Just Like Me

When I compare, Qatar today with Qatar of five years ago, there is a notable change in the landscape. Infrastructure, Ikea, more Malls, sure, but the most welcome difference is the increased number of Irish families now living in Qatar.   Not only is it always nice to meet someone from home but it is somewhat reassuring…

RP in Qatar

For the trailing spouse (usually wife) getting set up in Qatar is not as easy as rocking up with a pair of fitflops and a maxi. Unless you want to do visa runs to Bahrain every 59 days, you need to obtain an RP (residents permit). Every non-Qatari person living in Qatar needs to have…

Home Sweet Home in Doha

Since arriving to Doha the first month has passed in a haze, so frantic and frenzied is the search for a house, school, car and the container that left Indonesia months ago, that I have been consumed with setting up home. Finding the right school is the lynchpin to it all. Second time around we…

Oktoberfest in Doha

  Three weeks into our expatriation to Doha and the novelty of clean living is wearing off. It’s ironic that during these first weeks of trying to make a home on the peninsula off Saudi Arabia where you need a licence to buy alcohol in the off-licence, that there was never a time that the…

House Hunting Doha

For some the idea of being holed up at the Intercontinental Hotel on Westbay in Doha for a month might sound ideal, but for a mother of three, wife to one and daughter of the land, so to speak, it’s nothing short of sheer torture. Apartment living may be the modus operandi for millions of…