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Recommended Expat Blogs: Dubai

Recommended Expat Blogs: Dubai

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Dubai makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

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:

Abu: Dubai Expat Blog

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.

Lynda: Longhorns and Camels

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.

Mrs Dubai: Dubai's Desperate Housewife

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 mornin

Lupe: Mid Life Adventures

In Ras al Khaimah, there really aren’t a lot of Americans.  Mostly Brits and Canadians.  But we have a lot in common and the locals are really sweet people.   There was no problem in making friends from other countries.

Lucy: Homesick and Heatstruck

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.

S: A Collection Of Musings

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.

Jazzel: The Girl With The Green Flag

Yes, Dubai is completely different from Pakistan, especially when it comes to people. Dubai has people from around the world. Everywhere you look you see how much diversity there is in Dubai.

Lady Anne: Lady & Her Sweet Escapes

I can say that I came prepared. Before my flight, I bought a guide book which I read from cover to cover! I also asked for advices from my cousins who were already expatriates in Dubai. I somehow knew the culture, tradition and the lifestyle.

FooDiva

I’ve been lucky that all my jobs have been very social so I was out and about meeting lots of people – having said that, it takes a while to filter through this mass of an expat community and develop real friendships. You need to be patient and give it a year.

Reeta: Happy Witchie

With its high rises, swanky malls and grand aspirations, Dubai feels familiar to westerners. Scratch beneath the surface just ever so slightly and the differences are a stark reminder that Dorothy is not in Kansas anymore. In “normal” daily life the differences are minor or simply cute/quaint – where normal refers to shopping, socializing and travelling. The harder differences showcase themselves in business and in any dealing with officialdom.

Tarana: Sand In My Toes

For one thing, I was a frenzied media professional in India! Here, I am a stay-at-home mom, though the frenzy remains. Overall, life is much more stress-free in the UAE. As I grew up in Dubai, there was no culture shock in coming back. However, since our entire family lives away from us, I do miss them, especially during festivals.

Cindy: Liloneoftheashes

Ah, Dubai is nothing like Auckland. Everything was just 'wow' at the beginning and it is still so, now. Not too much of a culture shock to be honest, we just love it here!

Jan: Travel Arts Life

When I was living and working in Abu Dhabi, after my higher studies in India and the UK, I used to frequently take weekend breaks in Dubai. I think I was already thirsting to live in another country or city, so I was well prepared for the excitement and challenges of that move.

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