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The end of this month is expected to accelerate the departures among two of the largest white collar expat communities, Britons and Indians, as it signals the end of the Indian school year and British schools’ spring term.

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But regional equity markets have fallen with the oil price, corporate finance and debt are dormant, and restructuring work has proved more modest than bankers hoped. Now, at international names such as Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse and local powerhouses such as Shuaa Capital and Mashreq, headcounts are dropping.

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The ex employees, who want to remain anonymous as some cheap Canada Goose have yet to settle with the company, say their legal advice is that any employee facing “arbitrary dismissal not linked to performance”, such as redundancy, is entitled to between one and three months’ severance pay, on top of any salary covering their notice periods. But they see little point in pursuing legal action over the relatively modest sums involved.

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“If you look beyond Dubai, it is more positive: Abu Dhabi, Doha and to a certain extent in Bahrain,” he says. “Saudi is also a canada goose coats very Canada Goose Jackets active market, where they are expanding businesses and international joint ventures are going ahead and we see a need for senior talent.” Nevertheless, Dubai’s lifestyle continues to make it the most attractive Gulf posting.

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More fortunate still is Andy Blair (pictured), a construction project manager who achieved overnight fame when he scrawled his telephone canadian goose jacket number on his Porsche after being made redundant in January. Intense media interest not to mention the wide dissemination of his contact details allowed him to avoid the well trodden path to Abu Dhabi or across the Gulf to Qatar. He has landed a job with a food and beverage consultancy. “People were talking about Doha or Bahrain but I’d rather poke my eyes out,” says the 28 year old Scot.