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Forum: The Sand Pit
Today, 11:43 am
Replies: 11
Views: 231
Posted By hnd

Re: Tourist arrivals.

In another article, in Arabian Business, Abu Dhabi and Muscat came 13th and 18th respectively in a list of the world’s 50 friendliest cities.
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Forum: Middle East
Aug 13th 2019, 3:50 am
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By hnd

Re: Sur, Oman-Liquor Store?

It’s been a while but we have stayed at The Sur Plaza Hotel and they served alcohol. It’s managed by Aiken Spence (Sri Lankan company) and, having bumped into one of the chefs and chatting to him,...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 12th 2019, 12:58 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By hnd

Re: Sur, Oman-Liquor Store?

As far as I’m aware there are no liquor stores in Sur. However, you could try calling oua and asking them

http://www.ouaoman.com/

On a couple of occasions we got talking to other couples in...
Forum: Malaysia
Aug 3rd 2019, 9:51 am
Replies: 4
Views: 591
Posted By hnd

Re: Malaysia Departure Tax

But, with Changi charging just over equivalent of US$36 departure tax, and the cheapest departure tax to Asean countries being around US$2 there wouldn’t be any saving would there bearing in mind the...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 23rd 2019, 2:37 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,483
Posted By hnd

Re: S1N Tax in Oman

This was a very legit company but they outsourced their HR/visa stuff to an agency and that was the result. Anyway, the job was [email protected] (trying to sort out previous c0ck-ups) and our friend jacked it...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 23rd 2019, 1:43 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,483
Posted By hnd

Re: S1N Tax in Oman

Another thing to think about. Make sure that you get a “proper” visa. Have a friend who came over last year working in oil & gas as a senior Ops Manager for a large company (not going to mention...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 23rd 2019, 12:09 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,483
Posted By hnd

Re: S1N Tax in Oman

You’re welcome - and I concur! As an aside, the last two times we’ve come into Muscat through the airport they haven’t had any Silver Blue in the duty free shop. Plenty of all the other Marlboro...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 23rd 2019, 10:31 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,483
Posted By hnd

Re: S1N Tax in Oman

From memory, around OMR22 in Spinneys for a carton of Marlboro Silver Blue last week.
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 22nd 2019, 8:00 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,453
Posted By hnd

Re: Haematologist in KL

To answer my own question, we got in touch with Prince Court via their website and got an appointment to see Dr Muhd Zanapiah Zakaria - commonly known as Dr Zak. On the day, the procedure was as...
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 20th 2019, 7:26 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By hnd

Re: Moving to KL - Customs Clearance

gunnar45, thanks for that. Had the same going from UK to Dubai and from there to Muscat and mrs hnd’s cookery books didn’t seem to cause too many problems. Hopefully our shippers here in Muscat and...
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 20th 2019, 4:26 am
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By hnd

Re: Moving to KL - Customs Clearance

OS, many thanks to you, too. We’re not expecting to ship until towards the end of August so we’ll just have to see how things go. Four weeks doesn’t sound unreasonable and I can think of worse...
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 19th 2019, 6:24 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By hnd

Re: Moving to KL - Customs Clearance

Thanks very much. If that timing works the same for us that would be a result!
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 19th 2019, 11:54 am
Replies: 25
Views: 2,106
Posted By hnd

Re: Mecical/Health Insurance questions

Never underestimate the potential costs of treatment, especially such things as chemotherapy. RM40,000 per treatment (8 of them) back in 2013 and the maintenance treatment (12 over 2 years) started...
Forum: Malaysia
Jul 18th 2019, 2:45 am
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By hnd

Moving to KL - Customs Clearance

We’re (hoping to be) moving to KL sometime in early September. Can anybody give us any idea of how long it might take for our half container/container of belongings to clear customs? I understand...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 8th 2019, 2:49 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,665
Posted By hnd

Re: Qatar introduces 100% sin tax on Alcohol & pork

Looks as if there are problems ...

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/9447833/world-cup-2022-qatar-no-beer/
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 24th 2019, 11:03 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 926
Posted By hnd

Re: Layover in Muscat

There are a couple of hotels which may suit - Sundus Rotana and Hormuz Grand, both around 10 minutes or so from the airport. Whether it’s worth leaving the airport is up to you as, by the time you...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 16th 2019, 9:12 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,483
Posted By hnd

Re: S1N Tax in Oman

Maybe (:lol:) the bars/restaurants will swallow most of that 100% increase (as happened in Qatar) but the booze shops won’t/can’t. It will all end in tears.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 8th 2019, 6:39 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,109
Posted By hnd

Re: New sin tax.....

It’s not going to stop “pissed up Omanis” from having road accidents. If they want to drink they will always find a way. And it’s not going to improve Govt income. Qatar tried this months ago and...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 8th 2019, 11:42 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,109
Posted By hnd

Re: New sin tax.....

Popped into the A&E next to the Golden Tulip this morning and were told that shop prices would double on 15th June. Stupid, stupid. That’s halving the amount that people can buy according to their...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 7th 2019, 2:36 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 4,185
Posted By hnd

Re: Drug Use

Interesting article in the Daily Telegraph today about cocaine use and seizure thereof in the EU.

Use by 15 - 34 yr olds is up 15% in a year to 4.7%
Of 15 - 64 yr olds 10.7% use or have used...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 6th 2019, 6:33 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,185
Posted By hnd

Re: Drug Use

“ ... drugs are an ever oresent temptation for many ... “

Because the juduciary persist in handing out ‘slap on the wrist’ punishments. The police bust a cannabis farm, say, and take cannabis...
Forum: Malaysia
Jun 3rd 2019, 9:31 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,453
Posted By hnd

Haematologist in KL

We’re hoping to move to KL later this year and were wondering if anybody can recommend a haematologist. Mrs hnd needs regular (6 monthly) blood tests and we’re hoping that somebody can recommend a...
Forum: Middle East
May 30th 2019, 5:35 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,725
Posted By hnd

Re: New Ramadan Rules

As you say, a good move. I wonder though whether coming so late in the month, it’s a way of testing public opinion with a view to making it the norm. If eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 28th 2019, 6:12 am
Replies: 14
Views: 2,676
Posted By hnd

Re: Is it even worth going back?

The UK leaves us feeling despondent and depressed, much like the majority of our family and friends who are there. The place has gone into the toilet since we left in 2005 and, while things are by...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 16th 2019, 12:45 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By hnd

Re: Eid Holiday

The UAE Cabinet announced back at the beginning of the year that they were standardising all holidays for the public and private sector. They’ve also changed Commemoration Day to 1st December so...
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