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Recommended Expat Blogs: Dubai
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Dubai:
Life in Dubai is way different than life back home. Although Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan, and the most inexpensive metropolitan city to live in the world, it lacks the sophistication of Dubai. Most people are in awe of the materialistic aspects of Dubai (the shopping malls, high rises, glitz and glamour). However, I really admire the discipline, law and order and the harmony between various expat communities.
Since the vast majority of the population is made up of expats, everyone can empathize with what you are experiencing. It’s been super easy to meet people here in a way that I don’t think happens in many other places. The only down side is that when you make friends, there is a good chance they will be leaving at some point – it’s a very transient population.
I didn’t have any problems getting used to my new life. I loved it from the start. But it took a while to lose the feeling that I was just on holiday. It took me about six months to get to know how things worked in Dubai and to stop having to plan everything meticulously and check the map when I stepped out of the door in the morning
While I did a lot of research (had 2 months of waiting for my husband’s work visa to come through before I came to the UAE) I found that about 30% of the information was incorrect. All in all we did pretty well and don’t think I would have changed anything.
I found it very difficult at first – I missed the rain, the countryside… I’m getting used to it out here, but it still doesn’t feel quite like home and I don’t know if it ever will. Some expats talk about their several ‘homes’ but I’m struggling to embrace the idea – I think I’m monog-home-ous… The underlying attitudes and ways of doing things here are very different from the UK – which is of course what one should expect when moving to a different country… What makes it puzzling and, at times, frustrating, is that despite these fundamental differences the superficial appearance of life here is so recognizable.
Dubai is definitely warmer than Toronto and I certainly wouldn’t mind if I never saw snow again. Moving from a country with a lot of freedoms to one with significantly less freedom certainly isn’t an easy transition. Culture shock becomes so much easier to deal with once you start focusing on the positives.
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