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Worldwide Expat News - Page 284 of 292

Keep up to date with the latest expat news from around the world.

Long haul travel ‘is easy’ for an expatriate

Expatriates are moving further away from the traditional destinations of Europe because more countries have opened up to the western world, according to a travel magazine. Research by Luxury Travel magazine found that China was one of 20 predicted growth destinations in 2008 and this is because the country has been more accepting of westerners, claims Sharon Livingston the editor of Travel Magazine. Sharon Livingston said: "The world is a big place, and places have been opening up more. Beijing is ... Read more

Germany is the expatriate ‘country of love’

People who move abroad and become an expatriate in Germany are most likely to fall in love, according to a new study. In its Expat Experience report, an investigation into expatriate life around the world, research by HSBC Bank International revealed that Germany is the number one place for an expatriate to fall in love. Paul Say, head of marketing and communications at HSBC, said: "The results really surprised me. I didn't expect that Germany would be the country of love ... Read more

Dubai job opportunities expo cancelled

People looking for jobs in Dubai through the Opportunities Gulf States Expo 2009 in London are set to be disappointed. According to Shelter Offshore, the event has been cancelled because of the global economic climate. Dubai seems to be suffering much like the rest of the world in the current global climate, despite impressions that it is business as usual. Shelter Offshore said: "Dubai is doing itself no favours at this point in time by failing to issue any particularly positive ... Read more

Rising demand for ‘taste of Britain’ among expatriates

Though tens of thousands of British expatriates may not regret their decision to leave the UK for sunnier climes, demand for a taste of home keeps rising, one entrepreneur has reported. In spite of the difficulties being posed by unfavourable exchange rates, food retail firm Thomas Green's has announced plans to expand its operations across Europe in a bid to keep up with growing demand for "the best of British". At present, the company already operates stores catering for expatriates in ... Read more

Expatriates advised to consider Turkish property potential

The number of expatriates calling Turkey home could be set to rise substantially over the next couple of years as investors take advantage of favourable exchange rates, experts have claimed. Alongside the country's warn climate and top beach resorts, expatriates are likely to be drawn to Turkey by its relatively undeveloped property market, with second homes in the sun still affordable outside of the major cities. According to Cumberlaud Properties, this combination of factors should ensure that Turkey increases in popularity ... Read more

Expatriates with own homes to be awarded Dubai visas

Expatriates living in Dubai could be automatically granted residency visas if they have purchased a property in the emirate, it has been announced. Under new legislation being developed by the Dubai authorities, foreign nationals would be eligible for six-month visas, regardless of where they are originally from or how big the property they bought is, the National has reported. This comes as the United Arab Emirates as a whole looks to increase interest among would-be expatriates, with the property markets currently ... Read more

UAE expats granted ID registration extension

Expatriates living and working in the United Arab Emirates now have until the end of next year to obtain a national ID card, it has been announced. As recently as October, professionals in Abu Dhabi had been told that they had until the end of 2008 to register for the national identity card scheme, or else face heavy fines and the possibility of being denied access to public services and facilities. However, the deadline has since been moved, first to ... Read more

Expatriates set to welcome Australian health care reforms

Far-reaching plans to reform the Australian dental system have been put forward by the government's National Health and Hospitals Reform System. With the country remaining one of the most popular destinations for British expatriates, the committee has outlined its intentions to rollout universal dental services - to be named 'Denticare' - across the country. Central to these plans will be the establishment of a European-style system of 'social insurance', spelling good news for those Britons living in Australia who currently ... Read more

British expatriates could fall foul of driving licence laws

Thousands of British expatriates living and driving overseas could be at risk of seeing their car insurance invalidated as the deadline for renewing their photocard driving licences passes them by.Under the existing legislation, UK drivers are required to update their details and photo with the Driving and Vehicles Licensing Agency (DVLA) every ten years, with fines of up to £1,000 likely to be levied on those caught without an up-to-date photocard. However, according to the AA, the DVLA has failed to ... Read more

Expatriates tempted by overseas refinancing deals

Expatriates are being offered increasingly attractive rates on mortgages for foreign properties as lenders look to take advantage of shifting currency exchange rates. While up until just a few months ago, many Britons living overseas would have opted to take out a UK-based mortgage product when refinancing, improved rates within the Eurozone has led to many looking elsewhere. Coming as her own firm launches a range of new remortgage products for expatriates, Clare Nessling, operations director at Conti, explained that a ... Read more
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