Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai


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Dubai’s Desperate Housewife has lived in Dubai for 14 years. She quit her high-flying job to be a full-time mum to a 4-year-old and a small baby – something she used to wrestle with every day despite loving her children to bits.

Now acclimatised to life at home (especially as the children are now 7 and 3 and, let’s be honest, are that little bit easier), she’s secretly glad she doesn’t have to deal with numpties in the office as well as micro-manage the entire family’s every waking hour. You can contact her on

Written by mrsdubai

October 4, 2009 at 7:57 am

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  1. What a great read. For someone who has lived in Dubai for four years and is getting a bit jaded, it’s great to see you’ve made it your home and still find the humour in all of its shortcomings.


    October 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

  2. I’m shortly going to be quitting my high-flying, well highish-flying job to join my DH in Dubai. I’m not keen, for all sorts of reasons; but have taken comfort from your blog. I think life in Dubai may be be better than I am anticipating … Thanks for that.


    December 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    • Hi Alex, if you’re anything like me, giving up your own career is quite a big thing. Do you think you’ll be able to work in Dubai? I hope your move goes smoothly and that you like it once you get here. Just try to keep an open mind x


      December 5, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  3. Just found your blog – love it! Have added you to mine. Hope you find time to carry on writing – you are v funny.


    December 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    • Thanks so much. 🙂 I like yours too. I sent you an email.


      December 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

  4. Love the blog ! – and ur piece on what a multitasking mum can do simultaneously , had me in hysterics – but its soooo spot on! – hope to see you and kids soon. Dyala


    February 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  5. What a wonderful blog really enjoy reading it!


    April 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  6. Hi,

    could you please provide me your email by sending me a message? Thanks in advance,

    Philipp von Plato

    Philipp von Plato

    September 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm

  7. Hi there! I just found your blog through the Expat Women’s Forum. We are likely to move to Dubai in Dec. I am terrified as I do not know anything about Dubai. We have 2 children (10 & 13).

    Is it ok if I email you for any advice on housing or cars or anything that you feel would be useful to us newcomers. I’m sorry if this is a tall order. Maybe I am a little too scared even though we have lived in various cities in the last 20 years.
    Have a good weekend !


    October 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  8. Hey,

    I have read your blog with great pleasure and I have growing admiration for you.

    I am moving to Dubai very soon and I still have unanswered questions.

    I would be delighted to talk to you, would you mind providing your email so we can have a chat please. You can email me –

    Many Thanks


    November 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm

  9. just saying hi. I follow your blog by twitter. Just want some inspiration then when i search i found this site. Im also a housewife, got 10mos old daughter.
    Best regards.


    December 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  10. Nice write ups and I was wondering what kind of “high flying” career you left behind to become a mom and a home maker? I too did the same thing and at times it can be a challenge. Thank you for sharing your story.


    January 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    • Hi Nasrine, I used to work in media. How are you getting on as a SAHM?

      Mrs Dubai

      January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  11. Found your site while visiting Dubai and have been delighted by your posts! Many similarities to our life in Singapore ;o)


    February 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  12. Really, really love your blog. You write beautifully and vividly. Will definitely be checking back often


    March 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

  13. Hi Mrs.Dubai,

    I love your blog! I was reading your post on Karama. Could you please email me the best, most reliable shops that you have used and would recommend as I am concerned about getting ripped off. And right now I am so pressed for time before returning to US; I have NO TIME to run all around and end up with nothing.
    Thank you Thanks again


    April 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

  14. Hi.I’m a UK based journalist writing for a glossy mag in Dubai. I’m writing a piece about women who are burnt out because they push themselves too hard at work and at home. Would love to speak to any women (aged 25-35) who are either suffering this now or did so in the past. Could you help me find any please?
    Thanks Natasha Holt

    Natasha Holt

    September 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  15. Stumbled across your blog by accident – and love it! I just moved to Dubai six weeks ago and am enjoying reading about your experiences…

    Notes by Nectar

    February 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  16. […] I don’t expect him to delve into the guts of the blog – to read the “About” page, for example. The one that I’d updated some time ago to reflect my new-found […]

  17. I am so glad I found your blog! Thank you! I have been here almost a month and was starting to get worried as to why I was the only foreigner with children, who hates this heat! I have a three year old and an eleven year old. It has not been easy getting settled in. I was wondering where all expats were. My oldest child is so worried that she will never make a friend! I have been a working mother since my children were born. Now I am a stay at home mom in an unusual place. Thanks for the posts, they lift my spirits!

    Amber Potts

    August 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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