Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives for a meeting in Doha  with the Fifa taskforce, including officials from football’s global governing body, top leagues and players’ representatives, to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. Photograph: Getty Images

There have been a few unexpected twists and turns in the whole saga of Qatar’s bid to stage the 2022 World Cup but, to be fair, the announcement th(...)

A Qatari official stands beside the Fifa World Cup trophy as part of trophy’s world tour. The Qatar 2022 World Cup looks set to be shortened by a matter of days and held in November-Decemebr.  Photograph: Karim Jaafar/Getty Images 0:44

A Fifa task force has recommended playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November/December but Britain’s Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce will oppose any(...)

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(...)

Dr Fatima Hamroush at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Libya’s former health minister has called for the introduction of martial law in that country and the setting up of a coalition government. Speaking (...)

Former  president of Egypt Mohamed Mursi has been put on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Photograph: Namir Galal/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

An Egyptian court has put ousted president Mohamed Mursi on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive d(...)

Irelands Sam Bennett  from team Bora-Argon 18 celebrates after winning the sixth and final Stage of the Tour of Qatar. Photograph: Getty Images

Bouncing back from the puncture which scuppered his chances on Thursday’s penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar, Sam Bennett sprinted to victory on t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Most expats heading for the Gulf States will have private health insurance, typically paid for by their employer.

Education If you have children, paying for their education is likely to be the biggest expense in moving to the Gulf States. According to the H(...)