Hard to Say Goodbye

It comes round to the time of year again when summer must end and the trip back to Abu Dhabi to serve another term is nigh. Ninety per cent of expat wives in Abu Dhabi and around the Middle East travel to their native countries to escape the too-hot Arabian summer months.  For many it’s…

Hell hath no fury like a mammy on a plane

Queuing for the night flight from Heathrow to Dubai with three kids, four hand luggage items, I get a growing sinking feeling about the availability of the inadequate bassinette. Far from considering myself a seasoned traveler however, I have had of recent years intensive and extensive experience in travelling with children both old and young…

The Local GP

Every parent knows the feeling when their nine year complains about her ear being sore at 10 o’clock at night, after you’re been out all day and she hasn’t mentioned it, all this on the night before you have an appointment the next morning with the Qatari fingerprinting department to finalise your application for residency.…

The Eternal Expat

Having fled Ireland a few months ago and ventured to Qatar in the Middle East it is easy to think of oneself as being a world traveler, taking in the Arab culture with wonderment and commending oneself and one’s ability to fit in.   All this is made somewhat easier when you know your home is…