[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 [...]

Doha versus Dubai: That is the question 

Edit: I wrote this post shortly after I arrived in Doha. If you'd like to read a similar post comparing Doha to Dubai written six months later, click here. As soon as people find out I moved to Doha from Dubai, they want to know all about it. “Which do you like better?” they ask, [...]