Chris Payne and his family lived in the UK until August 2009.

While there, Chris was managing director of the second largest supplier of personal development products in the UK. He booked more than 400 adverts in national magazines and newspapers promoting relaxation devices, a speed reading-type course called PhotoReading, and other products. At one point he had 13 staff and offices covering 7,000 square feet.

In one year he mailed almost one million sales letters to people around the UK.

In 2004 he created his own personal development course called The Effort-Free Life System which consisted of up to 19 CDs, a DVD, a 69-page workbook, coaching calls and a seminar. This course has been promoted heavily in the United States, and also Australia, and Chris has run 3-day seminars in the UK, America and Australia.

Then in 2008 he got really sick. He and his wife re-appraised their life, and one of their decisions was to move to Al Ain.

He now works with clients around the world in 2 ways…

  • helping people triumph over challenges in their lives (relationship issues, money issues, parenting issues, career challenges and more), via one-on-one sessions, ebooks, and e-courses, and…
  • helping people turn their knowledge into ebooks, audio courses, etc in order to make a part- or full-time living (having created various CDs, DVDs, ebooks, mp3 courses, etc himself), and building websites for them if necessary.

He has given presentations to audiences as large as 2,200 people on internet marketing, and how to live an effort-free life.

You can find out more about Chris at his TriumphOverChallenges.com website.

Chris is available for…

  • one-on-one sessions: emailable brochure available on request
  • small or large group talks on handling challenges, personal growth, “What popular movies can teach us about the purpose of life”, the ‘hidden’ meaning behind popular fairy tales, and internet marketing

Chris has used an Apple Mac for 23 years, so he has a new site at AppleMacEnthusiast.com. He also has a site at iPadEnthusiast.com.

He loves making new friends, and chatting about philosophy, classic stoicism, psychology, relationship dynamics, personal change, movies and celebrity gossip – but he is almost completely ignorant about sport (to the amusement of his family), cars, politics and world affairs. If any of Chris’s interests interest you too, and you want to get together for a chin wag, give him a call, or email him anytime. (Contact details are on the Triumph site.)

Please do not ring Chris and ask directions to Al Ain Paradise Gardens etc. He created this site for fun, and is not connected with any of the attractions featured here! 🙂

A few kind words about this site…

“Thanks for the wonderful information on your website.” – Swapnil

“Dear Chris. Thanks very much for your very informative website. This
has been really helpful towards my decision to relocate to Al Ain.
Wishing you all the best. Maybe we will meet one day in Al Ain. Kind
Regards.” – Rudo

“Good day Chris!

“I’m really a fan of your site and I visit it often when i get the chance to see if there are new updates on it. I don’t know if you still remember me but I emailed you a question way back last April because of my application there as a nurse. Last week, I finally got my visa as a general nurse in Oasis Hospital and I would just like to personally thank you for all the things that I have learned. At first, my mother was doubtful about my employment because of the safety issues she had in mind. But after letting her read several articles in your site especially about the culture and safety, she eventually changed her mind regarding my employment in Al Ain.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous and anxious regarding my employment. But with the help of your site, it helped me put my mind at ease. Once again Chris, I am truly thankful to you and to all those who helped you in creating and maintaining the site. Thankful,” – Neil L

17 Replies to “About”

  1. Renee Manzoor says:

    I need some advice too. Mr. nd Mrs. Payne…hats off to you.
    Renee Manzoor.

  2. Thanks Renee. I have had such fun putting this site together. I’m only really launching it this week, and there’s a lot more info I plan to add to the site.

  3. Renee Manzoor says:

    Thank you Chris.
    If you ever needed some info from me, I could provide some to you as well. I used to live in Al Khabisi..close to the Jimi Mall and the Al Jimi Hospital. I have pictures of the city and all the memories of my life there.
    This is indeed a great site. Al Ain finally has intellectuals such as yourself to really voice your opinion. I wish in my days I could have done what you are doing now…but again it is never too late. After all dates and camel milk never lose their gist or “integrity’.

  4. Renee Manzoor says:

    Oh yes…and I am very much interested in sharing my interests in different cultures, music and social issues. So please feel free to share and perhaps I could market your products for you. Life is too short tio hate so why not help people without a condition?

  5. Renee, By all means email any photos which you think may be of interest to other visitors to this site. When you write “perhaps I could market your products for you”, are you referring to my ebooks etc on my Triumph Over Challenges website, or something else?

  6. Hi Chris,
    Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for offering me to send some pics of the UAE. As soon as I have them scanned, I will send them over to you.
    As for the marketing part, I was actually referring to your e-books, etc. I believe a lot of people in this part of the world need to be further aware of it as well. Great job you are doing indeed.

  7. Hi Chris,

    I’m helping Animal Welfare Al Ain, and we are in need for foster carers or people looking to adopt animals. Can you help us out with either an article or shout out 🙂

    Thanks Pete

  8. Hi Pete, If you knock up an article for me in the style I use on this website, I’ll add it. So the ball’s in your court! 🙂

  9. Hi Chris,

    Great website. Sounds like you’re really enjoying your time there. My husband and I may be flying over in a couple of weeks on business for his. I’ve heard conflicting information about the appropriate way to dress. Some say that it is the same as in the US or UK, others say that it is very conservative and arms and legs, need to be covered. Any help would be appreciated!

  10. Hi Diane,
    Thanks for your message. If you visit Dubai you can dress showing arms, legs and bust. Here in Al Ain it’s best to be a bit more conservative: no cleavage, cover legs, but bare arms are okay in the malls. My wife covers her arms in the girls school she works at.

  11. Upto how many months it will be open

    i plan to come on 5th may 2012 to visit he al-ain paradise

  12. Hi Sathesh,
    I think the gardens will be open until the middle of June at least — as they were last year.

  13. Hey Chris,

    Really nice blog set up with everything related to Al Ain. Never thought such a not-so-significant city to have websites related to it.
    I see you are here since 2009 and have started this site.
    Al Ain really managed to influence you so much so fast.
    With this proportionality one may assume about me and my friends who are here since we were born and have seen Al Ain transform.

    Critically, I believe Al Ain was much better before with cheaper taxis and the like. Also the crowd is increasing day by day.
    Well those sure might be considered to be ‘symptoms’ for development (since I consider these reasons to be unwelcoming lol)

    Al Ain really has improved and I hope it continues to be a good city to live in excluding the traffic jams from Dubai and other metropolitan cities.


  14. Hi Shumayal,
    Thank you for your long comment.
    I really appreciate it! 🙂
    In the last year or 2 the gold and white taxis have been phased out. The silver taxis cost double the price of the gold and white ones, though they are cleaner and safer.
    The roundabouts are getting busier: there are long tailbacks on School Road at morning drop off time!

  15. Hi Chris,
    Thanks so so much for a great website and a fab introduction to Al Ain..pitfalls and all!!!! I’ve just been offered a job in the healthcare sector in Al Ain and am seriously thinking about taking it!!
    Im irish and will be travelling solo, which doesnt faze me but Im wondering if you know of many expat irish in Al Ain or any societies etc?? Im open to meeting all nationalities but you know yourself it would be nice to have a taste of home once in a while!!! also, is it daunting for a single white irish girl to be walking around on her own..maybe a silly question but a bit worrying nonetheless.
    Congrats again on a great service..invaluable to us greenhorns making the leap!!!

  16. Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

    I think there’s an Irish night at the Rotana for St Patrick’s Day, but don’t hold me to that!

    What about putting an announcement on the alainexpats yahoo group, and also via the Niala News email newsletter which goes out to 1,500-ish ex-pats in the town?


  17. Hi Chris,
    Really nice website! + so useful !
    thank you very much for your hard work =)
    Btw i’m local + from AlAin
    and i’m glad to know that we have great people like you here ^^

    wish you the best ~*

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