Stopover in Dubai: Cheap things to see and do

Dubai is known as a playground for the rich and famous, so it’s no surprise that it’s also perceived as hugely expensive. While Dubai definitely can be hard on your pocket, it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve got a stopover in Dubai and you’re looking for cheap things to see and do, this is the post for you. Whether you’re […]

[Review] Brussels to Doha in Business Class with Qatar Airways

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have my first experience of travelling in Business Class. And not just with any airline either – I was onboard with the opulent, award-winning Middle-Eastern airline, Qatar Airways.Unless you’re a celebrity or high-powered business-person, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, I’ve broken down some of the highlights […]

5 ways to meet people in a new city

Doha is the fifth city I’ve lived in across three countries over the last six years. I never set out to live such a nomadic life, but that’s where fate has taken me. There are so many advantages to expat life, but those first six months in a new country can be lonely too. Here are […]

Doha vs Dubai… (Part 2)

One of the most common searches that leads people to this site is Doha vs Dubai, a post I wrote shortly after I arrived in Doha in February 2015. Six months in, here’s a more thorough update on this tale of two cities. I moved to Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, where I spent two years, in […]

Fun and festivities: Celebrating Garangao

Traditionally, on the 14th night of Ramadan, a children’s celebration called Garangao takes place across the Gulf. Children dress up in traditional clothes, sing the Garangao song and their neighbours give them sweets and nuts. Last night, I attended a corporate Garangao event. There was falconry     Characters from Khaleeji cartoons   Super cute kids   […]

Five-year-old kids explain Islam

Back in 2009, when I first moved to the Gulf, I worked as a teacher in Abu Dhabi. I taught Grade 1 kids, five and six-year-olds everything apart from Arabic and Islamic. When they ran back to me after Islamic, they would tell me little bits of what they had learned, but occasionally I couldn’t […]

The 5 most underrated things in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the epitome of Middle East-meets-West, so if you’re planning to come you’ll probably read and hear a lot about beaches, malls and bars. Among them are some fantastic little gems that took me over two years to find out about, so if you’re going, look them up! 1. The Filipino Band – […]

Heart VS Head

The great debate. My gut instinct is telling me it’s time to leave UAE. I’ve been here since 2009. I believe I have taken all I can from the experience. I have made friends that I never want to lose, and gained experience that I’ll benefit from forever and a day. I have travelled to […]

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