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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!

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Goodbye London & Hello To Sunny Distant Lands

Hi my lovlies long time no see. Hope you’re all well, doing fine or great. It’s been a long time and yes I did miss you, even when I’m not here I do! I’m sure at least one of you can relate, you know that feeling of ‘family away from family,’ or did I just make that up? Anyway, one of the reasons I haven’t checked in, is because I’ve been busy sorting out what I should pack & what I should ship-off, to my new life in Dubai.

I’m leaving!

Not on a jet plane, but the whole ordeal feels like it. I made an application to be a Teacher and needed an excuse to be around sun, sea & sand and here I am! OK, so it wasn’t as simple as that but the long nights are over, and I considerably thought I’ll spare you the details other than being exhausted. I’m going to be a Teacher, Abroad!

I thought about this as a career path back in the good ol’ days, but there was something about the pgce (Post Grad Cert. In Education that felt all too much like returning to university. Coming from someone who wanted to do a masters, this might seem odd. Still, here I am.

Going through the high’s & dealing with the lows, is just something were all going to have to deal with. Some more than others, but the more things that happen out of the blue that you can’t explain (other than this trip), the more unbelievable your sucess will be. Being succesfull isn’t limited to money alone, its who you turn out to be.

Hard work definately plays a part but it’s patience and perseverance, too. It’s not being a part of the crowd, it’s going through pain but knowing how to adapt because it’s adapting, that makes things so much easier and after all, its helped me in the past so it’ll help me now.

Anyway, I’m off to far distant lands and I’m excited, anxious…and with all the research I’ve done I still don’t know what to expect, but I know it will be good.