Middle East

From England to Dubai: Footsteps of a Wanderer

21 July, 2014 09:38  Erin Erin

Footsteps of a WandererSam is a PR and social media consultant from England, who moved to Dubai on her own in January 2006, promising her family it would only be for two years. Over the many years that followed she has been busy sharing the less well known parts of the UAE - across deserts, mountains, beaches and even underwater - on her blog 'Footsteps of a Wanderer', along with a lot of other useful travel advice.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad had been living in Abu Dhabi and I came for a visit and saw a lot of potential. Things were tough in the UK and I had no ties, so I contacted a few PR agencies when I arrived and as an experienced PR and events person with native English, I was in high demand - I came back from the two week holiday with two offer letters and handed in my notice!


From the USA to Kuwait: American Girl's World

30 June, 2014 10:22  Erin Erin

American Girl's World kuwait Hi there! My name is Diane and I’m from central North Carolina in the U.S.A. I lived in Kuwait for a bit more than 10 years, married a local, and we moved back to my hometown in North Carolina last year. We continue to maintain our home in Kuwait and travel back and forth several times a year so I guess it’s safe to say we live in both countries now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had completed my education and found myself seeking something challenging beyond the typical 9-5 workday.


From the Philippines to Kuwait: Wisemummy81

05 May, 2014 07:43  Erin Erin

Wisemummy81 Hi I’m Rowella better known as wiseummy81 in the worldwide web; I’m currently in Kuwait from the island of the Philippines.

1. Why did you move abroad?
To grant my mother’s wish, be with my family and to find better opportunity

2. How do you make a living?

I’m currently working as procurement officer in a petroleum company in Kuwait.


From France to Libya: Diary of a Serial Expat

21 April, 2014 10:21  Erin Erin

This talented blogger presented her interview in both English & French! Read her English interview first, with the French interview below.

Diary of an expat My name is Jameela I was born in France and I now live In Zawia, Libya after having spent 10 years in England and Wales.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Because I’m a serial expat! More seriously I was looking for better job opportunities and I wanted to leave cold England for a sunny destination. After some time looking here and there Libya found us.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m working as an ESL teacher. The job is easy because you’re pretty much free to teach whatever and however you like, but Libya is a country in a post-war / transition period and things are not always easy.


Von Deutschland nach T├╝rkei: What About my Pencilskirt?

31 March, 2014 10:23  Erin Erin

What About my PencilskirtIch bin die Frau hinter http://www.what-about-my-pencilskirt.com. Ich heiße Constance Grunewald-Petschke, bin 36 Jahre alt, verheiratet und lebe zur Zeit in Istanbul.

1.  Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Mein Mann wurde im Sommer letzten Jahres von seinem Arbeitgeber hierher entsendet. Für mich als interkulturellen Coach war das eine tolle Gelegenheit, mein Wissen und meine Erfahrungen weiter auszubauen, neue Menschen und inspirierende Orte kennenzulernen und ein wenig die wohltuende Sonne des Südens zu genießen.


From Scotland to Hong Kong to Dubai: Fit Chicks and Fast Women

27 January, 2014 09:00  Erin Erin

fit chicks & fast women

My name is Tori, or Victoria, when I’m being told off! I’m originally from Scotland but am a true expat brat having spent much of my life in Hong Kong. I moved to Dubai at the beginning of 2008 and today, I split my time between Durban and Dubai.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Dubai with my then hubbie, Aiden, who had a wonderful new opportunity to further his career in the wine industry. We always had a spirit for adventure and a lust for embracing life, so thought, why not?!


From the Philippines to the UAE: The Geek Chronicles

13 January, 2014 07:54  Erin Erin

Geek ChroniclesI am Gail Monique, a twenty something year old social media specialist and freelance writer. I love anything that has to do with food (cooking, eating, and more eating), rain, collecting rubber duckies (don't ask!) and taking out lines from good books, movies and lyrics. I currently live in Sharjah, an Emirate 20 minutes away from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. .

1. Why did you move abroad?

My move abroad was a result of a healing process after I lost my father to cancer two years ago. I figured that I needed a major change in environment to deal with my grief and Abu Dhabi was my first choice because this was where I went to high school.


From Ireland to Riyadh: A Long Way to go For a Sun Tan

16 December, 2013 09:24  Erin Erin

A Long Way to Go for A Sun TanNoel Scanlon is my name, I’m from Ireland and have been in this region now for almost three years. I’m from the West of Ireland in Co. Clare and emigrated in 2011, as a result of the economic problems back home, I sadly lost my own business as a result of the post 2008 crash and burn in Ireland and came initially to work in Afghanistan in 2011, which was an amazing experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Economics, I lost my business after the 2008 crash and burn in Ireland, and needed to earn to support my family and repay my mortgage and other debt back home. It was never in my plan to come to the Middle East, and as I said before, I initially worked in Afghanistan for a year before being offered this position here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


De France ├á Madrid ├á Sulaymaniyah: Femme fran├žaise en Irak

09 September, 2013 09:07  Erin Erin

Femme francaise en Irak Je m’appelle Florence. Je me suis installée en Espagne, à Madrid, lorsque j’avais 24 ans. Et depuis janvier 2013, j’habite à Sulaymaniyah, la capitale culturelle du Kurdistan iraquien.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

A Madrid, je n’avais plus de travail, ma dernière fille a passé son bac et est allée s’installer à Paris pour ses études et elle a même emmené le chat. Dans le même temps, l’entreprise de mon mari lui a proposé un poste en Irak. Il m’a dit « Il serait peut être temps que tu découvres un autre pays ? ». J’ai dit « oui » sans réfléchir. C’était maintenant ou jamais. (More)


From London to Turkey: Turkey with Stuff In

17 June, 2013 11:44  Erin Erin

Turkey with Stuff In It kym Hello to you wherever you are :) I’m Kym and I live in Turkey where the word Kim means ‘who’…. that’s been fun! I am married to a native, Murat, and my surname is now Ciftci which means ‘Farmer’ – I’m also a Turkish citizen now and with that I took a Turkish name so you can also call me Sevda if you wish. When it comes to names I am not at all precious – My husband calls me things like ‘Woody’ (when I had red hair and looked like Woody Woodpecker apparently). Sometimes ‘Dinosh’ after Dino in the Flintstones and his new favorite is Balina (whale). The last one being the least flattering, but I have to say he only started that one after I named him Hippo Murat, a name I have also taught the village kids to say :)

I have a son from a previous life and he calls me ‘Moosh’ – So you see, I really don’t mind what you call me, as long as it’s not rude.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I was your typical suburban resident with a nice house, a decent car and a great job, albeit a stressful one with a lot of responsibility. Whether it was down to stress or not I don’t know but I became ill and eventually had an operation. The operation was not a complete success; the surgeon nicked one of my organs and I ended up bleeding internally. This meant I needed a second operation and that also did not go as well as it should have and when I woke up covered in drips and drains and feeling a hundred years old, I decided life was too short. That was the turning point.


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