What I Learned from Failing as an Expat

Whilst I was excited to go on holiday recently, I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive about going back to Australia. After having lived there for around 18 months a few years back, I suppose I was a bit worried about the memories it would stir up. You see, I really wasn’t a very happy person when we lived in Australia. I hadn’t expected to feel that way, I had been very excited to make the move, but things worked out very differently to how we’d imagined, for both myself and my husband. It was due to a number of things really, things were far more expensive than we’d anticipated, work opportunities weren’t very good for me and quite frankly, despite my husband having grown up in the country, many people just weren’t very welcoming to what we’d become from living overseas for so many years – ‘outsiders’. Continue reading What I Learned from Failing as an Expat

11 Essential Abu Dhabi Experiences

Following on from my recent post about things to do in Abu Dhabi that aren’t necessarily on the tourist trail (read those here), here’s the list of the most popular things to do that you won’t want to miss if you’re visiting (or new to) Abu Dhabi: Continue reading 11 Essential Abu Dhabi Experiences

In Pictures: 10 Years in the UAE

On this very day 10 years ago, after having packed up my life, sold some of my things, sent even more to the charity shop and boxed the remainder up for storage at my parents house, I was finally about to board a plane to start a new job and a new life in Dubai…

10 years… I can hardly believe it’s really been 10 years since I waved goodbye to everything I knew and left the UK. So as a bit of a celebration and a trip down memory lane, here’s a few pictorial highlights of my adventures in the UAE over those last 10 years…
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Staycation: Hilton Abu Dhabi

I’m fond of a little staycation, and frankly, any excuse to make a day at the beach last longer! It’s like a little holiday, but all wrapped up into a weekend and without having to worry about the stresses of travel! So last weekend after never having visited the hotel previously, we decided it was finally time to check out the Hilton Abu Dhabi, one of the oldest hotels in the city, but also one of the most loved.  Continue reading Staycation: Hilton Abu Dhabi

BounceFIT Abu Dhabi

After what seemed like a very long wait, Bounce finally hit the capital and opened back in August and now, they’ve also launched their BounceFIT classes which I have been excited about trying for ages… Continue reading BounceFIT Abu Dhabi

Mummy Musings: “what’s wrong with me?”

I don’t often write about being a mother. But this week, on the day my baby started nursery for the first time I felt compelled to finish a post I first started many months ago.

Pretty much ever since Baby Arabian Notes was born, I’ve spent a lot of time agonising over one question:

“what’s wrong with me?”

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Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi 2016

Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi 2016: It’s that time of year again where I’ve been traipsing around town to compare how prices of ordinary goods have changed since last year.  Last year I noted that a lot of things had actually come down in price, and this year a fair bit has stayed the same, though the items that have gone up seem to have increased quite considerably. As in previous years, for the sake of consistency I visited Lulu hypermarket for the prices and you can compare these to previous years by clicking on the cost of living posts for 2014 and 2015 if you like.

Also to make it easy to see what’s gone up, down or stayed the same, I’ve used the following self-explanatory key:

Price up:
Price down:
Price stayed the same: →

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Budget Break: Rove Downtown Dubai and The Bench Brunch

Last weekend we took ourselves off for a cheeky little staycation in Dubai – a bit of a ‘brunchcation’ if you will… You know the deal, you want to go up to Dubai to see some friends, go shopping, do brunch… but it’s all so much to fit in to one day and it’s a hassle just driving up (or arranging transport) for the one day. BUT, it’s also so flipping expensive to stay over, especially when you’ve got so much planned that you’re probably not going to spend much time in the room anyway. Well, the Rove Downtown Dubai hotel might just be the answer you’re looking for… Continue reading Budget Break: Rove Downtown Dubai and The Bench Brunch

Road Trip: London to Scotland

One of the difficulties when you live overseas is how to pay a visit to your home country to catch up with friends and family, but still have a holiday at the same time. All too often trips home can become stressful, feeling like you’re being pulled from pillar to post to get to see everyone while you’re back only resulting in an exhausting trip and the need for a real holiday once it’s all over! So this year, in order to make the most of our trip and to still see people, we decided to take a road trip from London to Scotland… Continue reading Road Trip: London to Scotland

Going Logo Down in, er… Abu Dhabi

So I’ve been pretty quiet since I got back from my trip to the UK, but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been going on. I’ve been working away as usual behind the scenes, and one of the things I’ve been plotting for a few months now, is a long overdue logo for Arabian Notes. I’ve been working with a fab UK-based designer that was recommended to me by Simone from Dubai based Simone Loves Makeup (one of my favourite blog and social media gurus!) and after weeks of ideas, drafts, amendments and a LOT of deliberation, I have the finished product at last… Continue reading Going Logo Down in, er… Abu Dhabi

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