Middle East


From USA to Saudi Arabia: Saudi Scenes

12 April, 2012 10:49  Erin Erin

saudi scenes camelI am SaudiExpat, from the United States now living in Saudi Arabia.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Saudi Arabia for my husband’s job.  He took a job with a major oil producing company that moved us to Dhahran.

2. How do you make a living?
I am a stay at home mom with two kids.  There are not many opportunities for expat women to work in Saudi Arabia no matter how qualified they are.  
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From Perth to Doha: Sonya and Travis

02 April, 2012 10:40  Erin Erin

sonya and travis We are Sonya and Travis, originally from Perth, Australia, moved to Doha, Qatar.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Travis was sent to Qatar on a project, initially on a fly-in fly-out arrangement.  We had always wanted to experience living abroad and saw a longer term opportunity with Qatar. After a few months into the project, Sonya looked for work and eventually we decided to relocate to the Middle East.
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From India to Dubai: To Buy or Not Du-bai

16 February, 2012 09:17  Erin Erin

to buy or du-baiHi I am Manisha - an Indian by birth, wanderer by choice, foodie by passion, nomadic by inclination, and, have currently pitched tent in Dubai!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I am a long time sufferer of the Trailing Spouse Syndrome, sometimes I suspect, even a masochist, since I quite enjoy the moving around! In the last 10 years, I think we’ve moved every 2 years and I’ve enjoyed every move! I suspect its some nomadic or gypsy blood in the family that my folks forgot to tell me about!
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From Sydney to Delhi: Life & Lentils

17 November, 2011 09:43  Erin Erin

life and lentil portrait My name is Louise I am originally from Sydney, Australia and I am currently residing in Delhi with my husband, Ray and my children, Samuel and Hunter. This is my first experience living abroad.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Initially my family and I came to Delhi for 3 months when Ray was asked to review a humanitarian project called Sewa Ashram. This project works to rehabilitate Delhi’s destitute and dying through medical intervention, advocacy and skill training. Ray found that he enjoyed the work so much that we are still here 3 years later. (More)

   


From Wiltshire to Doha: An Expat Cooks

31 October, 2011 09:10  Erin Erin

an expat cook Amanda Barnes – From a small West Country town called Malmesbury which is in Wiltshire, UK and now living in Doha, Qatar.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband works for an Oil Service company and it seemed like a good idea at the time (don't they all?). We were in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia from 2001 until 2005 – moved to Doha, Qatar after several attacks against Western Compounds, including one down the road from where we were living at the time. (More)

   


From Stockholm to Lebanon: Stockholm-Beirut

24 October, 2011 09:04  Erin Erin

stockholm helena My name is Helena and I come from the land of snow (Sweden) and I live currently in the land of sun (Lebanon).

1. Why did you move abroad?
Beirut have been a childhood dream for me since I was seven, and when I turned 30 I realized it was time to stop dreaming and start living. So I moved to Beirut.
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From America to Switzerland to Qatar: Koo • Ki

12 September, 2011 10:24  Erin Erin

koo ki You can call me koo • ki. My real name is a mess; I never know what to call myself. And since moving to Qatar, all sorts of variations have been added to all manner of legal documents. Note to self: always check which name is on the card before signing.

I’m US American born, Swiss immigrated, living in Qatar, where I (currently) have my permanent residence, but I’m writing this in France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not! One cold January afternoon my Swiss husband asked me if I wanted to move to Qatar. It took me less than a second to answer: “Definitely.” Two seconds later, I asked, “Where’s Qatar?” I didn’t know if it was a country, a city or a fantasy.

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From London to Bodrum: Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey

28 March, 2011 09:47  Erin Erin

Jack ScottMy name is Jack Scott. I am originally from London and last year I moved to Bodrum in Turkey with my civil partner, Liam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was a petty bureaucrat for 30 years gently ascending a career ladder to middle management, middle income and a middling suburban terrace; comfortable, secure and passionately dissatisfying. I thought it high time to take a break from my labours, put my feet up and watch the pansies grow.

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