• 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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Nov
28

Decadence

Spice Bread Dessert @ Porcini, Ritz Carlton. I absolutely recommend this place for a great Italian meal. This dessert was a worthy exception to my usual sugar and gluten free diet!

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Nov
25

Traditional Dhow Exhibition

The First Traditional Dhow Exhibition was

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Nov
24

Things are cooling down

Can’t say I’m impressed. I did NOT move all the way to the Middle East for temperatures below 20 degrees!

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Riviera Gardens doha
Nov
22

Newbie Tuesdays: Should I use a real estate agent?

On the recommendation of a colleague we contacted a real estate agent and were sent Margaret (not her real name of course!). I had emailed them a pretty comprehensive list of what we were looking for in a home. But I’m pretty sure Madge hadn’t even given it a glance cause she took us to […]

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October Feature
Nov
17

Qatar in Pictures, October 2011

Images from top left to right: The average temperature in October; Camels – a typical sight in Qatar; The first time I saw rain in Qatar; Halloween – The parents in my compound went all out with the Halloween decorations this year. Every day there was a new ghoul appearing around the club house; Katara; […]

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Doha Golf Club Closure
Nov
9

An Eid Tragedy

The kitchen of one of my favorite hang outs, the Doha Golf Club, was shut down last week. A true Eid tragedy. Although they do serve peanuts so it’s still worth a visit!

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Oct
31

Qatar in Pictures, September 2011

Images from top left to right: Green tea at Daiko Japanese shop, Hyatt Plaza; A Typical Doha Driver; Heart in the pavement; VCU Qatar library; A ladies-only salon, blacked out so the men can’t see in; Coke; Morning; The first clouds I saw in Doha; Aspire Tower; Bargain pastries at Carrefour; The Belgian Beer Cafe, […]

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DTFF Outdoor Theatre
Oct
29

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Wrap Up

         

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Oct
28

Where can I find … OPI nail polish in Qatar

A friend of mine got me onto OPI Bubble Bath at home and now I can’t go without it. I didn’t manage to bring a bottle from home (which was just so brilliant because in a country where it is perpetually summer you never wear open-toe shoes do you?) and was a little panicked about […]

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Oct
27

Qatar in Pictures, August 2011

Images top left to right: The outskirts of Doha – all vacant lands and dust; Tea; Typical Qatari design. Taken below Souq Waqif; A screen hiding a cafe during Ramadan; Ramadan Tent during the Ramadan Festival, Katara; Seating at Katara; A cushion from the Swalif exhibition, Mathaf Modern Museum; Aspetar Hospital; A familiar sign in […]

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Beverley Hills Compound
Oct
25

Newbie Tuesdays: What to wear in your compound

Ah, well that all depends on the compound you’re in. I have only lived in large compounds. These are usually swarming with an army of (male) workers. They’re all friendly and harmless but they’re still there and I’d rather not divert their attention with my scantily clad-iness! In the first compound we lived in I […]

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Crossing Boundaries Slide
Sep
28

VCU Lecture Series: ‘Crossing Boundaries’

Last week I went to a lecture at VCU which I think is definitely worth a mention. It was part of a series called ‘Crossing Boundaries’. VCU is a design-focused university so all of the talks will have an arty slant. I know nothing about art or design but I still found this talk really […]

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The Heat
Sep
27

Newbie Tuesdays: The Heat

Before we moved here this was definitely the hot topic (hehe sorry had to). What is life going to be like in a country that has an average temperature of 41 in the summer? Will it be awful? Will we hate it? How will our dog cope? Isn’t that cruel? Well the answers are: great; […]

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July Feature
Sep
25

Qatar in Pictures, July 2011

  Images left to right: Museum of Islamic Art; Doha city taken from the corniche; street lamps at Villaggio, bowling at Villaggio; Twilight at Riveria Garedens compound; Tree art; Souq Waqif; Shoppers at Carrefour.

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Sep
23

Where can I find … an egg cup?

I know. This sounds like a weird request. But I love soft boiled eggs or as I like to call them, dippy eggs, but search as I might I just could NOT find an egg cup anywhere. When I first arrived I just used the lid of the egg carton but that’s a real pain […]

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