[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:58 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

A Carrefour parking lot in Saint-Denis, Reunion. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Eugene Kobiako.

A fascinating mélange of French and Creole cultures

This past quarter I surveyed Saint-Denis, Reunion, an isolated island that was a fascinating mélange of French and Creole cultures. Reunion Island is an overseas department and region of France located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. Its capital and economic center is Saint-Denis. Since Reunion is officially part of France, everything functions on the island almost exactly like it does in mainland France.



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[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2018 @ 01:30 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

One of many alerts posted around the V&A Waterfront Mall in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Eugene Kobiako.

Update on the Water Crisis

AIRINC’s onsite Surveyors investigate topics of international interest, including hardship situations. My colleague, Yimkwan Tsang, wrote about the water crisis in Cape Town after her February 2018 survey. At that time, Cape Town was expected to run out of water as early as June. However, this event, known as Day Zero, kept getting pushed back. 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 05, 2018 @ 02:40 PM / by Eugene Kobiako

Ho Chi Minh City Metro: A brief history

The HCMC Metro is a rapid transit project that has been in the works since 2001. Over the years, it has attracted international attention due to construction accidents and budgeting issues that have delayed construction of even the first line, which broke ground in 2008.



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[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2018 @ 11:43 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Food court mixing at Sahara Mall. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Eugene Kobiako.

What is Vision 2030?

In the year since being appointed Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman has made visible progress on the development goals of Vision 2030.



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[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 @ 07:12 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

Political, economic, and social epicenters, but the air pollution...

Beijing and Shanghai are two of China’s most populated and active cities. They are political, economic, and social epicenters that attract a large percentage of multinational companies, and thus expatriates, in China. 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:42 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

AIRINC is able to collect consistent and unbiased cost-of-living data by sending its own staff to conduct onsite pricing surveys in cities around the world where organizations send their international assignees.



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[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2017 @ 08:09 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

Today, many expatriates from Western Europe and North America have stopped coming to Istanbul and to Turkey overall.



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[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 08, 2017 @ 08:27 AM / by Eugene Kobiako

Rents in Almaty are now surveyed in the local currency, KZT. Asking rents are down in KZT and USD for six and 12 months. The KZT has devalued due to a drop in gas and oil prices, a major source of income for Kazakhstan’s economy.



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