Driving in Qatar: Staying Sane

Staying sane

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 […]

Are you prepared for an accident in Qatar?

Medic Image

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 […]

Newbie Tuesdays: Learning to drive in Qatar

Trucks in Doha

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 […]

The openness of expats

Friends in Doha

If you’re thinking of relocating, and you’re moving to a place like Qatar which is full of expats, I’ve got good news for you. They are waiting for you with open arms! When people ask me whether it’s easy to meet people in Qatar my answer is always yes. Absolutely. Yes. Expats are so open. Too open? […]

Doing time in Doha


    My friend Mark came back from a 4-day holiday on an exotic island last week. We were out at dinner when someone asked him how it feels to be back in Doha (it’s a common question, I’m not sure why but we all ask it!). He couldn’t quite put into words how he […]

What to do if your dog dies in Qatar

Bliss at Al Safliya

I’m going to share something with you that I really don’t want to. Nope, don’t want to talk about it at all. But I’m going to, because it’s important to me and might be important to you. My dog, Bliss, passed away last week. We knew it was coming for about 6 months. She was […]

Expat habits: Two weddings

Just married

  There is a phenomenon amongst expats that I wasn’t aware of until I partook in it myself. It is the double wedding. As in, get married and then get married again, usually in a different location. Usually with different guests. Sometimes there is a significant time delay. Sometimes there is a delay of just […]

Newbie Tuesdays: Clothes I wear to death in Qatar

clothes 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 […]

Christmas in Qatar is…

Christmas Qatar

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’ […]

Newbie Tuesdays: Outlay for your move to Qatar

outlay expat 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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