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The Complete Guide for NRIs Sending Money to India

According to Pew Research, India is the world’s #1 destination for receiving money, an achievement driven by millions of NRIs and their strong ties with their families. It may seem simple and straightforward to select a money transfer service, but there are many important factors you must consider before doing so. Here we answer some frequently asked questions to help simplify the process for you: How do I get the best deal? Keep an eye on exchange rates. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating, meaning that the rate could drop or soar in a short period of time. Pay attention to fees. Transfer fees may not be the only fees required to send money abroad. Look out for miscellaneous service charges or possible receiving fees. Compare multiple money transfer providers. Different providers have different exchange rates, fees, and transfer times. Don’t fall for offers. Many providers announce free gifts and lucky…

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Guide: Prohibited and restricted items while travelling to GCC

All GCC countries – UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain – have their own list of prohibited items and travellers are advised to take all precaution to ensure that you do not carry such substances; either in person, your luggage or in medicines you may be carrying. Strict penalties include years of imprisonment followed by deportation. Even though, the list of prohibited or banned items are not same for all, below are some of the items that has been banned by all GCC countries. Items banned in all GCC countries All kinds of narcotic drugs Pornographic material – print, video, audio, hard disk etc. Fireworks, weapons & ammunition Chemical and organic fertilisers Pork meat and related products Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn Endangered animal species Forged and duplicate currency Radar jammers/other unauthorised communication devices Gambling tools and machineries Radiation polluted substances Drugs, Seeds and Leafs All narcotics and recreational drugs including cocaine,…

Qatar Dining
Dining Review : Biriyani Festival at Biriyani Hut, Wakra

Of all the Indian dishes evoking strong emotions, Biriyani might be the one closest to our hearts. Favourite of Nizams, this dish has ruled Mughlai, Awadhi, Hyderabadi and Middle Eastern kitchens for many hundreds of years. There are as many, if not more, versions of Biriyani as there are Indian states, but our loyalties lie with no particular one. Speaking of the varieties of biriyanis, where would you go in Qatar if you crave to experience something different from the normal Biriyani? Head on to Biriyani Hut in Wakra, where you have the Daawat-e-Biriyani, a two-week Biriyani Festival until 11th October. Our Dining Experience As part of the Festival launch, we were invited to do a dining review on the special menu. The restaurant is situated opposite Seef Petrol Station in Al Wakra Main Street, next to the KFC outlet and has plenty of parking options nearby. Upon arrival, the courteous team at Biriyani Hut made us comfortable and took time…

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2017 Guide : Duty free allowances for Indian citizens travelling to India

Indian citizens who are staying / working abroad on a visa or foreign citizens of Indian origin are entitled to certain duty allowances while travelling to India. However, duty free baggage allowance rules may vary based on the country of residence, duration of stay abroad and duration of stay in India and a few other factors. Below are the items that are restricted in nature with their maximum allowable values : Restricted Items and Duty Free Allowances Personal Items Used personal effects, travel souvenirs and articles other than those mentioned in Annexure I, up to the value of Rs. 50,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger (with effect from 1st April 2016). For infants, only used personal effects shall be allowed duty free. The free allowance of a passenger under this rule shall not be allowed to be pooled with the free allowance of any…

Qatar
10 things you didn’t know about HIA’s Giant Teddy

One of the  most noticeable features of Hamad International Airport in Doha is a giant teddy bear which appears to have his head stuck inside a mega table lamp, at the centre of the retail area. Check out these 10 facts and you would know that it is not an ordinary teddy, but an iconic piece of art worth millions of dollars. 1. It is a world-famous sculpture created by Urs Fischer, New York-based Swiss artist, in 2005/2006. 2. The teddy is not made out of fur and foam, but out of cast bronze. 3. It weighs approximately 18-20 tons. 4. The height of the teddy is 23 feet (7 meters). 5. The piece is the largest of 3 editions created. The other two are privately owned. 6. It was previously displayed in front of the Seagram Building on New York’s Park Avenue. 7. It is reported to be bought by a member of the Qatar…

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2018 Guide: How to renew Indian Passport in Qatar

An application for a new passport can be made within one year of expiry of the old passport. All applicants are advised to submit their applications for renewal of passport at least 3 months before the expiry date. NOTE : All passports issued before 2001 need to be upgraded to machine readable passports (Click for details). Passport options You can either apply for : a ten year validity 36-paged normal passport booklet (Fees: QR 275/-) OR a 64-paged jumbo passport booklet (Fees: QR 370/-). 1. Fill up the online application form available in this link. Select the Indian Mission as Qatar-Doha and select the service desired as Fresh Passport. Fill all columns carefully and legibly. 2. Print out of the application and sign where required. 3. Furnish 2 photographs (colour) size 50 mm x 50 mm front view of full face against white background.  Photos taken with coloured or dark glasses and in uniform…

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Compare the fees for Indian schools in Doha 2017

Here is a round up of annual tuition fees of Indian schools in Doha. We hope this would be useful to compare and plan for your children’s admissions. It would come handy for those moving to Qatar to plan their budgets. Please Note : These are Annual Tuition Fees for the schools taken from their websites. Apart from Tuition Fee, many schools charge an Annual Special Fee about QR 500-1000. Transportation Fee for these schools are between QR 2,400-3,600 per year (QR 200-300 per month). For easy comparison, this list is sorted from the Lowest to Highest for Class I and above. Feel free to let us know if any school has revised their fee and we shall update it. Disclaimer : We strive our best to keep this list updated. The fees listed are as per the school websites. NRICafe.com is not liable for any subsequent changes made to the fee structure. All figures are in…

Qatar Guides
Complete List of Indian Schools in Qatar 2017

Here is a comprehensive list of CBSE schools or Indian curriculum schools in Doha with their contacts, admission links and other useful details (in alphabetical order) : Bhavan’s  Public School Al Wakra  — Wakrah: Al Zawar Street 90 – Tel: 44770770, 44771100 Matar Qadeem — Shari Bin Khafaja – Tel: 44657166, 44772250 New Salata — Near Mid Mac Round About – Tel: 44937009, 44603125 Classes : KG1, KG 2, Classes I to XII E-mail : school@bhavansqatar.org, adminassistant1@bhavansqatar.org (Admissions) Website : www.bhavansqatar.org Admissions Page  Birla Public School Abu Hamour — Opposite Religious Complex, Mesaimeer Tel : 44676701, 44676702, 44676703 Classes : KG1, KG 2, Classes I to XII E-mail: bpsdoha@qatar.net.qa Website : www.bpsdoha.edu.qa Admissions Page Doha Modern Indian School Abu Hamour — Near Abu Hamour Petrol Station Tel : 44583121, 44583122 Classes : KG1, KG 2, Classes I to XII E-mail : dmis@qatar.net.qa Website : www.dmisqatar.com Admissions Page DPS Modern Indian School Al Wakra — Near Pearl Round About Tel…

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Understanding NRI Bank Accounts

Most individuals make a mistake of continuing a resident savings account even after becoming a NRI but the law does not allow it. Or in simple words it’s illegal to hold savings bank account for NRIs. As per FEMA regulation, when a status changes to NRI the resident savings account have to be converted to a Non-Resident account. Types of NRI bank accounts An NRI can choose from two options : an NRE or an NRO account. It would be advantageous to know how these two types of accounts differ and which one is right for you. What is an NRE account? A Non-Resident External (NRE) account is a bank account that is opened by depositing ‘External’ (foreign) currency at the time of opening a bank account. In an NRE account, you can keep your funds in rupee denomination. With this account, the principal and interest earned are fully repatriated. Simply…

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