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Marsha, I' originally from Canada and have been in the UAE for 7 years now...my wife has lived here for a total of 17 years, she hails from the region. It takes most people about one full year to integrate and acclimatize themselves here.
Very safe and friendly country the UAE is, truly diverse culturally, some do find it lonely at times but it all depends on the person. You'll find it easy to meet people, but it is hard to make great close personal friends to count on in a clinch.
Work is of course slower than it has been before the slow down
World wide, the opportunities still do exist...while salaries run the gambit from very low to out of this World, too.
Food is wonderful in a great number of places, the hotels offer the best of the best most of the time, although there other fantastic places to dine outside the 5 star usual's.
Driving is normal, sometimes a bit reckless and fast...while the roads change almost on a daily basis that, too takes some getting used too. Taxis can make your hair rise at times as well!
About the weather, one word is the summer months will test your tolerance for high temperatures and most will spend a great many hours doing indoor activities. Late Spring and late Fall I find are the very best times of the year if your living here, Winter is great for most if traveling to the city, finding the weather present compared to any winter wonderlands with cold temperatures!
Getting paper work done can at times be confusing and seam a little illogical but, at the end of the day it always gets done! At times you will have to count on help from others to complete your tasks...
Lasts words, the UAE and Dubai for me is a fantastic, interesting place to live...I enjoy it fully and now days I call it my home.
Best of regards, hope this all helps.
P.S. If you have any direct questions you'd like to ask please send them to me I'll see if I can help out.
- Barasti Bar & RestaurantThe Beach Road, P.O. Box 24883, Dubai 24883 United Arab Emiratesrecommended Barasti Bar & RestaurantBarasti's is a beachside disco cum beach club popular with locals and expat sycophants. There's sheesha on the grass next to the pool, bumpin' & grindin' on the open air dance floor and things that'll ... read moreget you deported goin' down on Barasti's little slice of the Persian Gulf.
recommended DubaiLove it or hate it, Dubai is the city of the future. When I was a kid and I imagined what the world was going to look like in the future, Dubai's skyline is the one I drew (only with flying cars, not ... read moreMaseratis). The cosmopolitan lifestyle and the mix of cultures (on my last trip, for example, I met a half Hungarian, half Syrian skateboarder on the way to the skatepark) is the wave of the future for their will be no more pedigrees. Equally foretelling are the ambitious architectural projects there in which man is conquering nature - the Palm Jumeriah and the World Island Projects being the two most salient while the Burj Khalifah (the world's tallest building) is the most obvious. The result is a heady mix of 1st and the 3rd world, of have and have nots and of every stripe and color in between.Baxter Jackson
Dubai is its own world, Masha - you'll either love it or hate it.
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Hi, i spent 9 years working in Dubai and watched the city grow from dust to sky scrapers. its a wonderful city and a great work culture. Let me know if you need specifics etc, i surely will reply any of your questions and if you need some contacts in Dubai, can set you up. Cheers D