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Meeting new friends in an unfamiliar country

Meeting new friends in an unfamiliar country
Making friends is one of the most important tasks after arriving in a new country. One of the advantages of moving overseas to take on a new, exciting job is that your work colleagues can be instant friends, thus alleviating the feeling of aloneness which affects many expats’ early days on a new assignment. Once you’ve sorted out...

Hong Kong still popular after generation of expats

Hong Kong still popular after generation of expats
Surviving your first few months in Hong Kong as a newly-arrived expat is down to getting the right information. Hong Kong is still one of the most popular reassignments for expat professionals due to its unique atmosphere, history and position close by the vastness of mysterious mainland China. Networking is the key to success as well as...

Gulf States change direction towards the West and its investment potential

Gulf States change direction towards the West and its investment potential
Since the introduction of VAT in the United Arab Emirates, it seems expats aren’t worried about its effect but other developments are causing concern. Although the UAE is still a popular destination for expatriates eager to grow their careers and earn enhanced salaries, high rental charges and increasing international school fees are...

South Korea still an attractive option for expat professionals

South Korea still an attractive option for expat professionals
South Korea’s buzzing capital of Seoul may not immediately spring to mind as an expat professional haunt, but its high-energy scene has a lot to offer. The energy in this fascinating city is almost palpable and is believed by locals to spring from the vitality emitted by its waterways and nearby mountain ranges. A popular legend tells...

Expat kids have better education and career prospects

Expat kids have better education and career prospects
Expat parents worried their children may be disadvantaged in life by being ‘third-culture kids’ should rest easy, as the expat experience gives them an edge over their contemporaries back home. According to the American anthropologist and sociologist Dr Ruth Hill Useem who coined the ‘third-culture kids’ (TCK) term, the offspring...

Expats in China struggling to learn Standard Chinese

Expats in China struggling to learn Standard Chinese
Given the soaring popularity of China as an expat destination, it’s no surprise than more and more career-oriented professionals are trying their best to get to grips with the Standard Chinese language. Unfortunately, what’s now known as standard Chinese is increasingly important for success in the 21st century, even although it’s...

Pros and cons of Shenzhen versus Bangkok for expat startups

Pros and cons of Shenzhen versus Bangkok for expat startups
Over the past few years, Asia’s popularity as a startup hub has grown, giving choices between major cities in several countries. Starting up a small business takes a lot of research and planning as well as a good dose of faith in your own abilities. Choosing the right location is essential and involves analysing the practicalities of...

Is Cape Town the answer for adventurous expat professionals

Is Cape Town the answer for adventurous expat professionals
If you’re looking to emigrate for work reasons and none of the usual destinations appeal, South Africa and its capital Cape Town might well tick your boxes. Relocation nowadays seems to concentrate on just a few well-known destinations, with massive salaries, upscale extras and high-flying career success the main draws. However, if a...

Qatar moving to grant expats residency and privileges

Qatar moving to grant expats residency and privileges
Almost a year after Qatar’s diplomatic blockade by seven Gulf States, is the emirate cozying up to its expats? Crisis and boycott notwithstanding, Qatar’s response to the big boys’ bullying has surprised many in the West and irritated Saudi Arabia and its hangers-on. The latest announcement from its Shura Council seems to indicate...

Will UAE easing of expat restrictions restart the upscale property market

Will UAE easing of expat restrictions restart the upscale property market
Will the UAE’s new 10 year residency visa and 100 per cent foreign company ownership law boost the emirates’ real estate sector? The UAE’s real estate sector is hoping the two new initiatives will provide a boost for house prices as well as increased activity in the market, but is the sector being too optimistic as only a relatively...