Category Archives: Expat Life

Stopping Over in Dubai – A Newbie’s Guide

Dubai truly is the epitome of luxury, the cars, the buildings, the hotels and the attractions.  It has so much to offer! If you haven’t visited or you are planning to visit read more to find out how to spend a weekend in Dubai. Living as an expat in a different country is exciting but […]

A 2.5 Hour Drive from Abu Dhabi but a World Away: Jebel Dhanna’s Beachfront Paradise

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Only two and a half hours from the buzz of Abu Dhabi City, you’ll find Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, a welcome reprise from the rush of everyday life. Located on the shore of the mainland, opposite Sir Bani Yas Island, guests benefit from many of the perks of being near this natural reserve without the often-hefty price […]

A Nanny Abroad – What Life’s Really Like as a Nanny in Switzerland

Nannying in Switzerland, living abroad

A lot of people think nannying is a glorified title for a babysitter – but with longer hours and slightly better pay. I also subscribed to this notion – that is, until I actually became one myself. For me, nannying came about after I left a difficult job in Kuwait and found myself floating aimlessly […]

How is this my Life? Relaxing at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm, Dubai

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It’s funny, when we envisaged our lives in Abu Dhabi, we certainly never imagined we’d be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous out on Dubai’s Palm.  A year on though, we frequently find ourselves enjoying the best pools and beach clubs in the UAE (thanks to Privilee – the best membership around!) and though we haven’t met […]

The Membership Card You’ll Want to Use: Privilee Review, Abu Dhabi + Dubai

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Over the years both Nathan and I have signed up to our fair share of memberships – mostly to various gyms, all of which are eventually relinquished due to lack of use.  Privilee is different though… we’ve finally found a membership card that we love using! What makes this membership so different?  Read on for our Privilee […]

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Go Home?

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What do you do when your heart and head both pull you in different directions?  What happens when you’re not ready for your adventure to be over but it’s not quite as simple as continuing on without consequence? Though we’ve been here in Abu Dhabi for a little over a year and three months, today […]

U-Turn: An American Diner in The UAE

Let me start by saying how much we really love a good burger… our love for burgers is on par with our adoration of the United States and all of their ridiculously delicious (and naughty) food in general! Imagine our excitement when reviews for U-Turn Diner started popping up all over Facebook – Abu Dhabi’s very own […]

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 […]

Thanks Mum! An open letter to my Travel Inspiration

Living abroad has been a fantastic opportunity (and one that without my mum’s influence, probably wouldn’t ever have happened) but the excitement of living away is often tinged by the sad reminder that we’ve left close family and friends (plus our much loved cats) back home in Aotearoa. As Mother’s Day approaches and I reflect […]

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 […]