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What if with a single card you can take on the world? Wouldn’t you like the freedom to travel and shop without the fear of losing on currency exchange rates fluctuation, overspending, theft or fraud? If you have answered yes to the two questions, then we would like to introduce you to the world of multicurrency prepaid cards, with its different stories on how life is good when you go prepaid.

The International Student

It was a memorable day for Omar on 3rd August 2016. After completing his graduation in Dubai, Omar got admission into a prestigious university in France to pursue his higher education on this day. He was excited to move to Paris for the 18-month residential programme and looked forward to living there as a student while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Europe.

Omar, however, had a few concerns on how he would manage his money in a foreign land. He had received partial funding towards his tuition fees, and the remaining fees and other living expenditure had to be borne by him, or rather his parents.

Omar was particularly worried about:

1. Getting money on time during the course of one-and-half years.

2. Handling foreign exchange and keeping track of the currency exchange rates.

3. Managing his expenses including school fees, shopping, dining, etc.

4. Carrying foreign currency in bulk which might be unsafe since he will be staying at the university accommodation and might have to share his room with other students.

5. Keeping track of the Pound Sterling, Euro and UAE Dirhams during his cross-country travels.

It was then that Omar was introduced to the concept of a multicurrency prepaid travel card during one of those farewell conversations he had had with his favourite teacher. In this case, gocash – the multicurrency prepaid card available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). gocash features proved to be the perfect solution to all of Omar’s concerns.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Omar:

1. gocash served as a single multicurrency prepaid card which Omar used for his ATM withdrawals in different countries, point-of-sales purchases at stores, and for all his online transactions.

2. He saved on foreign exchange through gocash card’s exchange rate lock-in facility. Omar loaded Euros in his card when the Euro exchange rate was at its lowest and locked it. He did the same with the Pound Sterling. This enabled him to transact at the same rate whenever he used the gocash card thus saving money.

3. He even kept some backup UAE Dirhams loaded in his gocash card, and used it when ordering gifts for his dad or flowers for his mum through his UAE-based go-to online shopping sites.

4. Omar was not worried about the card getting lost or stolen since he could always call gocash customer care and get the card blocked. The currency loaded will stay intact.

5. The gocash card came with a safe and secure PIN and password which helped Omar feel safe about his money.

Having experienced the convenience and joy of managing expenses with a multicurrency prepaid card, today, Omar recommends gocash card to all his UAE friends in the student community and swears by its benefits!

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The Footloose Wanderer

Michelle is a 27 year-old investment banker in one of the top wealth management firms. On her 28th birthday, Michelle realised that those graveyard shifts at work had taken a toll on her health. So she spoke to her boss and decided to take a year-long sabbatical. After getting an approval for her long absence and after much contemplation, Michelle decided to travel around the world for the next one year.

Since this was Michelle’s first ever solo travel, she faced the following challenges:

1. Michelle planned on travelling to eight countries and wasn’t sure how she was going to manage so many different currencies.

2. Michelle was also worried about carrying a lot of cash on her, fearing theft and unwanted attention.

3. Using a debit card or credit card would work out expensive and confusing, what with all the exchange rate calculations.

4. Swiping credit or debit cards in a foreign country might not be safe and made Michelle wary.

5. Michelle wanted to avoid frequent trips to foreign exchange dealers to change currency, or go looking for forex outlets or worse be stuck with a bad exchange rate.

After much research, she decided to get herself a multicurrency prepaid travel card.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Michelle:

1. Michelle loaded six currencies including US Dollars in her card. Since US Dollars is accepted in most countries, she carefully chose the remaining five currencies to ensure she was never short of local currencies of the countries she planned to visit.

2. Since the card was pre-loaded with all the currencies, it was safe and easy on her wallet. This solved Michelle’s biggest challenge of carrying bulk cash or many currencies in her heavy wallet.

3. Michelle used the multicurrency prepaid card for all her needs including shopping, ATM withdrawals, online purchase of air tickets and hotel bills settlement, no matter which country she was in at the time.

4. Prepaid cards are not connected to bank accounts and they are only limited to the value loaded. This feature makes it easier to mitigate the risk of online theft.

5. Michelle loaded the currencies of her choice at an optimal time and locked-in competitive exchange rates. This helped her save greatly, for her shopping and while she shopped!

After a fabulous and refreshing I-me-Myself trip, Michelle now travels whenever she gets more than two days in hand. She even started her own travel blog in which one of her pet subjects is on savings while travelling and the star of those articles is the multicurrency prepaid card.

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Frequent Business Traveller

Josh runs an export and import business. His nature of business warrants frequent visits to countries for business development and client servicing. In a year, Josh travels for at least 8 to 10 months and lives out of his suitcase. With all the travelling to multiple countries – sometimes one after the other - Josh couldn’t keep a track of his spending or even the exchange rates, and ultimately couldn’t expense the costs to the company.

Being on-the-go most of the times, Josh wanted to get rid of the following:

1. Frequent visits to the forex dealers to exchange currency.

2. Losing money on forex rate fluctuations.

3. Using personal debit or credit card for hotel bookings, last minute airline purchases, etc.

4. Carrying multiple currencies and a bulky wallet when travelling to different countries in one trip.

Seeing Josh’s challenges in managing his travel expenses, his accountant introduced him to multicurrency prepaid cards.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Josh:

1. Pre-loaded the card with multiple currencies at locked-in exchange rates.

2. Ensured savings and optimised the company’s travel budget by leveraging the currency rate lock-in feature of the card.

3. Single multicurrency prepaid card set aside exclusively for company expenses and business travel, therefore giving much control over his expenses.

4. The multi-purpose feature of the card allowed cash withdrawals, online purchases and in-store payments.

5. With the safety and security features the card offered, Josh worried less about theft and fraud, and focused more on winning business and customers.

Josh found that multicurrency prepaid cards make travelling much more pleasant. He not only made sure that the company provided staff with these cards when they travelled on work, but also started using them for his personal travels!

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The Cautious Spender

Dev and Sunita were immigrating to a new country on a long-term work assignment. One leg of the move required them to stay in the UAE for nine months while the paperwork was formalised. During this layover period, Dev and Sunita wanted to make sure they kept their spending in check as they wanted to save as much as possible for their resettlement expenses in the new country.

Running a full-fledged household with two university-going children was challenging for Dev and Sunita, especially in a foreign land. After the first week in the UAE, Dev and Sunita realised they needed to find better ways to manage their money.

They frequently faced trouble in the following areas:

1. On top of pocket money, their children sporadically asked for extra money as they navigated through school life in a new country. It was getting difficult for Sunita to keep a track on the money given to them.

2. Dev opted to pay bills online wherever possible since his work hours were erratic and Sunita wasn’t well versed with the local commute.

3. Dev and Sunita didn’t want to use multiple credit cards and wanted to streamline payments.

4. Since Sunita was new to the country, she wasn’t comfortable handling local currency and preferred a card to cash.

When Sunita went to the neighbourhood UAE Exchange branch to send money to her family back in India, she started talking to the staff and during the course of the conversation, she came to know about gocash card, its multi-usage and benefits. Sunita immediately bought a card and told Dev that she will use it to run the household.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card became a family card for Dev and Sunita:

1. Sunita pre-loaded the card with the amount, in UAE Dirhams, allocated towards household expenses. This helped her in keeping track of her spending. She also carried minimal cash and paid for her shopping and grocery purchases with the multicurrency prepaid gocash card. This empowered Sunita and she didn’t have to ask Dev for money frequently.

2. The children were given their own gocash cards loaded with pocket money, which were topped up in intervals. This ensured that the spending was controlled and Sunita could keep a track of their withdrawals or swipes.

3. Sunita also took over the task of settling bill payments online, since gocash could be used for online transactions.

4. Dev even loaded the card with US Dollars and Euro so that whenever he needed to make any international payments related to the resettlement paperwork and visas, he didn’t have to worry about exchange rates.

5. With the multi-use prepaid cards, Dev and Sunita could budget and manage their finances with better control and across many payment channels.

Dev and Sunita are almost at the end of their nine-month stay in the UAE. They are now strong advocates of using prepaid cards to manage household budgets, and hope that such facilities will be available in the new country that they are moving to.

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Introduced in the year 2012, Gocash is the flagship product of UAE Exchange and has enabled and empowered numerous card users in the UAE. With its dynamic features, the card became the most sought after product for many people for varied purposes. Currently the product is available in the UAE with plans of rolling out the same in other countries as well. For more information please visit, www.gocashcards.com

This article was originally published on Éclat Q4 2016 edition

Getting ready for your summer travel? 

As the mercury level rises, most of us feel like sneaking out to the cooler sides of the planet.  Waking up amidst snow-capped hills/mountain ranges such as the Alps or Himalayas will help you relax, and soothe your mind, body and soul. 

However remember to plan your itinerary and finances carefully so that you don’t get yourself caught up in any hassle especially those with regards to cash and forex.  Carrying a multi-purpose prepaid travel card is the best way to be stress free and not worry about money issues at all. 

Don’t know what exactly you need to look for when choosing a travel card? Then read on to know!

Rate lock facility

If you want to save money while travelling, then your travel card should have the exchange rate lock facility. Here is how it works. 

We all know exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis. One day it’s ideal and the next day it skyrockets, making us lose money. The forex rate lock facility gives you the freedom to lock favourable rates and use them later during your travel, when the rates go haywire. This feature helps you save a lot of money.

Multi-currency feature

If you are looking to travel across multiple countries, then this feature will come handy. You need not carry separate travel card for each currency. Just one travel card that has the facility to load, manage and use multiple currencies will do. 

Tips to choose a prepaid card

ATM withdrawals

There may be days when you need actual cash in your hand. Hence check if you can use the card to withdraw money from ATMs without any exorbitant withdrawal fee.

Easy payments 

Travel usually involves shopping, accommodation, dining, ticket booking, car rentals, etc., all of which require online or POS payments. Hence ensure that your travel card can help you pay anywhere without any hassles.

Simple reload

 Ensure you can reload cash on your card, on the go without steep charges. 

24/7 customer care 

Since you would be  depending on your travel card for your daily cash requirements, you need 24/7 free access to the customer support team. If in some unfortunate scenario, you lose your travel card the replacement card should be provided by the support team within 24 hours. 

Fee and charges

Surprising as it may sound, few cards charge you even when you don’t use them. So, check for application and replacement fee, transaction fee, inactivity and hidden charges, cash withdrawal fee at ATM machines and SMS notifications fee before your purchase the card. 

If you find that your travel card scores positively on all the above features, you can go ahead and get the card before you head out on your holiday. 

Remember, never settle for less!

 

Getting ready for your summer travel?

As the mercury level rises, most of us feel like sneaking out to the cooler sides of the planet.  Waking up amidst snow-capped hills/mountain ranges such as the Alps or Himalayas will help you relax, and soothe your mind, body and soul.

However remember to plan your itinerary and finances carefully so that you don’t get yourself caught up in any hassle especially those with regards to cash and forex.  Carrying a multi-purpose prepaid travel card is the best way to be stress free and not worry about money issues at all.

Don’t know what exactly you need to look for when choosing a travel card? Then read on to know!

Rate lock facility

If you want to save money while travelling, then your travel card should have the exchange rate lock facility. Here is how it works.

We all know exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis. One day it’s ideal and the next day it skyrockets, making us lose money. The forex rate lock facility gives you the freedom to lock favourable rates and use them later during your travel, when the rates go haywire. This feature helps you save a lot of money.

Multi-currency feature

If you are looking to travel across multiple countries, then this feature will come handy. You need not carry separate travel card for each currency. Just one travel card that has the facility to load, manage and use multiple currencies will do.

ATM withdrawals

There may be days when you need actual cash in your hand. Hence check if you can use the card to withdraw money from ATMs without any exorbitant withdrawal fee.

Easy payments

Travel usually involves shopping, accommodation, dining, ticket booking, car rentals, etc., all of which require online or POS payments. Hence ensure that your travel card can help you pay anywhere without any hassles.

Simple reload

 Ensure you can reload cash on your card, on the go without steep charges.

24/7 customer care

Since you would be  depending on your travel card for your daily cash requirements, you need 24/7 free access to the customer support team. If in some unfortunate scenario, you lose your travel card the replacement card should be provided by the support team within 24 hours.

Fee and charges

Surprising as it may sound, few cards charge you even when you don’t use them. So, check for application and replacement fee, transaction fee, inactivity and hidden charges, cash withdrawal fee at ATM machines and SMS notifications fee before your purchase the card.

If you find that your travel card scores positively on all the above features, you can go ahead and get the card before you head out on your holiday.

Remember, never settle for less!

Did you know that the Kuwaiti Dinar is the highest-valued currency in the world?

This oil rich country is not only an economic power house but is also an epitome of Arabian culture and beauty. Buzzing with myriad attractions and architectural delights, the capital city is a paradise for those who love beautiful beaches, shopping, and amazing food. In addition to this Kuwait also owns its national Ice hockey team and a 1800 square meter ice rink!

Still wondering what you can do when you visit Kuwait? Here are our recommendations.

Visit historical monuments
If you love visiting monuments and heritage centers, then you must visit the following places.

  1. Grand Mosque: Situated opposite Al Seif Palace and the Stock Exchange, the Grand Mosque is a magnificent monument. The cool beige and blue hues of the mosque and the grand interiors will leave you mesmerised.
  2. Kuwait Towers: This is Kuwait’s defining landmark, giving a complete view of Kuwait city from the observation deck.
  3. House of Mirrors: As the name suggests, this landmark building of Kuwait is completely covered by mirror mosaics. 

Kuwait travel destinations

Shop till you drop
If shopping is what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed.

  1. The Avenues: The Avenues is the biggest and best mall of Kuwait. The best thing about this mall is that it has something for everyone’s budget.
  2. Souk Al-Mubarakiya: This is where you should head to if you wish to relish shopping in an authentic Arabian market scenario. This souk sells everything, from food, to clothes, to souvenirs and traditional Arabic street food and snacks.
  3. Souq Sharq: The Souq Sharq mall is Kuwait’s most prominent shopping destination. It began as a traditional souq and has now been refurbished into a modernised shopping mall.
  4. Marina World: Marina World is home to many restaurants, shops, a convention hall, and promenade areas. It is a hot spot for teenagers and youth in Kuwait. 

Get wet at the beach
Visit the wonderful beaches of Kuwait, which is perfect for weekend getaways. There are a plenty of water sports and fun activities such as diving, snorkeling and much more along Kuwait’s warm coastline. Don’t forget to visit the islands of Kubar and Umm al-Maradim, that are home to amazing marine wildlife. Remember to wear modest beachwear while chilling in the waters.

When planning a trip to Kuwait, make sure you get a travel card which is loaded up with their currency to ensure ease of spending. Pack some light weight clothes while keeping in mind the dress code of Kuwait and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Looking for locations you can travel to from Dubai without spending a fortune on money or time?

Here are 5 countries you can visit, within 5 hours, without breaking your bank! Plan your itinerary accordingly and make sure you check on the visa regulations for these countries – keep all your required documents handy.

Oman
Oman is just an hour’s flight away from Dubai. If you are driving on road, even then it’s less than five hours! Oman is known for its natural beauty and breathtakingly beautiful mountains, hillsides and wadis. It’s the perfect place for people who love outdoor adventure and hiking. Oman is also the beach lover’s paradise and tourists can indulge in scuba diving and other such water activities.

Jordan
Jordan, just three hours away from Dubai via flight, is famous for its ancient monuments, seaside resorts and nature reserves. It’s a dreamlike place and is famed for its magical mud baths and swimming or rather floating in the Dead Sea. When in Jordan, a visit to the ancient city of Petra is a must – this Nabatean capital is an archaeological site dating back to 300 BC.

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Cyprus
Cyprus is as ancient as it is modern – it’s a great place for people who love history as well for people who cannot get enough of soaking in the sun on sandy beaches. The pristine ocean, pleasant weather, and stunning landscapes – it’s all just three and a half hours away from Dubai! Don’t miss it.

Azerbaijan
Not many people will think of this place as a touristy spot, but you need to visit Azerbaijan to realise how beautiful this country is. It’s only three hours away from Dubai via flight, so you can make this trip over a weekend. Visit the main street of Baku and be stunned by its architectural beauty.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is about four and a half hours flight time from Dubai, but well worth a visit. A trip to this country will not put a dent in your wallet and will definitely become one of the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken. Travel to the mountainous region of Kandy or visit the beautiful beaches along the coast of Colombo – this country will leave you mesmerised!

Apart from these five destinations, there are plenty of other places you can travel to, from Dubai without spending a lot of time. Places like Greece, Nepal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Belgrade etc. are all under five hours or a little above five hours of journey from Dubai. Get a multi-purpose prepaid travel card if you are planning on travelling to different places and ensure the travel card can hold multiple currencies. Pack your essentials and off you go!

With wonderful amenities and opportunities, Dubai is definitely the perfect place for students who wish to fulfill their ambition. However life as a student in Dubai can be hectic, as is the case with every student around the world. This is why they need some ways to unwind and relax.

If you are a student living in Dubai, whether you are an expat or a resident, these are the places you will enjoy.

Yalla! Bowling

Even though there are several bowling alleys in Dubai, Yalla! Bowling stands out because of its state-of-the-art setup. It offers twelve bowling lanes along with video game arcades and pool tables – a perfect place for students.

Bread Street Kitchen

Most students are on a fixed budget and stretching their dirhams to enjoy a good meal is often difficult. This is why Bread Street Kitchen is the perfect place for them. This restaurant offers affordable brunches and the atmosphere here is relaxing and enjoyable. They specialise in British cuisine and their menu serves a delectable choice of roasts and cold cuts.

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Hummingbird Bakery

If you have a sweet tooth that loves all things sugary, then this is your kind of place. Hummingbird Bakery offers scrumptious baked treats and every outlet is a perfect place for students to wind down and relax. Students can also be seen working on their assignments here while indulging in mouthwatering American treats.

The Archive Dubai

The Archive is a community space that focuses on art and Middle Eastern/North African culture in Dubai. It’s a calm and peaceful place, where students can gather to enhance their knowledge of literature and art, engage in workshops, learn yoga, or simply hang out, read a book and enjoy some yummy food and refreshing drinks.

VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates

For movie buffs, VOX Cinemas is a treat! And, the best part, it’s affordable too! This movie complex has 14 screens and students can hang out here on their days off binge watching movies and enjoying delicious snacks.

BookMunch

Are you a bookworm? Does reading books help you unwind, chill and lessen the stress of everyday college life? Then this is where you should go. BookMunch is a community café, where you can curl up with a book and some comfort food.

Students will never have a dull moment while living and studying in Dubai. All you need is a travel card, which is so much better than carrying cash, and you are ready to enjoy Dubai, the student way!

The UAE is home to some of the world’s most inspirational, magnificent and monumental masterpieces. With the rise of the oil industry in 1960, infrastructure development rose at an astonishing pace. So, here are top 5 monuments that are worth a visit.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai:

Standing at 2,717 feet, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world! Housing residential apartments, suites, and hotels, it also has an observation deck which provides a magnificent view of Dubai. You cannot go to Dubai and not visit the Burj Khalifa!

Palm Islands, Dubai:

Palm Islands is another grand project undertaken in Dubai. It is a cluster of three artificial islands - Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali – and the entire project is shaped like a palm tree. The island juts out into the Persian Gulf and looks marvelous when viewed from an airplane or helicopter flying directly above it. The Palm Islands houses residential and commercial projects. Visitors can enjoy water sports, restaurants, hotels, beaches and shopping.

Monuments in UAE

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi:

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a perfect example of an architectural marvel that encompasses both historical and modern values of the Islamic world. Not to mention, it is the largest mosque in the UAE! A visit to this mosque is a must for anyone travelling to Abu Dhabi. The mosque boasts of lavish interiors which are made of intricately carved gold, mosaic tiles, delicate glass work and tons of marble.

Al-Bidyah Mosque, Emirate of Fujairah

The Al-Bidyah mosque is the oldest mosque of the UAE and the most important historical site of Emirate of Fujairah. Even though it’s modest in size, it’s beautiful design and immense historical importance makes it a must-visit place for everyone. The entire surrounding area is an archaeological site, where many pottery and metal artifacts have been excavated.

Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah

The museum of Islamic Civilization is located along the coasts of Sharjah and is a monumental display that houses everything, anyone ever needs to know about the Islamic culture and history.
Artifacts such as manuscripts of the Qur'an, ancient Islamic coins, scientific instruments, handicrafts and fine arts are on display here. The entire museum itself is a monumental wonder – it’s a massive building with a shiny golden dome, which is visible from a great distance. If you are an architectural and historical buff, then a visit to this place should be on your itinerary.

Although you can visit the UAE anytime during the year, the best time is between April and May or from September to October. The weather during these months is pleasant and the hotel/flight rates are not too high. Do not forget to carry your travel card for a hassle-free trip!

Did you know that you need to taste a culture, to really understand it? Yes we mean it quite literally too!

Food is an integral part of any vacation or travel. The aromas and flavours of different cuisines leave an indelible memory in our hearts, to be recalled while reminiscing and recounting our experiences. If you’re adventurous enough, try out authentic street food, the true testimony to the local culture and tradition. It’s best to go equipped with enough foreign exchange, or quickly run up to the nearest ATM and withdraw cash from your pre-loaded travel card which can host upto 6 different currencies.

Get set to travel virtually to our three top street-food destinations in the world.

Bangkok - Bangkok is a street-food lovers’ paradise with a slew of options located in several different parts of the city. A u-shaped lane Soi Rambuttri and Soi 38 near Sukhumvit Road are the popular locations. From breakfast with soy milk and bean curd, to lunch and dinner, Thai street food has something for everyone. When in Bangkok, try chicken in green curry, pad Thai (stir fried noodle dish used with different meats or tofu), green papaya salad, and mango sticky rice. Yaowarat or Chinatown in Bangkok located in Thong Lor Soi 13 turns into a large “food street” at night, attracting locals and tourists from all over the world.

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Istanbul – What’s a cross between a bagel and a pretzel in Istanbul called? The simit. Istanbul is peppered with vendors and push cart sellers, on side walks and throughout the city, offering a veritable what’s what in food. From simits to durums (kebabs turned into wraps), kokorec (lamb intestines wrapped around sweetbreads on a skewer) to the gozleme (a Turkish grilled cheese), Istanbul definitely beckons the gourmet and the gourmand alike. And before you go out shopping, withdraw some Turkish Lira from the nearest ATM or carry your travel card with you.

Marrakesh – Snail soup anyone? Snails are ubiquitous in the Jemma el Fna square and the snail broth is supposed to have restorative properties. If you’re the kind who has adventurous taste buds, then descend like the rest of the world’s mortals on the famous medina at Marrakesh and give in to a sensory assault of colours, smells, sounds and of course flavours. Seasoned travellers advice is to avoid cafes and restaurants and eat street-food, and you won’t go wrong. From orange juice to herbal tea, B’stilla (a special kind of pie) to Ma’qooda (deep fried potato balls), Marrakesh definitely is one of the top street-food destinations in the world. Currency used here is Moroccan Dirhams.

Well, now that we’ve got your taste buds salivating, what’s there except to get set, go and eat!
Bon appétit.

Health is wealth! This adage is true for all eternity.

Expats move out of their home countries to help build wealth for their families. What better way to build wealth than to stay healthy. So before setting out, you need to ensure your new environment helps you maintain good health. So consider factors such as population, pollution, safe drinking water facilities, electricity, healthcare systems, infrastructure, education, etc. before moving into a country.

To help you out, we have chosen a list of countries that rated highly on the above mentioned factors. These rating are based on a study published by The Lancet, one of the world's oldest and best known general medical journals and UN’s sustainable development goals.

Iceland

Number one on the list is Iceland. A country of 300,000 people, Icelanders are a tight knit unit. Iceland has long life expectancy, low rates of pollution levels and infant mortality rate. With a publicly funded health system it is considered as a role-model thriving in health and happiness. Icelanders maintain excellent nutrition, and the local produce uses minimal pesticides.

Singapore

Bloomberg ranked Singapore’s health care system as the most efficient in the world, in 2014. Coupling it with the fact that Singapore is one of the most organised, clean and healthy countries in the world, you have yourself an amazing country to move into. Catastrophic health insurance (for people under 30 and designed to protect insurers during worst-case scenarios) is a must for all residents, although people can opt out too.

Healthiest Countries

 

Sweden

Sweden has excellent health care facilities and the life expectancy for Swedish people is 84 years! They maintain a very healthy diet with renowned super-foods like blueberries, oats, and yogurt, being part of their daily intake. These factors have contributed to the eradication of illnesses like heart diseases and cholesterol in Sweden.

Andorra

The life expectancy for Andorra is a massive 98.7 years. The high altitudes of Andorra create a great environment to live in, and help reduce respiratory and rheumatic problems. Andorra also has some of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe.

Abu Dhabi

The lifestyle here is excellent and luxurious and this contributes to the overall well-being of a person and their good health. Since January 2006, all Abu Dhabi residents are covered by a comprehensive health insurance program, and the costs are shared between employers and employees. Also, the country’s Ministry of Health is involved in a multi-million dollar expansion of the city’s healthcare facilities.

These countries are not only the healthiest places to travel, but are convenient to reach as well – make sure you get your travel card loaded up and don’t forget to get your travel insurance as well.

The Emirates is amazing and unique in so many ways. The history, culture, cuisine and ultra-modern lifestyle makes life worth an adventure here. So, if you are into exploring places and cultures similar to the UAE, get ready to visit these places.

Architectural magnificence
With impressive skyscrapers and architecture that can be described only using superlative adjectives, the UAE is an architectural marvel. If you are a connoisseur of such futuristic structural designs, then you will love visiting the following cities:

              • New York, Chicago, USA
              • Shanghai, Hong Kong, China
              • Taipei, Taiwan
              • Kuwait City, Kuwait
              • Istanbul, Turkey
              • Seoul, South Korea
              • Tokyo, Japan
              • Berlin, Germany

Culture and heritage
The Emiratis take immense pride in their culture and are known to be one of the most hospitable people in the world. Their culture and customs are greatly influenced by Islamic, Persian and Arabian tenets. Even though a large part of the UAE’s population is made up of expats, the Emirati culture is still held strong everywhere. If you love hospitable Arabic culture and food, then you can visit the following countries:

             • Egypt
             • Oman
             • Bahrain
             • Jordan
             • Algeria
             • Morocco
             • Libya
             • Turkey
             • Qatar
             • Kuwait
             • Tunisia

Travel places to remind UAE

Tax-free Income
This is one of the biggest reasons why the UAE is the hotspot for expats! The UAE as well as its surrounding GCC countries do not charge any personal income taxes. This means, no burden of income tax payments. If tax-free income is what excites you, then these are the countries for you.

            • Qatar
            • Oman
            • Bermuda
            • Kuwait
            • Cayman Islands
            • Bahrain
            • Bahamas
            • St. Kitts & Nevis
            • Antigua & Barbuda

Shopping
If you enjoy shopping and have already visited all the malls in the UAE, then you should head to these places for some fabulous experience.

           • Seoul, South Korea
           • Milan, Roma, Italy
           • Paris, France
           • Tokyo, Japan
           • Los Angeles, New York, USA
           • Vienna, Austria
           • Amsterdam, Netherlands
           • Singapore, Singapore
           • Hong Kong, China
           • London, England
           • Berlin, Germany
           • Oslo, Norway
           • Stockholm, Sweden

Before leaving the UAE to visit these places, make sure you purchase your travel card and lock in the exchange rates. You can always depend on reputable money transfer services to sort out any Forex issues and ensure your trip is a successful one.

Happy Travelling!

Qatar is known for its spectacular architectural marvels as well as its natural wonders. There is so much beauty here that it is highly recommended that you take a break from your busy life and visit Qatar. Even though the country is primarily a desert, after the rain it turns into a green haven.

Don’t miss out on visiting the unmatched terrains, flora and fauna mentioned below!

Ras Abrouq Rock Formations

These are limestone rock foundations sculpted by the wind and they look like gigantic mushrooms. This is a pretty isolated area, but boasts of spectacular sandy beaches and a wild deer reserve.

Dahl Al Misfir Cave

These caves have become the landmark of the Rawdat Rasid area of Qatar. This fascinating 40 feet deep cave often gives off a phosphorescent glow because of the enormous deposits of gypsum. These gypsum deposits also give rise to a geological phenomenon known as desert roses (clusters of rough rose-shaped gypsum crystals).

Qatar natural beauty

 

Al Thakira Mangroves

In the midst of the impenetrable desert lies the Al Thakira Mangrove – a burst of greenery against the shimmery desert. This large patch of vegetation attracts bird of various species including herons and flamingos. You can also kayak around the mangrove and enjoy the view.

Qatar’s Beaches

With more than 560 kms of coastline, Qatar is a beach-lover’s paradise. The water around is rich in marine life and boasts of species such as sea turtles, lion fish, dolphins and even whales. Al Ghariya, Maroona, and Fuwairit beaches offer an excellent spot for campers and picnickers.

Khor Al Adaid

The Khor Al Adaid or the Inland Sea is one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders. It is located about 60 kms away from Doha. This UNESCO recognised heritage site is actually a natural reserve with its own ecosystem. It is inaccessible by road and can only be reached by crossing the rolling dunes. This is also one of few places on this earth where the sea makes its way into the desert. It is also a great place to camp.

There is so much natural beauty in Qatar that you need to ensure you experience every one of them. Book your tickets well in advance and don’t forget to load your travel card. However, Qatar also boasts of easy availability of money transfer service providers, so money transfers or forex will never be an issue.

Don’t forget to pack your sunscreens and scarves to protect your head from the heat. Happy Travelling!

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