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S: A Collection Of Musings

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Dubai makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Dubai, etc.

I’m a yuppie, or a Young Urban Professional just in case you didn’t know what that meant. When I moved to Dubai in late 2008 I thought I’d never stop calling Toronto home. How wrong I was. I’d definitely trade my maple syrup in for a shawarma. And no I’ve never said ‘aboot’.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I’m often told that the craziest and funniest things happen to me. So in April 2013, after years of my friends telling me my stories were too funny to keep to myself I decided it was time to go public.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

I’m quite partial to my post about creating fake names in order to avoid unpleasant conversations about how to say my name.

My readers love my post on being a foreigner in an Indian airport.

And many of them can relate to my post about the perils of the public transportation system.

Tell us about the ways your new life in Dubai differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

Dubai is definitely warmer than Toronto and I certainly wouldn’t mind if I never saw snow again. Moving from a country with a lot of freedoms to one with significantly less freedom certainly isn’t an easy transition. Culture shock becomes so much easier to deal with once you start focusing on the positives.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Dubai? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

You can never be fully prepared. Honestly, I wish I’d stocked up on a lot more Snickers Almond bars before I moved. They are impossible to find here.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

A nano second is the time between when a traffic light turns green and the car behind you honks. Patience is non-existent when it comes to drivers in Dubai.

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Dubai?

  • Be prepared for blatant racism
  • Don’t be afraid to try new cuisines
  • Bring a good supply of your favourite candy bar.

How is the expat community in Dubai? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

80% of Dubai is made up of expats so you will have a harder time meeting locals. How easy it is to meet like-minded people is dependent on just how social you are.

How would you summarize your expat life in Dubai in a single, catchy sentence?

A refreshing change from the world of snow, flurries and sludge.

Peter B. Krehmer

"There are so many expats in the UAE, but the InterNations Dubai Ramadan dinners brought some wonderful guests together. "

Suzanne Payne

"Dubai is such an overwhelming mixture of tradition and modernity that I was very grateful for all the support from other expats. "

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