Expat Mama Life, It’s All Good (Mostly!)
Mamas, I admit it – this week I haven’t really been feeling the Dubai love. My visitors are all gone, leaving my bank account and my fridge empty, term was exhausting and I could use a break but we’re not going away until the summer. Oh, it’s already starting to get hot. Oh, the expat mama woes.
But rather than throw my toys out of the pram (oh to be four again!), I’ve decided to look on the bright side of being a mama here in Dubai and, dare I say it, count my blessings. So here they are: 5 things I love that I could never do anywhere else….
I’m not just talking food. In a single Dubai day I’ve ordered in someone to hang all my pictures, recover my sofa, give me a mani/pedi and deliveroo my dinner*. Dubai is THE place when it comes to quick, efficient services straight to your door. If you haven’t tried Fairytales for their mobile beauty services, you’re missing out.
*Not the same person although that would be amazing!
In Dubai, we’re lucky enough to have a live-in nanny. Having an extra pair of hands to defuse every situation – not to mention who is happy to babysit – is a luxury we’d never be able to afford anywhere else. Hooray for our wonderful helpers.
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Where else in the world would you find a bevvy of bars and restaurants who are happy to invite you to come and drink for free? My favourite ladies’ nights are Okku, where the free drinks come alongside a super reasonable super yummy multi-course menu and Toro + Ko (read our full review here), which twins its ladies night with Lima and Galvin and also has espresso martinis on tap. How’s that for a buzz?
With Dubai being such a hub destination, we regularly have friends who want to stop by for just a night or two. Which is perfect because visitors are like fish – they tend to go off if they’re hanging around in your fridge too long.
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I know mamas who regularly pack their bags and move into the hotel up the road because the discounts are so good over the summer. Further afield, there’s RAK, Abu Dhabi or Oman on your doorstep and if you don’t have cash to splash, you can always start your day on the beach and end it on the slopes. Which makes this hot city a pretty cool place to live.
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