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We would like to inform you of the upcoming holidays and religious seasons in the Middle East.

Ramadan (Muslim's Holy month): Tuesday, the 9th of July, 2013 - Wednesday, the 7th of August, 2013 (Saudi Arabia) (tentative-subject to moon sighting)

Tuesday, the 9th of July, 2013 - Wednesday, the 7th of August, 2013 (Egypt) (tentative-subject to moon sighting)

Ramadan is a very important month for the Muslims, it is a month where all the Muslims fast (not eating, drinking anything) until the sun sets. Ramadan will last for 30 days based on the Arabic calendar, and will be followed by the Eid which will last about 10 days, when all entities will be closed for celebration.

During Ramadan all companies, governmental offices work shorter hours (10 am 2 pm), please expect delays in getting updated information, due to the very short working days housing appointments and work schedules will need more time to be completed.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be affected most of all Arab countries; until end of Eid Al Fitr is the Holy Visit time when about 3 million pilgrims are arriving to Jeddah, making this city very congested and very difficult for people to come and go out of Jeddah.

Ramadan is coming early this year during the summer season with an expected temperature of 60 degrees above zero, which will also make the program days very short.

Eid al Fitr Holiday (Ramadan ends): Thursday, 8 August, 2013 - Wednesday, 14 August, 2013 (Saudi Arabia) Thursday, 8 August, 2013 - Sunday, 11 August, 2013 (Egypt)

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region; longest holidays take place in KSA. All government and private offices close for this time through all the ME.

Hajj Season (Pilgrimage): Sunday, 13th October Friday, 18th October 2013

This is the Muslim pilgrimage where 5 million people at least go into to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, expats entering Jeddah will be extremely difficult and locals working will be just as difficult, we will all work as usual. During Hajj (when pilgrims visit Mecca) all governmental establishments and some businesses in KSA will be closed for 10 to 14 days.

Eid El Adha: Tuesday, 15th October 2013 Friday, 18th October 2013

All governmental and private offices close for 10 days through all the ME, official holidays in all Arab and Gulf countries.

Having said all above we encourage our Clients not to plan relocations program starts during Ramadan for Saudi Arabia; very short working hours, heat and a very limited ability to find the compounds' management available to meet Expats which make it very challenging to deliver services in KSA. .

Another change in the immigration process has taken place recently. Work permit annual fees to be paid to the government have been substantially increased from 1500 EGP to 3035 EGP  for the year 1 to 3; for the 4th year in Egypt onwards the payment will be 4045 EGP annually.

Immigration updates:

To prevent numerous frauds in the immigration field, now the government has implemented the online work and residency permits request system (EMS) which can only be accessed by the authorized employee of the relevant company or special licensed entities listed through (POA)Power of Attorney/Authorization. POA's given to individuals will not be accepted now to represent Clients in the immigration authorities.

Please note that if some people or entities impersonating the Labor Authority officers call expatriate employees demanding money to be sent to specific accounts, this might be a criminal action and we advise you not to respond to these demands as all invoices are settled though the Labor Authority banks within the kingdom of Bahrain and not abroad. Please use the following number to report the wrongdoings or inquire any confirmations related to the payments: Hotline 17506055

New housing development

A new gated community in Hamala is now offering 63 luxurious four and five bedrooms, semi furnished villas, set in a peaceful and relaxed environment.

Four different designs with modern kitchens and en-suite bathrooms, balconies, private swimming pools, outside kitchens, maids and drivers rooms, landscapes gardens, and covered parking for two cars.

Amenities include generous communal swimming pools, state of the art gymnasium, games rooms, multipurpose hall, tennis court, squash court, basketball court, BBQ area, children's play area.

The compound offers 24 hours security and CCTV surveillance.

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