US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)

When it comes to travel within Muslim regions, Malaysia is the most preferred global destination. Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in choice holiday destinations. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is considered to be one of the least friendly places for Muslims to visit, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index, which has just been pu(...)

New GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail addresses the GAA’s annual congress at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Aogán Ó Fearghail began his term of office as the GAA’s 38th president on Saturday in his home county of Cavan. His first address as president was (...)

A courtroom sketch shows Khalid al-Fawwaz, who was convicted in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,  during closing arguments of his trial in the New York Federal Court. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York on Thursday in (...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

The Irish population in the the United Arab Emirates now numbers around 7,000, mainly in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (pictured). Photograph: iStock

A decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States. But over the past few years, the Irish population in(...)

 The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, perched on the edge of a gorge in Oman
Winter escape to Oman
  • Travel
  • February 15, 2015, 06:00

To anyone used to swimming in Brittas Bay, or even the Mediterranean, the sea at Muscat will come as a shock. It isn’t cold, it isn’t warm, it’s ho(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

If you’re moving to the Gulf, “culture is the one area where you will need an open mind and have to take time to adjust to”, warns Noel Scanlon, a (...)

Tax-free salaries are one of the biggest incentives for Irish people to work in the Gulf region. In most states, if you earn €100,000 you keep €100,000, compared to just €58,869 after tax as a single person in Ireland.

The good news is that if you move to Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates or Oman, you won’t pay any taxes on your income. Yes, you read that corre(...)