the construction company’s massive debts emerged, with reports of over 911 million baht owing to suppliers. Court orders on behalf of the purchasers were issued, but...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet. The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for the past two years, but Norway’s second place is an indication of how much the world expat environment is changing. Singapore’s top score was helped along by a majority of respondents’ voting...
30 Sep at 2 PM 2017

New expats in Dubai warned over rental property scam

New expats arriving in Dubai and searching for suitable accommodation are warned to watch out for rental scams. The process of finding a rental home in an unfamiliar city can be daunting for new arrivals, but there’s a good choice of agents in Dubai as well as a choice of online classified advertisements. However, as one unlucky expat family found to their loss, all is not what it may seem. One expat family who arrived in Dubai last March conducted an extensive search to find the right apartment at the right price in the most...
30 Sep at 10 AM 2017

Female applicants for Saudi jobs could soar after driving ban reversed

Following the announcement that women in Saudi Arabia will soon be allowed to drive, the local male-dominated jobs market might be in for a shock as more women professionals apply and are accepted. Female workforce participation in Saudi Arabia is far lower than in other GCC countries due to the nation’s stricter form of Islam as well as centuries of cultural traditions. The reversal and consequences of the no-driving law as applied to women is being seen as the beginning of a serious attempt to modernise the Kingdom via its Crown...
30 Sep at 9 AM 2017

Saudi Arabia reverses ban on women driving

In a dramatic about-turn, Saudi Arabia is to allow women to drive cars, with the first licenses due to be issued next June. Saudi is the only country in the world which bans women from driving, with the law based on the Kingdom’s austere version of Islam. In the past, the ban has attracted interest from human rights activists as well as fierce criticism from both Saudi and expat women. The move seems to be part of the Crown Prince’s 10-year plan to upgrade and modernise the country and its societal norms, and is being...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats on Bali urge tourists to heed volcano warnings

As Mount Agung continues to spew smoke and ash, expats living on Bali are concerned tourists are not taking notice of international travel warnings. Even although some 144,000 residents have been evacuated from locations close to Mount Agung, tourists are still arriving in droves, causing real concern amongst expats that they’re simply not aware of the increasing danger. The Bali government’s tourism office as well as the Australian authorities have been issuing warnings since last week with, it seems, little effect on tourists...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expat salaries increase the most in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland

Expatriate professionals in the pharmaceutical and banking industries are sitting pretty if they’re based in Switzerland with its reputation for extremely high salaries, but those working in Saudi Arabia’s petrodollar economy get even more money. The oil and gas, banking and pharmaceutical industries are favourite sectors for expats whose main objective is to make huge amounts of money out of their specialities. It’s no coincidence that life in the two hotspots of Saudi Arabia and Switzerland is geared to the luxury end of the...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats and tourists flee Bali volcano as alert raised

Tourists and expats on the popular Indonesian island of Bali are growing ever more anxious as the likelihood of a volcanic eruption increases. Increasing seismic activity around the Mount Agung volcano has caused Indonesian officials to close off the surrounding area, with warnings of the likelihood of an imminent eruption given to around 200,000 residents of the island. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire some 72kms from the resort of Kuta, the volcano produced 500 earth tremors in just one day, an indication that pressure from below...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Saudi ends year long ban on WhatsApp and Skype

Saudi Arabia’s ban on voice-activated protocols including Skype and WhatsApp has now been lifted due to pressure from business users. Over the past year, Saudis and expats have been unable to use internet-based communications either for business or personal calls to families back home, due to a government-introduced ban. The lifting of the ban comes as a great relief for millions in the Kingdom, but is expected to be bad news for Saudi’s three largest telecom service providers. Saudi Telecom, Zain and Mobility had seen profits...