Battling the Arabian heat

As I write this piece, I’m sitting poolside watching Janah – my eldest – taking part in another intense swim-squad training session. Recalling the Abu Dhabi heat when I arrived, I’m now tempted to jump in and cool off alongside her . . . “Call me when the driver arrives,” I told Tarek, grabbing my […]

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Beggars come knocking

A woman dressed in black, her face covered revealing only her eyes, stands at the front door holding a small document. As she extends her arm and opens her hand, she begins asking for money to support her family. Tarek and I look at one another, we are in shock. We have heard about street […]

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Tenants at the mercy of Abu Dhabi landlords

I do apologise for not blogging sooner – I had a very busy weekend celebrating my birthday. Just to recap: The real-estate agent called my husband, asking him to come and pick up our deposit – the partitioned villa apartment was no longer available because the greedy landlord had accepted more money from someone else. […]

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Take it or leave it. Renters forced to pay a year’s rent up front

I know I’ve kept many of you waiting for the second instalment of our housing nightmare. Here it is: As I wrote previously, Dubai’s boom was beginning to filter into the UAE capital, driving housing prices through the roof, creating a goldmine for landlords while many expats arriving in Abu Dhabi in 2008 were left […]

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A battle for survival in Abu Dhabi’s brutal housing market

As I stood beside the car with my two little girls sound asleep in the back seat, I could feel my unborn child kicking furiously. In the distance, my husband Tarek stood with three men. What felt like a lifetime was just minutes as the conversation ended with my husband handing over a brown paper […]

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Welcome to My Arabia.

With millions of people around the world blogging about their experiences, it’s time I joined the chorus of writers that has made a success out of blogging. After having lived in the UAE for six years, I think it’s now time to share my unique journey with the world. My early years were challenging. I […]

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