Not a bit Christmassy

If you think Christmas is a chore at home, try conjuring up a bit of Christmas atmosphere in Doha. Doesn’t help things that every time you ring home hear that adage, ‘it doesn’t feel a bit Christmassy this year’. And I’m thinking really? doesn’t feel a bit Christmassy? There was a whole event around the…

To work or not to work

It’s only when you get a few women together that you realise when it comes to raising kids, everybody seems to think that the person next to them is doing a better job than they are! Somewhere between our grandmother’s time and here we’ve captioned child-rearing as being the most important job of all. For…

Milk and Money

Despite being squeezed from every angle, Qatar are holding their own when it comes to the blockade. Six months ago, Qatar were fully reliant Saudi for their fresh food supplies, Saudi being it’s only bordering country it was the only option for the tiny desert nation of Qatar. But since Saudi and its pals cut…

On the Night Orient

People generally have a hazy understanding of the availability of alcohol in Qatar.   For certain there is no availability of alcohol without a liquor licence. Even then it is only available in one windowless outlet in the whole of Qatar. Queue cans be long, prices can be double what they are in Ireland, but in…

Driving Ms. Ali

It’s a common question from home, ‘are women allowed drive in Qatar’, ‘oh yes’ I always respond, ‘that’s Saudi you’re thinking of’. Well no longer, as of this week, women are officially allowed to drive in Saudi. However, before they let off the handbrake and slip it into first, the official nod isn’t taking effect…