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  • Senior Living Communities – A Great Place to Retire in Style

    Senior Living Communities – A Great Place to Retire in Style

    All via our life we imagine long holidays in sun-drenched places. We always wish to remember to relax and spend some time with buddies and perform fun actions. We want every single child take benefit of our life and enjoy ourselves. Unfortunately jus…
    - 10 days ago, 19 Jul 13, 9:47pm -
  • Property Management Company Review

    Property Management Company Review

    Property companies may take the hassle from renting inside a big method. When you are first starting out renting home, I individually would suggest that you manage your home because doing the work yourself will save you money that you simply would us…
    - 18 days ago, 12 Jul 13, 1:27am -
  • How Moving Relocation Services Can Help Make Your Move Much Easier

    How Moving Relocation Services Can Help Make Your Move Much Easier

    Relocating is among the most demanding experiences that the person may undergo in their own lifetime. The reason being moving requires you to definitely say goodbye to stuff that are familiar after which adjust to some new life inside your new commun…
    - 23 days ago, 6 Jul 13, 10:23pm -
  • The Advantages of Renting Apartments

    The Advantages of Renting Apartments

    There are many people who don’t enjoy the idea of living within apartments. Within their minds, it’s as though they tend to be throwing cash away. Therefore, they’d a lot rather buy a home or even condo rather. That method, they may sell it aft…
    - 32 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 2:37am -
  • Now May Be the Time to Buy Land

    Now May Be the Time to Buy Land

    Many markets inside the Western says are waning in the stress associated with few in order to little property sales. Within the local marketplaces of Idaho you will find up in order to 35 many years of stock and lengthier in non-urban small city comm…
    - 36 days ago, 24 Jun 13, 7:15am -
  • American Companies Opting For Green Real Estate

    American Companies Opting For Green Real Estate

    Whatever the non-compliance using the Kyoto Process, the United States still helps Nature by getting involved in green property. This does not only mean a rise in the quantity of construction materials corporations along with green pleasant products,…
    - 42 days ago, 18 Jun 13, 1:48pm -
  • The Convenience of Condo Living

    The Convenience of Condo Living

    Amongst the different choices associated with dwelling that are offered to a person, condo living is probably the easiest and pleasant experience for a number of reasons. Simple to Maintain — Condos are usually easier to keep and upkeep when compar…
    - 48 days ago, 12 Jun 13, 6:29am -
  • Commercial Real Estate – 3 Benefits to Investing

    Commercial Real Estate – 3 Benefits to Investing

    Buying commercial property could be a big action; there are some good benefits for you to get into commercial property. By purchasing properties besides single-family houses and home properties, you provide yourself the possibility to personal such q…
    - 54 days ago, 6 Jun 13, 10:22am -
  • Types of Water Pumps Found in Homes
    Many types of water pumps are found in homes, where they each serve different purposes, as a single water pump is typically only suitable for one particular situation. The application of a specific type of water pump for home usage will mainly depend…
    - 55 days ago, 5 Jun 13, 2:08am -
  • Factors to Consider When Choosing Cabin Beds for Kids
    Decorating a kid’s room can be one of the most fun and exciting things to do. One of the important aspects of a kid’s room is a cabin bed. Almost all children love to have good cabin beds within their rooms. Choosing the right loft bed can be cha…
    - 56 days ago, 4 Jun 13, 5:21pm -

Expats Moving and Relocation

  • Nonverbal Comunication In Haiti
    The handshake is a formal way of greeting for men or woman, and while doing so one always inquire about the other well being. Close friends may also ask
    - 6 Jan 13, 5:36pm -
  • Thinking About Moving to Victoria BC?
    If you are thinking about moving to Victoria BC you probably have a few (or more than a few) questions about the cost of living in Victoria BC and what
    - 4 Nov 12, 8:50pm -
  • How to reduce your Moving Cost
    When we talk about household moving we have two options, one is to do it by ourselves which is by far the cheapest method and the other is to hire a moving
    - 13 Aug 12, 4:28pm -
  • Moving And Relocating Overseas - The Expats Guide
    A detailed moving and relocating blueprint that will set you on the right path to a successful expatriate life adventure.
    - 25 Jul 12, 7:03am -
  • Expats Moving And Relocation Guide
    Get ready for expats living and relieve your stress with an easy to follow action plan that will help you face the unknown with more confidence
    - 13 Jun 12, 9:34pm -
  • Australian on a 2 year Canadian working Visa - pregnant
    Hi I'm an Australian on a two year working visa and just found out I'm 3 months pregnant. What should I do? Go home to Australia or stay in Canada?
    - 11 May 12, 9:25am -

Working in Saudi Arabia

  • New rules for domestic workers

    New rules for domestic workers

    It happens every time. There is anticipation of a big bang and finally when it does come, it comes as a whimper. The Saudi Government has now announced new set of rules for domestic workers as well as those who hire them. There is nothing new in the…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Jul 13, 11:52am -
  • Temporary relief
    The announcement of extension of the grace period until November 3, 2013 by the Saudi king has come not a day sooner. This practical and wise decision has given a big relief to thousands of stranded 'illegal' expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. Wha…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 5:36pm -
  • New rules for domestic workers
    The Saudi Government's Ministry of Labor has now issued new rules for domestic workers. When you actually go through the list of these new rules, you would find that there is hardly any room for cheer for these poor expats.Probably no other category…
    - 52 days ago, 7 Jun 13, 6:43pm -
  • Some relief finally?
    The last three days have seen such a frenzied activity that each time I tried to write about one topic, there was a new development popping up immediately, so I decided to wait and consolidate all of them.You might recollect my earlier article (click…
    - 78 days ago, 13 May 13, 5:33am -
  • To work or not to?

    To work or not to?

    This blog has maintained since its inception that for expatriates working in Saudi Arabia, the only thing certain in the kingdom is uncertainty. This has been proved repeatedly by the grandeur in which spate of rules and regulations are announced, on…
    - 86 days ago, 5 May 13, 5:23pm -
  • Now, pay for your return tickets!
    The Cabinet has this week approved a series of new rules and regulations which has a direct bearing on all expatriates working in Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi Labor Law specifically states that the to and fro air tickets of expatriates would be borne b…
    - 98 days ago, 23 Apr 13, 4:07am -
  • New changes to Nitaqat scheme
    Remember all the hype about the Nitaqat scheme when it was introduced? I would like to recollect for the benefit of readers that as per the color code scheme, expatriates in the red category could get themselves transferred to yellow or green categor…
    - 12 Apr 13, 7:19am -
  • What next?

    What next?

    The series of raids on small business establishments in the past ten days have unnerved the expatriate community in the kingdom. It was expected for quite some time, because the deadline for such business establishments to hire at least one Saudi exp…
    - 29 Mar 13, 7:13am -
  • Finally, some relief !
    The havoc caused by implementation of the Nitaqat program on expats has already been well documented (click here). As expected, thousands of expatriates falling under 'Red' category were left stranded when they could not find jobs in yellow and green…
    - 25 Feb 13, 5:18pm -
  • Death compensation procedure in Saudi Arabia
    I had written earlier about the formalities to be followed in case of death of an expatriate in Saudi Arabia (click here). Very frequently, I have been getting requests by dependents of such expatriates who passed away. The unfortunate part is whe…
    - 15 Feb 13, 5:43pm -
  • Insurance for families now compulsory
    There is a very famous saying in England - "Rob Peter to pay Paul". The recent developments in the kingdom remind me time and again of this.It all started with the Saudi Council of Engineers making it compulsory (click here) for engineers working in…
    - 1 Feb 13, 1:19pm -
  • New expat fees - Where are we heading?
    The protest by Saudi private businessmen against the new fees to be levied on companies employing more expats than Saudis, is growing each day.  The latest to oppose this fee hike is by transport companies who run thousands of trucks all over the…
    - 25 Dec 12, 5:38pm -
  • New rule....Phase-II ?
    My earlier (click here) seems to have touched a raw nerve among expats working in Saudi Arabia. There has been an outpouring of emotion from the numerous mails I received and considering the sensitivity of where we live in, I decided not to publish t…
    - 26 Nov 12, 6:01am -
  • New rule, but no need to follow immediately !!
    If there is something which expatriates working in Saudi Arabia would never miss, it is the perennial  entertainment provided by the frequent declaration of rules one day only to be overturned / diluted the very next day. This has been happening so…
    - 21 Nov 12, 6:50am -
  • Archaic rules and procedures
    My earlier post on schools in the kingdom (click here) seems to have opened up a lot of wounds among quite a few expats. I have been receiving a lot of private emails with people just pouring out their grievances. Quite a pity, because  the expat co…
    - 1 Nov 12, 3:29pm -
  • Private schools in Saudi Arabia
    The announcement by the Saudi Government's Ministry of Education this week directing all private school teachers to be paid a minimum monthly salary of SR5000 has evoked mixed reactions from the expatriate community. It is still not clear whether th…
    - 12 Oct 12, 3:52am -
  • Frozen bank accounts
    Much has been written about the infamous sponsorship (kafeel) system in Saudi Arabia. I would like to highlight one specific long-pending grievance which expatriates working in Saudi Arabia have been facing, because of this system. Everything in the…
    - 2 Sep 12, 8:38am -
  • What to do if family visit visa expires
    I had already mentioned in my earlier post (click here) about the procedure for bringing your family on a visit visa. Recently, I have been getting a few queries from some people who forgot to send their families before the deadline expired or who we…
    - 11 Aug 12, 3:49am -
  • Procedure for Police Clearance in Saudi Arabia
    A lot of readers working in Saudi Arabia have been asking me about the procedure for obtaining police clearance, so I decided to write a separate post on the same.Before I begin, let me explain who really requires a police clearance and who doesn't.…
    - 14 Jul 12, 4:30am -
  • Housing in Saudi Arabia

    Housing in Saudi Arabia

    One of the frequently asked questions by expatriates planning to work in Saudi Arabia is the cost of housing. Indeed, barring a few sponsors, most employers prefer giving an allowance rather than accommodation to their employees who are then left t…
    - 6 Jul 12, 10:29am -
  • Can't settle down in Saudi Arabia?
    I have been repeatedly emphasizing in various posts in the past about the importance of your contract (click here). I would now like to highlight certain important points for expatriates who want to return home within a short period after arrival.The…
    - 19 Jun 12, 12:03pm -
  • What to do if your iqama is lost
    Anything associated with the Iqama is itself a painful process for expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. The woes are compounded when someone has the misfortune of losing the Iqama. Without an Iqama, you are a non-entity in the Kingdom. What exactly d…
    - 2 Jun 12, 7:17am -
  • Telephonic contact for Saudi Interior Ministry
    One of the biggest problems facing expatriates working in Saudi Arabia is lack of information on various procedures. Be it iqama - related, traffic fines, extension of visit visa - you name it and there is a complication. Which was one of the reasons…
    - 21 May 12, 6:58am -
  • New developments in Nitaqat program
    I had covered in my earlier post (click here) in detail about the Nitaqat program. I would now like to update readers of some very important developments which have been announced by the Saudi Ministry of Labor.Four conditions have now been imposed f…
    - 20 Apr 12, 5:31pm -
  • Skill test for Iqama renewal in Saudi Arabia
    Not a single week passes before some wise guy in the kingdom gets a new idea. This time, it is the announcement that starting from end March, 2013, all expatriates would compulsorily have to undergo a skill test if they want their iqamas to be renewe…
    - 17 Apr 12, 8:04am -