I know this is a little early but after a month, here’s how I feel of the third country I am into:
- the feel of the sun shining everyday..cloudy skies are rare!
- the starlit skies at night
- great weather (from November to April, so they say)
- that I am not gaining any weight as I am wearing light clothes and excessive eating will easily show. Back in Japan, the thick winter clothes would always blind me of my real size!
- the amazingly emerald green sea
- the various different cultures that help broaden my mind towards different nationalities (people come from 200 different countries here, approximately)
- NO TAX!
- seeing desert strips turn into exotic resorts
- the festivals with all the entertainment for children and adults
- the spacious parks! — not so many cities have green spaces especially in the desert that can compare
- the palm trees lined up in most streets
- the winter when you just need to put on an extra cardigan instead of a heavy, wooly winter coat (hated the weather back in Nagano where the cold seeps into the core of you!)
- No ice on your car to scrap off!
- the multilingual environment — my daughter started to count in Arabic as well as in English just after two weeks in daycare!
- feeling safe..very low crime rate (although I felt safe in Japan too)
- CHEAP petrol! it’s even cheaper than bottled water, can you believe that!
- cheap petrol comes with cheap taxis!
- we can have bbq all the year round
- the opportunity to live in another country and learn about another culture
- the fabulous shopping malls
- supermarkets having dedicated sections for Filipino/Japanese products
- we get some of the best shops and franchises from all over the world in one place
- seeing people ski (indoor and man-made) even if we are in the middle east!
- there are lots of friendly people who have ready smiles for everyone
- I am part of history in the making!
- being away with friends
- the rain, when it happens
- the mental drivers!
- traffic, traffic and more traffic
- rising living cost esp flat rents
- general lack of information (public transport routes, rent controls, employment issues)
- the constant staring from males at the streets (but hey, can you blame them? the current male-female ratio here is 5:1 and most of these people come here leaving their wives back home)
- that the postman doesn’t deliver directly to home. It is via private P.O. boxes here
- the dust storm
shiteouslyhideously hot and humid summer months
- expensive nurseries
I know I will be adding so many things in this list as time goes but for now, I suppose you’ll get a slight picture of what/how Dubai is.