I’m Moving to Dubai

Summer in Dubai

If you receive my newsletter then you’ll have heard this news yesterday but today I wanted to share it with you all. It has been a blog post I’ve been wanting to write for months but I’ve been waiting for work to make my resignation official before I could talk about it. 

So yeah, I’m Moving to Dubai. 

If you know me personally or are a long time reader you’ll probably know that last year JP took a job in Dubai. That job is contracted until 2021 so I will be joining him for the next three years. This will be our biggest move yet and one that will see us actually living together again, something we haven’t done properly since 2015. 

The great thing about Dubai for me is that I’ll be able to continue with my career and will be teaching for our time in the city. I am very fortunate that I have secured a job already and am very excited to be able to continue to do what I love in a British international school. 

The most important thing about this move is that a dream we had in 2013 has finally come true. As two silly kids in their early twenties our goal was to be able to live aboard and be able to work in our chosen career at the same time. We tried this in Melbourne but with neither of us working our chosen career we didn’t love it. So this time, knowing we aren’t having to sacrifice our careers to live aboard is everything. To be able to say we can both live in the same city and have a job we want is an amazing privilege but something we have worked oh so hard to achieve. I’m certainly feeling very lucky for the opportunities I have in life right now. 

Leaving in August

I’m not leaving immediately, I have seven weeks left of teaching in the UK before I will pack up all my stuff and fly over to join JP. I then have a few weeks to settle before I start my new teaching job. Until then, I will be attempting to purge my belongings, get all the final bits of paper work in place and most importantly my visa. If anyone has any tips for living and working in Dubai, then I’d love to hear them, especially if they are about teaching.

Before I leave in August I’m also hoping to fill my weekends with adventures in the UK especially in the New Forest and along the south coast. Follow along with my exploration using the #thisweekendiam on Instagram and be sure to share your weekend adventures too.

What does it mean for the blog?

Essentially not much, it will be pretty much the same as this year where I work a full time job and get a holiday every six weeks but I’ll be living in Dubai at the same time. I will of course be posting lots of expat content over the coming few years and if there is anything you want to know just ask. It will also mean we are likely to explore countries in the Middle East and Asia rather than Europe but hopefully you’ll still enjoy the travel content no matter where I’m exploring.

If there is anything you’d like to know about moving to Dubai, securing my job or becoming an expat then just drop me a message.  


  1. Amy
    4th June 2018 / 10:25 am

    I’m so happy for you and JP! 🙂 you guys always provide so much inspiration, I’m in a long distance relationship too and to end up living and working in the same place without having to sacrifice too much is definitely the goal. Have the best time in Dubai and I can’t wait to read all about it 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      4th June 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks Amy! Being in a long distance relationship is hard work but it does pay off eventually! I hope you manage to achieve your goal at some point.

  2. 4th June 2018 / 10:37 am

    Eeee I’m so excited for you guys! Let’s get a UK adventure in the diary for July!! <3

    • Jodie Louise
      4th June 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks love and yes! x

  3. 4th June 2018 / 11:11 am

    Congratulations! That is so exciting! Dubai is such a beautiful country and it’s so high up on my bucket list. I’m sure it’ll be amazing to live and work out there 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      4th June 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks! I hope you manage to visit at some point, it’s such an exciting place to be.

  4. 8th June 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I am glad you are moving to Dubai. August is hottest months so be ready for hot sessions. I also sent you an email. Check it out.

    • Jodie Louise
      8th June 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Hi Shedi, thankfully I was in Dubai in August last year so I am prepared for the heat!

  5. 10th June 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Wow congratulations! It’s lovely that you’re both still going to be doing jobs you enjoy whilst there, it’s a shame it didn’t work out for you in Melbourne but clearly everything happens for a reason.

    Good luck!

    Issy | MissIsGoode

    • Jodie Louise
      25th June 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks Issy!

  6. 23rd August 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I am so, so jealous! I have always wanted to teach abroad and Dubai has always been on my life. Just a few things I worry about has stopped me from taking the plunge. Can’t wait to see how it goes for you and, you never know, maybe I’ll take the plunge too!

    • Jodie Louise
      25th August 2018 / 8:56 am

      I’ll let you know how it goes, already seems like a great school environment so far.

  7. 24th August 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I can’t wait to watch your journey! I’ve often wanted to take the plunge and teach abroad (Dubai has always been one of the places I thought of!) but I had too many unanswered questions to take the plunge! Hope you’ve settled in well xx

  8. 27th August 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Congrats! Dubai is one of my favorite places to go and I’m sure you’ll love it. I wish nothing but the best for you and JP.
    P.S I have to admit I’m kinda jealous haha.

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