Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

@home in Dubai . . .Don’t leave home without it.

If you have been reading my blog you know of the trials and tribulations (anyone remember the film The Perils of Pauline) I faced settling into Dubai.  Couldn't have done it without my friend, Anne O'Connell's advice. She is so smart she has written a book @home in Dubai . . .Getting Connected Online and on the Ground. It is must read for anyone actually moving or contemplating moving to this wonderful city. I promise it will make your settling in a whole lot easier.

@home in Dubai is a powerful tool for anyone re-locating to Dubai, UAE. Packed full of reliable and useful information, the author’s lighthearted approach to relocating to this uniquely vibrant city helps relieve some of the angst of a daunting task. 

Anne’s experience of living and working in Dubai and her wealth of contacts in the expat community give the book its heart and soul. It is rather like having conversation with your best friend.

Surviving the sometimes irrational bureaucratic red tape as you go through the seemingly endless tasks of setting up your new home in Dubai, can be enough to send some people back home on the next plane. No need for that if you use @home Dubai’s practical tips, checklists and quality resources. They encapsulate the process into easily manageable tasks. Especially useful are the Practicalities and 5 Steps at the end of each chapter. Here you get a ready-made checklist to successfully accomplish the BIG Move. An enormous time saver is the list of reliable online sites that have been vented by Anne’s Dubai expat friends.

Anne the Writer
When I relocated to Dubai 20 months ago, it was Anne’s wealth of information that let me slip into life in Dubai with relative ease. How thoughtful of her to have put it all down in writing so that others can benefit from her experience and avoid some of the pitfalls of not exact or missing information or the ever present uninterested, ill-informed clerk. 

Whether you are moving to Dubai for work or are a STARS (spouse traveling and relocating successfully), this is a must read – a bible that will lead you into the promised land of enchanting, beautiful Dubai.
Purchase your copy today on Amazon

Enjoy the read and if you move to Dubai be sure to look me up!

Postscripts . .  .
@home Dubai . . .  this is actually the first in a series of books to help expats settle into a foreign city. The @home guides "provides newcomers and vagabonds, laptop entrepreneurs and busmans' holidaymakers the complete how to guide on getting connected in a foreign city." It is published by Summertime Publishing. Since Anne is in the process of relocating to Thailand I expect to see @home in Thailand very soon!


  1. Having read @Home in Dubai I agree that it is a fantastic book for all newcomers and expats to the city. I wish Anne much success with it...and all her future projects.

  2. Thanks Katie! I really was the lucky one when you moved to Dubai. It was so awesome to have a friend from home (my second home anyways) join me. Thanks for the good wishes Zvezdana! It's been fun and everyone has been so supportive. I've really enjoyed the process and just hope this book can be helpful to others.
    Anne :)

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