Can't really help as my knowledge on BGIFC is so out of date, but have to ask where abouts are you in the Middle East? I was with BGIFC in Bahrain at 1st Manama Guides. I do seem to remember there was a ratio of nationals to British Guides but they NEVER kept to it! think there were about 2 nationals to 1 UK Guide. Had lots of lovely multi national friends through Guiding.