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Tourist visas (often given to Irish passport holders on arrival at your destination) can be obtained for up to 30 days (renewable up to 60 days in the UAE), which will allow you to travel there and find a job before making a move.

Broadly speaking, to work in the Gulf States you will need a visa – and to get a visa you will need a job. “A worker has to be sponsored for a visa(...)

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, the United Arab Emirates or Oman, you won’t have to pay any taxes on your income. Yes, you(...)

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 headi(...)

Protesters in Bahrain: the suggestion that the sharing of experience, best practice and skills should not happen until after the human rights issues have gone away doesn’t add up. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Bahrain’s record on human rights has been repeatedly criticised following the treatment of protesters in the wake of the “Arab Spring” of 2011. Mos(...)

Sinead Lawson with her husband Randi at the Blue Lagoon in Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

I think I was destined to be an eternal nomad; at the age of two I left Dublin with my family for my father’s job in the Middle East. I became what wa(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton pays his respects at the coffin of Shimon Peres outside the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem. Photograph: Getty Images

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will participate in today’s funeral in Jerusalem of Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres – his first visit t(...)

Bahraini soldiers take part in a training exercise. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An international human rights organisation has called for a Northern Ireland company to stop training security forces in Bahrain amid concerns about (...)

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

The war of words between regional religious and political rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia has heated up as more than two million Muslims assembled in the(...)

Former president Bill Clinton walks on stage at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York in  2010. The Clinton Foundation become an Achilles’ heel for Hillary’s presidential campaign. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In April 2009, Doug Band, a long-serving aide to former American president Bill Clinton, emailed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, two senior staff member(...)

Bahrain International Airport is one of several locations where Aer Rianta International manages duty-free facilities. Photograph: iStock

Irish-managed Bahrain Duty Free earned profits of almost $9 million (€8 million) in the six months to the end of June, according to its latest figures(...)

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