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Royal Skandia is set

Royal Skandia is set to put down permanent roots in the Middle East by opening an office in Dubai.

Located in the city&#39s Airport Free Zone, the office will open next week under the stewardship of sales manager Andrew Tennant, who has spent the last seven years in Dubai servicing brokers in the region.

Skandia says the move is designed to build on its presence among expats in the Middle East – it has distributors in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – and should help it open up other key markets.


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Inheritance tax when it is relevant

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