An expat for 10 years – part 2

In 2007, I had summer at home, attending to family priorities, which involved a lot of hospital visits and dealing with home care professionals. Amidst all of this, I was “found” by a head-hunter who asked if I was interested in assignment in Abu Dhabi. A telephone interview followed and in early September, I packed three bags and my dive kit and left for the UAE. This post covers five and a half years, so it is another lengthy one…

UAE

A close up external short of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A stunning mosque, and amazingly, built from marble imported from Macedonia!

A close up external short of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A stunning mosque, and amazingly, built from marble imported from Macedonia!

Due to more pressing matters at home, I didn’t conduct the normal levels of research I usually do prior to arriving in a new country. Despite the searing temperatures, it took me a while to warm to Abu Dhabi, its idiosyncrasies and its hidden charms. The following selection of images and narrative best sum up my four years of memories living in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading

Diving in the Damaniyat Islands, Sultanate of Oman

Oman diving – the Darling Damaniyat Islands
When I first moved to the Abu Dhabi in 2007, I was determined to dive every dive site listed on line and in the guide books.  It soon became clear there were only a handful of locations to really dive and see the most interesting marine life.  So, between 2008 and 2010, my (then) dive buddy Sue and I tended to go to the Indian Ocean side of the UAE and Oman.  This blog entry focuses on the Damaniyat islands near Muscat, which is, in my view, the best diving in the region.  I also dived the Garden of Eden and the Three Sisters yesterday. Continue reading