Abu Dhabi Diaries | Thoughts and tips from the city of movers and sheikhas



My Third Trimester Survival Kit, on a Shoestring

My second trimester had its own quirks, but all in all was pretty bearable. Now, well into my third trimester, I have developed some coping strategies and collected a few simple tools that I’ve found handy when facing this new frontier. 

This list of 13 budget-friendly things are helping me get through the weird changes to my body and helping me prepare for the baby, but I’m not there yet! With three weeks to go until my due date, please let me know in the comments if there is anything that you did or used to get you through those final weeks and ready for the new arrival.

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My Weirdest Pregnancy Craving

So it’s been a while now since I’ve blogged, but I’m pleased to make a return and I come bearing news that my husband and I are expecting a child! My husband already has a wonderful daughter, who just turned 12, but for me, this is my first pregnancy and its surprised me in many ways.

The strange insomnia that keeps me awake for no apparent reason for hours on end, the frequent nosebleeds, the leg cramps; I’d never realised all of these were common complaints of pregnancy. I did know though that it was normal to develop some cravings.

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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.

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Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan

I moved to Abu Dhabi two and a half years ago, and in that time I’ve had over 25 visits from friends and family from back home. I bang the drum for Abu Dhabi as a place to live. I think life here is great, but for a tourist it can often seem quite a strange and confusing place.

As a host, I sometimes flounder as I try to remember the best things to do with guests. There are only a few ‘sights’ to see and no pedestrianised centre to the city. It’s not like Paris, or Rome or Budapest, where you could take a walk out of your front door and find historic charm and interest on every corner. Abu Dhabi does have a lot to offer, but you need know where to look. If you are a tourist or a guide, it’s often best to be armed with a plan.

So if you are visiting and want to make the most out of your trip, or are hosting and want to show your guests a good time, here is my suggested agenda to squeeze the best out of Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan”

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