Middle East

From Surrey to Minneapolis to Dubai: Circles in the Sand

30 August, 2012 09:01  Erin Erin

circles in the sand desertI write under the pseudonym Dubaiunveiled, because when we moved to the Middle East in 2008 I realised there are lots of misconceptions about this region of the world (“Will you have to wear a veil?” was one of the questions I was asked before moving). I’m originally from Surrey in the UK, but we relocated to the UAE from Minneapolis in the US.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband, a pilot, is responsible for all our moves! He’s American (I’m British), so I eloped with him to Florida five days after marrying. We spent about five years in the US, before moving to Dubai so he could fly bigger airplanes. We like to keep things interesting – and sunshine.


De Barcelona a Abu Dhabi: Abu Phampi

27 August, 2012 10:12  Erin Erin

AbuPhampi waterMi nombre periodístico es Abu Phampi… nací hace 30 anos (con un nombre normal ;P ) en la localidad catalana de Lleida, a pocos km de Barcelona, y ya no me acuerdo de lo que es ponerme un jersey, un abrigo o una bufanda… hace dos años la vida me llevo a la cálida ciudad de Abu Dhabi, capital de Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
A parte de una inquietud innata  por conocer mundo y por los idiomas; los estudios, el amor y el trabajo me llevaron respectivamente a ir, a permanecer y a seguir en el extranjero. Le interesara al lector que no soy alguien que ha huido de ninguna crisis. Una decisión clave durante mi juventud me ha regalado 8 años de maravillosas experiencias por el mundo.


From Melbourne to Dubai: The Hedonista

02 July, 2012 09:26  Erin Erin

hedonista sarahMy name is Sarah, and I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I studied wine, worked in restaurants, had my own business selling wine, and then one day, my husband said – Hey, let’s move to a Muslim country! I’ve been living in Dubai for just over four years, and have managed to find plenty of happiness and activity to fill the (watering) hole.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband got a job paying lots of money, and I was slowly drinking all my profits. It was time for a change, and he promised I could get a maid.


De Suisse à Istanbul: Une maman à Istanbul

24 May, 2012 11:22  Erin Erin

une maman a Istanbul Je m’appelle Özge on me connait aussi sou le nom une maman à Istanbul. J’ai grandis en Suisse à Lausanne et maintenant je vis à Istanbul.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis née en Suisse mais mes parents sont turc, je suis retournée dans le pays de mes parents pour y fonder une nouvelle vie. Je me suis mariée et ai un enfant maintenant. Je vis dans une des villes les plus extraordinaires du monde.


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.  


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.


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!


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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