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Top 9 things expats say on returning home

1.    “No, I’m not a billionaire!”

This is particularly common for the returning Gulf expat, and even more so for those who’ve been working to ensure the Gulf’s ‘black gold’ is constantly pumped from beneath the sand. But regardless of vast salaries, expats have a canny way of spending vast amounts on cars, clothes, drinks, and rent, scaled up to match their income. So is your returning oil exec friend a billionaire? Not unless he’s also a Sheikh.

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Where is it best to be an expat?

This question pits Hong Kong against Singapore, Melbourne against Sydney, London against New York, Dubai against Abu Dhabi.

But it’s a subjective question. There is no ‘best’ place to all people. I prefer Singapore to Hong Kong, but many people will recoil on hearing that, bleating about HK’s culture, dynamism and blah, blah, blah… You know why I liked Singapore more than Hong Kong?

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