Hi! I’m Belinda Birchall. People move to Dubai for different reasons. Some of us come for the job opportunities, or to support our partners in their careers. Some come to have children, some to travel the world, and some to save money. Whatever the reason, Dubai is a city of ex-pats. We are away from the comforts of home, the people we know, the places that are familiar to us. Everyone has different ways of dealing with this situation. I decided I would write.

You may ask, why bother? It’s true that there are plenty of blogs out there about Dubai. They seem to cover everything the city has to offer. Well, almost everything. If you want information on five star hotels, brunches, lunches, designer clothes, expensive beauty goods, fast cars and how to keep your kids sane in the city, you’re in luck. But there aren’t too many blogs run by the everyday person, focusing on the interesting things to do and see around Dubai, and occasionally, elsewhere throughout the world. The majority of blogs are about the Dubai high life. I want to write about the real life that most western ex-pats are living in Dubai.

And most importantly, I want to focus on things we can afford. Dubai is expensive. You can live the high life, but it will burn you out pretty quick. We’ve all heard the tales of ex-pats leaving the keys in their Ferrari’s and abandoning them at the airport. No one wants a repeat of that.

I think the key to enjoying your time in Dubai is to accept the inevitable ‘nuances’ of living here, but also seeking those interesting places to visit, or things to see. It’s about finding things to enjoy out of the heat in the summer, about making the most of the outdoors in the winter, and its about exploring the world outside of Dubai when you get the opportunity to. I hope that this blog helps someone – anyone – get more out of their time in Dubai.

And you know what is a great way to survive Dubai? To get out occasionally. This blog focuses on some of the amazing travel opportunities from Dubai, and also from New Zealand. Life is about living. Explore the world.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
― Jack Kerouac



I moved to Dubai in February 2017 with my husband, who was offered a job here. I am 30 years old and am from Wellington, New Zealand. As you’ll probably gather from reading my blog, I love traveling, eating out, finding new places, art and history.

After a year of struggling with the working environment in Dubai, I decided to change my life for the better. I now split my time between Dubai and New Zealand. I am a freelance writer, communications and marketing specialist, policy advisor and graphic designer. I have an extensive background in operational policy design, social investment and policy, and communications. In my down time, I explore the world with my pilot husband, Matt, and support several different charities. You can view my portfolio of work here.  



When I finally announced that I was moving to Dubai, the first question I was asked was where I would be living. When I told people I would be living on the 58th floor of an apartment block, they freaked out. In Wellington, the tallest building is 116M tall, 29 stories high. The observation deck of the Sky Tower – New Zealand’s tallest building – is at 220M. I suspect our apartment is around the same height. We can see all the way out to the world islands on a good day. It is a beautiful view.