Life So Far In The United Arab Emirates

 

Hello there!

This post is a long time coming but let’s get straight into it. A little bird told me social media is a bit of a thing here and blogging is in context, well, with my new role. I’m good to go and so, my dearest followers, you’re going to have to let a girl live and it helps that your all super intelligent. 😎

Asides from settling in, finding my feet & getting familiar with “careem”  (a taxi app), I’ve been busy. As with any visit in my case relocating, you’re going to experience ‘culture shock.’ Waiting, is one of them and it could be a taxi or takeaway, just blame the traffic. A frequent traveller to Sharjah, told me he arrives one hour before his appointments after he was told “I’m on my way.”

 

The scenery makes up for it however.

 

Look

 

It think it was my second week in the UAE, when a colleague had told me we had been here for two weeks. It’s almost been a month now and I’m telling you, it feels like a year. A year, yet in slow-motion. So much has happened! From learning how to count to 10 in Arabic, a bumpy taxi ride and trying an Iraqi burger in Sharjah, for the first time. With my initial training based here, I’ve had time to look around.

 

Explorer

If you’re a bargain hunter, a window shopper or fancy the finer things in life, you’ll find it all in the Emirates. From Abu Dhabi Mall, to Sharjah’s own & the City Centre, to Gold Souk in Dubai, you won’t miss a thing. Whatever your taste-buds, you’ll find an eatery to match it so go ahead and explore. The atmosphere is laid back and the lifestyle here is relaxed. Besides the sometimes manic-ness that comes with most market place’s, you can take your pick if you want to unwind.

 

Hotel

 

The Edge of Dubai

I can access my work location whilst being in the main hub, Dubai. In terms of differences, I’d say the two Emirates are similar, other than demographics which, depends on the area. There is a large Indian population in Sharjah, as with the Filipino community. The same can be said with Dubai, likewise many nations from the western world and the African continent, live/work here too. The emirates in general is so multicultural there is no one-ethnic group, which makes it so diverse.

Arabic culture and traditions encompass many forms including; spirituality, history, storytelling, family and so on. Hospitality plays an integral part, and Arabic coffee is very traditional here. If you are offered coffee or food, be open to receive it and not with your left hand. Likewise, a better way of saying no, is highly regarded too. There are many other traditions and ‘way of life’ that is important in Arabic culture; family & honour going hand in hand. I gained a lot of insight at the cultural event, which was hosted during my induction. Overall, there are elements of Arabic culture that are very similar to African culture.

 

First Henna                                                               My first Henna

 

 

Greetings

The common greeting here is “Assalamu ‘Alaikum” (Peace be unto you), (as with the Muslim world) and when Muslims gather and so on. However, you can be from another faith and greet a Muslim this way. Bearing in mind, “Good Afternoon” works well too, using both as an icebreaker. “Hello,” is okay if anything by default, you can always rely on your instinct.

Adapting

Smiling always gets me through.
Even if your week is running smoothly & efficiently as possible, be prepared for things to go left. Call it the “unplanned” and when you’re in far & distant lands…home isn’t looking so bad. It’s okay, and a normal phase to go through but it is also okay, to not worry about what anyone else will think should anything change. Trust the process but don’t forget, trust your instincts too😎.

It’s important I allow myself to express the different stages of emotions, I am going to feel. If this applies to you, allow yourself to go through it too its unavoidable regardless. After all, moving abroad or just relocating is a big deal and life-changing, in itself.

Patience

I’m not talking about traffic or even waiting for anyone. There’s an art to keeping still, at some point. You want things to fall into place and you want it to stay there. It’ll all make sense in the end but if there weren’t any road signs well, we’ll all be at square one.

No matter how big or how small, be grateful.

Till next time!

Regret It Forget It

 

If I had known back then what I knew now, I probably would have still made the same decisions.

When we regret, or make decisions that we thought were ideal at the time but the outcome was not as we expected we tend to experience guilt.
If it wasn’t for those “mistakes” we would not have been here today. At least since you’re reading this that means you made it?

There are things I might have thought twice about, but if I could tell my slightly younger self anything, it would be to ‘stick it out’ “you’re doing just fine.”
If I had a magic wand and could make adjustments to what I didn’t like or moments from my past, I would be unprepared, making flimsy mistakes; as an adult today.

Without mistakes there is no learning curve, without experience life will never teach you anything.

How To Have A Life And Social Media Too

 

You know that sound screeching sound you hear from a tyre that breaks through wreck less driving? That’s social media (once in a while). A car that needs servicing but ‘its just going to have to wait.’ There’s not much redemption ‘online’ however, we (they; us; over there but not including you & I; ) are experts on… Everything. I’m glad I can say I’m not addicted to social media, nor is it life or death if I’m not on every-single-platform-for-the-sake of it. Nope.

 

 

Haha love

 

I’m at that stage now where there’s got to be a purpose. If its not blog related or something that makes sense right now? It can wait. All I know is, being “away” helps me plan and having time to myself, helps me in my self-development. Its the mediocrity of “people” the q & ‘s that make me shy away so now you know.

If we spent more time working on ourselves than others like a project; oh, we’d be complete, almost! Too much Investing (whatever that may be) into something that brings little fulfilment, can leave you wanting- and with needs still unmet.

Sure, you’re familiar with the saying ‘material things can’t bring you happiness,’ well neither can a job, a relationship or other things we expect to complete us if we’re not already whole. Some of us live vicariously through others on social media, we want to see what others are doing. Not just a celebrity, but our peers, acquaintances, even strangers- if they tick the right box.

So, what are some of the pros & cons of social media?

Here’s a list I made earlier:

Pro’s:

  • You’ve got something to say or good content? you can share it! Platforms are there to use.
  • We can connect with people we don’t know and reconnect with those we do, whether they’re a thousand miles away or ten. Its great for networking too.
  • You’re guaranteed to see something that will make you laugh or make you think.

 

Finally, news comes fast. The rise in technology means a lot of us are on our smartphones, tablets etc. That’s one click from your favourite source of info…

 

Social media

Social Media brings people together :)

 

Cons:

  • As mentioned earlier in my post, ‘we spend more time working on others’  without realising the emotional lacklustre, in ourselves.
  • If your not outdoing your last “post,” you’ll waste time trying to outdo others.
  • A lot is taken out of context: Taking time out from some social media means something’s wrong. Having a life does include being “offline,” too.

“Where you been?”

“Obviously… I’m up to something.”

Investing in myself is as much about finances as it is emotionally, mentally, career wise and my overall well-being. Its this notion, ‘investment,’ that matters when its all said and done.

‘How To Have A Life And Social Media Too’

Thanks for reading!