Monday, 20 July 2015

Leaving Dubai...

It was a cold January morning back in 2011, Chris and I were doing the normal routine of getting up popping the kettle on and getting sorted for the day ahead.
Suddenly Chris' phone binged. It was the email we had both been waiting for, an email that would change our lives forever and take us on an adventure. Chris opened up the email and there it was an offer of a job and a contract, however this wasn't just a new opportunity in the UK to move companies this was an offer to work in Dubai!

(the front door of our old flat in the UK)

That afternoon Chris signed on the dotted line and before we knew it our flat was empty, everything we owned was either sold on Ebay or neatly packed into boxes and we were on a plane to a country we'd never even visited before.

Before leaving to Dubai I read lots of things on the internet and some of it made me nervous as I wondered how my bright hair would be accepted and was worried about fitting in. However I decided just to jump in feet first with the Mr. and see what it would be like.

(Our first photo together in Dubai)

I'm glad I did because we were welcomed with open arms. Originally we said to one another "Let's just try it for a year!" - this was nearly 5 years ago.

Dubai has given us both so much and has opened our eyes to different culture, religions and lifestyle. Dubai's helped us to grow as a couple and it's brought close to us some amazing people from all walks of life and of all different nationalities. 

(Our friends in Dubai)

Our time out here has also been filled with heartache as during our time in this amazing city we met two beautiful souls who were sadly taken away from this world - Ruth and Ian. We'll always remember them and what happiness they brought to our lives. For instance, when I first got to Dubai I didn't feel to well and remember Ian making me a huge bowl of soup and bringing it to our apartment to help me feel better, I'll never forget his kindness. Ruth and me met through my first job here in Dubai; she stood by me through thick and thin and was an inspiration. I know both Chris & I feel blessed to have had these people brought into our lives and they will forever have a place in our hearts.


Back in 2012 as a Valentine's Day gift to us both we decided to rescue a cat. We visited the Sharjah Cat and Dog rescue centre and walked from compartment to compartment seeing all these lovely cats that had been rescued off the streets. In the second to last area there was a lively little black cat that bolted straight toward Chris and I and within minutes began climbing up my leg; he was definitely our cat! The next day I drove back to the rescue centre and picked up our little black cat. His name is Monty and the rest is history... 

(Monty the cat)

Dubai has given us so much; work wise Chris and I have enjoyed working in radio out here and will be forever thankful for the opportunities given to us and the amazing people that we've met on our radio journey out here in the UAE.

Last but not least, Dubai is the place where Chris and I decided to start a family. Baby Lewis was born earlier this year in a fantastic hospital in the centre of Dubai. I feel truly blessed to have been surrounded and looked after by such amazing nurses, doctors and midwives and also afterwards when I suffered with my gallbladder to have been looked after by some fabulous specialists in that same hospital. So thank you if you're reading this right now.

(Lewis' Christening)

After nearly 5 years in this beautiful city we've decided it's time though for us to return back to the UK. There's many reasons for this and it's not because we've fallen out of love with the city - it's just because life has decided to take us back home. We're looking forward as a family to some exciting times ahead in a lovely part of the UK and for Baby Lewis being able to spend time with his Grandparents, Great Grandparents and other family members and our friends. 

Thank you Dubai for giving us so much.

We came to Dubai as a couple, just the two of us with a couple of suitcases. We return to the UK as 4. Chris and me, our cute little boy and a loving rescue cat called Monty.
Here's to an exciting time ahead and a brand new adventure...