Iraq is undergoing rapid economic changes, and Basra is no exception, with many businesses needing professional skills from further afield to develop a dynamic economy and bring much needed revenue to the city. The recent influx of expats to Basra has encouraged a vibrant community spirit to develop amongst the new arrivals. InterNations, with its online forums and networking opportunities, has helped many high-flying individuals settling into life across the globe, and you can join this exclusive membership to find tips on living conditions and local customs in Basra as well as the rest of Iraq. Simply get in contact with our members who’re in the area. Living in a predominantly Muslim country does mean that Westerners, in particular, need to be prepared for the changes in lifestyle and different dress codes which are necessary to avoid causing offence, especially during that crucial settling period in Basra.
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Basra or ‘Al-Faiha’ was once known as the Venice of the East, and is where Sinbad the sailor is reputed to have departed from on his voyage. It is heralded as the next Dubai, and professionally-minded expats are actively encouraged to relocate and move into the urban areas of Basra. Many expats use the InterNations platform whilst making the transition from their home country to Iraq to obtain information on the most efficient ways to specifically relocate to Basra, including finding suitable accommodation in the city, close to shopping malls and other conveniences. Such pieces of advice can be gleaned online from fellow expats who may have experienced moving to Basra and elsewhere in Iraq in recent years. Furthermore, the Expat Magazine is exclusively available to members of InterNations, and its articles cover many diverse topics of interest to those in the process of moving to another country, from shipping, finance, expat insurance to culture shock.
The InterNations platform enables like-minded expats to keep in touch with a global community, whose members are able and willing to give advice on a range of topics to members moving abroad to pursue their business interests. Information on local customs, business etiquette, working hours and patterns in a hot, dry country, relations with the local workforce and many other facets of life in Basra can be shared amongst the InterNations community. Moving to an Islamic country can be challenging at first, and meeting other expats socially can certainly help you make the transition to life in Basra easier. Visiting the sights of Basra, such as the Old Mosque, the first to be built outside of the Arabian Peninsula, or taking part in bird-watching are options for expats to enjoy together. The marshes and shores around Basra are part of the global bird migration routes through the Persian Gulf and many rarities may be seen during their passage. The exclusive InterNations community of like-minded expats is well worth joining for friendship, camaraderie, as well as business networking, wherever you are in the world, so browse through the Expat Magazine and search online for fellow expats with experience of living in Basra!