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…

Force Majeure

A force majeure…. unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract; a greater force. It begs the question for the hundreds of building sites in Doha, does the Qatar Crisis constitute a ‘force majeure’ when looking at the reality of delivering on a contract when you’re land locked, air restricted and import reliant desert…

Draw the Line

It can be difficult to differentiate between summer holidays and real life when you live in Doha, Qatar and come to Ireland for the summer. What happens is you compact a full year’s life into a 9- week period. Anniversary parties, Christenings, Engagement, Weddings even funerals are all planned around the summer and bang, the…

More than just a number

Child rearing is a funny old thing, and depending on the child’s age it changes all the time. When kids are born, you strive to see the person inside the baby. Homing in on every movement, glimpse and sound they utter, painfully trying to identity your baby as being unique. You celebrate all signs of…

Age of Dynamic

Back in Ireland escaping the heat and monotony of Qatar for the summer and it’s clear that the apart from ham sandwiches, wet afternoons and 8.99 wine the biggest thing we’re missing in Qatar is dynamic. Dynamic of extended family, dynamic of everyday life and dynamic of community. Bear in mind that as expats we…

Media Influence

  Am I affected by the media? Do I listen and get all involved, do I read the papers and feel indignation rising with every word? No, would be my reply. I can listen objectively and not get drawn in to whatever new crisis is dominating the news. Regardless of my personal situation, living conditions,…

The Summer Job

It’s the bugbear for every mom, every summer, how to occupy them for 8, 9, 10, 11 or heaven forbid 12 weeks of a long damp summer in Ireland. Before the age of six a blanket and tent out the back garden can provide all the excitement and activity they need, after than you’re looking…