3 Money-Saving Tips on Car Rentals in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Winter is coming and for many commuters and travelers in the UAE, that means negotiating their car rental contracts, now that many are back from the refreshing Eid holiday. From loyalty programs to selecting the best pick-up location, there are a number of ways you can save money on your next rent a car.

Follow these three money-saving tips to get a better deal rent a car abu dhabi

Become a Loyal Customer

If you haven’t been renting a car from a particular dealer long enough and oral promises don’t work, try prepaying an additional sum to show your inclination of becoming a long-term client. Chances are that you could qualify for a loyal customer program. If however you have been renting a car from a company since 6 months or more, you could be in a position to receive discounts or free upgrades.

Zero-down on your Requirements

Determine ahead of time what ‘extras’ you may need and consider the costs so that they fit within your budget. Items to consider:

  • Car Size: Consider the size of the car you are renting. Do you really need that SUV if it’s just you and another partner traveling?
  • Insurance: Contact your travel insurance and credit card company to see if you already have enough coverage. Thirdly, look at available insurance options with the car rental provider. While insurance cover might be essential, you might not need the pricey full insurance option.
  • Mileage limit: Consider the distance you’d be driving every week and opt for a small mileage package if you need to move about short distances in Abu Dhabi. Be sure to check how much you’d be paying for the extra miles should the need arise.

Skip Renting from the Airport or Hotel

Ignore the car rental kiosks at the airport terminal or your hotel. You’ll surely be able to get a much more cost-effective deal if you Google “car rental companies in Abu Dhabi” from the airport or the country you’re traveling from before reaching Abu Dhabi. Try OneClickDrive.com to ease your search, communicate with the car rental dealers directly and have the car delivered straight to you at the airport arrival terminal.

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Net Neutrality Threatened by Trump Administration

Tom Wheeler, the former chair of the FCC, used his final speech before stepping down to warn businesses and consumers that their choice of cloud services and business applications could be severely limited if the incoming administration strikes down the 2015 open internet order that he and his group put in place. This order positioned the FCC’s net neutrality regulation that prevents Internet Service Providers from slowing or blocking traffic on their networks. This gives all traffic equal opportunity and speed and prevents network favoritism.

Wheeler also showed concern for the Internet of Things, an area of economic growth that is quickly becoming top of mind to many businesses and policy makers in Washington.

“[T]he growth of the internet of things is another area that depends on the open connectivity of those things,” Wheeler said. “If ISPs can decide arbitrarily which IoT device can be connected, or favor their own IoT activity over their competitors, the bright future of IoT dims.” Wheeler continued, “As everything goes into the cloud, the ability to access the cloud free of gatekeepers is essential. If ISPs get to choose which applications and clouds work better than others in terms of access, speed and latency, they will control the cloud future,”.

Wheeler’s position may not be a surprise now but given his past as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless sector his support of net neutrality may come as a shock.

Bill Wilson, a consultant for Broadband Landing, said, “Wheeler may be underplaying the seriousness of the situation. Net Neutrality is the biggest deal that no one really understands. If consumers and small businesses actually realized what the internet would look like after it was bought and sold by large corporations that was be worried. This would be all that was being talked about.”

Wheeler has the same question many businesses do, namely will Trump dismantle a policy that is clearly working? With republicans openly opposed to net neutrality things do seem dire for the policy.

Wheeler’s speech not only acts as a warning to the incoming administration but also clearly attempts to widen the scope of the net neutrality debate as a whole. Consumer impact of the open internet order is almost always the lead in any discussion of net neutrality but here Wheeler’s focus was on the danger to businesses and their increasing use of cloud computing. Interruption or the slowing of these services is a bit more destructive than a video playing slow. Businesses might be required to completely change back office management systems. A company like Salesforce.com could have their customer base divided between users that have an ISP that allows their traffic and ISP’s that won’t. Situations of this type could be repeated across many business services. If AT&T buys a firm that provides CMS to sales and marketing groups, it is not unthinkable that they would show preference to this firm over others.

Wheeler specifically calls out Verizon and AT&T for the “zero rating” programs that give some companies free access by not charging customers for the data they use. While this isn’t the feared “Fast Lane” net neutrality has been trying to avoid, it may actually be worse.

Wheeler finished his speech with, “It now falls to a new set of regulators, to a new FCC and to those who advocate before it and the Congress to determine the road that they want to take from here,” Wheeler said. “We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward and the other leads back to relitigating solutions that are demonstrably working.”
While the fork in the road analogy fits, it’s actually a bit more drastic than Wheeler makes it seem. One road leads forward and the other leads back a decade and then off a cliff into a hole filled with alligators.

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It Was Important to Me to Step Up for My Aunt’s Sake

Being single, I have often wondered what would happen to me if I were suddenly to find myself with a chronic illness or a horrible disease that caused me to not be able to rely so much on myself anymore. Recently, I found out that my aunt has cancer, and her husband has not been doing a very good job of caring for her. I was livid when I found out. He was causing her to show up late to her chemo appointment, among other things. I called www.diamondpartybus.ca and set up some scheduled limos to come pick her up and take her home as needed. I could not sit by and just let her miss such very important appointments.

I guess it’s true that I’m lucky in life and have been very fortunate to make the type of money that I do. Continue reading →

Best Day I Had in Toronto!

I haven’t been to Toronto in awhile, but I decided to go up for a visit with my boyfriend since we had off for the weekend together. We don’t normally have the money or the time to go on vacations, but we got sort of lucky when I bought a scratch off at a gas station and it was a $5000 winner! So, we planned our trip, and some of our friends came alone. We contacted Platinum Toronto party bus rental so that we could see if they had any special schedules that they adhere to or if they just strictly rent them out.

We had never done this before, so we were a little disappointed that they don’t just travel around like taxis all night picking people up at one place and bringing them to another. We had to make a reservation and let them know where we would be going, and at what times we would want to be at these places. We had a few bars and a restaurant on our agenda for the night, so we added those to our schedule.

When we first climbed onto the bus the driver introduced himself and explained what we would be doing that night. We already kind of knew what we wanted to do, but he adjusted it a little bit to throw in spots on the way that would be fun for us on our trip. I was really happy about this little change to our schedule, because he brought us places that normally tourists wouldn’t know about, but were amazing and fun and are now added to our list of hot spots to check out next time we are in Toronto.

Overall, our trip to Toronto was great, especially our party bus adventure. We had a great night, and a great week while we were there. I can’t wait to visit again soon!

A Party Bus for My Daughter’s Wedding Party

When I decided to hire a limo for my daughter’s wedding, I was thinking about the stretch limos like the one her father and I had when we were married 30 years ago. We still talk about that limo ride now and again because it was so romantic and our first taste of anything luxurious, and I wanted her to have the same thing. When my friend told me I should look at Platinum party bus in Toronto, I wasn’t really sure what to make of that. I was thinking it was a regular bus, but I wanted her to have something memorable.

I went to the site though, because I felt I owed it to my friend to at least look at what she had recommended. I am so glad I did this, because my image of the party bus and the reality of the party bus are two completely different things. Continue reading →

Real TVI Express FAQ: TVIExpress.com Holiday Inc illegal scam in Australia, USA, South Africa, India, and Philippines?

Introduction

These questions are the ones TVI Express customer support will not answer for you, but should. It addresses some of the most asked questions regarding TVI Express.

These are the questions that are NOT answered on TVI Express website, but you’ve always wanted to ask.

These are the questions your TVI Express uplines are afraid to answer.

NOTE: This is about “TVI Express” a company allegedly headquartered in London, UK, and supposedly sell travel. If you are looking for the acting studio, the TV channel, or the mining company, you’re in the wrong article.

This hub was compiled with publicly available information such as news, member comments, and so on. Unreliable information will be included but labeled. This hub will be updated with new information when they become available.

For a chronological view of TVI Express, see “TVI Express Timeline”.

Updated: 29-NOV-2011 Updated with misc changes and latest news
What is TVI Express?

Q: What does TVI Express do?
A: TVI Express itself claims to offer travel opportunity through direct selling, over the Internet. However, several countries have declared that TVI Express is a pyramid scheme.

Q: Which countries have alleged that TVI Express is a pyramid scheme?
A: Following countries have declared TVI Express illegal: United States, Australia, China, Georgia, Tajikstan, Indonesia, Hungary, Namibia, Swaziland, India, and South Africa (and that’s just those with publicly announced charges, others may be conducting non-public investigations).

Q: Wait, United States has alleged TVI Express is a pyramid?
A: State of Georgia, in United States of America, had issued TVI Express members a “cease and desist” order as of 7-SEP-2010, according to several TVI Express supporter websites in the US. The same report also stated that TVI Express is likely in violation of FTC regulations, which is a Federal level crime. Furthermore, a TV station in Maryland have also highlighted TVI Express in its “scam alert” segment, warning people that local BBB chapter (Better Business Bureau, a private consumer protection agency) considered the business extremely suspicious.

Q: What about the other countries? What do other countries say about TVI Express?
A: Other countries not listed above have not made specific allegations against TVI Express. However, the public usually are not privy to specific investigations until they are made public. Some countries’ media have spoken out against TVI Express. Those countries includes India, Indonesia, Botswana, Vietnam, Spain, Germany, and more.

Q: Why did State of Georgia allege that TVI Express is a pyramid scheme?
A: Because TVI Express doesn’t sell anything, but require all members to recruit two more members. This is known as a “cycler”, and in fact, is identical to the “airplane game” as documented in Wikipedia.

Q: What does TVI Express sell? I thought it sells travel?
A: TVI Express itself is very vague about what they sell. It simply claims to provide an opportunity that somehow combines Internet, network marketing (later revised to say “home-based business”), and travel. TVI Express website has no ‘product’ page or section at all. Its own FAQ states “you do not need to sell any products”, so its emphasis is not on selling anything.

There are two items that TVI Express distributors have named as their product (neither is an official explanation) 1) the 7-day 6-night hotel accommodation with free return ticket that you get upon joining, or 2) the access to a travel booking portal you can access through TVI Express “back office” upon joining. However, neither is what they appear to be. The trip is a benefit to members, not a product to be sold, and is nearly impossible to redeem. The so-called backoffice is a relabeled portal to Travelocity, but Travelocity is free to use. Thus, neither is a proper product. The only thing TVI Express really wants to sell is its own membership.

Q: But their FAQ says that you do need to sell products!
A: TVI Express revised their FAQ in June 2011. However, it has yet to reveal what are you supposed to be selling. If it is this mysterious, it surely can’t be travel.

Q: Selling travel is legal. So why is TVI Express called a scam?
A: TVI Express FAQ states that “you do not need to sell any products”. So it is NOT selling travel. UPDATE: TVI Express has revised its FAQ in June 2011 to claim you do need to sell products. However, checking the entire website finds no mention of such a “product”.

Q: But my upline / promoter said TVI Express sells hotel vouchers!
A: Who are you going to believe? The official TVI Express website, or the words of an upline whose words contradict the official website?

Q: But TVI Express is an investment company!
A: Can you prove that? I can cite at least 5 places where it referred to itself as direct sales or multi-level marketing company.

Q: But it’s a ______ (matrix / board / whatever)! That’s not a pyramid! Why are you calling it a pyramid?
A: Whatever name it goes by, it is still a pyramid. 2×3 matrix is same as 1-2-4-8 pyramid. And it doesn’t explain why it sells nothing.

Q: But there are only four levels! It’s a tiny pyramid! Why is that illegal?
A: Just because the pyramid is small does not mean it is legal. Besides, you have two matrices, or boards to “cycle through”, the “traveller board”, and the “express board”. That’s at least 8 levels, even more if you have to cycle through multiple times for some of the “incentives” like luxury car, laptop computer, and so on.

Q: But there are FOUR WAYS to earn money through TVI Express! Surely some of those ways are legal?
A: If you actually read the descriptions of the four ways, all four depend on recruiting:

Board payout — You have to recruit to “fill” the “revolving matrix” to get the board payout.
Residual income — it depends on number of your downlines, and you expand your downlines through recruiting.
Power pool — allegedly a share of the “global revenue”, but you only get a share if you become a presidential associate, and the only way you get to presidential associate is you have to cycle through the express board multiple times, which is, of course, recruiting.
Incentives — villas and cars and laptops… You have to cycle through the express board multiple times, and of course, you do that by… recruiting.

UPDATE: All these explanations were removed from the FAQ, but is still in the “compensation plan” page.

Q: Why is TVI Express a pyramid scheme, and Amway is not?
A: Simple: Amway independent representatives actually have to sell something for their upline to earn money (and for him/herself to earn money as well.) TVI Express’s own FAQ (used to) say “you don’t need to sell any products”. TVI Express has NO sales to outside customers, therefore it is all recruiting, and thus, fundamentally different from Amway (or any other legitimate MLM).

Q: But I am selling TVI Express club membership! It’s a travel club, and selling membership is legal! Membership is a product!
A1: TVI Express never claimed to be a club anywhere on its website. It calls its members “distributors”, not “club members”. So what are you supposed to be distributing? More memberships? Then you’re recruiting.
A2: A real club have real benefits. TVI Express benefits are illusory and disguises its scam. TVI Express backoffice is available for FREE on Travelocity.com, and the 7-day 6-night trip is impossible to redeem and now requires additional $150 in fees. Thus, TVI Express has no real benefits. Reports from South Africa shows that TVI Express is simply NOT booking the trips at all. Many families arrived at hotels and resorts with alleged bookings from TVI Express that either were completely unbooked (“we have no such reservation”) or unpaid (“We have a reservation, but it has not been paid.”)
A3: TVI Express describes itself as a business opportunity, NOT a travel club.

Q: How much do I really get paid if I *do* manage to cycle through both “board” or “matrix” or whatever?
A: $10000 USD into your “eWallet”, plus “reentry into express board”, according to TVI Express FAQ. What do you actually get paid in terms of REAL money? ZERO. NOTHING. NADA. (Read #19 in their FAQ: all payout goes into your eWallet. UPDATE: This was removed as well. What are they trying to hide?)

Q: Why do other websites say $15000 cash?
A: It was NEVER cash. And that extra $5000 is a “group travel voucher”, according to Tarun Trikha, TVI Express advisory board member (who has since disappeared from advisory board). You can only use that $5000 voucher toward some “group event” to be held in your area. This was explained in a conference call dated October 2009, but not on TVI Express website, so the explanation may not be official. The $5000 voucher information disappeared altogether from the TVI Express website in 2010, but was archived on other websites. Any one who said $15000 cash is quoting outdated information, misunderstood, or lying.

Q: What is an eWallet?
A: eWallet is your “account” on TVI Express website. All your “payout” goes into your eWallet, not cash. It may be considered illegal in many countries, as it is considered “banking”. (See TVI Express FAQ #19)

Q: Why is eWallet potentially illegal?
A: Multiple African countries, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland, issued official warnings that TVI Express apparently violated national banking laws by performing “banking activities without a license”. Central Bank of these countries countries are investigating.

TVI Express members in Swaziland claim that they have “global permit”, according to one newspaper in Swaziland. The officials in the Central Bank replied that there is no such thing as “global permit”. If you do business in one country, you have to get that country’s business license.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This sounds remarkably similar to TVI Express members in China back in June 2009. They claimed back then that TVI Express is international e-Commerce and thus China have no jurisdiction over TVI Express. China went after local perpetrators starting in July 2009, and convicted many to prison since.

Q: How do I convert eWallet into real money?
A: Several ways, none of which is simple

Convert the eWallet amount into eVoucher codes, then sell individual eVoucher codes to new members to join, and pocket the money. This is illegal, as it is an “endless chain” / Ponzi scheme scam, where new members are paying old members.
Request TVI Express for wire transfer, which will cost you a BIG chunk of fees, possibly 30-40 USD, and take a long time. It is also rumored by some that TVI Express has started charging a huge “tax” or “fees”, with no further explanation.This cannot be confirmed, but there has been no denial either.
Request TVI Express for transfer balance to Liberty Reserve. You will need to pay a conversion fee, and then there are additional fees to transfer whatever is left into your bank account. It will take some time.There has been reports that sometimes the transfer request is denied with no particular reason. UPDATE: Solid Trust Pay cancelled TVI Express account in 2010.

Travel Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

Travel Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers

When hospitals and other healthcare facilities find themselves in the position of having more work than healthcare workers, they often turn to travel healthcare professionals such as travel nurses, travel medical technologists, travel radiology technicians, travel physical therapists, travel occupational therapists, travel respiratory therapists, and more. This article discusses What a travel healthcare worker is, how to be come a travel nurse or other kind of travel healthcare worker, companies which place travel healthcare workers, pay and other travel healthcare worker issues.
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The Demand for Travel Healthcare Professionals

The United States spent about three trillion dollars on healthcare in 2013 and costs will continue to rise at about 4% per year well into the future. One of the results of The Affordable Care Act will be more people insured and therefore more people seeking treatment. The demand for healthcare workers of all kinds remains high. But many healthcare facilities are having a hard time filling positions in many of their departments. There just aren’t enough healthcare professionals to meet all the needs.

When hospitals and other healthcare facilities find themselves in the position of having more work than healthcare workers, they often turn to travel healthcare professionals such as travel nurses, travel medical technologists, travel radiology technicians, travel physical therapists, travel occupational therapists, travel respiratory therapists, and more.

Travel healthcare professionals are individuals who contract with a healthcare facility to fill the position for which they are qualified, for an agreed upon amount of time.
Poll: Are you a Healthcare Professional?
Are you a healthcare professional?

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RN
Radiology
Physician
Physician Assistant
Pharmacy
Rehabilitation (PT/OT)
Respiratory Therapy
Dietician
Medical Social Worker
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Healthcare Professions Which Utilize Travelers

If you are a healthcare professional, chances are that travelers are used in your particular discipline. This article would be much longer if an exhaustive list were to be included. Simply go to your search engine and type in “Traveler” or “Travel” followed by the name of your healthcare profession. For example, type in “Traveler histology technician.” There will be two and a half million results in Google. Type in “Travel nurse” and there will be 117 million results.

Once you have determined that there are travelers involved in your healthcare profession, it is time to look into which travel healthcare agencies you will contact.
Where to Find a Travel Healthcare Position
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Travel Nursing Jobs, Travel Nurse Staffing – Cross Country TravCorps
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Best Travel Therapy Companies – Anders Therapy, Radiology and Allied Health Travel Agency
Anders consistently ranks as one of the best travel therapy companies. As a top allied health travel agency, we match skilled professionals in travel cath lab jobs, travel therapy jobs, traveling SLP jobs, and more.
Leading healthcare staffing agency: Aureus Medical
Aureus Medical-A top medical staffing agency offering rewarding healthcare careers in travel nursing, travel therapy and full time & travel opportunities across allied health.

How do I Pick a Travel Healthcare Agency?

First of all, you will likely pick more than one agency at the beginning. You will want to talk with recruiters about benefits and pay as well as the extent of their involvement with your profession. Not all travel healthcare agencies do an equally good job with all of the healthcare disciplines they promote.

Go online and try to find a blog or bulletin board about travelers in your profession. Ask what companies they recommend.

Talk to people where you currently work or where you have worked in the past. One or more of them may have done travel work or may know a traveler. Find out what companies they have dealt with and if they were satisfied.
Poll: Travel Healthcare Professionals
Are you, or have you ever been a travel healthcare professional?

Yes, I am now
Yes, I have been in the past
No, but I am interested
No, and this doesn’t really interest me

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How the Process Works

Most travel healthcare professionals seek the assistance of a travel healthcare agency. Initially these agencies are contacted by healthcare facilities who are in need of someone to temporarily fill a position in one of their departments.

The travel healthcare agency then contacts individuals who have either worked for them in the past or have filled out applications to work with the agency when positions become available. The travel healthcare agency guides the potential travel healthcare professional through all the paperwork, making sure they meet all the requirements to be a traveling healthcare professional in their particular discipline. Licensure for particular States may need to be obtained before being allowed to work there.

When all requirements have been met, the agency presents the resume of the potential traveler to the facility.

The healthcare facility chooses from among the resume’s which healthcare professionals they will interview.

After an interviewee has been chosen by the facility, the travel healthcare agency works with the facility to develop a contract which both the facility and the travel healthcare professional will sign.

The traveler reports for work on the assigned day and fulfills the requirements of the contract for the contract period which is normally thirteen weeks. The facility may ask the traveler to stay beyond the first contract period if they have not been able to hire a permanent employee. This is referred to as extending or as an extension. If a traveler is asked to extend then a new contract is created. The traveler is never obligated to agree to an extension.

During the contract period, the travel healthcare professional is not an employee of the facility. He or she is an employee of the travel agency. Timecard information is sent to the agency who then pays the travel healthcare professional for their work. The healthcare facility pays the agency for the services of the travel healthcare professional.
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How the Travel Healthcare Professional is Paid

The travel healthcare professional is paid in several different ways.

Hourly pay
Housing
Per Diem
Vehicle
Travel to and from the assignment.

The work of a travel healthcare professional can be very lucrative. It can also be much less lucrative. It all depends on the expectations of the traveler in terms of housing and transportation.

Housing: There are two ways to be paid for housing, Per Diem Housing, which is tax free and Housing Allowance, which is taxable. The traveler can choose to let the travel agency find a place for them to live during their contract period. If the traveler chooses this path, the agency will most likely spend all of the housing money, meaning the traveler will probably have a very nice place to live. On the other hand, if the traveler wants to find their own housing, they will be given the entire housing allowance each month. If they choose to find living arrangements that do not require the entire housing allowance, they keep what is not spent. This is a key way for a traveler to increase their take home pay. Less expensive housing possibilities include the following:

Renting a bedroom that also provides restroom and kitchen privileges.
Renting an efficiency apartment.
Finding someone who wants to share an apartment.
Renting a basement apartment or an apartment over a garage.
Renting an apartment in an extended stay facility.

Per Diem pay (tax free): This is an amount that the travel agency provides to the traveler to cover incidental expenses. If the traveler wants to be careful with their spending, much of this amount can be saved because what is not spent is kept by the traveler.

Vehicle allowance (taxable): If the traveler wishes, the agency will pay for a rental car for the entire contract period. If the traveler has their own vehicle, the agency will pay them a generous amount for gasoline and maintenance. What is not spent, is kept by the traveler.

Hourly pay (taxable): The agency will negotiate with the facility for a per hour amount. Keep in mind, this is taxable income. There are two payment categories that are non taxable. If you travel, consider keeping your hourly pay as low as possible and putting that money in either the housing or per diem accounts.

Travel reimbursement: The agency will pay you for travel to and from the assignment. This can be by purchasing a plane ticket or by reimbursing you for gasoline and motel expenses. If you drive, you will have your own car during the assignment along with a set amount of pay for gasoline throughout the assignment. So consider driving to the location of your assignment rather than flying at the agency’s expense. Since the flight money would otherwise come to you, you are actually buying your own plane ticket. There may be a cap on how much the agency will reimburse you for gasoline for both the trip to and the trip from your assignment.
Requirements and Prerequisites for Becoming a Traveling Healthcare Professional

Licenses and certifications should all be in hand when applying to a travel healthcare agency. Many travel healthcare professionals will be required to have valid/current CPR certification.

Have professional references already in place. This will be one of the first things a travel healthcare agency will ask you to provide.

Get all immunization records ready to fax/email to the travel agency. Make sure you have had all three Hepatitis B vaccine shots and be able to verify.

Saudi Arabia Work Visa; Business Visas to Visit KSA

Visas to work in Saudi Arabia

If you are going to be working in Saudi Arabia then you will need a Saudi Arabian Work visa or a Business Visa.This article will discuss the types of visas that you need as well as the various problems that you may encounter;

There are several different types of Saudi visas that you can apply for but only the work visa allows you to work within Saudi Arabia. A business visa is often procured for people to work there, but this often being misused to get around restrictions that have been placed on the company.

This hub will detail out my experiences of getting a Saudi Arabia Visa and the MANY problems that I have encountered, I have been thrown out of the Saudi Embassy in London after I was insulted by staff, had documents destroyed, been forced to pay bribes and even ended up as an illegal alien that had to be smuggled out of KSA illegally.
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Saudi Work Visa
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Saudi Business Visa
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Types of Saudi Visa

There are 5 main types of Visa that you can apply for when looking to enter KSA for either work or just to visit;
Saudi Business Visa;

This is for business men and women working for companies outside Saudi Arabia so that they can come into the Kingdom to work with or for a Saudi company. The duration can be one, three or 6 months. It can also be used by companies to bring you into the kingdom to work on a short term contract or to try you out during your trial period, although this is not what the visa is for. Often, if a company has problems gaining a work visa due to not being able to get authorization due to employing too few local Saudis they will bring an employee on this visa.
Saudi Work Visa;

This is for those that have been offered a contract to be working in Saudi Arabia, you will require to have medicals and submit educational certificates, all of which have to be legalized. Use an agent to do this as you will have to complete a large amount of paperwork. This visa is valid for 90 days at the end of which the company has to convert it to an Iqama which is your residency and work permit to allow you to stay and work in the country.
Saudi Holiday Visa

It is available, but unless you are Muslim with family in Saudi Arabia to sponsor your visit you are unlikely to get it! They do however want to develop the tourist industry so it will be interesting to see how this develops.
Dependent visa for Saudi Arabia

This is for the family of those that have an approved work visa. Please note however that only legalized marriage will be recognized, you can’t bring your girlfriend even if you have been together for 20 years.
Umrah/Haj Visa

This is for those that wish to visit to make Umrah/Haj, religious pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca). This is only for Muslims and the visas are limited by number and through approved travel agents only.

Saudi Iqama

Your Iqama or residency permit has to be applied for within 90 days of your entering the country on a work visa. This entitles you to stay and work within the country for your sponsor (employer). Without an Iqama you will not be able to open bank accounts, send money out of the country or even buy a SIM card for your phone.

The application is pretty straight forward and should be done by your sponsor. You will have to undertake another medical which will be pretty straight forward. This should be paid for by your employer and will probably cost around 250 Saudi Riyals.

You will also be fingerprinted and your eyes will be scanned.

Iqama or Saudi Residency Permit
Saudi Iqama
Saudi Iqama
Saudi Azad Visa

BEWARE – There is actually no such thing as an “Azad” Visa but many people offer to sell these visas to people at a huge cost. The Azad visa is often advertised as a visa that will allow you to work freely within the kingdom, however this is far from the truth.

To get into Saudi Arabia you need to have a sponsor (employer) who can provide you with a visa, this has prompted a small industry to rise where many Saudis will sell a visa to an expat and then allow the expat to work where ever they wish to. Often this visa will cost between 10 Thousand to 20 Thousand Riyals.

However, you are not allowed to work for anyone other than your sponsor! This means that you cannot work for anyone else legally. There is, however a thriving black market for illegal workers and many people do find work, often on lower wages and with worse conditions than those legally employed. But the government is cracking down on these practices and if you are caught then you will be sent home and there will not be any refund of the money that you have spent! This is a very risky way indeed to work within the kingdom.

Far better to just apply for jobs advertised within the kingdom, if you are hired your sponsor will pay for your visa in full and you will be fully covered by Saudi Labor Law. Avoid the Azad visa as it really is a huge risk.
Useful Links for your Visa

Saudi Embassy in London UK
This is the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, You will find all of the information you require to apply for your Saudi Arabian visa here.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Homepage US
Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, information and requirements for your visa application.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), information regarding requirements to enter and work in Saudi Arabia, you can also track your Saudi Arabian Visa here using the visa reference number.
Ministry of Hajj
Information regarding Hajj in Saudi Arabia, a handy website if you are looking to make Hajj allowing you to gain all the information for your Saudi Visa

Application for Saudi Visa

Whichever country you are coming from, read the requirements for the visa very carefully on the Saudi Arabian Embassy website in your country. On the whole you will be far better off using an agent to do the application for you and they can recommend the best places to get medical reports and so on that you will require. The agent can make sure that everything is correct rather than having it rejected by the Saudi embassy.

You will have to submit your educational certificates, all of which will need to be legalized. The process for doing so will be explained on their websites or by the agent, again, you can get the agent to do this for you, but the costs will start to mount – make sure that your employer will shoulder the expenses, as not all will!

Do not be surprised if no care is taken of your precious original certificates, my pristine, well kept degree certificate was sent between two sheets of stiff card to protect it, it was returned after having been totally screwed up and then folded in half to be returned! It is so badly damaged that it is almost unreadable in places! I have learned the hard way that many Saudis have no respect for any non-Saudis!
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The Reality of Applying for a Saudi Arabian Work Visa

The first time I got a visa for Saudi Arabia (KSA) in England was quite straight forward, I took all of my paperwork to the Saudi embassy in London and received it a couple of days later, no problem at all.

The Saudi Arabian visa was a business visa, good for 3 months, which was meant to keep me until they could sort out a residency visa (Iqama) for me. However, be careful, they do not tell you, you are supposed to just know, that this visa has to be stamped every month for you to remain legally in the kingdom. Failure to do so could land you in prison for a few weeks while the problem is sorted out, and believe me nothing is done quickly here!

The company that I was working for was having problems with getting work visas so I was sent home after 2 and a half months, the visa section said that I could only have 2 weeks of my last month!

Applied for my Saudi Arabian Business visa in the same way, again, no problem and was back in Saudi within a few weeks, back to work. Again visa being stamped every month. This time I was completely refused my third month, only having a week to get out (after pleading and begging!), so I had to cancel appointments and training courses that I was running which I rescheduled for about 3 weeks later. But; read on..
Visiting the Saudi Embassy

This application for a new business visa was a real experience;

I returned to England, completed my paperwork, went to the Embassy and handed it all over for processing;

This is what the conversation was like when I applied for my Saudi Arabian Visa

“You can’t give that here,” said the guy behind the counter.

“why,” I asked..

“We have changed our process, you have to use an agent.”

“Why does your website still show the old way of doing things with no mention of this?”

“I don’t know, it’s not my responsibility”

“Can you give me the name of an agent?”

“No”

“Why not?”

“You have to get it from the website”

“can’t you just give me a name or print it out for me?”

“no”

“why did you change the system?”

“because everyone was coming in the office complaining that we were late giving them visas and they were missing flights, now they complain to the agents not us.”

“How long will this take now?”

“I don’t know, maybe 10 days” (it was 2 days before)

“Now I will have to rearrange my flight, you are not making things easy for us to come to your country”

“We don’t want you shit in our country!” – He actually said this, I am not sure what my reply was, I know I was shouting and demanding to see someone in authority as the security physically carried me out!!

So, my second stay waiting for my third visa took over a month, I had to rearrange all of my appointments again, without being able to give a truly firm date! Not so good for business as you can imagine, my credibility was totally shot!

Finally returned to find that the company still could not get a Saudi Arabian residency visa and that I would be unlikely to be sure of even the second month of my business visa, clients were demanding that I resolve the issue or there would be no business with them! – Eventually I moved company so that I did not have this problem, the next company getting me a residency visa and my Iqama within a few weeks, which is what should happen, but I hear so very many many stories!
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Dependant Visas

Not all jobs in Saudi allow you to bring your spouse or children (They now say that all jobs are allowed to bring their families but I still know some people who have been refused as the demand was just too great after this was announced!), check before you take the job if you will be able to bring your family before you travel or you may get a shock! Each visa declares the “job” that the person may be doing, mine stated that I was a “business analyst” (all in Arabic so you can’t read it yourself), this is a professional position so I was entitled to bring my family. However some other professional types that I knew had Saudi Arabia Work visas that did not have job titles that reflected their actual position in the companies for which they worked in Saudi Arabia, these titles were often very basic and were not sufficient to allow them to bring their families!

Processing your visa application when you are in Saudi should be fairly straightforward. However not always, my friends that I know here have had no problems, I had nothing but problems – but then I found out why!

All-inclusive Family Vacations: Get The Planning Right

An all-inclusive family vacation is a fun and convenient way to spend a holiday. You spend a week or two with your family in an exciting, often exotic location, without worries about schedule, planning, transportation, or calculating those annoying extra costs. You pay once, and enjoy the rest.

Planning an all-inclusive family vacation is often half the fun. Even before you visit the travel agency you can work out loads of exciting family vacation ideas based on the world’s most famous all-inclusive resorts that fit your budget.

Popular all-inclusive family vacation favorites include Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. Other great family destinations include Rocky Mountain ski resorts and Disneyland in California or Florida. Transatlantic trips are less popular, because not many people want to travel this far with younger children.

The best way to please all family members is to plan an all-inclusive family vacation with your family. Take enough time now to plan your next family get-away, as you will have fun together as a family, learn more about the world around you, and at the same time get the most from your vacation.

The first thing that you need to do when planning a trip to an all-inclusive resort is to be clear on your location choices. Time and budget restrictions will be factors. Certain times of the year are better for vacationing families than others. For example, when you plan going to Florida, you should prepare to spend twice than average for hotel or even bed-and-breakfast accommodation during the school vacation periods.

Among the busiest holidays with the highest tourist traffic are long weekends, Easter week, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. April to May and September to November are the best times to take an all-inclusive family vacation, especially if you are flexible, because rates are much more affordable than during the high seasons.

Most all-inclusive family vacation packages have age limitations for children, depending on the type of activities offered by a resort. Because of this, all-inclusive family vacations may be more suitable if you have older children. For trips that involve rafting, some companies require that children are at least ten years old. Some all-inclusive vacation packages include offer activities that take less than a day, which is a great way to have fun without too much pressure for the younger family members – and your wallet, too.

Look for family-friendly vacation destinations. Family focused resorts are designed with children in mind, which is reflected in the selection of activities, their safety, availability of other entertainment, even the number of food choices. Plus, at family-friendly resorts you can meet other families with children the same age as yours, and sharing the fun can turn a good all-inclusive family vacation into a great one.

When picking an all-inclusive family resort, make sure you check what is included in the price of the package. All-inclusive family vacations can be expensive, but most parents agree that you get lots of fun for the money. In most cases, the price of the package includes accommodation, basic activities, sports and leisure equipment, meals, and transportation to places of interest and an airport coach. Never be shy about asking for a child’s discount – sometimes an agent can offer you one even if it is not listed. You can further lower the costs by taking a smaller hotel suite.

All-inclusive rates provide convenience and comfort both for parents and kids. With a little creativity, vacation planning can be a fun, exciting, and an educational way to spend some family time together with the end result being a great vacation enjoyed by the whole family.

Tips For Booking Your Holiday Travel

Holiday season is in the air. We could already breathe in and feel it. Everybody wishes to have a break, unwind and have a vacation from the exhausting everyday activities and chores of work. Truly, we deserve to have a time out.

Make this holiday season different from what you have before. Why not take a travel?

Many people say that it is really expensive and it will really cost a lot to have a travel. May it be a land, water or air holiday travel; surely it will have a cost. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to have a vacation you dream and crave of having at a cheap cost.

Here are some of the tips:

Early birds catch the early worm! Book your trips early. Spare some time to call your travel company or agency. The more early you booked your holiday travel, the greater amount you will save. Consider that the demands for travel and flights are greater as the holiday season approaches. Note that travel companies have a number of flights per month. They cannot and will not provide a flight just for you.

Another advantage of having early booking is that you will have the opportunity to have great deals and options.

Set your itinerary. Choose exactly the places that you want to visit. List your itinerary in a piece of paper and also, do not forget to book and reserve your visit especially if you want to go to museums etc.

Reserve the hotel where you will spend your days. Do this as soon as you booked your flight.

It is advised that you have your travel agency. Most of these agencies now have promos and discounts for their customers for the holiday season. Most of them give travel packages that are budget friendly. Others give freebies and other items for gimmickries to attract customers and tourists. Use this as an opportunity to save and have cheap deals.

Being flexible is also a key in a more convenient and cheap holiday travel. If you are flexible enough, you can get into different flights that are available. Make sure that your schedule is open and flexible to all sorts of situations that may come along. Also, by being flexible you need to be choosy and things will easily go without minding the hassle.

Booking at the peak of the holiday season should be avoided in order for you to have a cheap travel.

Holiday season is created for us to stop and pause for a while and to appreciate the hardships that we had in the previous months. This is just once in a lifetime experience; make the most out of your travel.

Online Travel Agents – Reservations From Your Desktop

Remember the old days of airline travel? You drove to the brick-and-mortar travel agency, sat down with a travel agent, and discussed your vacation or business-travel plans. As we all know, those days are long gone. The rise of the Internet and online travel agents has made vacation planning and airline reservations a breeze. Nowadays, you can plan your vacation and book airline tickets at your computer, from the comfort of your home.

Using online travel agents makes vacation planning easier and more efficient than going through a traditional travel agent. You simply input the dates of your departure and arrival, your destination, and which airport you’d like to use. The online travel agent then searches hundreds of fares to find the best one for you, letting you compare offers from dozens of airlines. You can also check fares from airports in the surrounding areas from your chosen airport. Online travel agents also offer you the option of setting up e-mail alerts to find a fare in your preferred cost range.

The Advantage of Online Travel Agents

The benefits of online travel arrangement don’t end there, however. Hotel and car reservations are also available when using an online travel agent. Airline reservations can be bundled with deals from car-rental agencies and hotel chains, allowing vacationers, business travelers, and frequent flyers to do some one-stop shopping.

E-tickets are also available when you use online travel agents. Although some passengers feel more secure with a paper ticket in hand, these days, many airlines are charging extra for paper tickets. E-tickets, on the other hand, are cheaper and can be printed from your computer. They also allow passengers to check in online, over the telephone, or via self-service terminals at the airport. With e-tickets, boarding passes may also be printed at virtually any location with an Internet connection and a printer.

But What about the Human Touch?

Some may decry the loss of human contact when making important travel plans with an online travel agent. After all, if reservations are lost or erroneous, it’s hard for your computer to lend a sympathetic ear. However, in this 24-hour, workaday world, the convenience of an online travel agent allows travelers to make reservations at any time, not just during business hours. Online travel agents put you in control, allowing you to customize your reservations down to the smallest detail.

Speed, efficiency, and choice are the online travel agent’s stock in trade. Take advantage of this technology, and you’ll never have to page through a travel brochure again or sit in a travel agent’s office again!

Travel Agency Software – The Travel Jungle

Charles Darwin was one of the most traveled people in history. Can you imagine the commissions his travel agent earned?

How many times have you been held up trying to book a flight or hotel because… “our system is down”. Today, people have no patience for non-functioning travel agency software. In an age when people can book a flight on a cell phone modem, the most
important asset a travel agency offers customers is personal service backed up by excellent travel agency software.

Travel Agency System – The Lion Sleeps tonight

Travel Agent system can mean the defense between a happy traveler and angry lion! Travel is a word of mouth business… a happy customer brings more business, an unhappy customer may cost a travel agency dearly. In today’s travel jungle, the unhappy customer is the lion a travel agency should most fear. Poor agency travel software may cause unhappy customers to tell their friends and even write damaging reviews on blogs and forums. the travel jungle the travel agencies with easy to use, efficient travel agency software sleep the soundest.

Travel Agency Software- Survival of the Fittest

Travel agency software that meets both present and future needs is vital. An agency’s products and customers are constantly changing and so must a travel agency’s travel agent software. The competition among competition in the travel and tourism field is fierce and so is Travel Agency Software a fiercely competitive field. Travel agencies offering personal as well as on-line reservations earn higher profit margins. Here are broad travel agent software guidelines for travel agency software needs:

Travel agency software – The Origin of Species

Very easy to use

Flexible commission facilities

Multi-lingual

Multi-currency

Full accounting capability

Full Internet integration

Extensive automated system

Total end to end solution

State-of-the-art technology

Proven reliability & stability

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Book Flights Online – How to Find a Reputable Online Travel Agency

Tips for Online Flight Bookings

Below are some tips you can use next time you’re looking for an online travel agency to book flights online.

Social Media channels like Facebook and Twitter have been game changing in the way online businesses conduct themselves and deal with their clients and prospects. Take advantage of this by checking if the online travel agency you’re interested in has a social media profile. Keep a lookout for how active they are in their social media – do they respond to their fans and followers, when did they last post and how many fans/followers do they have? In addition to social media, many online businesses will have a blog where they can ‘open up the floor’ to their followers and encourage industry related discussion. Check if the company you’re interested in has a blog and you’ll soon be able to tell whether or not they’re a suspect fly-by-night or an authentic travel company.

Find out what others are saying about the online travel agency you’re leaning towards by carrying out a quick online audit. A few search engine searches and you should be able to come up with some balanced reviews and testimonials.

Are they displaying airfares including taxes and fees? It’s one thing claiming to have the cheapest airfares, but many OTA’s that make these claims fall short in that their cheap flight prices suddenly skyrocket when you come to the booking page and see the total. They’re wasting your time and are not giving the online travel industry a good reputation. Save yourself time and money by finding an online travel service that displays the total cost of the flight including taxes.

Internet is a faceless business and reputable online travel agencies should be easily reachable through channels other than their website. Check their website for a valid business address, phone numbers and email addresses. Some online travel agencies will have the option to chat to them directly from their website.

Check that the website has a safe and secure Internet payment facility. This is usually identifiable by a clickable badge that will take you to another page that displays the security certificate.

How much flexibility does the travel agency allow? In other words, how flexible are they when it comes to booking a flight online, how long do they hold the seat for you if you don’t pay immediately, what is their cancellation policy? The top online travel agencies will usually have a full customer support team and experienced travel consultants to help with any flight bookings for business and leisure travellers. Also check on the added services the OTA offers. This will usually be things like SMS itinerary reminders and travel insurance.

What can you find out about the company on their website? You will usually find this information under the ‘About Us’ or ‘Company History’ sections. Avoid fly by nights and try to book with a company that is established within the online travel industry. Look out for press releases and carry out some searches on local news websites to see if they’re getting any media coverage.

Finally, make sure the company you book through makes it clear what you need to bring to the airport when you fly. To get on the plane it’s usually an e-ticket (provided by the OTA), a personal identity document (passport if you’re flying internationally) and in some cases the credit card you used to make the booking (if that’s the payment channel you chose).

Remember that the services an online travel agency provides are designed to make your life easier. Sought out a good one and you’ll never have to bother visiting a bricks & mortar shop ever again.

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