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    What to wear as a woman travelling in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha

    When we tripped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, what to wear in the Middle East was the aspect I probably researched the most. I’m no fashion plate, but as a female travelling into a conservative country that has quite strong views on what is acceptable to wear, I fretted about what was suitable to throw into my suitcase.

    What to wear in Qatar as a female traveller Adventures of a London Kiwi

    ‘What do I wear to the Middle East’ is something I get asked a lot – and I’ve been meaning to write this post for an age. Normally I roll with smart, comfortable and lightweight layers with a couple of nice dresses stashed for the evenings – but I also packed for Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha with a fair amount of care to include long sleeves and cover-ups. (Our eventual destination of New Zealand each time was easy to additionally pack for – bare feet, floaty beach skirts and a single woollen Christmas Jumper for the amusement of my family enjoying 30’C summer heat.)

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    ‘We Love Saturday Brunch’ at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened Polly’s instastories and looked on in envy as she and her friends settle down to beautiful Middle Eastern brunch feasts on the weekends. Seemingly endless selections of international cuisines, icy glasses of bubbly and the chatter of much loved friends.

    Friday brunch (the first day of the weekend there) has become an art form in the Middle East, and sadly we missed out on our trip to Dubai due to our night sleeping in the desert running over, so I was more than excited when the Intercontinental Doha invited us to try their ‘We Love Saturday Brunch’ whilst I holidayed in Qatar.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Intercontinental Doha, 

    but my (very many) opines on champagne and sushi are only ever my own.

    It was all kinds of deliciousness.

    We had our visit planned for my last morning in Doha, so after repacking my suitcase (the only downside to a stopover is that they are short and sweet), scooping up Sophia for as many cuddles as I could and gathering Mr & Mrs Follow Your Sunshine together, we hopped into a cab with appetites raring.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The Coral is an all day dining restaurant offering cuisines from around the world, offering a cosmopolitan blend of Arabian and International dishes. We really relaxed in our beautiful surroundings and enjoyed our last day of sunshine together.

    The sushi selection was sumptuous…

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …the mezze was magnificent, the salad selection splendid (this is only a small array of the choices)…

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …and the hands-on cooking demonstration for the kids was cuteness on overload. The hummus was beautiful, the hot buffet section was bountiful and the ‘on demand’ section looked delectable – but alas as a brunch newbie, I hadn’t left enough room on my plate to do it justice.

    The staff fell hook line and sinker for Sophia’s sweet smile (not to mention our matching glitter shoes) and she happily pottered about, scooped up by her charmed servants parents.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Taking a quick break from our flash of cutlery, Polly and I snuck out for a wander. The heat hits you like a curtain after the dry cool of air conditioning, and the pools & beaches looked so very inviting as we meandered about, trying our best to take photos that didn’t have holidaymakers in them. It was so hard to resist diving in.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Having stretched our legs, it was dessert time. Casting our eyes over the fresh bread and cheese sections…

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …we both hightailed our way over to the extensive dessert section. Our highlight of the entire meal were the Arabic sweets served in beaten copper dishes. Polly introduced me to Umm Ali, also called Om Ali (translated to Ali’s Mother), a national dish of Egypt. This scrumptious dessert is a Middle Eastern version of bread pudding crossed with the flavours of baklava.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We tried all kinds of tasty slivers of confection whilst our glasses were topped up with bubbly.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    As an indulgent brunch on a relaxing weekend (for the local expats) or on a languid holiday break, the light filled rooms were a perfect break from the stresses of life.

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha Adventures of a London Kiwi

    'We Love Saturday Brunch' at the InterContinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar | The Luxury Travel And Food Adventures of a London Kiwi.

    It really was with regret that we made our way out of the hotel, and I made that last journey by cab to the airport. Luckily I had a lot of fun in Sydney planned, otherwise I’m not sure I could have left my lovely hosts…

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    4 Days in Doha – A stopover in the Middle East

    Having decided to change my career, I thought that I deserved a wee holiday to celebrate. Now, most people would book a long weekend in Spain or perhaps a week on a beach, but I decided that a 3 week trip to New Zealand was in order. With the blessing of my Mr Kiwi (who had to keep the UK hearth fires burning and the cat fed due to work commitments) and a brand new baby nephew to meet, I booked myself on a flight.

    Doha Layover Qatar Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Doha Layover Qatar Adventures of a London Kiwi

    It’s becoming a bit of a cliche to say that the best thing about blogging is the community – but it is. Hence the cliche. I’m in the very, very lucky position to have made friends all over the world through blogging, and when I realised just how easy it was to hop off my flight to Qatar en route home, I couldn’t resist the temptation to harass Mrs Follow Your Sunshine for a few days, not to mention soak in some of the Middle Eastern sunshine.

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    5 of the best lunches worth travelling around the world for

    I’ve always maintained that a good meal is worth making an effort for, so I decided to gather together 5 of the best lunches worth travelling around the world for – the noonday repasts that I have loved and would happily travel again for.

    Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Lunch Review Adventures of a London Kiwi

    There’s a real combination in this list- from 2-Michelin starred luxurious hotels to simple, delicious treats accompanied by the fresh sea air – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

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    5* Fine Dining at Coworth Park Ascot | Dorchester Collection

    We tumbled out of our cab like thirsty gazelles, doe-eyed and excited to be leaving London for the day. We were having lunch at Coworth Park with one of our favourite people in the world – that fabulous Sophia, accompanied by her Mum, Polly, the English rose who has transplanted herself to the desert sands of Doha.

    Fine Dining at Coworth Park Ascot Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We get to see them whenever we sneak over to their corner of the Middle East, or more often when they comes home to see their family. They kindly makestime to see us, her internet family, and each time we seem to visit somewhere even more beautiful (our cosy day at Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire, sipping wine overlooking the river bend in Windsor, brunch at the Ivy, or our first lunch at Kettners). 

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