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Zvezdana Rashkovich, Dubai

Published Wednesday January 11, 2012 (05:44:47)
Zvezdana Rashkovich
I am a Croatian/American author, blogger Interpreter, Third Culture Adult, (ATCK) mom of four TCKs and wife to a Sudanese Egyptian architect.

I grew up in Libya and Sudan, moved to the US in my twenties and later to Qatar. We moved to Dubai for my husband’s job in the construction industry and we have called it home for almost six years.

Even though we lived in Qatar for nine years and were familiar with the values and lifestyle of other Arab/North African countries, Dubai has been a revelation in terms of my previous understanding of Arab culture. I speak fluent Arabic and my family is Muslim yet Dubai surprised and challenged us all.    more ...


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Ann Marie McQueen, Abu Dhabi

Published Thursday December 01, 2011 (18:50:08)
Ann Marie with father, Larry
I am a 40-year-old journalist from Canada.

I moved to Abu Dhabi from Ottawa in April 2008 to help start up an English newspaper, The National, serving the UAE and region. I had always wanted to work abroad and never had the nerve or the opportunity - when I got this chance to work with other newspaper people from all over the world, it seemed like an obvious thing to do.    more ...


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Jacky, Dubai

Published Thursday December 01, 2011 (18:44:53)
My name is Jacky, married to Marc, mother of 4 children and two grandchildren.

We moved to New Zealand in 1997 to get away from the crime in South Africa. We moved again from NZ to Dubai in 2005 as NZ was getting far too expensive, plus we did not enjoy the wet weather which seemed to last for 6 months of the year.


What challenges did you face during the move?

None!    more ...


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Young and Foolish

Published Thursday December 01, 2011 (18:41:21)
I’m Young and Foolish - A British expat.

After working on short contracts in Europe in the early 00´s we decided to look for opportunities to live and work abroad. I took a Contract in Saudi Arabia, but unfortunately the security situation rapidly worsened and I did the first year out there alone. My family joined me for a short while when the situation calmed down somewhat before moving onto another contract in Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.    more ...