Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

“The balikbayan box arose in the 1980s when Section 105 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines as amended by Executive Order No. 206 provides duty and tax free privileges to overseas foreign workers ( OFW ) enacted by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos due to resurgence of Filipinos working overseas.[citation needed] The […]

“Qatar today officially launches one of its most “significant” labour reforms to guarantee migrant workers’ wages. The Wage Protection System (WPS) aims to ensure that migrant labourers, many working on 2022 World Cup-related projects, receive their pay on time. Under the new system, workers will be paid either twice a month or monthly, and the […]

Our yearly July vacation to the Philippines is just months away so I decided to look into air ticket prices. When we first came to Doha years ago, our main airline was Qatar Airways but has been using Etihad for the past 3 years due to the fact that even though it meant we had […]

As I didn’t have much time to plan this trip way ahead and with the Eid break underway, it was difficult to book rooms for our stay. I usually check Trip Advisor for good hotels to stay in and most of the rooms that I was looking at 2 weeks before our trip were already […]

I’ve been in the Middle East for 12 years and have been to Saudi, Bahrain and currently in Qatar. To think that Dubai is only a stone throw away from Qatar, it is surprising to most of our friends that we haven’t made a short trip to Dubai after all these years. In fact, if […]


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