It's been quite a while since I last wrote a "What's it like?" post to give you readers who are not living in the UAE a glimpse of our life here. This time, I'd like to let you take a peek of what it's like to watch a movie or go to a movie house … Continue reading Watching movies in the UAE: What’s it like?
When you go grocery shopping in Dubai, prepare to get dirty. Not the 'dirty' that you think...it's literal. You get your hands dirty and sometimes stinky. At least compared to where we previously lived (Japan), grocery shopping in Dubai is a whole new experience. In Japan...(I hope you don't hate every time I start my … Continue reading Grocery shopping in Dubai: What’s it Like?
Lately there had been so many people caught and penalized for crossing in non-designated areas all over Dubai. Police officers, sometimes in plain clothes, sometimes in hiding catch pedestrians and confiscate their ID (mostly Labor Card) to be later redeemed at the police station for a fine of 200 dhs (US$55). This catch and fine … Continue reading Jaywalking and Foot bridges in Dubai: What’s it Like?
Photo for illustration purposes only. Finding a place to live in Dubai can be a bit stressful - and I'm not just talking about the price. Would be residents have a choice to live in a single detached house, commonly known as a 'villa', a flat in an apartment building, hotel apartment or in a … Continue reading Finding a home in Dubai: What’s it Like?
Weekend in Dubai or the UAE as a whole is different and as a new expat, that must be one of the many things you need to adjust. Fridays are holy days in the Islamic world so all offices are closed. There's no work or school on Friday. The UAE weekend has different patterns, depending … Continue reading Weekend in Dubai: What’s it Like?
Dubai, being a city located in the Middle East, Arab region, prevalently Islamic environment...one would think Christmas won't have a place in its book. Wrong. I bet first time visitors and expats who come during Christmas time has that little fear of losing the Christmas feeling just because they have landed in an Islamic country. … Continue reading Christmas in Dubai: What’s it Like?
Photo for illustrative purposes only. Dubai may be having the tallest structure on Earth or the biggest man-made island, etc but believe it or not, we're still in the dark ages with regards to postal service. Translated: there's no sexy postman with a big, brown leather bag ringing our bell. I don't know any country … Continue reading The Postal System in the UAE: What’s it Like?
Don't scream now but I have not had alcohol for more than six months already. For non-drinkers, I'd get a duh! in the face but for my friends and former office colleagues in Japan, I'll get a high-pitched unbelievable! Wait! I was not heading to rehab prior to our move to Dubai. Got to get that … Continue reading Drinking in Dubai: What’s it Like?