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Moving Overseas

9 Things You Might Not Realise Before Moving to the UAE

Planning on moving to the UAE? Or maybe you already live here but an old friend has reached out to you who is considering a new job prospect in the Emirates and wants to know what life here is like.

Things I take for granted now I sometimes forget used to baffle and confuse me, until a new person lands in town and they ask the questions that were once on my mind too. And then there’s the insider knowledge that someone new to the country should be armed with, but would never think to ask.

Based on my own experiences and those of people who came after me, here is my list of nine things that you may need to know, want to know, or just be interested to know about moving to the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading “9 Things You Might Not Realise Before Moving to the UAE”


Home Comforts: Nine Things I Miss Whilst Living in the UAE

We recently returned from a trip home to the UK. Every time I go back to my home country, I find myself appreciating hundreds of small pleasures I forgot I even missed.

I sometimes get into the conversation with my other expat friends where we bemoan light-heartedly that so much of annual leave is used up going home each year.

Whilst it’s not your traditional ‘holiday’, often with days spent visiting people in three or four cities in one day, clocking up the motorway hours and the costs, the truth is, it’s always incredibly special and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here are nine things I adore about going home, from the deep and meaningful, to the fun and frivolous.

Continue reading “Home Comforts: Nine Things I Miss Whilst Living in the UAE”

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