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5 Websites to Read Before Moving to the Middle East

Moving house in your own country can be daunting enough, let alone upping sticks and moving across the world to the Middle East. Of course you wouldn’t go without researching everything so here are five websites to make sure to check out before you leave.

Foreign Girl: Chronicles of a curious Expatriate

Margo Catts gave up life in America to move to Saudi Arabia and her blog chronicles her journey though the kingdom. Her posts includes Cheat Sheets, FAQs and an overview of the country. The blog is also full of useful links to many other blogs about Saudi Arabia.

Arabian Notes

Lindsay first moved to Abu Dhabi in 2006 and her expat blog reviews all the things she has been up to since she has moved. There are also plenty of ideas for things to do in Abu Dhabi in your spare time. It’s a good one to read when you arrive and are looking for places to explore.

Expat Arrivals: Moving to the Middle East

This website is packed with essential information (population, public holidays, time difference, emergency numbers etc) about each area of the Middle East as well as more detailed information for example regarding There are some really good in depth articles such as ‘Exercise in Qatar’. This blog is definitely worth checking out before you move.

Expat Blog

Here you’ll find top tips on how to make the most of your time in the Middle East and how to get in touch with other expats. There are some great articles that can help guide you through making important decisions, as well as forum so you can speak to others in your position!

Expat Exchange

Founded in 1997, Expat Exchange is a website which helps expats to help each other. There are guides to each country, information on schools and property and also links to newsletters and blogs written by expats for each country.


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