Back In Time!

Twelve years ago, exactly around this time of the year, my hubby and I landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport.  We have left France for a one year contract, and we were so excited about the journey ahead of us. With my fully grown belly I was totally aware that I would not be able to travel or make any major moves as I graciously moved into my third trimester of my first pregnancy. I was young, energetic, and full of delight to start a new page in the new short chapters of my life as a married woman. 
After living for two years in France, I was homesick and I knew that Abu Dhabi will compensate for all the loneliness, solitude, and inner struggles I passed through the day I left my family, relatives, and hometown to start a new stage with the man of my life!
To add on top of that I was eagerly anticipating the moment I would meet my little baby boy. 
Funnily enough I was really anxious about the delivery and the medical services provided, especially because we did not have a lot of options at that time. Still I couldn’t but surrender to what fate has designed for us and had to go with the flow.
Every single year since then, we would think that we would soon return. Looking back on those years I am gratefully aware of how much Abu Dhabi has given us; and to that I am thankful.

It is obvious that there is definitely no ‘perfect’ place as the word implies.  We all get tired of our exasperating routine, our never ending responsibilities, and our poisoning uncertainties.  However, we can always find a  way out that directs us to meet other goals and build up on previous experiences.
During those years, I have experienced being both a stay at home mom and a working mom. With both roles, Abu Dhabi has and still provides me with all the basic needs, luxurious facilities, and abundant time to live and enjoy my family.
Abu Dhabi endorsed me with a cocoon, a home, and a sanctuary that engulfs us with tranquility and peace of mind. With its cosmopolitan regime, it offered me unique opportunities in meeting supportive friends, amazing colleagues, and great people who taught me a lot. It even increased our circle with close and far relatives from different parts of the world.
Moreover, it continues to give our children educational and recreational opportunities that hopefully will open new horizons later in their future.
The beauty of its desert and the blue azure that proudly engulfs it, make our children appreciate nature with all its perfection and flawlessness.
Last but not least, our presence here was the main reason behind having our beloved five whom we might not have even considered if we were still living in France.

I am certain that each family and every person who had lived and still lives here has a great owe to everything they have achieved. Those who came fifty years ago and those who have been here for a few years, leave with a special imprint in their hearts deciphering the unique beauty of the Arabian life. We find ourselves enjoying our life, our difficulties, and our bewilderment all at the same time. This is how we rejoice in loving this ‘home’ and we are bound to it for all eternity.

I felt the urge and need to express my appreciation and thank our lucky stars for having us live in the splendid UAE. Without it we wouldn’t have been bestowed with all those blessings.
Would like to hear from your experiences as moms living in Abu Dhabi and how fruitfully living here has been on you and your families. 

April 27, 2005

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Celebrating my 2nd Blogiversary

To celebrate is to do something special to mark or honor a special person or an event. Celebrations are mostly characterized by enjoyable moments where happiness rules. In fact celebrations are designed to make people feel good. So how would it feel like when you are celebrating with amazing friends and awesome followers at the Royal Emirates Palace?

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Last Saturday, I rejoiced in celebration of my Second Bolgiversary in the presence of a wonderful group of 28 amazing ladies at the Palace.

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As we enjoyed a royal high tea morning along a royal service, we were pampered as we chatted, shared stories, and of course took many pictures with special props and hats. The menu involved a variety of mouth-watering mini-sandwiches, mini-cakes, scones with jam, and ending up with a luscious fondant au chocolat!

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And as the ritual goes in all my events, we had our raffle draw where the ladies won awesome gifts and vouchers.

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I would like to take the opportunity and thank each and every person who has directly and indirectly served in making me reach the point where I am now. The blog started two years ago as a simple contact with the outside world – a window for me to share my experience as a mom of five. Thanks to all of you, I am glowing as I grow with you!

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Special thanks go to my dear husband, my children, and my family, who form my rock and whom I always count on! I am so grateful to have you in my life. My friends and followers, without you the whole blogging would be meaningless. Your appreciation and encouragement contribute in my success. Thank you!

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Last but not least, I would like to thank the Emirates Palace for having us and in making the celebration a great success, Hallabolou, The Bulb, Hadaya Baskets, Ella Spa, Layan Emirates, and Racha Hallak Photography for the grand gifts and vouchers. Finally my sincerest wishes go to Ms.Karen Baz whose brilliant designs and ideas make all the event flyers come to life.

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To check all the photos of the event, please go to thehelicoptermommy’s facebook page and cheers to many more years to come…