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1. Posted by realjay (Budding Member 3 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Hello
I wanted to ask about Singapore.
I'm from palestine
We think (me and my wife) about moving, living and working in Singapore.
Do you recommend me? ,if so tell about the cost of living there and things like that.
or you have a better suggestion for me ?

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Singapore has very strict work visa requirements, so you should check with your nearest Singapore embassy that you can get a work permit.
As for the cost of living, it's very very expensive.
I have friends there that have well paid jobs and still cannot afford an apartment in town, and they're resigned to the fact they will never have the money to buy a car.
Certainly not worth the risk to travel there unless you already have been accepted for a job (with a work visa) beforehand.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2018, at 13:16 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Working overseas is really all about your skillset.
I assume you're both proficient in both English and Arabic.
If your business is (for example) IT/Computers, you'll need to be very good to get a job in one of the 'international' business areas, but that's where the best money is usually paid.
If you aren't very good at your business then you'll need to improve to a level where international businesses will want to employ you, because there's lots of competition for these jobs.
If you believe you're skilled enough for someone to offer you a job overseas then use the internet to find specialist employment agencies that are either based in other countries, or are international or, deal in international employment opportunities.
Your (assumed) language skills would suggest to me that you're more likely to be interesting to a company in Dubai than a company in Singapore or Hong Kong. But maybe you also speak Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese, which would change that...
Many countries will require you to have a degree and occupational qualifications, although they may overlook that if you really are exceptionally good at your business.
So sit down and decide what your sellable skills are.
If they aren't especially good then you will need to improve them.
There are a few countries where skill is less important but the salary will be poor and you'll be competing with many more people for any work.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2216 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Singapore is the most expensive city in Asia.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/14/singapore-named-the-worlds-most-expensive-city-to-live-in.html

Don't burn any bridges behind you. Visit first on a holiday and see if Asia is something you can live with for several years. But research your visa requirements. There are cheaper countries to live in in this part of the world but working at a good salary depends on your particular skill.

If your have a particular skill that a foreign own company doing business in Singapore or nearby countries can use try them first. They take care of the paperwork for you. Maybe even ship your household goods, provide housing along with the plane ticket. Find a company around where you live with a business interest in Asia and seek employment with them.

Singapore is a nice functioning city state. Very organized, clean enough, etc. Thailand is less organized but more fun in my opinion. Also much bigger with more to do. Malaysia a little cheaper than Singapore for day to day living.

Visit this area first and then decide.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

more likely to be interesting to a company in Dubai.

I should have added that after a couple of years in Dubai (or maybe Bahrain), it would then be easier to move elsewhere once you've proven that you can work for international companies and in a different country. Many like the idea of working overseas but actually hate being away from their extended family/friends etc etc, so they move back after only a year.
However, as karazyal says, if possible it's better to visit a city/country privately before moving there on a contract/permanent basis.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2018, at 18:17 by Andrew Mack ]

6. Posted by realjay (Budding Member 3 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all ,that was very helpful
I appreciate that..

7. Posted by pradip29 (Budding Member 3 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

I'm an expat of Asian origin and has been in Singapore for over 10 years. Yes, it is expensive if you want to own a car and apartment (or rent an up market condo). A car is not needed here - its is just a status symbol - because public transport is very good and comparatively cheap. Many of Singapore'e govt apartments are clean and comfortable and you could rent them from locals that are cheaper than condo apartments. Even if you want condo luxury and is prepared to share an apartment with others - which even many locals do - it is not all that expensive. For food, its fairly cheap (compared to salaries here) if you eat Asian food and at what is called "hawker centres" which are very clean but may lack AC (but they always have fans). Food is expensive if you want western food ... but who needs that when you are in Asia!

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting pradip29

if you eat Asian food and at what is called "hawker centres" which are very clean but may lack AC (but they always have fans).

I agree that the food in the hawkers centres and in the food halls is very good and cheap.
It's about the only thing that's cheap in Singapore.

9. Posted by NT01 (Budding Member 56 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting pradip29

if you eat Asian food and at what is called "hawker centres" which are very clean but may lack AC (but they always have fans).

I agree that the food in the hawkers centres and in the food halls is very good and cheap.
It's about the only thing that's cheap in Singapore.

Yeah the hawker centres are unique Singapore culinary experiences for visitors. They are definitely clean, the government conducts regular inspections on those and you can see their certificate of inspections displayed within the stalls.