• Sun-07-2024
Scandalous Shawarma Plot: Enormous Currency Smuggling Operation to Kuwait (July 13, 2024, Arab Times Kuwait)

Authorities at Cairo International Airport intercepted a peculiar smuggling attempt involving over a million pounds concealed within shawarma meals, destined for Kuwait. The incident, which gained attention on social media platforms, unfolded as airport security detained an Egyptian passenger during routine checks before a flight to Kuwait.

  • Sun-07-2024
Personal income tax in Oman: Will other Gulf countries follow suit? (July 7, 2024, The National News)

The proposed tax targets high-income earners, with citizens taxed on net global income above $1 million and foreign nationals on Oman-sourced income above $100,000.

  • Sun-07-2024
Brunei and Laos formally join regional payment connectivity initiative (April 5, 2024, Technode Global)

Pioneered by the central banks of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand in late 2022, later joined by Vietnam in August 2023 and now Brunei Darussalam and Lao PDR, the RPC initiative is expected to be extended to other ASEAN countries and beyond. RPC is an initiative that aims to promote, faster, cheaper, more transparent, and more inclusive cross-border payments.

  • Sun-07-2024
Kuwait's new visa rules: Domestic workers can transfer to private sector (July 10, 2024, Business Standard)

This change aims to streamline labour mobility while adhering to the nation's legal framework. Starting July 14, domestic workers can transfer their visas under specific conditions. The move is likely to benefit Indian workers in the Gulf country.

  • Sun-07-2024
Why You Should Visit Turkmenistan, Land of Contrasts (May 1, 2024, Atlas Obscura)

If you’re looking for a destination that offers fascinating cultural history and very few crowds, Central Asia is for you. Particularly Turkmenistan, where modern excess and Soviet history breathe the same air.

  • Sun-07-2024
A Seoul neighborhood is so crowded with tourists that the government is taking over (July 11, 2024, CNN)

As the issue of overtourism sweeps cities and countries around the world, authorities in South Korea have announced stricter controls and measures to protect a historic traditional village district in downtown Seoul from throngs of tourists, who have flooded its streets and caused friction with local residents over the years.

  • Sun-07-2024
Chinese community hit hardest amid Malaysia’s suicide surge (July 10, 2024, South China Morning Post)

Suicides were second highest among foreigners since 2019 followed by Indians and Malays, government statistics reveal

  • Sun-07-2024
South Korea abandons plan to suspend licenses of striking doctors to resolve medical impasse (July 8, 2024, ABC News)

South Korea's government announced Monday it will abandon its plan to suspend the licenses of striking junior doctors as part of its efforts to convince them to return to work and resolve the country’s monthslong medical impasse.

  • Sun-07-2024
How a 19th-Century Scot’s Harebrained Quest Shaped Sovereignty in Western Sahara (January 19, 2024, New Lines Magazine) (Subscription required)

Locals call it the Casamar — short for “Casa del Mar” or “House of the Sea.” This British fortress with a Spanish name in a Moroccan town bears witness to Tarfaya’s role as a historical buffer zone, whose fractious tribal politics have mediated the ambitions of nations and empires since the Casamar was built. Its fall will erase the last visible legacy of an episode that history has all but forgotten, but which lit the touch paper on one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.

  • Sun-07-2024
How many Christians are there in Jordan? (June 14, 2024, Open Doors UK)

In general, Jordan is more tolerant of Christianity, particularly compared to some other places in the region, and many Christians are able to worship freely. The monarchy of King Abdullah II has recognised multiple churches and allows these communities to worship, as long as they don’t preach publicly or reach out to Muslims. But these churches are monitored by the state, and Christians in these communities report facing some level of discrimination in the workplace.