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  Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Issue 185 Volume 8 Number 8  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Our Featured Country
• BEFORE YOU GO, VISIT TRANSITIONS ABROAD
Resources for Expats
• EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEARCH ENGINES
Learn to Search Effectively
• FAST ANSWERS AT WEATHER CONVERSION CALCULATORS
Calculate Weather Conversions
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director Trade Compliance

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnellwith four more sites to help you achieve success in international trade.

Dubai is the "Hong Kong of the Middle East", and I've got a site in this issue to help you research this booming market. Also, I found a site with inside information about living and working abroad. Want a simple but effective guide to search engines? Visit the site I found. Finally, if you need instant conversions of temperature and other weather facts, visit the site I feature at the end of this newsletter.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Our Featured Country

Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, has been called "the Hong Kong of the Middle East" because of its booming economy. It is the world's fastest-growing city, it has the world's second-busiest airport, and the world's tallest and most expensive hotel. If you want to find out more about Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, go to the UAE page at AME Info ( http://www.ameinfo.com/news/UAE_Focus/ ). AME Info has news and information about countries in the Middle East, and this page is focused on the UAE. For background information, click on "Country Guides" in the bottom left corner of the page, and you can get more detailed information and links for any one of fourteen countries.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the UAE Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/uae.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The UAE Mini Portal has an overview of the United Arab Emirates, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in the UAE.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The UAE Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

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BEFORE YOU GO, VISIT TRANSITIONS ABROAD
Resources for Expats

Anyone who's considering living abroad should visit the Transitions Abroad ( http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/ ) site. This site is full of resources about living abroad, but you'll find something useful here if you're just traveling to another country, or even if you're just researching a country for business opportunities. There are articles and links about: home rentals, home exchanges, and real estate abroad; financial matters; expatriate communities; schools; survival guides; finding an apartment; finding a job; finding business opportunities; researching a market (click on "Expatriate Resources by Country"); and much more. This site is written about American expatriates, but there is plenty of useful information here no matter what country you're from.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEARCH ENGINES
Learn to Search Effectively

Even in this age of glitzy, high-concept Web sites with videos, sound files, animations, and all the other bells and whistles, there's still a place for the simple, no-nonsense presentation. Phil Bradley's Finding Information: Search Engines ( http://www.philb.com/whichengine.htm ) is about as plain a Web site as you can find, but it's full of useful information. Phil has a list with links to dozens of search engines, along with his description and evaluation of each one. What's great about this site is that Phil has written it in simple, non-geeky language. One side of the page says, "What do you need to find, and what do you already know?", while the other side gives Phil's choice of the best search engine for your needs. Scroll down this page and you'll find a search engine for every possible purpose (and probably some you didn't know about).

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FAST ANSWERS AT WEATHER CONVERSION CALCULATORS
Calculate Weather Conversions

I must not have paid attention in school when they taught conversions, because I've never been very good at converting things like Celsius to Fahrenheit. Good thing I found Weather Conversion Calculators ( http://www.eustis.army.mil/WEATHER/Weather_Products/wxconversions.htm ), because this site helps me do all sorts of calculations in seconds. You can convert temperatures, distances, relative humidity, air pressure, weight, wind chill, speed, and even cross/head/tail wind speeds, for you pilots out there. Even if you only need to do a few simple calculations just to understand your daily weather report, this site is very useful.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director Trade Compliance

In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured job this week is for an Director Trade Compliance for Intermatic, Inc., a manufacturer of consumer and industrial energy control products., located in Spring Grove, IL. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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