One Day in Qatar

Have you ever been to Qatar, or ever heard of it? Its a small and beautiful country in the Middle East, very close to Dubai. Its one of the richest countries in the world because of all of its oil. Its still growing though, and not as extravagant as Dubai, I would compare it more to Abu Dhabi. 

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So as you all know, I was living in Dubai for a couple of years. The thing is though, in Dubai as a Canadian, you are only ever allowed to be there for 40 days at a time (unless you have a Residence Visa). So what I had to do every 40 days (yes every 40 days for over 2 years lol) is drive to the nearest boarder, which was Oman, and exit the country, do a U-Turn, and then come back in and get a new entry stamp on my passport.

Can you picture how many stamps I have on my passport now??? After 2.5 years of exiting every 40 days. Lol.. And can you imagine how hard it is for me to travel ANYwhere with all these Middle Eastern stamps all over it. Lol boarder control in North America aaaaaaalways give me such a hard time about it every time I try to cross to the States. But anyways, back to my story... 

So one day, my husband had a meeting in Qatar and it was the same time I had to exit the country for a new stamp. So, he decided to take me with him for a quick little get away. I got to visit a new country, and get my stamp at the same time!

So that morning we flew to Qatars' capital - Doha. We stayed the day, and then flew back at night. It was one day of adventure and it was so much fun! Of course, when he went to his meeting I stayed at a coffee shop and worked from my phone, but other than that we got to explore the country. We honestly had so much fun. I love small adventures like that! Being spontaneous is my thing! lol

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Qatar is very beautiful. Doha, is a city by the water, and has many gorgeous buildings. There is a lot of construction going on because its an up and coming city so they are building lots of new hotels, residential living and office spaces etc. The next world cup (after Russia) I think will be in Qatar. 

As always, I filmed a bit of my adventure. You can watch the video by clicking on the link I posted below. 

Also, this is random but are you looking for a job in the Middle East? Try Qatar! There are so many job opportunities and they pay SO WELL! Depending on what package you land, and the type of job .. many jobs will pay for your flight there, pay for your house rent, car, and sometimes give you a little extra for furniture and food! Thats ON TOP of your salary! So check it out for work, or check it out for travel. Either way, you'll love it!

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Abu Dhabi, My Second Home!

I have way too many amazing memories in Abu Dhabi. My husband and I are crazy. So let me give you a little bit of a (quick) back story. My husband got engaged, and 1 year later said, lets move to the United Arab Emirates. So we got married the next day, with just our close family around, and then 5 days after that, moved to the UAE! Thats it. 

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We had no job and no plan, just a goal!

We landed in Dubai, and stayed in a hotel for a week while we soaked up the sun, enjoyed this new adventure we were starting.. and looked for jobs!

I ended up getting a job opportunity in Abu Dhabi 1 week after moving to Dubai, so we ended up moving over there. For those of you who don't know, Abu Dhabi is 1 hour away from Dubai. Oh, and a little more geography, for those who also don't know this: United Arab Emirates is the country, Dubai is one of the Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is another Emirate (of 7). 

So we ended up getting a hotel in Abu Dhabi and living at the Sheraton for 6 months while I worked at an advertising firm which was so fun and amazing! We couldn't rent an actual place though, because you have to have a residence Visa to do so, and for some reason my job wouldn't give me one lol. 

So anyways, thats how we ended up in Abu Dhabi! We lived there for over two years, eventually got jobs that gave us the ability to rent an apartment, and lived life to the fullest! You can just image all the adventures we experienced together! Some fun, some stressful, but mostly all amazing! 

Being newly Weds, and starting our life in such a daring way, was amazing! We took such a crazy chance and moved to a new country with only 6 days to get married, pack, and figure out our new life together! I love everything about that story... were just both so crazy and I love it. lol

Abu Dhabi and Dubai were amazing, and I have created so many memories that will last forever! It will always be home for me. I sometimes even feel more at home there, then I do in Canada. But thats a whole 'nother story!

Until next time... 

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Invited The Hilton Garden Inn RAK

Thank you to the Hilton Garden Inn in Ras Al Khaimah for your invite to tour the newly renovated hotel before your grand opening.

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We spent the day on a beautiful tour of the Hilton Garden Inn and loved it. We met some of the amazing staff behind this new hotel, and ate some equally amazing food! It was a perfectly hot sunny day, and we ended it with a beautiful boat ride on the water. Watch the video for the full tour! 

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We had an amazing time and cannot wait to visit again!

WEBSITE: www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
INSTAGRAM: @hiltongardeninrak

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Food in Dubai!

OMG!!! There is so much good food to eat in Dubai! The options are endless!!!! I cant even really begin to tell you, how amazing everything is!

Dubai has it all. From American, to Italian, to Middle Eastern, to Indian. They literally have it all, and its all the best of the best! Some places can be expensive, and other can be pretty reasonable! Either way, if you plan to come to Dubai, I highly recommend coming with an empty stomach because you are DEFINITELY going to want to eat here! Don't miss out!

Heres 3 of my faves (but not my only faves, I have like 20 faves lol)

FUME DUBAI: Restaurant offers affordable, uncomplicated yet delicious comfort food with a global twist. 

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YAMANOTE ATELIER DUBAI: Bakery and coffee for Japanese-influenced European bread, pastries and cakes. 

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CAFE BATEEL DUBAI MALL: Represents a seamless blend of Mediterranean cuisine and the distinct character of Arabian heritage. 

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Baby Questions! Will my life be the same like when I was in Dubai?

How gorgeous is Dubai guys?? I still cant believe I got to live there! Ok, so technically I didn't live in Dubai, I lived in Abu Dhabi.. but still, same thing! I was basically in Dubai every day anyways since it was only an hour drive away lol. 

I am always taken aback when I look at these photos, and I am still not used to how beautiful the buildings and everything is in Dubai. Imagine, I lived there for 2 years and every day I would still say wow! Maybe thats just me, maybe some people can used to these kinds of things, but I was always so impressed! 

I am in Canada now, pregnant with a little baby girl, and am starting a new chapter in my life! I cannot wait to have her be apart of this world of mine. I want to show her everything! I am already trying to plan all these trips we can take together, and trying to figure out the logistics of travelling with a baby. I am sure its hard, but nothing can stop me!

Ill admit though, that I am a bit scared because I do love to travel so much, and would love to take her around the world and show her everything, but what if I cant? What if it really is THAT hard like people say? I know I wont be able to travel as much as before, and travelling will be different. But will it completely stop? I hope not.. 

My friends and family all say life is the same with a baby, just more busy thats all. So fingers crossed, because I definitely want to take this little girl to Dubai! Theres so much to do there for kids and so many of my friends have kids there too so shell be able to have fun with all of them! I guess well just have to wait and see.. 

What do you guys think? Will it be hard to travel once I have a baby?

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