• 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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Suitcase
Jul
19

How To: Holiday-proof your house

As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t been on many holidays since moving to Qatar. I’ve just had my 2nd trip this year and upon my return was met with one of the worst possible sights after 15 hours of travel: a filthy house drowning in dust. I mean drowning. I have never seen so much […]

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Ramadan lamp
Jul
17

Newbie Tuesdays: Ramadan – what to expect

I’ve written a guest post for yTravel Blog on Ramadan in Qatar from an expat’s point of view. Pop over and check it out if you’re wondering what to expect. If it sounds full on don’t worry – Ramadan’s great fun and if you follow all the rules you’ll be fine. The best advice I can give is, […]

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Karwa
Jul
12

Taxis in Qatar

  When I moved to Qatar I thought the sun shone out of its proverbial bottom! (Maybe that’s why it’s so hot here?!) To handle all that sun I put on a fancy pair of rose-coloured glasses. Everyone I met was lovely. The heat was fantastic. The dust was picturesque. It was some kind of […]

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Doha from the air
Jul
6

My first day in Doha

I arrived in Doha exactly 1 year ago today. I can remember it clearly which isn’t surprising – it was a pivotal day in my life. We arrived on the 6 am flight from Melbourne. I remember straining my neck to see out the window as we landed. I noticed the vast patches of sand between […]

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June Feature
Jul
3

Qatar in Pictures, June 2012

 Images left to right: A rooftop at Souq Waqif; Removalists waiting for a job near Equestrian Roundabout; Looking down into the lobby of WDoha; Roadside treasure chest; Summer sunset; June temperatures; Construction near the Corniche; Sidra medical facility.

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Adopting a dog
Jun
27

Guest Post: Adopting a dog in Qatar

For many expats, the move to Qatar offers the perfect opportunity to get that family dog that you’ve always dreamed of. Often, 1 spouse will not be working, allowing the necessary time and energy to be dedicated to dog ownership. There are hundreds of homeless dogs in Qatar. Careless breeding, a lack of understanding about animal welfare […]

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Inspiration
Jun
24

Inspiration for the weary expat

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Doha Corniche Arabic
Jun
19

Newbie Tuesdays: Should I learn Arabic?

Um … do hummous and flat bread go together? Yes. Unequivocally yes. That was one of the questions I asked before I moved from Australia (the arabic one, not the hummous one. Everyone knows the answer to the hummous one). The girl who was helping recruit me assured me that no, you definitely do not need to learn Arabic […]

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Massage in Doha
Jun
14

Where can I find … a good cheap massage in Qatar?

When I lived in Sydney, I had to visit a masseuse every 8 weeks or I’d get terrible headaches. It’s a back thing. It wasn’t a scented candles, de-stressing, relaxation massage. It was hell. It was pain. But it kept me healthy so I didn’t mind. I hoped to find a similar setup in Doha. […]

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Summer in Doha
Jun
11

8 Reasons to stay in Doha this summer

It’s that time again. The time of the mass exodus when the school year ends and thousands of expats, mainly mums and kids, take to the skies and head back home, leaving a golf club full of husbands and fathers behind. Many go for the full 3 months of summer, preferring to stay in their home country […]

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May Feature
Jun
10

Qatar in Pictures, May 2012

Images from left to right: One of my favorite Qatar signs; the Murakami Ego exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art; Canopy at the new Gordon Ramsay restuarant at the St Regis; Tasters at the opening of Jones The Grocer, The Gate; Sunset at Katara; Qatari chocolates are some of the best you’ll ever taste; […]

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Aquabumps
Jun
5

Newbie Tuesdays: The pill

To my amazement, you can get the pill over the counter in any chemist/Boots in Qatar. Actually, in many places it’s not even over the counter. It’s on a shelf next to the counter, where the Freddo Frogs and Jellybeans should be! Is that just too radical and completely unexpected or what? Brands I’ve seen […]

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crowd doha souk
May
27

It’s Crowded in Doha

Has anyone else noticed that it’s really hard to be alone in Qatar? I find myself constantly surrounded by people, and it makes me a bit claustrophobic. I first noticed it after having a mild breakdown at work (nothing major, just the usual story of having trouble getting my RP). I was quite upset and really needed […]

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What to wear
May
22

Newbie Tuesdays: What to wear to the mall

For people who have lived here for a while this probably seems a stupid question but I definitely wondered it when I was back in Australia. So don’t worry, you’re not the only stupid one! I dress pretty conservatively when I go to the mall. Always cover my legs and shoulders. So that’s jeans or […]

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This month in Qatar
May
20

My what’s on in Qatar calendar

I don’t know about you but I’m sick to death of : a) hearing about events after they’ve happened b) listening to my friends moan because they only hear about events after they’ve happened. So, rather than reporting events that are coming up this week, I’m compiling a list of every event I hear of […]

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