Deepak: Emirates Diary
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Dubai, etc.
I moved to Dubai, UAE as a Risk Management professional. I come from one of the remote places on the west coast of India.
I moved to Dubai in the year 2006. I have always liked reading and writing and my articles have been featured in leading magazines, news portals in India. I was also on the editorial committee of my college annual magazine.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Blogging, like my career, has been accidental. I never planned to be a blogger. However, I was always interested to learn web design. I started writing some random stuff on my blog, emiratesdiary.com which was started in early 2012. I wanted to cover the events and happenings in and around UAE. However, the task proved a bit too much as it needed lot of time which I could not afford due to work commitments.
I decided to focus on few niche topics like Jobs, Job Tips, UAE Labour Law, UAE Tips, Money Tips, etc. thereafter. And this had a profound effect. People who searched for certain terms on Google ended up on my blog and they liked it. It has been a huge learning experience for me.
Before I started my blog I knew nothing about web design, SEO, SEM, Online Marketing, Email Marketing etc. I read a ton of other blogs and gained a good amount of knowledge on various aspects of having an online presence. I did not keep this knowledge to myself; rather I helped dozens of businesses and bloggers to start their successful blogs and websites. That's the best part!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I put my heart into every blog entry I write. Hence, nothing in particular. However, since you asked here is what I like: How to avoid labour ban in Dubai
Why do you ask? Just look at the number of comments!
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 has always fascinated me. I have a few relatives who lived here and everyone spoke highly about Dubai and the opportunities it had to offer.
Yes, initially it was tough for me. Luckily, when I came here, I was well placed in a local bank.
No, I did not face any culture shock as I adjust to any situation easily. That is my talent!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Dubai? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Yes and No. I was mentally prepared but not financially. I would not change any decisions I made, as I believe everything happens for good.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Not the ones that I can share on this platform!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Dubai?
- Plan well ahead in time about the job prospects in UAE.
- If you have a well settled job/business back home, think twice before taking this step.
- Invest time and energy in learning new skills.
How is the expat community in Dubai? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
The local Expat Community, being the majority in Dubai, is a vibrant one. I am fortunate to have a lot of friends here who hail from the same place as I back in India. However, networking beyond your community may be a bit of a challenge; it’s not impossible though!
How would you summarize your expat life in Dubai in a single, catchy sentence?
Live it. Love it.