Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladeshi workers

Monday, 5 March 2018

Kuwait’s interior ministry reinstated a ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers after months of allowing them to work in the country under tight restrictions.According to the Kuwait Times, workers from Bangladesh could work in the country under certain rules, including having to work for an employer who owns a house.The decision came after a study last week showed that the number of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait reached over 200,000, the newspaper reported.The decision was made by ...

Children of divorced expats between the law and choosing who to live with

Thursday, 15 February 2018

With divorce comes repercussions, perhaps the heaviest of it all falls upon the shoulders of children. In the Middle East, particularly, children remain in the custody of their mother until they reach puberty. It varies between each country at which age a teen may become under the custody of the father. Some laws have been modified to allow teens between the age of 15-18 to choose one of their parents as their guardian. The peculiar case of divorce among expats where both parents are residents ...

Philippines to attempt bringing Filipinos home after Kuwait deaths

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Philippines will ask its private airlines to evacuate its nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer, the latest in what Manila calls a pattern of abuse in the Gulf state. An emotional President Rodrigo Duterte live on television showed graphic photos of the body of a Filipina found in the freezer of an abandoned apartment in Kuwait and made a plea to Gulf states to treat his countrymen with dignity. ...

Saudi Arabia studies possible Green Cards for expats

Monday, 18 December 2017

A “Green Card” for foreign investors is under study. Fahad al-Skeit, head of the Local Content and Private Sector Development Unit at the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, said that if approved, it will be announced, al-Hayat Arabic Daily reported on Thursday. He did not elaborate, but his point corroborated an earlier report in al-Watan newspaper, in which Fahad bin Juma, vice chairman of the Shoura Council Financial Committee, had said eligibility for the Saudi ...

This Egyptian sandwich shop owner in NYC acts as a ‘political pundit’ for TV

Monday, 18 September 2017

Egyptian expat in the US Hatem el-Gamasy has become a victim of social media attacks, mocking his credibility as a spokesperson on political matters. The 48-year-old sandwich shop owner was shocked by the negative opinions he was receiving, after his story was published in the New York Times. English teacher Gamasy is a former English teacher from the Monufia governorate in Egypt. He came to the US to pursue studies in English as a second language. He has since been a resident in the US for ...

Saudi Arabia starts private sector expat levy

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it had begun taxing foreigners working in the private sector as part of fiscal reforms aimed at coping with a drop in oil revenues. Long a tax-free haven for expatriates, the Saudi economy was dealt a serious blow in 2014 when global crude prices plummeted. The kingdom, the world’s largest exporter of oil, has since launched an economic diversification plan and slashed state spending in an attempt to cope with a hefty deficit. On July 1, foreigners working in ...

600 Saudis working with ‘Saudi Oger’ to be transferred to other firms

Friday, 16 June 2017

The official spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Khalid Aba al-Khail, said that since the problem of the employees working in “Saudi Oger LTD" company started, the ministry has been following up along with the government agencies and with the company itself, towards a solution. All the rights of the employees are documented at the Ministry which has appointed lawyers to plead for these employees in front the judicial authorities in Saudi Arabia. He explained ...

Expats face deportation for sports celebrations in Kuwait's streets

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The ministry pledged it would take all the necessary legal procedures against offenders, including deportation

Drug testing must for expats marrying Saudi women

Sunday, 18 December 2016

To be part of medical check-ups to marry Saudi women and is obligatory solely for expats, not Saudi citizens

UAE expats sent $1.4 bln back home during Eid

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Known as remittances, the money transfers, grew around 20 percent from last year’s Eid

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