Best Middle Eastern Luxury Hotels 2017

I can’t believe a year has passed since our last round up of the best luxury hotels in the Middle East.  2017 has been an exciting year for new hotel openings and refurbishments while others have maintained their high standards of luxury hotel living. This year we and other travel bloggers have experienced the best in luxury hotels in the Middle East to tell you the best places to stay in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan and Oman View Post

The ultimate guide of where to stay in Doha 

When traveling to a new place it can be hard to decide where to stay. Not knowing how transport works, accessibility of attractions versus hotel amenities it can be a minefield. Having lived in Doha for over 3.5 years there are very few hotels we’ve not tried so think we are pretty well qualified to help people decide where to stay in Doha. So whether you are traveling as a family, for business or just looking for so,e great amenities we have you covered.  View Post

Exploring Northern Qatar

As expats in Qatar many of us can be guilty of not getting out of the city but there is more to Qatar than Doha!

Our day started by driving 1 hour and ten minutes out of the city as we headed towards al Ruwais! Al ruwais is the port town of Doha. With 4000 inhabitants it is more a sleepy fishing town than what you would imagine a commercial port to be like.

We loved seeing the old dhows and fishermen at work. We particularly enjoyed watching this from the beautiful Abu Dhalouf Park ( open for families only with restrictions to women on Tuesdays and Wednesday).

View from abu dhalouf park

After a brief stop at the park we headed towards Zubarah. By driving from al Ruwais to Zubarah you drive along the coast and visit sone of the less well known and less preserved forts such as al thugab and rakiyat to name just two. Important – you will probably want a 4×4 to visit these. 

The final fort you come to is zubarah – the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Qatar.

Zubarah fort

Old meets new at al zubarah fort

The fort is small but contains a small but interesting exhibition which tells you about the fort’s history and trade links.

The day we went, there was a vintage car rally on displaying 80s Nissan cars. Everyone was very friendly and Wandermust Daddy was in his element. It was really nice to see so many people at the fort and we got some great pics of old versus the new especially with the camels.

I think every expat should really make the effort to go out and see more of the country than currently call home as there is lots more to Qatar than Doha. Keep watching this space for more  Qatar day trips!


 

Brunching with Baby, Middle Eastern Style

Friday brunch is a staple activity of expats in the Middle East. Whenever we have visitors we always take them so when my parents visited to meet Baby E we decided to take them to one of our favourites, Vine at the St. Regis. We love the range of foods, the live cooking stations and variety of drinks both Non and Alcoholic. The sushi and seafood area for us is the best at any Doha brunch and I love getting a taste of home with their roast dinners. But is brunch a good activity to do with a baby?

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Surviving the Middle East Summer with a baby 

As Doha traffic will testify, most expats leave for the summer; trying to escape the Middle Eastern Summer  where temperatures can and do exceed 50 degrees. If you are not one of those people able to participate in the mass expat exodus, summer can be a particularly long and difficult time, especially with a newborn! So here are my top tips for surviving a Middle Eastern Summer with a new baby! View Post