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Old 10-25-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California
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Those countries being Qatar, Bahrain, UAE or Kuwait.

Australia, Canada and the US allow Brunei citizens to visit their countries "visa free" or with minimal requierement, but not citizens from any GCC country.

Is Brunei somehow similar to Singapore?, or does it has to do with the fact immigrants dont make the vast majority of the population like in some of those Arab states?
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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Those countries being Qatar, Bahrain, UAE or Kuwait.

Australia, Canada and the US allow Brunei citizens to visit their countries "visa free" or with minimal requierement, but not citizens from any GCC country.

Is Brunei somehow similar to Singapore?, or does it has to do with the fact immigrants dont make the vast majority of the population like in some of those Arab states?

Very different from the Gulf States; Brunei is extremely conservative and traditional. The only foreigners there are:

1) Ex-British Army Gurkhas serving in the Sultan's palace guard
2) Foreign expatriates (mainly engineers, technicians and mechanics) whom service and maintain the oil rigs, and refineries in the oil industry
3) English teachers and healthcare personnel

There are very little foreigners in Brunei.Singapore and Brunei are have their own version of a "Special Relationship" but they are very different from each other.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I had a friend who retired from the British Navy and then got a job with the Brunei Air Force as a helicopter mechanic. He worked there several years with his Singapore wife. All his kids were born there. Had nothing but good things to say about the country. Said he was well paid. Later moved back to England once the kids were school aged.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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Those countries being Qatar, Bahrain, UAE or Kuwait.

Australia, Canada and the US allow Brunei citizens to visit their countries "visa free" or with minimal requierement, but not citizens from any GCC country.

Is Brunei somehow similar to Singapore?, or does it has to do with the fact immigrants dont make the vast majority of the population like in some of those Arab states?
It would be interesting to see if we can get opinions on local nationals in the Gulf states.......like if there is a strong national identity etc....

Last edited by tigerbalm1985; 11-09-2015 at 01:06 AM..
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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Those countries being Qatar, Bahrain, UAE or Kuwait.

Australia, Canada and the US allow Brunei citizens to visit their countries "visa free" or with minimal requierement, but not citizens from any GCC country.

Is Brunei somehow similar to Singapore?, or does it has to do with the fact immigrants dont make the vast majority of the population like in some of those Arab states?
I would be interested as to why didn't Brunei turn out like Abu Dhabi....both are absolute monarchies, both have oil.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:59 AM
 
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I would be interested as to why didn't Brunei turn out like Abu Dhabi....both are absolute monarchies, both have oil.
the culture is different. brunei is an ancient kingdom. the ARab kingdoms are just creations of the British when they left the Middle East. although they became a protectorate when the British came, the sultanate has always been there.


akin to old money versus the arabs who just found a stash of gold
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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Those countries being Qatar, Bahrain, UAE or Kuwait.

Australia, Canada and the US allow Brunei citizens to visit their countries "visa free" or with minimal requierement, but not citizens from any GCC country.

Is Brunei somehow similar to Singapore?, or does it has to do with the fact immigrants dont make the vast majority of the population like in some of those Arab states?
The interesting thing is that Abu Dhabi is a member of OPEC, while Qatar is one of the world's largest supplier of natural gas, yet both kingdoms are doing as much as possible to diversify their economy and expand their knowledge base.

Abu Dhabi developed Saadiyat Island, and paid a lot of money to set up branches of the Guggenheim and Lourve and set up an offshore campus of NYU, the Sorbonne, and set up a F1 GP. Qatar has set up education city and got campuses of Texas A&M, Cornell, Georgetown, among others.

Yet Brunei has considerably less resources than them, but is not really doing much to diversify the economy.
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