Expat Visa Ban, a First for Saudi Women, and a Springtime Celebration

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on April 13, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,   

One of our goals here at Escape Artist is bringing you up-to-date news on living, working, investing, and retiring abroad. In this edition of our Weekly Round-Up, read how one country is getting rid of expat workers.

This week, you’ll also read about a first for Saudi Arabian women, a particularly cheap flight to Europe, and the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival.

Also, at the end of this round-up, find out how you can have a hand in helping us with the very first Escape Artist Conference! We also have an internship opportunity to join our team this summer, so keep reading to find out more.


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A Saudi Arabian First

On Tuesday of this week, Saudi Arabia hosted the country’s first women’s cycle race. Forty-seven women competed in the 10-kilometer race in Jeddah.

The race was started by a local women’s cycling organization called Be Active. Race organizer, Nadima Abu al-Enein, said she was surprised with how many racers showed up:

“The large participant turnout prompted the organizing committee to increase the allowed number of participants from 30 to 47 girls. However, the committee was still forced to exclude numerous others who hoped to participate.”

While many were excited about the race, other, more conservative people were not.

Be Active was founded in 2017, using social media to find women in Saudi Arabia who were enthusiastic about cycling. In Cycling Today, she talked about her difficulties surrounding cycling as a woman but that the number is growing all the time.


Itching to Go to Iceland?

Have you ever wanted to go to Iceland? Don’t you want to see beautiful landscapes, swim in mineral pools, and explore ice caves and volcanoes?

This dream could be your new reality as WOW Air is featuring a fare sale this weekend. During this sale, flights are 30%. With one-way tickets starting at $100, you could be in Iceland for just $70!

These flights depart from cities all over the U.S. including San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and more.

Even if you don’t make the sale, $100 for a trip to Iceland is not too shabby. WOW Air also has affordable trips to other European destinations like Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen, and Paris, all starting at $150 one-way!


More Jobs Will be Added to Expat Visa Ban

The expat community in Oman may be facing more trouble as additional jobs could be added to the visa ban, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

There has been a ban on expat visas across 87 industries including media, engineering, marketing, sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration, and human resources.

Director General of Development and Planning, Salim Naseer Al-Hadrami, says, “We are now discussing the subject and trying to learn if we need to extend the ban to more jobs or lift the ban on some jobs that we listed in the decision.”

If you are experiencing the effects of this visa ban, or are just looking to find a new job out in the world, Escape Artist can guide you. Our experts are equipped to help you make the right decision when looking for a place to work abroad.


Did You Miss the Cherry Blossom Festival?Consumer Resource Guide

The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is a yearly event, held all throughout the country of Japan, where locals and visitors celebrate the coming of Spring and the natural beauty of the cherry blossom.

Many were caught off guard when the festival came early this year. Only in the most northern region of Japan have the blossoms not bloomed yet, but they are scheduled to bloom early next week.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is so beautiful that it has spread all over the world, including in U.S. cities such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow, Washington, D.C. will be holding the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade at 10 am. If you can’t make it to northern Japan for the real deal, maybe Washington, D.C. is on your radar to celebrate the coming warm weather and the beauty of the pink cherry blossoms!


Thank you for reading this week’s round-up! If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to expatriate, don’t hesitate to ask some questions. At Escape Artist, we aim to ensure that your travels abroad run as smoothly as they can.

Whether you are planning on living, working, retiring, or investing overseas, Escape Artist can help you every step of the way. Don’t forget to check out the eBook store for the 2018 Expat Tax Guide and our wonderful country guides!

For more information on what’s going on in the international scene, check out some of this week’s newest articles!



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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on April 13, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.