Resources for pregnant women in Qatar

Pregnant in Qatar

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reader Qn: Online editorial jobs in Qatar


Hi, My husband and I moved to Doha last week. I read that you are working in publishing? I’m looking for a job, as an online content manager. Can you give me any direction of where to start looking for jobs in this area? Regards, Reader   Hi Reader, My number 1 piece of advice […]

Why my blog went quiet

The Pearl, Qatar

  10 years ago I worked in a hotel in a small Austrian ski village. It wasn’t a great experience – I ended up resigning after deciding that I didn’t really like cleaning the loos of English package tourists for €0.76/hour on a mountain with no snow. I had nothing to lose and the boss […]

Reader Question: Pay + working in the media

media in Qatar

  “Hi, I’m a journalist and have got an interview with a company based in Doha. I was wondering whether you could give me any information about what Qatar is like for writers/editors? Also, what is the pay like? From reading various forums I get the impression I should be looking at a salary around […]

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 […]

Itinerary: Visiting Parents – Activities

Visiting Family

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 […]

Don’t ask why


Not long after I arrived in Doha I was handed a piece of  paper by one of my new friends which was a compiled list of mantras or sayings that expats had adopted to rationalise their new lives and help them get through the many unusual and trying situations they encountered. Top of the list was: […]

Event Volunteering in Qatar


  A common comment you might hear around the Qatar water coolers (aka Twitter) is that expats don’t meet enough a) new people, b) diverse people, c) local people. Luckily there is a solution: volunteering! There are heaps of volunteering opportunities in Doha and while I’m not going to go into them all just now, […]

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