Survey shows Oman is an expat favourite for its peace and security

Published:  12 Oct at 6 PM
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The GCC nations in general may be best for high salaries and luxury living, but expats have voted Oman as the most peaceful of them all.

The 2017 Expat Insider survey, complied by expat networking website InterNations, rated the small country as the most peaceful of all the GCC nations as well as one of the most stable. It’s also the second most popular as a work destination, in the region, and the 17th in the world. Expats living and working in the kingdom agree with the ratings, adding it’s great to be able to go out at night and feel totally safe in your surroundings. Omanis, they say, are friendly and helpful, and the law is common to all.

The latest news from Kuwait is that the government will now inspect and examine all expats’ original university degrees as part of the renewal of their residency visas. Not submitting the degrees will lead to a residency visa refusal, no matter why the document has not been submitted. Should a degree not used for the expat’s original appointment be submitted, the foreigner will face a charge of forgery. The new rule will at first apply to university degrees, and will include other degrees at a later date.

A study undertaken by Kuwait’s General Traffic Department centred on road conditions and the total number of vehicle being driven in the emirate has recommended a limit of one car per person for Arabs, expats and GCC nationals. A similar ban is already in force for the Bedouin community, and is being extended as there are too many cars for the capacity of the roads. At the same time, new regulations will be introduced for expatriate car registrations, and roads will continue to be improved according to schedule.

Meanwhile in Qatar, many expats are still not clear about the new entry and exit regulations in the recently introduced labour law. The new rules state expats are free to travel home for their annual leave periods as well as in cases of emergency. They must notify their employer of their travel dates, as per their employment contract, with workers entitled to receive their travel tickets from their employers.
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