Category Archives: Middle East

Tilal Liwa Hotel – Your Desert Oasis

As much as we love Abu Dhabi, sometimes it’s nice to get out of here; as they say, a change is as good as a holiday… even if it is only for a weekend! Fortunately, just shy of two hours from the city, Tilal Liwa Hotel lays amongst the dunes of the Rub al Khai […]

Freaking Out over Freakshakes in Dubai!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a major sweet tooth. In the past we’ve traipsed all over town (and sometimes further afield) to track down a delicious looking treat so when we saw the most amazing freakshakes popping up on Instagram there was no question that we’d be driving over to Dubai – the […]

Ramadan in Abu Dhabi – Iftar at Majlis Alfareej

Ramadan (in Arabic: رمضان, Ramadān), known as the Holy Month, is an incredibly important period of time for Muslims.  Over this time, Muslim’s go without food and drink during daylight hours, forsake desires and often help to improve life for others that are less fortunate, showing a great deal of respect and compassion.   Today was […]

Where has the time gone? Another ‘Monthly’ Round-Up

How on earth is it June already?! The plan was to jot down what we’ve been up to over here each month but considering my last ‘monthly round-up’ was posted at the beginning of March, I think it’s fair to say I’ve been pretty unsuccessful in doing so! The past three months have been a […]

Expat Expertise, Abu Dhabi: How to convert your overseas drivers licence

Whilst visiting Abu Dhabi (or living here before your work visa comes through), you’re able to drive on your home drivers licence or an international one.  Once your work visa comes through, however, it suddenly becomes illegal to do so. This post isn’t the most exciting of ones but hopefully it will provide a practical step-by-step […]

BU!

It’s not often a restaurant manages to combine memorable food, sophisticated service, funky design and an energising atmosphere but that’s what one of the highly anticipated newcomers to the Abu Dhabi restaurant scene has managed to do. BU!, located on the 4th floor of ‘the Hub’ in the World Trade Centre Mall, brings modern Pan […]

Fine Dining at the Ritz-Carlton: Brunching Abu Dhabi Style

There are few brands as synonymous with luxury as that of the Ritz-Carlton; even the widely recognised logo, featuring a lion and a crown, gives a nod to luxury and wealth. Brunching is a favourite past-time for many expats living in the United Arab Emirates; this is not your standard run-of-the-mill eggs benedict at 11am though.  Brunch U.A.E […]

Fun in the Sun – Aquaventure, Dubai

The weather here in the United Arab Emirates is starting to warm up again, so before the crazy heat sends us racing for the confined, air-conditioned comfort of the malls, we figured it was time to check out Aquaventures over in Dubai.   This iconic water park sits to the side of the Atlantis hotel, the jewel […]

Living in the Middle East – Just how safe is it for a woman flying solo?

It’s funny the road life takes you down.  As I sit here typing this, I’m in my apartment in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi City, having just welcomed a single friend to my relatively new stomping-ground.  Though my husband Nathan made the move with me, he’s spent over two of the last six months back […]

10 Tips to Help you see Petra like a Local

I didn’t realise how much I wanted to see the ancient cliffside carvings of Petra until travelling to the Middle East became a reality for us… once our move to Abu Dhabi got locked in, however, it was almost all I could think of!  Everywhere I turned, I spotted incredible photos of the infamous Lost […]

The Real Abu Dhabi Experience: An Evening Amongst the Dunes

The United Arab Emirates, with it’s outstretched sky scrapers and vast sand dunes does a spectacular job of highlighting the differences between modern living and traditional ways of life… If there’s one thing you do whilst exploring the contradictory nature of the UAE, make it a desert safari! After being collected from a local shopping centre at […]

What’s it like to teach in the UAE?

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Lottie of Princess in a Caravan about what it’s really like to live and teach in the United Arab Emirates – specifically in Abu Dhabi.  Lottie worked as a recruitment consultant for one of the largest teaching recruitment companies in the UAE and it was an honour to be featured […]

The Best Free View in Abu Dhabi City (no strings attached!)

We love living in the UAE and though it’s not as expensive as many people imagine, there also wouldn’t be many that would describe it as cheap either. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have spectacular views but unfortunately many of these places cost a small fortune to visit – some will let you in for […]

Your Essential Four Day Itinerary in Jordan

There really are not enough superlatives to do Jordan any level of justice when describing it!  The people were incredibly warm and friendly and we enjoyed soaking up the landmarks that until then, we’d only dreamed of being able to visit. We had the absolute time of our lives on our recent trip to Jordan, and […]

Grab a paddle, let’s go!

Living in the Middle East means summer is really too hot to even dream of venturing far outside. The solution? Wait ’till winter to head out into the great outdoors. We’d been waiting on the weather to cool down and for most of our Abu Dhabi friends to be in the same place at the […]

Teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE: Your Questions Answered!

This time last year we made the decision to relocate to the United Arab Emirates and only six months ago we packed up our belongings and prepared to make the move. I’ll never forget the moment my international job offer came through and the wave of anxiety we both felt as the months and months of […]