Ramadan 2016

My Ramadan 2016

Last year, I was here in Doha for the first few days of Ramadan, however I was lucky to be pregnant, thus exempt, from fasting. This year however, will be the real test, as Ramadan starts Sunday, it shifts forward 11 days earlier each year, to annoy non-Muslim expats! We all know, what Ramadan means…

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From 40 to 52

It’s the most notable thing about the Middle East, not the Burj Khalifa, not The Pearl in Doha, it’s the heat, the stifling, enveloping, steaming heat that descends in April and doesn’t offer respite until October, sometimes November. For weeks before the big Five O (degrees Celsius) you can feel it a little hotter each…

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Which Doha are you in?

Every week I get an email or two from people thinking of moving to Doha, Should we move? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What is it like to live in? My usual reply contains the following, It will feel like the hardest transition ever, but ironically Doha is considered an easy expat destination, in…

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Re-invent yourself Mary

How many of us have thought over the years about how great a fresh start would be. A clean slate, a chance to start again in a neighbourhood, city and country. Well, a new start is the happy by-product of emigration. Embedded in your community in Ireland, you’re a wife, mother, daughter, friend, lover (if…

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Bye Bye Vincent, Hello Nidge

I couldn’t describe myself as being a TV watcher, however, it is nice from time to time to sit for an hour and watch a bit of telly. Sometime about 6 years ago that habit flew out the window. Perhaps it something to do with TV Arabia. You try to work around it a little…

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Nice to be asked

Last Sunday night, I didn’t expect an enumerator to call to the door here in Doha with census form in hand, nor did I expect that there’d be an arrival of a census form in the post for completion by those of use who’d like to announce, ‘We’ve emigrated, just in case you ever wondered’…