The Paynes Blog

A blog about our life


Hello, welcome to this blog. It is updated mostly by me, Chris, and reports mainly on the adventures of my sons Toby (15) and Felix (11), and their mum, Catherine.

We lived in the UK until 2009 when the four of us moved out to a town called Al Ain (population 500,000) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Al Ain is a 2-hour drive from the city of Abu Dhabi, and 90 minutes from Dubai. It’s also right next to the border into Oman.

Here’s where it is on a map of the world…


I, Chris, moved back to the UK in September 2012, while Catherine, Toby and Felix stayed in Al Ain.

You can contact me by going to my Zendesk support site and clicking on the link which says support@… This will open a new email in your email program…

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