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Forum: Middle East
Mar 3rd 2021, 3:20 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 922
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Ehteraz app in Qatar

Oh yuck, well I did 14 days at the Westin back in Jul/Aug, not rushing to repeat it. I was paid but still no picnic.
Just a thought, presume your phone number is a local one.
Mine took an age to...
Forum: Middle East
Mar 2nd 2021, 4:21 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 922
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Ehteraz app in Qatar

Have you had a test yet?
You can try calling the hotline number for tech support, though I found they have a somewhat limited supply of stock answers, restart app, restart phone, replace sim card...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 24th 2021, 5:38 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,959
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Quarantine hotel in Qatar when arriving from UK

Well you never know, regulations seem subject to change without much in the way of notice but in the last few weeks we have had a bunch of arrivals and the quarantine hotels have been a mixture of:
...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Dec 23rd 2020, 3:32 pm
Replies: 187
Views: 14,633
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Vaccine rollout in the UAE

I'm in Qatar but home is in Thailand.

I'm thinking that once vaccinated, and assuming you cannot be a carrier, quarantine should no longer be a necessity. For sure it will be necessary to show...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Dec 22nd 2020, 4:30 pm
Replies: 187
Views: 14,633
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Vaccine rollout in the UAE

I'm a medical numpty so please excuse my utter ignorance but...

Do they test to see if you are carrying the virus before vaccination?
Would it make a difference if you were?
Can you still be a...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 24th 2020, 3:37 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,924
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Sky and or BBC TV in the UAE

Is Dave available on Apple TV?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 17th 2020, 9:15 am
Replies: 44
Views: 5,330
Posted By martinbkk

Re: "The Sandpit" ?

Globally speaking I consider the ME generally as a bit of a pit. I honestly don't know many people who say "When I retire I really want to move to the Middle East" Lots of reasons and everyone...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 17th 2020, 8:27 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Back in the pit

Sorry I only just saw this.
Entrance was by special visa. I'm working on a project that is considered crucial for 2022 and the client, a government entity, was able to secure special visas with...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 7th 2020, 11:08 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Back in the pit

Hi,
I've spent some time in UAE, all over, but only for short periods of a couple of months to a few weeks, same in Oman, Saudi, Kuwait and Bahrain. Qatar is the only place that I have spent...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 6th 2020, 1:17 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Back in the pit

Quarantine is up this Sunday so will be waiting for Ehteraz to go green. Likely going to move to a hotel apartment or some such until I can figure out where I want to be. Office planning is underway...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 6th 2020, 1:05 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 4,074
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Unmarried couple wanting to relocate to Dubai

A friend once used to say, never mind the country, if you want a stockbroker lifestyle you better be a stockbroker. Don't take a job in this region if you need 2 jobs just to hang in there. Crap, I...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 3rd 2020, 2:17 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,119
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Visiting The UK

Short answer. No quarantine but you need to self isolate for 14 days when entering UK from UAE.

TLDR

According to this list:...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 2nd 2020, 8:53 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Back in the pit

Thanks for the info. Pricey and crap, yes, sounds about right, though less pricey these days but just as crap. I'm in quarantine at the moment so can't get out to check anything but will spend a week...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 29th 2020, 10:14 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By martinbkk

Back in the pit

I recently secured a new position in Doha. I left after an almost 5 year stint at the end of 2017 and have returned on occasion to do small one off short term projects. Now very happy to be back and...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 4th 2020, 7:16 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

Neither is Thailand which has had no local transmission recorded for 40 days straight. Though I suspect the omission is largely a result of the Thai government not wiling to reciprocate and I would...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 26th 2020, 5:12 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Forum: Middle East
Jun 24th 2020, 1:50 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

Hmm, when is a pandemic not a pandemic?
Forum: Middle East
Jun 23rd 2020, 2:02 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

It's a question a lot of us have, be it for Saudi, Qatar or elsewhere. I'm not sure what restrictions are in place on entry to Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE or Oman. A sensible guess might suggest another 2-3...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 11th 2020, 2:26 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-10/qatar-cuts-pay-for-foreign-employees-working-for-government

I guess this was inevitable, and somewhat known but ouch!
Cost reductions of 30% are...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 9th 2020, 3:33 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 11,940
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Stay or Go

I don't do the Ben Sherman, or the phone on the belt thing :o
Forum: Middle East
Jun 9th 2020, 12:18 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

The following posted on Peninsula Qatar website

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/08/06/2020/Qatar-to-ease-COVID-19-restrictions-in-four-phases

Suggests another couple of months.
Forum: Middle East
Jun 1st 2020, 2:03 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,274
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Driving instructors in UAE

Going to the UK just for a driving course seems a bit extreme :lol:
I would think that being somewhere like Al Ain, from what I can remember, you probably will want a car.

I think a good course...
Forum: Middle East
May 31st 2020, 5:23 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,212
Posted By martinbkk

Re: On line baggage label, why not?

Just wait until your are a grumpy old man stuck in a grumpy old mans body :unsure:

When I once asked a much older friend what was the best thing about getting old he thought for a while and then...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 30th 2020, 12:22 am
Replies: 9
Views: 2,009
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Baling Out ?

Not just in the Gulf, I doubt there are anything like that many employees in total. Globally, seems high, but maybe not impossible, several airlines have announced lay-offs in the tens of thousands,...
Forum: Middle East
May 29th 2020, 10:42 am
Replies: 448
Views: 60,176
Posted By martinbkk

Re: Lockdown

There might be activity soon, maybe?
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