There really is nowhere on earth quite like Africa and the Middle East. The strong allure of the region lies in its fascinating history and distinctive culture, and expatriates living in this part of the world will enjoy a unique opportunity to experience raw beauty seamlessly integrated with a world that sometimes appears to be lost in time.
Where else in the world can you experience vast arid deserts inhabited by nomadic Bedouin, witness breathtaking views of wildlife basking on the sun-drenched plains and roam vast game parks? Where else can you wander through ancient ruins, from the miraculous pyramids to the elaborately adorned mosques; witness the legacies of Egyptian, Islamic, Christian, Persian and Roman civilizations or browse bustling medieval bazaars packed full of spirited people peddling their wares of exotic spices, beautifully handcrafted tapestries and local delicacies?
Living in Africa and the Middle East is not without its challenges. Strict local laws and religious and cultural sensitivities can represent a minefield to the uneducated expatriate and life can be challenging and frustrating at times. However, despite what you may have heard, Africa is not a living nightmare of war, crime and disease and life in the Middle East does not necessary represent a life following strict laws that leave very little room for fun and enjoyment. Life in this continent can be amazing and, providing you remain respectful of the laws and customs and take the necessary steps to protect your safety, you will find that living in this area of the world is exciting, enlightening, fascinating and intriguing.
If you are relocating to Africa or the Middle East, fasten your seatbelt and be prepared for an experience that will change your entire life.
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- Kev O'Kane Has anyone had the experience of traveling from country to country and living in each for up to 6 months? What's it like? How affordable is it?
- Claudia Lane I would have to disagree. I was an oilfield brat, moved abroad when I was just turning 7. I loved it, new places, never lived longer then about 2 years anywhere, usually shorter that that. I wouldn't...
- JS I have a question: I plan to renounce my US citizenship. I have all the required documents in original form as required. However: there was a name change in 1960 when I was 6 years old and my name was...
- Jane Whisler I can’t see a way a kid could survive all this without getting an anxiety “disorder”. Glad there’s a forum for us.
- Jane Whisler Exactly. Often praised as being “adaptable”, well yes, we had no choice and I agree that that was because a sense of self was long gone. Sure, I appreciated see the museums and castles but that...