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Business etiquette in Dubai

29th March, 2012 Expat Life

In first appearances I thought Dubai must be a very Western city in terms of business culture. This is a destination made of glass skyscrapers and towering hotels, joined by wide roads crammed with the latest prestige vehicles. I soon learned, however, that appearances can be deceptive, and despite a very modern appearance, Dubai is traditional at heart, even when it comes to business.

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The cost of living in Hong Kong

20th March, 2012 Financial

I love Hong Kong. It’s a fantastic vibrant city with so much going on. And even better is the fact that the cost of living in Hong Kong can be far lower than you might expect – if you know where to look.

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Finding a new job in China

13th March, 2012 Living Abroad

China is an exciting country and the prospect of finding a new job there appeals to many intrepid employees. From experience there are two major routes into employment in China. Each has its potential advantages and disadvantages and which you choose will depend to an extent on your personality.

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Business etiquette in Hong Kong

6th March, 2012 Expat Life

In my second post in this series, I’d like to take a closer look at business etiquette in Hong Kong. This dynamic Asian city is a fascinating blend of east and west and this is reflected in business culture, as elsewhere in the city.

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Medical Insurance in China

28th February, 2012 Health Insurance

China has a very different concept of medical care to the West and I found it confusing at first. People visit their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner often to keep their health in order, even before they are experiencing any problems. This might seem like an odd idea, but in many cases, the job of a TCM practitioner is preventative. Rather than being paid to treat sick patients, their job is to stop them getting ill in the first place.

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Health at Hand – Personal health information that’s just a call away

25th February, 2012 Health Insurance

Taking care of your health can sometimes be a challenge. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in the camp of people who don’t always plan ahead. With my busy lifestyle I’m all too guilty of ignoring those little twinges which I should get checked out, simply because of the time it would take to visit a doctor.

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Driving in Dubai

23rd February, 2012 Expat Life

One of my favourite pastimes in Dubai is cruising the open desert roads just outside the city. With the sun blazing overhead and the lonely sand dunes on the horizon, driving in Dubai can be a real pleasure and a great time to be alone with your thoughts.

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Finding a hospital in Hong Kong

18th February, 2012 Expat Life

When I first arrived in Hong Kong my taxi drove past an enormous building of white Art Deco curves fronted by leafy palm trees. Was it a local airport I asked, or perhaps a hotel? My driver took great pleasure in explaining to me that it was a hospital, and that in Hong Kong such buildings are taken very seriously.

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Finding a school in Hong Kong

7th February, 2012 Living Abroad

If you’re moving to Hong Kong with school-aged children, the best advice I can give you is to plan ahead. The demand for school placements enormously out-strips supply, which can make finding a school in Hong Kong very competitive and often difficult.

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Business etiquette in China

2nd February, 2012 Expat Life

I’d heard the phrase ‘there’s no ‘I’ in team, but until I came to China I’d never seen this sentiment so thoroughly adhered to. As a westerner I was used to a capitalist working style where individuals often work to further their own interests in a business. But China is a collective culture and people place a greater emphasis on groups and think more in terms of ‘we’ than ‘I’. As a consequence, social interactions are very important.

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