• Pregnant in Qatar

    Resources for pregnant women in Qatar

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    If I ever pictured my pregnancy, I imagined myself surrounded by friends and family who diligently escorted me to ultrasounds and kept watch over my belly for 9 months. In reality, no one from my family saw me pregnant, except via Skype. And that’s ok. Because although having a baby abroad can be a lonely […]

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  • Staying sane

    Driving in Qatar: Staying Sane

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    I’ve given my advice on how to get comfortable on the roads in Qatar (hint: practice!) in a previous blog post, but what should you do once you’re safely (ha!) in the saddle? How can you make it through the daily dash to work, the crawl to Carrefour or the Friday night fury? Here are […]

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  • West Bay, Doha

    Reader Qn: Apartments

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Hi, I have been approached regarding an opportunity to work on the upcoming metro tunnel that is going to be built in Doha for the World Cup. I’ll be moving there alone, so could you please tell me about accommodation type, price and availability? Are there 1 or 2 year contracts? Regards, Reader   Hi […]

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  • Medic Image

    Are you prepared for an accident in Qatar?

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Ok, a disclaimer: The following blog is based on a medical emergency I witnessed. I will give my account of events but I am not a doctor or medical professional. I am not qualified to give medical advice. On then… There was an accident in the apartment building where I live. A man fell very […]

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  • Trucks in Doha

    Newbie Tuesdays: Learning to drive in Qatar

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    The driving conditions in Qatar are infamous, and rightly so. In fact, you are more likely to die in a vehicle accident in Qatar than from a stroke, according to a study published in 2014, which is the highest ratio in the world. So, that’s scary. And made more so by the fact that many […]

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Dog-friendly compound
May
18

Reader Qn: Dog-Friendly Compounds

  Hi,  My husband and I are considering moving over, and I wanted to find out what compound you lived in; as it seems to be dog friendly. We need a garden as we have a young toddler and a very busy puppy.   Thanks very much, Devoted Reader   Dear Reader, I hope you […]

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clothes in qatar
May
7

Newbie Tuesdays: Clothes I wear to death in Qatar

  Before I moved to Qatar I obsessed about what to wear. Obsessed. Now that I’m here, I can see that there’s nothing to worry about. It’s all about staples and layers. One of the best pieces of advice I got about dressing in Qatar was from Kirsty at  4 kids, 20 suitcases and a […]

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Gluten free flour
Apr
25

Where can I find … gluten-free flour

Since giving up gluten nearly 2 years ago I have had an inextricable desire to bake. It’s really very poor timing. If I was in Sydney it would be fine – just go to an overpriced healthfood store and you’re sorted. Here in Doha, not so much. We have to hunt a little harder for […]

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Doha dhow and skyline
Apr
10

What’s it like to live in Doha? A Q&A

I did a little Q & A with InterNations recently about expat life in Doha. You can check it out here. InterNations is an online expat community. To join, you have to be invited by someone who is already a member. Once you’re approved there are different membership levels to choose from (i.e. free or […]

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Drink Driving
Feb
24

Drink Driving in Qatar. Just don’t.

There comes a time in many people’s week (or let’s face it, day) when they need to relax, blow off some steam and have a nice glass of … grape juice. Or wheat juice. Or potato juice – whatever. If you are licensed, that juice may be drunk at home. That’s nice. But if you […]

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spouse exit permit
Jan
28

How to: get an exit permit for your husband

Some lucky (or not?) ladies get to shed the dreaded trailing spouse tag and actually sponsor their husbands in Qatar. This comes with its own set of complications, one of which is the issue of exit permits.   What is an exit permit? For those of you who are new here, let’s do a brief exit […]

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December slider
Jan
4

Qatar in Pictures, December 2012

Images top left to right:  Dhow Boat; Outdoor safety campaign on Al Waab St; Vintage cars at Sheikh Faisel Museum; Roof racks on B Ring road; Festive desserts on Qatar National Day; Fort walls; Rock formations near Al Thakira; Not sure what this photo is of!; A basil plant thriving on B Ring road.

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Christmas Qatar
Dec
25

Christmas in Qatar is…

Christmas in Qatar is not an assumption. Christmas is a work day. Christmas is celebrated in advance, at brunch, with friends and strangers. Christmas is not affordable, after I spent QR5,000 to find out my dog is dying. Christmas is a story I tell my friends who don’t celebrate it. Christmas is a ‘Season’s Greetings’ […]

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Qatar National Day
Dec
18

14 reasons to love Qatar

Happy Qatar National Day everyone! To celebrate this auspicious occasion I have compiled a list of some of the things to love about this lovely little boiling hot country.   Everyone calls you ‘Dear’ or ‘Habbibi’ You get to fly Qatar Airways everywhere, the BEST airline in the world! Limes are really cheap (about 15c each) You […]

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November slider
Dec
11

Qatar in Pictures: October/November 2012

Images (top left to right): Qatar lovin’ from the Cornish; Doha’s Falcon Souq; Camels training on a Saturday; Aspetar in the evening; Incense at Spice Market; Crepe guy at St Regis brunch melts whole chocolate pieces into the batter!; All in a row. Qatar Airways ready to fly; Weather! One of the best things about […]

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outlay expat qatar
Dec
4

Newbie Tuesdays: Outlay for your move to Qatar

  There is a common preconception that all expats, especially ones living in the Middle East, are rolling in money.  And fair enough I guess – from the outside I can see how it seems that way: tax free, nice house, lots of travel etc etc. And let’s face it, many people wouldn’t ditch their […]

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Sheikh Faisal Museum
Nov
29

How to: Get to Sheikh Faisal Museum

The Sheikh Faisal Museum is one of my top sites for visitors to Qatar. Maybe top 3. Definitely top 5. It is the most unique museum with the most eclectic collection I have ever seen. There is something for everyone:  history buffs, art lovers, fashionistas, rev heads. There is so much to see. It is […]

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Visiting Family
Nov
19

Itinerary: Visiting Parents – Activities

Ok, Part 2 of the in-laws itinerary. In case you missed it, my parents-in-law visited us for 2 weeks late September/early October. Below is our activity itinerary in case you need inspiration for your own guests. You can also check out where we ate.   Activities   Chill Out Time This deserves to be placed at the […]

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Jones the Grocer
Nov
13

Itinerary: Visiting Parents – Food and Drink

A while ago I had my parents-in-law (henceforth to be referred to as ‘the in-laws’) visited us in Doha for 2 weeks. I thought I’d post up some of our itinerary in case you too have visitors and run out of ideas of what to do. Here’s the run down on food and bevs, activities […]

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