Middle East


From the UK to Oman: Tony Walsh

11 March, 2019 07:31  Erin Erin

Tony Walsh Hi – I’m Tony, one of millions of Tony’s from around the world. I was born in west London, England,  and that city was the focus of my life until I moved to work in Oman. I lived in Muscat, Oman, and lived there and in Saudi Arabia and the UAE for three decades.

1.    Why did you move abroad?     
It was a natural step from working in England where, though I had a good job, I felt restricted in how I could develop the business; I guess I was a candidate for being self-employed but didn’t know it.

2.    How did you make a living?
Like many people who have become an ExPat, I have done a variety of jobs. Initially, I worked in the same business as I had done in England, retail. I managed BHS (British Home Stores – similar to JC Penny in the USA) in Saudi and private retail business in Oman.

I then took the plunge and set up my own business in Oman, again in retail where I had a perfume and cosmetics importer, wholesaler and retailer. Along with perfumes I also managed the Disney store franchise ‘Disney Corner’ until Disney closed all their franchises in the Middle East. Operating a ‘bricks and mortar’ store meant that I was impacted by all the changes in Oman’s economy, one year it shrank by 20% due to oil price drops.

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De Tourcoing au Koweït : A Point of View

14 February, 2019 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Koweït - lebrecht.frJe m’appelle Lebrecht Frédérick et j’ai 46 ans. Je viens du Nord de la France, de Tourcoing, près de Lille. J’ai quitté la France en août 2013 pour la Chine. Après avoir vécu et travaillé 1 an à Guangzhou, j’ai rejoint le Koweït en août 2014, où je réside désormais.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous parti à l'étranger ?

Je suis parti à l’étranger pour vivre une nouvelle expérience professionnelle. Je suis enseignant et après avoir enseigné l’histoire-géographie 13 ans à Tourcoing, en collège et en Lycée, je souhaitais vivre autre chose.

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De la France au Koweït : Liz in Kuwait

22 November, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Liz in KuwaitJe m’appelle Elisabeth, j’ai bientôt trente ans à l’heure où je réponds à ce questionnaire. Je suis une maitresse d’école (je suis chargée d’une grande section de maternelle) Je viens de la banlieue parisienne et j’habite maintenant au Koweït.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partie à l'étranger ?

Je suis partie à l’étranger parce que je n’arrivais pas à trouver de travail en France. J’ai une formation de professeur de Français Langue Etrangère et je souffrais entre stage et cours du soir.

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Von Dubai nach D├Ąnemark nach Deutschland: Job im Ausland

19 November, 2018 19:27  Erin Erin

Job im AuslandHinter job-im-ausland.info stehen Kyra & Johannes.  Wir haben als Expats vielerlei Erfahrungen gesammelt:
als Expat-Kind in Asien geboren, Auslandsstudium in China, Auslandspraktika in Kalifornien und Großbritannien, erfolgreiche Jobsuche im Ausland, Expat-Leben in Skandinavien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Geburt unserer Kinder im Ausland, Umzüge von und nach Deutschland und zwischen Expat-Stationen, Rückkehr in die Heimat …. Wir haben also alle Phasen des Expat Lebens erlebt.

Immer wieder haben uns Freunde und Kollegen nach unseren Erfahrungen als Expats gefragt. Irgendwann haben wir begonnen, Antworten und Geschichten aufzuschreiben. Und vor allem Dinge, die wir selbst gerne gewusst hätten, bevor wir uns ins Abenteuer gestürzt haben.  Daraus entstand unser Blog.

1. Warum hast (bist) du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Eigentlich wollten wir gar nicht ins Ausland. Ganz im Gegenteil. Wir hatten gerade eine neue Wohnung in München bezogen.  Johannes war auf der Suche nach einer neuen Rolle im seinem Unternehmen.  Damals bekam er den Rat: “such’ dir nicht die richtige Rolle, such’ dir den richtigen Manager”. Auf die Rückfrage “Und wo finde ich den?”, kam dann die Antwort: “Rede doch mal mit Rachel in Dubai”. Die Antwort darauf hieß dann: “Bist du bekloppt? Kannst du vergessen. Da ziehe ich auf keinen Fall hin.” Es kam anders und ein paar Wochen ging es nach Dubai.
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De la France à Amman : Une famille en Jordanie - FamilyinJordan

10 October, 2018 10:41  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Une famille en Jordanie - FamilyinJordanNous sommes une famille d'origine chti-bretonne installée en Jordanie depuis septembre 2017. Agnès et Nicolas, à peine 80 ans à nous 2 :-) , et 3 enfants de 8, 6 et 2 ans et demi, sont les heureux membres de #familyinjordan ! Aujourd'hui, nous sommes installés à Amman, dans le Nord de la Jordanie, et nous faisons tout notre possible pour écumer le pays en long, en large et travers, à la découverte de ses nombreuses merveilles, qu'elles soient humaines, naturelles, ou historiques.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Pour raisons professionnelles ! Nicolas a obtenu un poste en Jordanie, et tout le monde a suivi afin de profiter d'une première expérience familiale d'expatriation. Agnès, enseignante en disponibilité, a pu trouver un emploi local au lycée français. Cette expérience collective constitue une étape importante dans notre parcours de famille, et récompense des années d'investissement, pendant lesquelles papa et maman ont été souvent éloignés à cause de nombreuses contraintes professionnelles, souvent durant plusieurs mois !

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From the Philippines to China to Saudi Arabia: Ten Thousand Strangers

27 August, 2018 08:41  Erin Erin

Ten Thousand StrangersI am Noel Cabacungan from the Philippines but I'm currently an expat here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've been here since 2011 but my expat career began in China in 2006. I go by many other nicknames in several internet forums but you can easily recognize me as the stormtrooper running the blog Ten Thousand Strangers.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Moving to Saudi Arabia has never been a part of any of my plans. How I ended up working in this country remains a mystery to me. I can still remember myself saying I won’t lay a foot in this country even if it’s the last country I can go to for employment. Which is why when I was looking for overseas jobs I can apply to several years ago, I would always skip applying for jobs based in this country.
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From Germany to Jordan: Living in Jordan as Expat

06 August, 2018 09:52  Erin Erin

Jordan Bastian I am Bastian from Germany, currently living in Jordan with my family.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
It is a combination of several aspects. I was looking for a new job, I have lived and worked in Jordan previously and I wanted a new challenge.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am employed at an International Agricultural Research Organization.

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From India to Dubai: Omnoms

20 November, 2017 08:47  Erin Erin

Omnom dubaiWe’re a couple who run the food blog Omnoms by TM. The T and M stand for our names, Tanuj and Manolia. We’re both from Mumbai, India and currently live in Dubai, UAE.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
We both moved with our parents. M moved to Dubai when she was a toddler and T finally moved to Dubai for the last year of school.

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From Ukraine to India: Mrs. Sharma

13 February, 2017 09:46  Erin Erin

mrs. sharma Hi! I’m Marianna. A designer, unshakable optimist, enthusiastic cook & non-Indian Indian wife. A born-and-raised Kyiv girl with keen interest in spirituality, miraculously turned Pune dweller years back.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I never thought I could live without picturesque hills, snowy Christmases and jazzy summer nights of Kyiv. But love won over my childhood attachments. And that was love at the first sight. I was eager to visit India and meet my guru.

After two years of raja yoga and multiple precautions from friends who’ve been there, I boarded plane to Delhi. All those stories about crossing Indian road, garbage on the streets, getting lost in railway station, where trains are never on time, made me nervous and excited. Amidst exotic chaos of Indian reality I surprisingly felt at home. And deep down inside I knew I’d be back. When following autumn design internship opportunity turned up, I packed my bags without thinking twice. And that was the beginning of my Indian story.

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From Washington, D.C. to Kuwait: Nutritionista Abroad

23 January, 2017 07:39  Erin Erin

Nutritionista Abroad Hi, I’m Sheli. I moved from Washington, DC to Kuwait.  I am a wife, a dog mom, a dietitian, a cook, an occasional baker, a health and fitness enthusiast, a wannabe yogi, and, of course, I love to travel.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my (now) husband only a few weeks before he left to study abroad for his junior year of college. When he got back, he couldn’t wait to move abroad again. So, moving abroad has always a part of our plan. Once my husband completed his PhD in International Psychology, moving to the Middle East was a natural next step as his research is focused here. Obviously safety was a high priority, so Kuwait was a pretty easy choice. Luckily, working in health care allows me to work pretty much anywhere!

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