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21
MAR
2017
Saudi Arabia mulls self-sponsorship scheme for expats
For the first time Saudi Arabia is considering giving expatriates the opportunity to become self-sponsors. Under a new proposal the foreigners could register as self-employed by paying an estimated tax rate of 20 per cent annually, meaning foreigners woul

21
MAR
2017
Brexit breakthrough: Spain backs PM's bid to win fair deal for British expats
The Prime Minister has been keen to secure a commitment from EU member states over the rights of UK nationals currently living on the continent after Brexit.Mrs May has been adamant she cannot offer a similar guarantee for EU nationals in the UK until tho

01
JUN
2016
Construction Market Boom in Hungary Due to VAT Cut
Construction projects in Hungary are increasing due to VAT cuts that have lowered cost of materials. This means potential job openings for experienced professionals. Construction projects in Hungary are increasing due to VAT cuts that have lowered cost of

20
APR
2016
Oil prices: which countries have the largest supplies of oil?
Oil prices plunged after the world's top producers failed to reach an agreement on capping output aimed at easing a global supply glut, sparking fears it could set off another round of price falls.

20
APR
2016
What's left of the British Empire?
The British Empire was at its height when the Queen was born, exactly 90 years ago tomorrow. It covered a quarter of the globe - some 13 million square miles, and contained 20 per cent of the world's population - around 500 million souls.

04
APR
2016
Oilfield services companies turning to Asia for lucrative investment opportunities, experts say
Record low oil prices and the desire to expand internationally will offer lucrative overseas investment opportunities to oilfield services companies willing to navigate sometimes complex regulatory regimes.

03
APR
2016
Bomb blast kills expat in Al-Kharj
A bomb blast targeting Saudi police has killed an expatriate in Riyadh, the interior ministry said Sunday. The bombing targeted a security patrol vehicle parked near a police station in Al-Kharj, near Riyadh, late on Saturday.

03
APR
2016
100 Canadian firms keen to invest in UAE
Ministers from the two countries discuss ways of strengthening and developing frameworks for economic cooperation between the two countries in various fields including science, investment, industrial and technological development.

03
APR
2016
No impact of low oil prices on UAE economy: Oil minister
The current slump in the world oil prices poses a real challenge to oil exporting countries but did not have any impact on the UAE's economy, thanks to the economic diversification policy adopted by the country, the Minister of Energy, affirmed today.

03
APR
2016
Government takes record £4.6bn inheritance tax bill from British families
British families' inheritance tax bill will this year exceed £4bn for the first time in history, official data shows, as experts warn resentment is building among a record number of middle-class savers now being forced to pay "death duties".

01
APR
2016
Avoid becoming the victim of bad expat financial advice
Expats can be particularly vulnerable to poor financial advice because the rules relating to the industry differ from nation to nation, and the products and solutions they can potentially benefit from differ from those they are perhaps used to in the UK.

01
APR
2016
15 passport stamps to impress your friends
Want a passport that's the envy of all your friends? Start planning a trip to one of fifteen places that will stamp your passport with a rare, neat design. Choose from Antarctica, Easter Island, North Korea, Montserrat and even Checkpoint Charlie.


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