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Tarana: Sand In My Toes

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 Tarana Khan, author of ‘Sand In My Toes’, a blog about my life in Dubai and other adventures of mine! I belong to India and my current stay in the United Arab Emirates has been for three years. I say ‘current’ because I spent most of my childhood in this country.

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

It wasn’t long after I moved to Dubai with my husband that my son was born. Being a new mother is an amazing, yet baffling experience! I started blogging just to get all those thoughts out of my head. I also hope for my posts to be a reminder of these memorable times for the future ‘me’ and my son.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

There’s one I wrote recently on UAE’s 42nd National Day. It’s about 42 reasons why I love Dubai!

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?

For one thing, I was a frenzied media professional in India! Here, I am a stay-at-home mom, though the frenzy remains. Overall, life is much more stress-free in the UAE. As I grew up in Dubai, there was no culture shock in coming back. However, since our entire family lives away from us, I do miss them, especially during festivals.

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

I would have tried to make more friends, but it’s never too late for that!

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

It’s not really funny, but I am tired of being asked about my nationality. Once, I was even asked by a kid at the park!

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

  • Respect the Islamic traditions of the UAE, and take the time to understand them.
  • Do remember to save at least a little, if you don’t want to return home empty-handed!
  • Follow the rules and regulations, and you can expect a good life here.

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

I met people from many other countries and am richer for the experience.

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

It’s been a dream, without the waking up part!

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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