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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Making the Most of Your Expat Experience

Moving is recognized as one of the most stressful activities known to man.

Add to that moving to a foreign country, and the anxiety scale goes wild. One needs a lot of coping skills to survive and enjoy expat living.

I am delighted to pass to you a great article, Making the Most of Your Expat Experience, written by my good friend and fellow expat Holly Warah, a 12-year resident of Dubai, UAE.

Holly writes a blog, Arabic Zeal, that is packed with very useful information of interest to expat.  Whether you are newly moved or considering the opportunity, Holly provides you with some great insight.

Holly Warah
Arabic Zeal "explores the food and culture of the region [Middle East]Here you can "find recipes, photos, cultural insights, travel stories and a glimpse into expat life. Discover books and films that shed light on the Arab World."  

It is possible to thrive during your expat experience but it does take work. Holly's suggestion to "stay in the present" is the most important. Enjoy your time, keep your sense of humor and stay busy. All great expat survival advice.



  1. Hi Katy,

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  2. Great blog by the way! Keep it up :-)

    1. So glad you enjoyed the blog. We are having a wonderful time here in the UAE and anytime I can help a "newbie" it is a good day.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for more from Oman . . .our unexpected road trip through a wadi and over the Hajar Mountain range.

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  6. Thanks for sharing such a good information.Its really nice blog...

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  7. That's a very good article shared for expats moving to Dubai.

    It's a very nice & amazing experience across the blog.
    Thanks! for sharing so much about festivals, attractions, culture & all the great UAE stuff.

    - Sally Sen