Expat Tips

The World of Expats has advice for expats at every stage of the expat experience, including articles from specialist providers which cover many of the issues that you need to face.  In Expat Tips we are asking existing expats to give their advice based on practical experience.  We are seeking input on all aspects of becoming and living as an expat:  what you wish you had known before you left your home country as well as the benefit of the experience you have picked up along the way living as an expat.

So please take a look at the Tips from other Expats or submit your own Tips and we will post them to the site.

We are always looking for lively and informative blogs from people living all over the world. If you would like to share your experiences with other expats then please contact our Sales and Marketing Director Zira Skeats on zira@worldofexpats.com
  

Expat Security

As Senior Expat with a well known multinational in Athens  Greece I was well briefed on "big" security issues such as kidnapping, extortion etc but not briefed at all on "small" security such as...

As Senior Expat with a well known multinational in Athens  Greece I was well briefed on "big" security issues such as kidnapping, extortion etc but not briefed at all on "small" security such as don't drive with your briefcase/handbag next to you on the passenger seat ( smash & grabs!) - Metro crime -vehicle thefts - all of which happened & I didnt get kidnapped once ...

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Clothing

The signs in Dubai taxis, clearly signify that passengers showing shoulders or wearing revealing clothing could be fined or at least made exit the taxi. 

The signs in Dubai taxis, clearly signify that passengers showing shoulders or wearing revealing clothing could be fined or at least made exit the taxi. 

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Clothing

My taxi had a sign saying NO HOODIES (not sure if this is a general rule or a one off)

My taxi had a sign saying NO HOODIES (not sure if this is a general rule or a one off)

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Chewing Gum

It is not permitted to chew gum in Singapore

It is not permitted to chew gum in Singapore

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Eating Out

Intercontinental - pool bar. Good bar menu and waiter service. Half lager or wine £6.

Prime Restaurant at Intercontinental in City - Excellent Kobe and Wagu steak. Expensive but worth it (...

Intercontinental - pool bar. Good bar menu and waiter service. Half lager or wine £6.

Prime Restaurant at Intercontinental in City - Excellent Kobe and Wagu steak. Expensive but worth it (we used a two for one voucher). Alcohol menu wide ranging but reasonably priced for a hotel and restaurant.

Marriott - Nice pool menu not too expensive. Great service, bottle lager £4.30.  Late brunch at Marriott on beach. Book with or without alcohol and eat as much as you like. Fresh juice, salad bar, carvery, stir fry - cook while you wait.

Oryx Rotana, near airport, pool service round pool, a bottle of lager £6.50.  Brunch at Oryx one of best,

W hotel – Spice market restaurant - Excellent

Gordon Ramsey – at St Regis Hotel good

Doha Golf Club go along for brunch or meal on terrace

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Swimming Pools and Beaches

Marriott, great pool, the beach is small. The pool gets very busy with children after 5pm especially on a...

Marriott, great pool, the beach is small. The pool gets very busy with children after 5pm especially on a Friday. 

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Swimming Pools and Beaches

Intercontinental has a lovely beach (500 metres) and variety of pools. Ladies Days on Tuesday and Wednesday - Females get Pool/Beach pass for £12. Other days £38. Fridays and Saturdays more...

Intercontinental has a lovely beach (500 metres) and variety of pools. Ladies Days on Tuesday and Wednesday - Females get Pool/Beach pass for £12. Other days £38. Fridays and Saturdays more expensive.

Try and get luxury leather beds in centre near pool bar. The changing rooms are near the tennis club a way from bar, the members changing rooms are at the pool reception near the gym are sometimes available to day-guests but only on request.  These are superior changing rooms in comparison to ones near pool.

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Swimming Pools and Beaches

Oryx Rotana, near airport, 100 or 150 Rials pool plus gym one day, also weekly monthly membership. Nice outdoor pool, pool service round pool, a bottle of lager £6.50.  The sun goes down behind...

Oryx Rotana, near airport, 100 or 150 Rials pool plus gym one day, also weekly monthly membership. Nice outdoor pool, pool service round pool, a bottle of lager £6.50.  The sun goes down behind hotel at 2.30 pm so that much of pool is in the shade.

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Sports

Specially laid running and walking trails can be found in Aspire Park, the Corniche and Katara Cultural Village

Doha Golf Club has a ladies group or private individual lessons pre book...

Specially laid running and walking trails can be found in Aspire Park, the Corniche and Katara Cultural Village

Doha Golf Club has a ladies group or private individual lessons pre book online £12.50 to £20 for group lesson. Can hire golf clubs etc. Good pros - from English clubs

Tennis - small group lesson (maximum 3) Lessons are a great way of meeting people.

Doha Golf Club 7,430 yard 18 hole championship course and 2,800 yard 9 hole academy course. Excellent practice facilities, club hire, free wifi. locker rooms, bag storage, shoe storage

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Entertainment

Free – Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) well worth a visit. 

MIA park -family entertainment, can hire bicycles for £4 good trails

There are a lot of inexpensive basic food restaurants...

Free – Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) well worth a visit. 

MIA park -family entertainment, can hire bicycles for £4 good trails

There are a lot of inexpensive basic food restaurants with excellent freshly prepared cuisines.

Ritz Carlton spa day.one of best

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