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26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Unlicensed expat real estate brokers in Qatar to face deportation

As part of Qatar’s newly introduced real estate brokerage laws, any non-Qatari, unlicensed real estate salespersons will be arrested and will face immediate deportation. The new penalties for non-licensed expat estate agents have now been confirmed by Qatari Minster of Justice Hassan bin Lahdan Mohannadi, with the legal draft itself now forwarded to the emirate’s Shura Council for its approval. The minister explained the new regulations for real estate brokerages have been clearly laid out, and include real estate valuations,...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2016

New Oz rules for pension cap to affect UK expats

A confirmed Australian government rule change has raised the lifetime pension contribution limits to $1.6 million, and is likely to complicate pension planning for UK expats. After scrapping a previous plan aimed at capping lifetime pension contributions at AU$500,000, the Australian government has done a u-turn and increased the cap to AU$1.6 million. Since the change, UK expats living in OZ can now transfer at an upper limit of £900,000 rather than the previous £280,000. Although the change initially sounds positive, the...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Two dead and 20 injured in Indonesian fast ferry explosion

A modern, Australian-built fast ferryboat has exploded during a run between Bali and the island of Lombok. The Gili Cat ferryboat was carrying around 40 people when it blew up after smoke was seen pouring from its engine. It’s not yet certain whether the dead and injured are all tourists holidaying in Bali or whether expats were caught in the tragedy. One Austrian woman and one European woman were killed, and at least 20 passengers received injuries. Forensic teams are investigating the cause of the fatal explosion, with one who...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expat experiences during the attempted Turkish coup

The night of July 14 will remain in the memories of expats in Turkey as a time of frightening uncertainty underlined by the realisation they could abandon the country if necessary. The bloody, thankfully unsuccessful coup began on the evening of an average working day, just as citizens and expats were settling down for a normal evening’s dining, socialising with friends and relaxing. The first inclination of disaster ahead came at 10pm, with police blocking Istanbul’s two famous bridges and fighter jets filled the skiers over...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Telephone and internet scams now targeting expats in China

China is the latest expat destination in a long line of countries being seen as magnets for low-life scammers, fraudsters and internet villains. Chinese lawyers are now warning expats of an explosion in fraud via telephone, text and email scams and other rip-offs. Telecom fraud cases have increased by an average of 70 per cent annually since 2011, with expat targets now easier prey than Chinese nationals. A Beijing lawyer specialising in expat telecom and internet fraud described one case involving an English teacher who’d lost...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

EU president to face expats legal challenge over negotiations ban

Under the umbrella of the Fair Deal for Expats campaign group, UK expats are mounting a legal challenge against the EU president’s ban preventing any Brexit negotiations taking place before Article 50 is triggered. This new legal challenge is based on proving EU President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ban on any pre-Article 50 negotiations between the UK and EU officials was an illegal act. Arguments attempting to shore up Britain’s bargaining position as regards informal preliminary talks with EU politicians will be heard at...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Western expats in Saudi made to pay for oil price crash

Foreign professionals working in Saudi Arabia already bearing the brunt of the soaring cost of living will now be forced to pay more for their visas, work permits and residency visas. Due to the dramatic fall in oil prices, the Saudi government’s budget is disappearing down a massive black hole of about $98 million. It seems the chosen way to claw back at least some cash without hurting its own citizens is to charge all foreigners more for the same services as before. The increases are to apply to all visas issued to foreigners,...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait adds more fuel to expat fires of discontent

The expat situation in Kuwait is set to deteriorate further as the government draws up plans to limit the number of expat workers and their length of stay in the emirate. Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and State Minister for Planning and Development Hind al Subaih announced yesterday her ministry was preparing to introduce rules limiting the number of expats in the private sector and shortening the permitted duration of stay. The changes, she added, are intended to shrink the expat population to below that of Kuwaiti...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2016

British Consul on Mallorca attempts to allay UK expat Brexit fears

A meeting between concerned British expats living in Mallorca and the British Consul General was arranged to give expats a chance to express their fears and concerns over the Brexit referendum result .Consul General Lloyd Milen and Vice-Consul Lucy Gorman joined newly-appointed Deputy Head of Mission Tim Hemmings and a selection of the island’s UK expat residents at the Pollensa Town Hall in order to clarify issues relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union. The audience included business owners, representatives of...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats vote Kuwait the worst location in the entire world

2016 is the third year running for Kuwait’s unenviable position as the worst expat destination worldwide, with the result based on all the necessities for enjoying life overseas. Losses compared with last year were made in all the Expat Insider survey’s categories, from family life through ease of settling in, personal finance and working abroad to the essential quality of life section. Even though the entire Persian Gulf region’s main destinations were also rated at the bottom of the table, the result for Kuwait is dismal, to...