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Paediatric surgeon Ali Al-Ekri  greets family members on his release from  prison in Manama, Bahrain, after five years.    He strongly criticised the military’s excessive use of force against protesters in 2011. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

A paediatric surgeon who spent two years at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin has been released from a Bahraini prison after five years. (...)

People step on a US flag and an Israeli flag at a shrine on Ashura in the north of Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters

The imposition of new US sanctions on Iran, only two weeks after the Obama administration left office, has raised fears that Donald Trump is gearing u(...)

The three men – Sami Mushaima, Ali al-Singace and Abbas al-Samea – executed by Bahrain over the deadly police bombing in 2014. Photograph: Bahrain Centre for Human Rights via AP

Bahrain on Sunday executed three Shia Muslim men convicted of killing three policemen in a 2014 bomb attack, the first such executions in more than tw(...)

Because of the difficulty of obtaining teaching practice hours here, many young teachers are going to the UK where there is a crisis in teacher recruitment. Photograph: iStock

A new series for Irish Times Abroad focuses on the opportunities for Irish teachers who are interested in moving overseas. Where can they find a job?(...)

Of nine tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and IBM, polled by The Intercept, only one – Twitter – said it would refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

When a journalist asked nine major technology firms if they would help the incoming Trump administration build its proposed Muslim registry, only one (...)

Austin Hunter (64): the journalist  and public relations practitioner has died after being knocked down  in Bahrain. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire.

A Northern Irish journalist and public relations practitioner has died after a road traffic collision in the Middle East. Austin Hunter (64) was knoc(...)

Public healthcare benefits, such as medical cards and GP visit cards, are only available to a person who is “ordinarily resident” in Ireland.

Q: Maeve, Bahrain I am Irish with English husband who is applying for Irish citizenship. We have lived in Bahrain for 40 years and own house in Ire(...)

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 HSBC Ex(...)

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(...)

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