Education is a right and not a privilege

The cost of education in the UAE is astronomical and remains one of the most talked about issues in the country. It can cost up to USD20,000 to educate a six-year-old.

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Back after a long break

It has been many months since my last blog post, but here I am ready to get back to sharing with you my Arabian journey. As you’re aware life and work can take you in many different directions. My current job involves working as a PR and Marketing Director at an events company, and our […]

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Maid in Arabia

  “I had a dream last night that all your family was dead,” said Cherry. My jaw dropped; I tried not to show too much emotion, but deep inside, I was petrified. I looked at my three little girls who were ages five, four and two at the time. How on earth could I leave […]

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Lifelong mates formed over an Arabian coffee

When I arrived in the UAE in 2008, its population was around 6.7 million. Today, the World Bank estimates the Gulf nation’s population to be 9.2 million. In 2011, a study by a Kuwait-based diplomatic centre revealed that 84 per cent of the United Arab Emirates’ population were expats – at the time 8.5 million […]

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Behind my Vogue Australia article

Seven years ago, I vowed never again to write about Australia’s Middle Eastern community. But recently I felt compelled to write again following a family tragedy. If I could help one family save their son from the underworld and raise awareness about the problems driving young boys into joining gangs, I will have achieved my […]

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Friends in Arabia

I do apologies for not posting much sooner. Juggling three children and working on a popular international family entertainment brand here in the Middle East have really taken their toll on me and have left me with very little time to write. Janah and Serene have also started swim squad training, which is taking up […]

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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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