Sunday, 6 July 2008

First things first

I've tried blogging once or twice before in the past and it's never been quite the success that I hoped, with luck this blog will be an improvement.

Firstly a bit of background information about me:
  • Born, raised, educated and worked in South Africa till age 33.
  • Emigrated to the UK. Well I went on a working holiday and stayed for 14 years. I now think of myself as being Scottish.
  • I've just accepted a new job in the Middle East and will be moving there in July 2008.

I was in the extremely fortunate position to be considered for two similar positions in the same company. One based in the UK, the other in the Middle East. After much indecision and mind changing, I've finally decided to head for the Middle East.

I will be based in Sharjah in the UAE and travel between offices in Qatar and Bahrain as well. The company is a large international consultancy which has some of the most prestigeous projects in the Middle East.

I am in the process of packing up the personal effects from my house so that I can rent it out while I'm away. It's incredible how much clutter I've managed to collect over the years.

I've spent the past two months slaving away in my garden, digging it up to install underground drainage, building raised beds... and now I'm leaving it to strangers to enjoy! Sods law!


John B. Chilton said...

The Sharjah Wanderers was grandfathered when Sharjah went dry back in the 80s. It may be worth your while joining for the nominal annual fee.

Or head to the Kempenski in Ajman. Nice place and isn't dry. And the "hole in the wall" nearby sells potent potables.

Al in Arabia said...

Thanks for that. I may try that this weekend as my supply of duty free is running low. I believe the Barracuda in Umm al Quwain also has a fine selection of Single Malts.