British nurse dies on holiday in Dubai after falling ill on flight

Charlotte Carter, 30, from south Wales started to feel unwell during a flight from Gatwick Airport in the UK en route to Dubai in the UAE. (Photo: JustGiving)
Updated 06 November 2018
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British nurse dies on holiday in Dubai after falling ill on flight

  • Charlotte Carter, 30, from south Wales started to feel unwell while the plane was in transit
  • The mental health nurse was resuscitated “multiple times” but later died in hospital

LONDON: A British nurse has died on holiday in Dubai after falling ill during a flight from Gatwick to the UAE and her condition worsened on her way to visit her friend.
Charlotte Carter, 30, from south Wales started to feel unwell while the plane was in transit and was rushed into intensive care after she fell further ill in a taxi.
According to her friends, the mental health nurse was resuscitated “multiple times” but later died in hospital.
One of her friends, Megan Boyes, who has set up a crowdfunding page to help with medical and repatriation costs, said: “Our gorgeous friend Charlotte tragically lost her life at the age of 30.
“She was so excited to go on holiday to Dubai on a girls trip but sadly she fell ill on the flight which resulted in her being taken to intensive care once arriving in Dubai.
“After being resuscitated multiple times she unfortunately couldn’t be saved. We want to help raise money, as like many young people do, Charlotte didn’t take out travel insurance which means the medical bills and repatriation costs will be very high.”
A post-mortem examination is due to be held to determine the cause of death, while the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement: “We are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in the UAE, and are in contact with the Emirati authorities.”


Egypt offers residency to foreign investors

Updated 21 November 2018
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Egypt offers residency to foreign investors

  • A three-year residency is on offer for those who invest $200,000, and five years for those who purchase property worth $400,000
  • To begin the process for obtaining Egyptian residency, a preliminary contract must be agreed between the property owner and the foreign investor

CAIRO: In an attempt to further boost its booming real estate sector and attract foreign investment, Egypt will grant residency permits to foreigners who invest at least $100,000 in the country’s property market.
The growth rate of Egypt’s property market stands at 133 percent in 2018. This has been fueled by strong demand for housing, along with the sporadic launch of residential construction projects.
The minimum investment required to obtain a residency permit is $100,000. A three-year residency is on offer for those who invest $200,000, and five years for those who purchase property worth $400,000. The offer also applies to properties that are still under construction.
Khaled Abbas, the deputy minister of housing, said the procedures for the scheme are being set up in consultation with the Passport, Immigration and Nationality Administration.
To begin the process for obtaining Egyptian residency, a preliminary contract must be agreed between the property owner and the foreign investor, and then signed by an authorized body, such the Urban Communities Authority, the Tourism Development Authority or the governorate in which the property is located. Bank statements must also be provided confirming that the money has been transferred from overseas. The passport office will then approve the period of residence.
Members of the House of Representatives welcomed the announcement as a positive move for Egypt and an incentive for foreign investment, which it is hoped will create jobs and economic opportunities.
Whether the public will be so keen remains to be seen.
“This might be a bit problematic,” said Aly Salem, a resident of Cairo. “The housing demand in Egypt is already high, with the surging youth population and more and more people looking to get married each year. Where will they stay, if foreigners start swooping in and acquiring both residency and a huge housing unit with just $100,000?”
Offering further details, Gen. Kamel Amer, the head of the Parliament’s Defense and National Security Committee, said foreigners will not have any political rights for the first five years of residency and they will not be eligible to vote for 10 years. He also said spouses and children of investors will not be granted residency unless they live in Egypt.
Spain and Portugal have implemented similar programs in an attempt to boost their property markets. Previously, a foreigner had to live in Egypt for 10 consecutive years to be eligible for naturalization.
The new residency law is part of the efforts to repair the damage to Egypt’s economy caused by severe austerity measures imposed after the $12 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund in 2016.
The cost and size of properties in Egypt, which are often large and lavish apartments, compare favorably to those in many other countries. Despite this, few Egyptians can afford to pay for a house upfront, but some private property developers are offering 10-year, interest-free installment plans.