• 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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April Feature
May
10

Qatar in pictures, April 2012

Images from left to right: Empty offices – no one works at night here!; The streets of Doha; Rain; Hamad Aquatic Centre; I finally found a ripe avocado at Family Food Center; Alain Robert AKA ‘Spider Man’ climbs The Torch; A typical car park; TEDxSummit at Katara; No nudity in the change rooms; The view […]

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Stevia carrot muffins
Apr
14

Where can I find…Stevia

This week I have some friends are starting the Body Ecololgy Diet after months and months of sickness. Great news! One of essential ingredients you should get into when need to give up sugar is Stevia which is a super sweet powder or liquid extracted from a South American plant. It is completely sugar free, […]

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Winter in doha
Apr
10

Newbie Tuesdays: The cold

A while ago I wrote about The Heat in Qatar. We all know get’s hot. It’s nothing new. And I can now safely say that, after a few false starts, the heat is well and truly here. But as summer rolls around, I think it’s time to bring up something that has been bothering me […]

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March Feature
Apr
4

Qatar in Pictures, March 2012

Images left to right: Taking a break from Doha, Lake Geneva, Switzerland; Happy ski bunnies in Austria; My favourite and the only hill in Doha, Aspire Park; Families chilling out in Aspire Park; Driving; Dust storms hit Qatar; Cycle path to nowhere, Al Waab St; Bliss takes a drive; Lanterns; Aspire Dome; A cloudy, muggy […]

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Billiards
Mar
31

Where can I find…a place to drink AND play pool?

Like peas and carrots, drinking and pool (snooker, billiards, stick, whatever) were a match made in Friday night heaven. So where can these two friends unite in a country that believes that booze and sport actually don’t mix? Where can you find a place to drink AND play pool? Sadly, there is but one place: The American […]

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Burnout
Mar
27

Newbie Tuesdays: Burnout

I just came back from a holiday in Austria. I feel good. Refreshed. Happy to be back. It was my first holiday since arriving in July 2011. In case you can’t be bothered to do the maths, that’s about 8 months or, in simpler terms, too long. You see, I burnt out. From the day […]

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Qatar February
Mar
16

Qatar in Pictures, February 2012

  Images left to right: A dust storm rolling in; Claire Diaz Oritz, speaker at ICTQatar’s Everything Mobile Forum; Sunshine; Birds chasing the last of the blue sky; Valentine’s Day at Villaggio; Telephone in the lobby of the W Doha hotel; A learner driver; Timely advice at the Corniche; Statue in the Aspire Zone; A […]

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qatar photos january
Feb
8

Qatar in Pictures, January 2012

Images from top left to right: Roger Federer at the Exxon Mobil open; Winter: perfect weather for enjoying a drink outside; Kimodo dragon garden statue. One of the many things expats use to make their villas feel like home; Remains of one of the best burgers in town, at the Doha Golf Club; The Vienna […]

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Vienna Boys Choir Katara
Jan
23

Vienna Boys Choir-last performance in Doha

Tonight is the final performance of the Vienna Boys Choir with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at Katara. Go! There are a few tickets left via Virgin Megastore.  

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qatar photos december
Jan
18

Qatar in Pictures, December 2011

Images top left to right: Rain in Doha; Miserable attempt at baking; The Doha Singers rehursing for their Christmas Concert; Tickets to the opening of the Katara Ampitheatre; The stage of Richar III, at QNCC theatre; Doha city skyline; Christmas lunch; Fairy floss at brunch at Market, W Doha. What was your highlight in December?

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Tom Tom
Dec
20

Newbie Tuesdays: Embracing the Tom Tom

Oh I love my Tom Tom. It is the reason I am still in a couple, I am sure of it. And I’m so glad we brought it with us to Doha cause as a newbie it has been a saviour! We bought ours in France during our 5-month European road trip. It was es.sent.ial. It […]

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Katara Ampitheatre
Dec
12

A night at Katara

Every now and then, Doha suprises me. It delivers me a little unexpected gift, like a loved one coming home with a bunch of flowers when it’s not Valentine’s Day. This happened to me once again last night. I was invited to the Katara Ampitheatre Grand Opening. After an airport style screening process, audiences were […]

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November Feature
Dec
5

Qatar in Pictures, November 2011

Images top left to right: Closure notice at the Doha Golf Club. They were shut down during Eid by the Ministry of Health. I’m glad to say they’re up and running again now!; Media pass from Aspire4Sport conference; The fruit and vegetable section of Carrefour, Villaggio. Also closed down for health violations; Cheese in a […]

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Bobbi Brown Counter
Dec
2

Where can I find … Bobbi Brown make-up

I’ve become a bit addicted to Primped.com. Their most well-known blogger, Zoe Foster, loves Bobbi Brown make up and brushes and so, so do I! But where to find it in Doha? City Centre mall, of course, in 4u. I’m not a huge fan of this mall so Bobbi is pretty much the only reason […]

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School bus
Nov
30

Rain in Doha

In Doha, when it rains, it floods. I guess it’s just one of the hazards of a city built without gutters or stormwater drains!      

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