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Updated 26 Aug 2010
I am an IT professional and this is my first time as an expat. I am enjoying the experience out here so far, although am very happy to be going home on leave today, first time in 5 months, and only my second break in 9 months.

Read more about Libya in the Expat Arrivals guide to Libya or read more expat experiences in Libya.
 

About you


Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Scotland

Q: Where are you living now?
A:  Tripoli, Dahra, City center

Q: How long you have you lived in Libya?
A:  9 months

Q: Did you move with a spouse/ children?
A:  Yes

Q: Why did you move; what do you do?
A:  Moved for work, IT for the Oil and Gas sector
 

About Tripoli


Q: What do you enjoy most about Tripoli, how’s the quality of life?
A:  The weather and the people, very good quality of life

Q: Any negatives? What do you miss most about home?
A:  Bars and decent eateries

Q: Is Tripoli safe?
A:  Relatively, bag snatching and burglaries aside.
 

About living in Libya


Q: Which are the best places/suburbs to live in Tripoli as an expat?
A:  Janzour, best value for money.

Q: How do you rate the standard of accommodation?
A:  Mine is good, but for my colleagues in Regatta it is not so good.

Q: What’s the cost of living compared to home? What is cheap or expensive in particular?
A:  Petrol and bread very cheap, the rest just slightly cheaper than the UK, but the quality of fresh produce here is much better.

Q: What are the locals like; do you mix mainly with other expats?
A:  Locals to me as a man are great, I socialise with both expats and locals.

Q: Was it easy meeting people and making friends?
A:  Very easy.
 

About working in Libya


Q: Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit?
A:  Took a long time but my company did it for me.

Q: What’s the economic climate like in Tripoli, is there plenty of work?
A:  Difficult to judge, lots of illegal immigrants who are unemployed.

Q: How does the work culture differ from home?
A:  Much slower paced.

Q: Did a relocation company help you with your move?
A:  No.
 

Family and children


Q: Did your spouse or partner have problems adjusting to their new home?
A:  Not at all, she adjusted easier than I did.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare?
A:  Not great, any major illness and you are going to have to go back home to get it dealt with, even a broken bone.
 

And finally…


Q: Is there any other advice you like to offer new expat arrivals?
A:  Have patience out here, nothing happens quickly, apart from the driving.
 
~interviewed August 2010
 
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