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Tomas: The Acme Blog

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 Tomas, originally from Germany and now living in the UAE after having lived in Kuwait for a couple of years. I have been in Dubai since 2010 and enjoy living here.

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

I have been blogging since Kuwait times but I shut down the blog and started a new one the day I arrived in Dubai. Technical problems after 2 years sadly left a big data loss so I had to start over again in December 2012…

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

The latest one is always my favorite….

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?

Coming from a small village in Germany, Dubai is the complete opposite of what I used to know. Streets are busy 24 hours; shops are open 7 days a week, for example. I had no cultural shock as I had come over from Kuwait, but life here has challenges as well.

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

Dubai not having been the first country to live in in the Middle East has made it very easy to adapt and get along here. If you would ask if I had been prepared for living in Kuwait the answer would have been absolutely not. So far I wouldn’t change a decision made. Not all where right certainly, but that forms a part of the adventure of life.

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

We were moving house and the transport company has confirmed 4 times the correct time and date to us. In the end they turned up 48 hours late…

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

  • Don’t come without money everything is prepaid and you will require quite some cash to start up.
  • Speak either Arabic or good English, not only you will get problems finding a job without proper English, but if you don’t speak either language well you will a have hard time.
  • Don’t believe all that you hear, people will tell you what they think you want to hear. Everything takes time and nothing goes quickly so be patient.

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

Not really, having 2 kids, meeting like-minded people is pretty easy. We had the luck of having a former colleague already living in Dubai so the start was pretty easy.

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

Working hard but living good.

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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