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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Neil Porter] #70925 08/08/16 6:55 AM
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[For me I am planning to retire this coming January, so really whatever they do I don't care. Golf and the Beaches in Thailand will be a welcome sight. [/quote]

Hopefully not here in the forum. smile

..and don't forget your frustrated friend here. smile maybe you can share all your new doc. before the time comes. wink

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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Angus] #71968 01/07/17 9:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Angus
Never happen mate!

Looks like it has!

And the thin end of the wedge, no doubt. frown

Do Saudi citizens pay Income Tax these days?


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Geoff Hannis] #71970 02/07/17 2:19 AM
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maybe somebody running out of Gold. : - )


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: ariel dulay] #72599 01/01/18 6:56 PM
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I have just learned that both the KSA and UAE have introduced VAT at 5% on most goods and services. frown

But the Makkah-Madinah high-speed railway will be carrying passengers soon. Planned journey time is two-and-a-half hours, apparently.

By the way, if there was ever an oxymoron, surely it must be a "value added" tax!


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Geoff Hannis] #72606 07/01/18 4:13 PM
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I hear that the Princes* now have to pay their own utility bills.

Wow, things are really getting bad out there. whistle

* For those who don't know, there are rather a lot of them.


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Neil Porter] #73563 27/08/18 8:33 PM
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In my case it was the change in law for property ownership as you can buy but if you die the government gets the proposers and if you leave the government expects all property value back so they can re sell. Ludicrous I said so invested in other countries but had a run of bad kick so back to blighty.


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Electric Blobby] #73565 28/08/18 11:23 AM
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Are you talking about the Kingdom?

What's the point of buying property there if you're not allowed to live in it? Unless things have changed drastically since I was there, there's no way you would be granted Saudi citizenship or rights to permanent residence. Once you have run out of work (or local sponsorship), you get chucked out - as happened to me a couple of times. And once you're out, you would have very little (tending to zero) control about what happens to anything you had to leave behind in the desert (again, I have stories to tell).

Unlike the UK, the KSA does not like the idea of the country and its assets being owned by foreigners. And quite right, too. whistle

Although I might add that retirement to Abha or Al-Baha (or maybe Taif) would be an attractive proposition as far as I am concerned. smile

BTW, there's no "if" about dying. It's more a question of "when" (and "how").


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Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Geoff Hannis] #74205 13/05/19 9:21 AM
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June 20, 2019 will be my last day here in Saudi Arabia. Clearance has been completed and now waiting for the remaining formalities to be completed (after Ramadan) then a One Way Flight.


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Ah, not long now, then. Best of luck in retirement Neil. Stop by and say hello, some time. smile

Re: Magic Kingdom Biomed Expats II [Re: Neil Porter] #74208 14/05/19 10:29 AM
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All good things must come to an end, sadly. frown

When you get round to writing your *memoirs, Neil, I even have a title for you:- "The Last Man Standing".

And don't forget that "retirement" does not mean you shouldn't come on here with Words of Wisdom from time to time!

All the Best, Mate. Flying East? smile

* I tried to get Big Tony to get his stories written down - I even offered to edit them - but (as far as I am aware) they have still yet to see the light of day.


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