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From Egypt to Norway!!!

March 11, 2013

I still can’t quite believe it myself….off all places, we ended up in Norway!

Living in Cairo had became increasingly difficult; political unrest, feeling unsafe and then the constant hassle to even get paid!

My husband works as a petrophysicist in the oil field and the exact same job abroad could earn him not only a better salary, but also better career development opportunities.

As for myself, a tourism expert, imagine how hard it is to get an A-list job in a country where the tourism has only crumbled down in the last two years.

Since I moved to Egypt, 2 years ago, I have been Sales & Marketing Director at 2 different travel companies. Both of them struggled to pay the salaries on time until a point of no return. “Please stay, you are doing great work! But we can’t really pay you right now”

Most players in the tourism industry in Cairo have closed down, put everything on hold or in the worst case; they went bankrupt and there is no return.

5* luxury resorts have closed their doors and the ones at the Red Sea are selling their rooms as low as 20$ a night on a catch-whatever-we-can-get policy. Needless to say the quality standards have gone down the drain.

As long as the country doesn’t stabilize politically, there is no way tourism can pick up again. Although I used to be very optimistic regarding the situation, I am now well convinced that it will take at least a few years to bring things back to normal.

In the meantime, I’ve kept myself busy teaching English to company employees and private groups and doing sales & marketing outsourcing for European companies.

So one sunny day, we felt we’d had enough of living in this chaos and my husband started sending out open applications to petroleum companies wordlwide.

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And 2 months later, here we are….settling down in Stavanger!

My husband started working and I will start the search for interesting opportunities.

Lovely Norway is our new home!

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One Comment
  1. Welcome to Norway! Enjoy your stay, feel at home! 🙂
    Greetings from the Rhine Valley in Germany
    Dina

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