Life in Dubai

Reasons Why Living In Dubai Will Ruin You For Life

October 20, 2014
Dubai Skyline

Exactly 2 months ago from today, I arrived in the US for a holiday – an extended one as you may notice. I can’t say that I am going thru a culture shock but after spending 7 years in the glamorous city of Dubai, it did kind of ruin me in some ways. I am missing a lot of things that are considered normal in Dubai but totally unnecessary to the rest of the world. Yep, the rich city of Dubai spoiled us big time. On the other hand, I am also now enjoying some things that are not found in Dubai. You may take it as good or bad but definitely most of it are good.


Here are just some of the reasons why living in Dubai will ruin you for life.

1. Dubai has the cleanest public toilets which you will never find in any other cities (that I have visited). Cleanliness is what makes this city beautiful and they do take it quite seriously. There will be no shortage of toilet papers, bidet and cleaning staff in any public toilets (that I have visited).

2. Getting a job offer from anywhere in the world is never good enough compared to the tax-free salary you get in Dubai (and the rest of Middle East) along with the 30-day holiday per year, paid plane tickets, health insurance, housing and transportation allowance and the list goes on.

3. Seeing a normal Porsche or Lamborghini without any kind of customization does not impress you anymore. If it’s not gold-plated then it doesn’t deserve a second-look.

Dubai Cars

4. You’re not used to the cold weather because you get sunshine 365 days a year in Dubai. Hence in this case, when you’re out of the city – you’re covered from head-to-toe with warmers in a 17 degree celsius temperature and everyone’s looking at you with a weird smirk on your face like you came from a different planet.

5. The hotel standards in Dubai is very high (in terms of facilities). A 3-star property in Dubai is like a 4-star property to the rest of the world. Needless to say, most of the Dubai people are quite hard to please as they’re used to a high standard of facilities.

6. We go cray-cray when we go shopping when we’re out of Dubai because we realize how expensive that city really is.

Starbucks in Dubai

Starbucks in Dubai looks like it came out of the genie’s lamp.

7. We get weird looks whenever we’re out of Dubai since our first 2 questions when we meet someone for the first time are “where are you from?” and “what do you do?” For the people in Dubai, those 2 questions are perfectly normal as most of the people living in the city are expats.

8. You’ll miss having friends of different nationalities. When you’re out with your friends in Dubai, it looks like you’re representing the United Nations.


9. Air-conditioning anywhere in the world is never the right temperature.

10. You don’t get what the hype is all about when it comes to signature restaurants as there are a lot of those in Dubai that it looks to you like it’s the most normal thing on earth.

11. You act completely surprised at the sight of how much the gasoline price is outside of Dubai. On a side note, putting gas yourself in your car overwhelms you as you’ve never done it before in Dubai. (But I think some gas stations are going to start it now?)

12. You realize that you’ve taken the Ski Dubai for granted as there’s no other place in the world with such a thing.

13. You go cray cray when you experience heavy rain.

Rain in Dubai

14. You miss having anything delivered to you at any given hour. Grocery at 2 in the morning? Possible to be delivered to you if you’re in Dubai.


15. You’re surprised that the rest of the world still gets actual mails in their mailboxes. (Whaaaattttt??? They’ve got an actual mailbox? Not just a PO Box???)

16. You can’t believe your eyes when you see a lot of trees! Lots and lots of it! You’ve missed it so very much.

Dubai Skyline

Oh wait! There are trees in Dubai. Can you see?

17. You realize that spending your vacation in different continents everytime is a luxury that not anyone can do/afford. With Dubai’s location being near to Asia, Europe and Americas – traveling is just too easy.

18. You’re psyched to give out an actual address to your friends and families and not just landmarks near to where you live like what you’re used to when you were in Dubai.

19. You act surprised (and psyched) when you see alcoholic drinks being sold in supermarkets when you’re out of Dubai. You don’t even need to drive hours to get it! Whoaaaaa!!!!

20. You’re confused when the weekend is.

21. You realize taxi fares in Dubai aren’t so bad. In fact, I now believe that it’s extremely cheap!

22. You fall in love with any beach that you see with a backdrop other than concrete buildings like what you normally see in Dubai.

23. You realize how good it is that kids in Dubai are being exposed to different nationalities hence, playing a vital role of teaching them to embrace all cultures and religion.

24. While the rest of the people around you are nagging about the 35-degree celsius weather, you’re just so happy that it’s not 40 like what happens in Dubai.

dubai sun

25. The metro (train) is so clean which gives you a shock to see the state of other trains around the world BUUUUTTTTT you still wish the metro stops are not in the middle of nowhere in Dubai.

26. There’s always something going on in Dubai – events, fund-raisers, openings – you miss all these.

27. The power of social media in Dubai is beyond anyone’s imagination. If you want to promote something, you sure don’t need to pay ridiculous amounts of money for advertising – just post it on Facebook and the word will spread like wildfire. Everyone’s in social media in Dubai, even the Sheikh is.

28. You lose your wits when you encounter discount stores when you’re outside of Dubai. Even the Dubai outlet mall is expensive (at least for me).

29. You’re surprised to know that a tiny studio apartment rent that you’re paying in JLT is as much as a 3 bedroom house in the US (based on my experience).

30. You realize salons and spas are cheap in Dubai (comparing to the US).

31. You’re surprised to see “older” flight attendants serving you drinks during a flight and they’re actually smiling and very nice to you. * wink * wink *

32. You get surprised and bewildered and think that you’ve been conned when you go in a government office and finish your legal process is no more than 5 minutes. A long wait is always required whenever you need to process things (whether it be a legal process or just finalizing your bill with Du) in Dubai that you’d be able to finish a book as you wait.

Those are just my opinion. Have you lived in Dubai? What do you miss/not miss about it? πŸ™‚

Reasons Why Living In Dubai Will Ruin You For Life


On a side note, after posting this – my site crashed as it was not able to handle the amount of people who visited my site. I would like to thank all of you for that. I must admit that I was not expecting such thing to happen, 25,00 views in a matter of 24 hours. It’s a living proof of #27 on this post. Lol. However, I’m quite surprised that I have received a lot of hate comments from people who are actually living in Dubai right about now. Some of the comments are too nasty that I didn’t even approve it as I will be responsible for whatever is written on this website. If you’re putting any curse words, it won’t make it to the comment section. Otherwise, everything’s approved because I believe in freedom of speech and difference in opinion, which apparently some of the commenters do not.

It’s funny because I’ve written both the pros and cons of the city. I think I have written more cons than the pros actually but those who hate Dubai (for whatever reasons they have) just saw the good things I wrote about it and attacked me for liking Dubai. Most of them think that whoever lives or worst yet, likes living in Dubai are not a good example in the society that we live in and must be condemned. That’s just silly if you ask me because the reasons they’re saying why everyone should hate Dubai is happening around the world. Racism is everywhere, I have the passport and the color to be subjected into racism and I have experienced it in a lot of places in Europe and also in the US. Human rights violation? Maybe you should see the study done by the Human Rights Watch as to how the world violates human rights country by country to make you aware of what’s happening in the world around you that you may be oblivious of because you’re too busy on hating on one particular city in the world. And do not assume that I never experienced a hard life in Dubai just from this post alone. I lived in a 2-bedroom apartment with 10 people residing in it and we all have to share one bathroom during my first 2 years in Dubai but did that make me feel miserable? No. I never even complained about it and I am always proud to narrate the funny things which happened to me during those first 2 years of my Dubai life. Why? Because I always see the glass half full, it’s only now that I realized, after receiving so many hate comments from hateful people, that being a positive person is a crime.

For all the haters of Dubai, you do realize that all of the things that you are saying about this city just reflects back on you right? Dubai did not beg for you to stay in the place, in fact – it can strive on with or without you since a lot of people would trade places with you. If you hate the place so much, then why do you live there? Doesn’t it make you a bit ignorant and ungrateful for biting the hands of the one who feeds you? Be honest with yourselves, the reason why you came to Dubai is because you think you are missing out on something from where you came from and that almost, always involves money which just makes you greedy. Dubai, like any other cities in the world, has its beauty and flaws and I chose to embrace it all. A lot of people mentioned about racism in Dubai but can you honestly tell me of a place which is not racist? I’m a Filipino and I have a first-hand knowledge based on my personal experiences on racism in a lot of places that I have visited. There is no point in me harboring ill feelings about living in Dubai because I do have an option to stay or leave, like what all of you have.

Dubai opened up doors for me and gave me a lot of opportunities which I will never ever get from my home country and I choose to be thankful for that. I have better things to do other than sulk on the things that I know I have no control of. But I do have control on seeing the brighter side of life, not just in Dubai, but life in general. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply ALI April 13, 2020 at 12:52

    Its a place of Opportunity. I do not think it will ruin the life.

  • Reply AiraPulido March 25, 2020 at 10:42

    We were there for 30 years. It is a beautiful place.

  • Reply varun February 24, 2020 at 10:21

    Nice article , thanks for sharing this useful information

  • Reply MKZ Logistics December 16, 2019 at 08:54

    Good analysis, but I will still consider living in Dubai for couple of more reasons.

  • Reply Solera Energy November 25, 2019 at 12:26

    This is a great Blog, So clear and easy to read. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Kunal December 3, 2019 at 16:06

      While Dubai is great…..Clearly you are not familiar with life style and quality of life of the USA

  • Reply Lawyers in Dubai October 24, 2019 at 11:37

    If you are a die-hard shopper, living in Dubai is living in heaven. You get to shop until you drop, literally. First of all, you must not miss the Dubai Duty-Free Shops, which are the best in the world. Second, you must shop in Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival (January to February) and Dubai Summer Surprises (June to August). The living standard in Dubai is much higher than any other countries. It is possible for you to live a upper scale lifestyle and have access to high-class residences and driving the coolest cars in town.

    You will never get bored in Dubai. With so many nightclubs and bars, you are sure to have more fun than you ever imagine. You’ll be satisfied with the services and have a great night out every night.

  • Reply Qasim October 3, 2019 at 20:06

    Dear Noemi,
    It a very well written article and mostly on the witty side, but yes most of it is true. We all have been spoiled by the lavish lifestyle provided by Dubai ,United Arab Emirates.

  • Reply Shofey September 23, 2019 at 07:41

    I have never been to Dubai but, a couple of my friends work in Dubai, it’s a great place to work, and the multi-culture of Dubai is awesome.

  • Reply Steve September 1, 2019 at 11:18

    Well; i am living on before from past 6 years, and i din’t get traffic in Dubai as your said in your article. most of the time when we travel to Ajman and sharjah we got some but like that much traffic. if you stay at jumeirah or JLT you will be fine, and away from traffic

  • Reply Jonno August 7, 2019 at 19:46

    Are you sure you’re in the US? That looks totally like Bondi Beach to me! πŸ˜›

    True what you say about DXB though. After 5 years I’ll be leaving this month and I’m sure I’ll take a while to adjust. But reality beckons.

    • Reply Anonymous August 20, 2019 at 05:11

      Lovely Bondi Beach πŸ™‚

  • Reply Loid July 25, 2019 at 20:45

    If you don’t have money you can’t enjoy life in Dubai. You’ll be lucky enough to find someone who will be true to you especially in a relationships.

  • Reply Anonymous July 13, 2019 at 17:57

    It makes me so sad, as a local from Dubai, to read so much hate in the comments! Please remember we are who we are, Wherever we go.. we are the same if we were in Bombay or New Mexico or Paris.. what fills us inside is what comes out! Love and appreciation or hate and greed! But some places confronts us with ourselves and we sometimes don’t like it! I traveled around the world and I’ve only felt the kindness of people and the beauty and uniqueness of each place! Always come polite and leave in peace!

  • Reply Khurram Ayaz July 1, 2019 at 22:27

    I like your views about Dubai,i m also going there in a month or two.

  • Reply Nor May 26, 2019 at 17:38

    3 days are enough to ruin my life. Shall stop using emirates airlines as I despise the decision to transit in Dubai for 3 nights. It’s a double standard city and the ‘so-called best beach’ had the largest jellyfishes in the world. Never thought I would hate a city this much even I’d met many lovely travelers (not locals) when I was there.

  • Reply Dubaian March 21, 2019 at 23:00

    I do agree on the points mentioned. There are many other pros taken for granted specially by Muslims as food and drugs etc are halal, you have masajids everywhere even in tents you have prayer rooms, you can safely go about at night walks without fear, you have very secure environment for your kids, yes these things does make difficult for anyone to move out of this place.
    Was born here but not a citizen .

  • Reply Anonymous February 21, 2019 at 20:46

    Wow so many comments on this. One thing for sure is slavery is rife in Dubai. Just look at documentaries on YouTube such as Slaves of Dubai forced prostution and human trafficing and slavery and homeless foreigners sleeping in Dubai park.

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  • Reply Dubai Intellectual January 14, 2019 at 13:47

    The people who could not have good experience of living in UAE, should not say like this. UAE is the land where the dreams of millions of people came true.
    Though nowadays the situation is not a little good, still people having jobs and businesses means living here.
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  • Reply The Intellectual Dubai January 3, 2019 at 11:25

    The very basic and major factor is safety. There are many markets in the world where there is a large number of opportunities for trade. But in UAE, especially in Dubai your women, kids and family is safe and secure more than any region in the world.

  • Reply grace lily December 21, 2018 at 12:52

    just wow for your blog, the way you talk about the cleanliness of city, rain troubles and metro train and rest of the things that is admirable as you shared you experireans with people but you did not mention about rent a car pros and cons as it is very highlighted issue for visitors. i am working in bluxurydubai. and i would like to tell new visitors that using taxi or public transportation is bit expensive than renting a car. Also there are so many advantage of rent a car, you can travel and enjoy the places you want to see in less time.

  • Reply Anonymous October 17, 2018 at 08:33

    Awesome comments at the end – love it

    • Reply ss October 29, 2018 at 13:50

      dubai is the worst place i ever been stuck up people thing they better then you and guys over here are so damn ugly

      • Reply IslaDelSur November 28, 2018 at 18:47

        Dubai is just a gold covered toilet. But in the end that is all it is a toilet with shit swirling in it. If you can’t accept that, it’s that shiny grimy toilet distracting you.

    • Reply IslaDelSur November 28, 2018 at 18:49

      Dubai is just a gold covered toilet. But in the end that is all it is a toilet with shit swirling in it despite what you want to believe.

  • Reply Amos October 15, 2018 at 17:43

    Wow, I love this comment out of all have being reading so far, am a Nigerian and am considering coming to Dubai and this comment inspired me. I wish I can meet or connect with you to thank you for the comment.

  • Reply sarahsheikh123 October 15, 2018 at 06:19

    Thanks for shearing this information and nice blog.

  • Reply Abdul October 13, 2018 at 08:35

    I was there for 5 years.Certain things which are astonishing in dubai.For instance
    Dressing inappropriately in public is dangerous.
    Bank loans….should be ready for jail.
    No freedom to speak up ..if done jail.
    Small mistakes……heavy fines.
    People are not trustworthy and will nkt be helpful.
    Anything that expats do is considered serious offence…..if it is local then no offence….

  • Reply Charon Anderson-Buncayo September 12, 2018 at 12:00

    Still living in Dubai at the moment for 5 years now and hoping to stay for another 10 years if possible for the same reasons in your article thank you for sharing this quite accurate observation . Twas an enjoyable read ! Cheers !

  • Reply Florina Ilyes August 25, 2018 at 23:41

    Thanks for sharing. I never know that i might find myself liking Dubai just like you are. On the to go list.

  • Reply Sane-in-DXB August 7, 2018 at 07:29

    Great article. I chuckled at most of your observations. I deem them true of course. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Hassim Adnan July 23, 2018 at 07:09

    I miss living in Dubai. My wife loves it there too.

  • Reply Jagriti Singh June 29, 2018 at 07:47

    Great read! I feel that it all depends on perspective and individual preferences. Looks like the whole of Dubai living area choice is more or less equal on that map!!

  • Reply Richard June 26, 2018 at 19:12

    Firstly, the toilets are not the cleanest in the world.. Your not as well traveled as you think you are so stop pretending that you are.. Secondly. There are 2 majority of people in my opinion that come to Dubai in my opinion, whether that be 3rd world countries like the Philippines or first world like the U.S.

    the first are the ones to who come where to change either their lives of their familieservices and they do so by working their ARSE off !!! The second are those who come here initially having that tingly feeling for the first few weeks, then get caught up in all that cynical crap that they see on MTV, these people somehow know who all the pop stars are.. what they’really wearing… where they hang out… you ask them about who they are and where they are from and they just tell you all the shit that’s in their fantasy driven mind… so when you say you get caught up in the shopping this is simply because u lack the discipline and focus to see things through.. and so I would suggest going forward. That you don’t continue to pursue your literature in the context of an expert because you clearly aren’t. Instead just voice your opinion, leave expert travel to those Altham actually know a thing or 2.

    • Reply Anne June 27, 2018 at 13:49

      Plenty of people love this article (looks like hundreds) and appreciate it for what it is as well as the charm of the writer. I still get alerts about new comments, years after my initial comment. It’s too bad that there are such unhappy, cruel people in the world like “Richard”. They have a bad day or life and let it out on everyone. No civility. As if times aren’t hard enough on everyone right now. Luckily, most people are decent human beings, so there is hope. Hang in there.. but to wake up to this.. an arrogant attack on the OP.. is just an ugly start to the day.

  • Reply Meer June 16, 2018 at 07:51

    Got somewhat new for reading and also agree with it thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply Kate191905 May 29, 2018 at 12:02

    Dubai is expensive or equivalent to UK. Hotel room mini bar crisps 22 UAE currency which isaround Β£4.10!!!! LOL I could have bought 4 multiplies bags back home. Yes I totally understand mini bars are expensive but not so much that you would dare use it.
    Dubai is so expensive. I wanted to save on housing and I found great apartment on free service

  • Reply Srkh May 14, 2018 at 09:16

    All the white people be hatin’ on dubai. Jelousy.

  • Reply ASK THE LAW April 28, 2018 at 12:20

    It depends how do you manage your life in Dubai or UAE. Though this land of opportunities, it does not mean at all that you should only be focused around earning more and more. Take Care of your Health, Interests, and Life too!

  • Reply Gasolina April 19, 2018 at 09:44

    Everything about Dubai is Fake..

  • Reply John Richard April 15, 2018 at 09:03

    First of all question is why you came in Dubai just because you don’t have resources in your home country and if you came in dubai and join Sales job then life is much difficult in may to sep life is very tough in Dubai.

  • Reply Henry December 26, 2017 at 09:01

    Thanks am so sorry for the picture you have painted about Dubai I think you have not explored the list areas of Dubai I quote an example about toilets or public areas I personally went for medical check up one time at the healthy ministry where they screen all migrants and when I was asked to go and get my stool specimen I was directed to the toilets but it was pathetic, please take time and visit the labor camps is migrants that are working themselves off to make Dubai what it is.
    Think about human rights first, even the hotels hygiene is not the best please take time and find out what happens in the back of the house.

  • Reply EMARITI CHILD December 21, 2017 at 10:23

    If u have any negative opinions about other countries, it would be better to not post it online.
    I am Emarati and i got very hurt reading this article .
    At least us Emaratis are not racist.
    And u said about getting alcohol is really far away, i mean look at Dubai!
    Do u see any drunk people? no
    and how is it bad if u saw rain in other countries? we hardly have rain i know but dancing in the rain is not a problem!
    I’m sorry if u met any rude people in Dubai but that doesn’t mean everyone in Dubai is mean.
    And i understand about the putting gasoline in ur car is handled by someone else, but if u look around clearly there are hardly any homeless people or families sleeping on the streets and do u know why? cuz we give them jobs. like cleaning the roads/beaches, and putting gasoline in cars and so on.
    Plus we Emaratis r not spoiled. the people r rich and why? cuz they work hard. Everyone one has rich people in there country not only dubai, and what r we supposed to do with the money? just throw it? everyone with money spends it on things they want.
    Sorry if i sound mean but i’m just stating my “POSITIVE” opinion about “MY” country.

    • Reply Sreedhar January 27, 2018 at 20:31

      Emarati… I am glad to see your patriotism about your country, Dubai. I love this country very much and i wish to live here for the rest of my life.. i have seen many values in all areas and its a land of Heaven to live in. i am looking for someone who support me to proceed further. do u have any idea of local consultancy who could help me to settle down in Dubai? By Professional, i am a Software Engineer and willing to work in any area including constructions, hotel management etc. looking forward for ur advice or help in this regard.

      Thank you very much !

      • Reply toni April 25, 2018 at 01:07

        Hey, Im also interested did you get any reply or information as to how to go about getting that job in dubai? Now! i am looking forward to your advice. thanks!

      • Reply nanne April 30, 2018 at 16:26

        I want to agree with this post 100%.

        I went to the dessert the main tourist attraction place and the toilets were disgusting. Wet all around and others not working. The are a lot of restuarants I agree but the food do not taste so well. I ended up eating Mcdonald and Nandos as I could relate to their food.

    • Reply Dubai Queen April 10, 2018 at 21:26

      I agree with you. I am an expat, my parents migrated here when I was 1, so practically grew up here and to me, Dubai is the truly the best city in the world.

    • Reply Ann April 17, 2018 at 16:07

      How in the world did you understand this as a negative article? Goes to show what mentality β€œEmirati” child is.

    • Reply Anonymous February 21, 2019 at 20:36

      Look on YouTube Dubai homeless. Dubai slavery and Dubai forced prostitution

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  • Reply Jay Jordan November 21, 2017 at 15:23

    Man, dubai is the worst country you’d want to be at. there are more gangsters around here then you think. setting up businesses, all they want is a lot of money and want an emirati involved one way or the other in your business. Emiratis think of themselves as demigods and slave masters!!
    do you even know how many thousands of people are financially down? how many people dont have jobs because these rogues unemployed them?
    no one here cares about anyone at all, MONEY IS ALL, NO SUCH THING AS HUMANITY,FFS!!!!!!
    If you are an arab or emirati uae is yours and if not you r there slaves. it pisses me off.

    • Reply Sheikh Chanpagne January 14, 2018 at 08:26

      Very very true..

    • Reply R.Xnood.X April 17, 2018 at 15:32

      Im accually arab and you are extremely disrespectful. we don’t have slaves and I would know that as I have lived in dubai for 6 fricking years. it’s an amazing country but all countries have pros and cons. Let’s take the gun violence and gun laws in America as an example, that’s a con in America but there are cons everywhere. So stop being so disrespectful.

      • Reply Anonymous February 21, 2019 at 20:38

        What yous don’t have slaves!!!!! Look on YouTube Dubai slavery and homelessness and forced house maids labour and prostitution

    • Reply Moon December 14, 2018 at 18:34

      1. Dubai is a city, not a country.
      2. Gangsters don’t existing in Dubai.
      3. There aren’t any slaves or homeless people in Dubai or the UAE, unlike many other countries.
      4. Money I believe is what everyone needs in the world. Not just in Dubai

      • Reply Anonymous February 21, 2019 at 20:33

        Look on YouTube Dubai slavery and forced prostitution

  • Reply Patricia November 18, 2017 at 18:03

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  • Reply Lala November 6, 2017 at 22:38

    I dont like arabs in general they are dirty and very ungrateful people. They might look rich and flashy thanks to the oil they have for a while but if it wasnt for that they would still live in filth and use rocks to clean their behinds… you know what I mean. Arabs could not pay me enough to put my food into their country. I have learned to stay away from arab nations long time ago.

    • Reply Vicky November 26, 2017 at 22:47

      I hope you realize how racist this comment is.

    • Reply Angel December 6, 2017 at 02:07

      I do hope you know your entire comment is screaming “I AM RACIST”. Sorry but you just can deny it, but if you do let me explain why your comment is simple and rude bigotry.
      1. You are putting an entire race into a single label and calling them out into extremely rude way.
      2. repeat of 1.
      I actually really want you to change your view and open your mind so you know, won’t be racist, or at least keep these comments to yourself because nobody really wants to hear your extremely mean words other than your other rasicst friends so… here are some facts about arabians and their great contribution to society.
      1.They invented cofee… enough said
      2. They made one the oldest, or the oldest university in the whole entire world
      3. They advance your and my healthcare in so many ways such as inventing sutures (which is stiches just incase your racist brain didnt know that) as well as transplant surgery and also the first surgeon was arabian… so if your loved one, friend, someone you admire, or atleast someone you heard of had a surgery for what ever reason, you should thank the arabians.

      That said, I hope you arent racist anymore, but if you do find your self hating a race, ethnic group, or discriminating against whomever, why dont you educate yourself of their contributions to society or just be quiet because in case your mother has not old you, spreading hate is BAD!

      Thanks and I hope you have a wonderful day as of not being racist anymore :)))

      • Reply HOLLY January 21, 2018 at 05:00

        1. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia.

        2. Yes, it was in morrocco.

        3. Egyptians are the first proven to use sutures, not arabs. The first documented transplant was in 400 BC by t h e Roman Catholics, and the first “modern” transplant was, iirc, by a Russian.

        4. Deoderant, as well as personal hygiene considered normal to Westerners, are not utilized by far too many in Arab countries. It is not racist to speak truth.

        • Reply W September 25, 2018 at 03:18

          There is no care to hygiene by many middle eastern nationalities and lots of expats in the UAE, after the education level in school plummeted and the living costs (rent, expenses etc. ) started rising greatly in the UAE after 2005 ; many countless people started ignoring teaching their children the basics of personal hygiene and social manners.

      • Reply IslaDelRey November 28, 2018 at 19:10

        Oh jeez, your comment was full of dumb ass-ery. I doubt that anything you said up there which was pretty superficial, will help anyone stop being racist.

  • Reply mehmood October 20, 2017 at 13:29

    Just love your post. πŸ™‚

  • Reply thor Ium October 11, 2017 at 00:42

    I will be there in Dubai soon.
    Great post kabayan.

  • Reply jay-ar Paguinto October 7, 2017 at 17:21

    Very well said kabayan πŸ™‚

  • Reply Neil July 30, 2017 at 12:50

    Dubai and Singapore are my 2 favourite places on the planet.
    Very similar in their conservative values and cleanliness.
    Top marks to both of them and I will continue visiting both of these wonderful places.

    • Reply Rick August 24, 2017 at 08:49

      conservatism and cleanliness are all they have

  • Reply Shayan Aman July 25, 2017 at 11:37

    Great post with the best definition of Dubai. I am totally agree with you on the point of cleanliness & beauty and I would just say I’m from Dubai and I love my city.

  • Reply Pinks July 15, 2017 at 04:39

    Iwas born and brought up and lived in Dubai for half of my life, according to me this article only displayed one side of coin. What about prostitution? Un justified labor market and Arabs attitude, with no citizenship. At least Canada give rights to its citizen unlike these countries where only money matters, not humanity.

    • Reply Bma September 16, 2017 at 07:29

      Yep you said it right barak ek alghsligh you are right and absylitky right what you said nothing but the truth. Bless be upon Canada blessed be upon the kindest nation I will pray and pray and pray for the safety of Canada. God bless Canada. I will always pray for she the Canada who has a very kind hurt I wish Canada to flower for ever ever let god protect you including those who are kind like you my beloved Canada

    • Reply Elizabeth Ken-Ugochukwu September 27, 2017 at 13:32

      @Shayan,to your question’To about prostitution?’
      I was actually planning to move to Dubai for greener pastures but the reactions from my daughter and a friend got me scared.Dey said,once u get there as a female,ur passport will be seized and one will be used for prostitution, according to them dis u must do since your passport has been seized.
      I want to be clear,how true is this.

  • Reply Shure June 27, 2017 at 06:34

    The most ridiculous is starting your company. You can open a company for 150 USD or equivalent. Whereas licensing , cumpolsury office or warwhouse renting and all other forms of ridiculously expensive fees can be at least a 10,000 USD to start up or 100,000 usd and still keep paying all year round for this card and that card or some paper. It’s they who need business from you whether there is business or not for you. You have to keep paying and you must or everything stops for you. They dont care for your economics. Let the world know everything about doing business there. Small guys or big ones with extra luggage. Everything is money man. Rest all is marketing and show off. Ask a poor guy who doesn’t have business to sustain.

    • Reply Sheikh Chanpagne January 14, 2018 at 08:46

      Local Partners who rip off Foreign Investors is sport in Dubai… the good times for these crooks are over. People are leaving Dubai by the thousands.

      • Reply Jim March 25, 2018 at 18:14

        Such a great news! I always thought Dubai was just a mirage in the desert with dirty illiterate but “rich” folks acting “king” and “god” while the oil lasts. The soona the beta.

  • Reply Hamed June 24, 2017 at 18:54

    Amazing, absolutely amazing, and I like your last part about mad IDIOTS who hate Dubai either because they were unlucky to have interacted with the wrong people in the wrong time, or they had done something wrong and got punished for it, but they dont like it, because when they were kids, mummy or daddy taught them to blame others, even if they fall and their head hits a table, mummy or daddy used to hit the dummy object and say its all the table’s fault.

    Other reasons could be a bad employer not giving justice to his employees, and these haters have to be the advocate here to speak out against injustice, turning a blind eye at all people who lose their lives due to war and crime.

    Keep up the good work and always keep flying, and because I like what you have written I offer you a discounted airline ticket.

  • Reply Dub58 May 31, 2017 at 15:50

    I came across this article and I thought it would be amusing to see from someone else’s perspective what they thought of Dubai – I would not normally read follow on comments but did because you extended the article.
    Well what you said was amusing and mostly along the lines of what I would think myself with some minor alternative views I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but what I find really shocking is the abusive and racist comments !!!
    How could people do this ??
    Filipinos and Indians being castigated as providers of Bad service – my God I have only experienced the most pleasant of friendliest and helpful attitudes from particularly Filipinos Indians Bangladeshi Pakastini etc etc / I just love the mix of Culture here and how everyone gets on with it –
    I participate in a number of different social activities here and I so much look forward to meeting all the different Nationalities – to learn about their culture and lives / just this week I was excited to meet someone from Panama for the first time ever !
    Who are these haters and just how could you in your own mind justify such vile commentary ??
    It’s beyond belief some of these comments / you really do have a serious problem !
    Oh and by the way I’m a white blue eyed ‘Westerner’ who has only lived here in Dubai for now just over 34 years !!

  • Reply Scorpio May 24, 2017 at 08:37

    Very nice article and each place have pros and cons. Dubai is safe city and it is very comfortable and open with multinational communities.

  • Reply Lisa May 21, 2017 at 21:39

    I love this post about Dubai! Great story. Very funny, clever and informative. I admire your positive attitude. Haters are going to hate no matter what, just disregard them. =)

  • Reply Nicolleen April 19, 2017 at 07:57

    Both New York and Dubai are fantastic destination choices, and you can’t go wrong with really either one. Much more of a diverse mix in Dubai however, with souks and traditional Arabian markets mixed in with the modern brands and metropolitan mega malls
    Have a fabulous time!

  • Reply Jeet March 20, 2017 at 10:45

    There is nothing good about Dubai. The expatriates come here with a lot of dreams and becomes mules and load bearing donkeys. The tourists are shown only the best places as usual. The locals think of themselves as demi gods. This is the most cursed and soulless city in the world.

  • Reply angelixx March 20, 2017 at 07:07

    I see that you’ve written this piece in 2014 but you still get comments up to this day! πŸ™‚
    Stumbled upon your article as I’m doing research because I really want to go to Dubai. I’m Filipina, btw. Hopefully I get to do it this year!
    I’m in the field of Interior Design / Visual Display but i’m having a hard time finding job vacancies in DXB for this field. πŸ™

    • Reply sree May 1, 2017 at 11:02

      You have to be physically present here to get a good job offer. As am from the construction industry myself, i know that most companies prefer to do a face to face interview with job seekers.

      A fantastic write up by Pinayflyinghigh, having lived in Dubai for 15years, i can confidently say that you have pin pointed the difference with very good accuracy πŸ™‚ cheers

  • Reply Farida March 19, 2017 at 04:44

    ok. After reading your article, I have to go there to find out myself the bads and goods about Dubai. I am sceptical at first but I don’t judge the book by its cover until I read it. I am always curious about other countries in this world. I only travel to countries I want to travel to and yes Dubai is one of them.

  • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2017 at 03:22

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Today is my last day in dubai. Soent 8 good and bad times.

  • Reply Enzo February 18, 2017 at 20:36

    Dubai is souless? What gives a city soul? Crime? Dirt? Bums? You can keep your soul.

  • Reply Shawn January 24, 2017 at 15:16

    Thanks for this post. It brought a smile to my face as I feel a bit “homesick” for the UAE. My wife and I lived in Al Ain for 3 years as she taught for ADEC. Dubai was my favorite place to visit, and was part of the reason we moved out to the UAE (I had an obsession with Dubai since about 2005). Dubai is really like no other place on earth. Where else can you see an entrance to Universal Studios Dubai that leads to an empty desert next to Chuck E. Cheese? Aside from the amazing things in the city (Jumierah Beaches, Ski Dubai, the malls) the people were generally friendlier than most places in the world as well (at least to us Americans, which I understand there are issues with how other people groups are treated, but that’s not different from anywhere else in the world). I think my favorite reason Dubai will spoil you is because it is a cultural melting pot of general acceptance of people from all over the world. It blows my mind that here in America we have such divisions and hatred towards certain people groups (Islamophobia much?) where in an Islamic country we were treated with so much acceptance and kindness. That is the culture I want my children to grow up in, not this American culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love the US, but the current state of affairs here saddens me. I think we can learn a lot from the positives of Dubai and the UAE.

  • Reply Anonymous December 31, 2016 at 04:31

    I traveled the world and came to visit Dubai and OMG what a F….. mistake.
    I have never been to any place in the world that is as soulless .
    Russian prostitutes , phony people, Indians and Asians who are treated like slaves by incompetent people from Western countries who failed and decided to move to Dubai to make it knowing that the only asset they posses is their blue eyes and white skin that highly in demand by some stupid narrow minded Arabs.
    Money doesn’t make people.

    • Reply booknature January 2, 2017 at 03:30

      I’ve lived in Dubai for 16 years and have had both positive and negative experiences, but generally positive. It seems people respond to Dubai based mostly on their personal experiences and choices here. As a tourist, con artists and opportunists may flock to you, and you miss meeting the many, many good and interesting people who live here. The Emirati native people are largely polite, gracious, and kind. Certainly there are good and bad people in every country and culture, but the longer you live here and interact with the people, you’ll begin to realize and appreciate the native culture—***key–IF you interact with them. There are prostitutes looking for tourists, sure, but I have rarely seen one. Phony people? Of course, many expats are here to make some quick, tax-free money for a few years and while they’re here, and some live to show off. But the average person here is no better or worse than elsewhere. Indian and Asian slaves? Some are in top positions. It’s true, however, that those nationalities predominate in worker-level and domestic servant jobs, but they wouldn’t be here if the pay wasn’t better than they can manage to find in their own countries. So many people I are truly happy in Dubai. Those who’ve had bad experiences should realize that their situations are not typical of everyone else’s. They should make an effort to meet better quality friends and visit the nicer places here—nice not always meaning costly. My kids and I have had great times out in the local parks and desert. Life is what you make of it anywhere. The same is true in Dubai. At least it is clean and very safe here, and the government is continually upgrading its regulations to improve things, including worker’s rights. Google slave labor in America and see how many children and adults are exploited there in the migrant farming community and elsewhere. Realize that most products for sale in the U.S. were produced by workers living in slave-like conditions and making perhaps $2-$3 a day. It’s hypocritical or blind to think that discrimination and exploitation doesn’t happen everywhere–its just more hidden in some places. I think it’s mostly trolls with agendas who bash Dubai, or those who didn’t know or plan how to live a better life there (workers excluded–they are here mainly to survive and send money back home, God bless them). Last–everyone who lives in Dubai knows that life for expats here is temporary. People are here for jobs, and they generally aren’t able to stay past retirement. Therefore, I advise everyone to not spend it all here, but instead invest in a home and savings in their own country. Those who fail to plan for the future will be in for a rude shock when they must someday return back home with no place to live and nothing to fall back on. Don’t be that person.

    • Reply Anonymous April 2, 2017 at 00:08

      So true

    • Reply Pinks July 15, 2017 at 04:41

      I agree

  • Reply anuja December 28, 2016 at 12:56

    So much of hate for a country which gave us so much !.I loved the post and agree with you on a lot of things,specially the clean public toilets and my reaction to greenery everytime we go back home.I want to add that we would have never been able to hire such efficient maids despite paying more money since Filipino domestic helpers are the best.Sometimes I m overwhelmed with the way they clean my house. We moved here 4 years back and I am thankful that we got such exposure to a melting pot of nationalities.I believe as an Indian ,people do treat us rudely sometimes and we do get ignored by the restaurant/pub staff when we hang out with white people but then tell me one country which is not racist.For instance in India ,everybody is interested in your last name to check your caste and judge you accordingly.Infact I have asked my muslim friends about their caste system.I feel pathetic about it now!

    I am a stay at home mother currently and I do not think my life would have been better in India.I dont miss home much because its just 3 hours away .The kind of exposure I got in terms of fashion,books,culture ,food and lifestyle.I do not think I would have had the opportunity to know so much back home.

    Lastly we moved to Dubai for better living standards and ultimately good money.We can never make so much of money in the same profession back home.

    So those of you who were born and brought up here or moved here later ,please understand that you came here for a purpose and despite facing harsh climate conditions,bad traffic and exorbitant real estate prices ,its still a better place to stay than many other countries.

  • Reply mark December 8, 2016 at 05:56

    American here. Stayed in Dubai for a couple of days. Agree with people commenting that Dubai, in fact the entire U.A.E is pretty much soulless. From fake grass to fake people. Soon as i stepped out of Abu Dhabi airport, i stepped on fake grass. All low paying service jobs are occupied by either Indians and or filipinos, two of the worst nationalities when it comes to providing great customer service, i know this since here in the U.S, most Americans have dealt with Indians and Filipinos over the phone when we call customer service, and it’s a horrible experience. Its just that in U.A.E you would actually interact with them in person instead of phone. In U.A.E, you cant approach people about anything, be that asking for directions or a small friendly talk, people just tend to either ignore you or they have no clue what you said.
    The original poster probably has no clue but one of the worst problem in the entire U.A.E is the lack of gas stations or petrol stations. I am not talking about gas stations along highway routes but actually in the city limits of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I literally had to drive around miles to find a gas station and when found one, it had long lines. Needless to say it would take 30 mins waiting in line every time i needed to get gas.

    • Reply booknature January 2, 2017 at 03:49

      Mark! You stayed in Dubai for a couple of days and you have an opinion! One of the worst problems being a lack of petrol stations? What neighborhood were you in?! I almost never have a problem finding a petrol station within a few minutes from wherever I am, and I usually am behind no more than two to three cars max, if I don’t find an empty spot. I ask for directions and make small talk here on a regular basis and am seldom ignored–perhaps it depends on the way you ask? I find people here to be generally as nice as anywhere else. MAYBE it’s your attitude? I couldn’t believe it when you spoke of Filipinos as providing poor customer service (and no, I am not Filipino or even Asian–I am American, like you). The Filipino service workers of Dubai are some of the nicest, friendliest, and polite people I’ve had the pleasure of being served by. They are overwhelmingly patient when dealing with boors, and they have a ready smile along with providing generally great service–usually better service than I get from Americans in America, honestly. My ratio of good/bad experiences with Filipino workers in Dubai is about 90/10, while my experiences being served in America by Americans is generally 50/50. Perhaps the American companies choosing to export jobs to Asian call centers get bad service because those centers don’t pay enough to their workers? I really miss the Filipinos whenever I’m out of Dubai, I swear.

    • Reply Robert Zieger January 7, 2017 at 12:23

      “All low paying service jobs are occupied by either Indians and or filipinos, two of the worst nationalities when it comes to providing great customer service, i know this since here in the U.S, most Americans have dealt with Indians and Filipinos over the phone when we call customer service, and it’s a horrible experience.”

      Make brutally racist and unfounded generalizations often, Mark? Jesus. You will fit right in in Trump’s America, won’t you?

    • Reply Anonymous March 18, 2017 at 03:26


      • Reply --- April 2, 2017 at 13:18

        He mentioned two nationalities with distinct cultures, meaning that there are cultural norms associated with the groups. This influences the way people behave, and yes, their manners. Not inherently racist. Though I disagree with him about the Filipinos (I have generally found them to be very nice), your jump to racist accusations just makes your post irrelevant.

        Other side of the wall for you.
        Trump 2020

    • Reply Jonathan December 5, 2017 at 20:04

      So interesting… your attitude that Indians and Phillipinos all suck is literally why they all suck to you. I would suck to you too if upon meeting you expected shit. Sub-communication is powerful. And if someone is in a bad mood, that’s ok, no blanket views needed – sometimes you get pissy too.

      This really is a fascinating post to me… it articulates perfectly how what is in your mind can actually create a genuine reality for you. Thank you for this insight, and I’m sorry your life probably is a little narrower than it could be for you.

      I doubt you are interested in my advice based on your previous display of a closed perspective, but If you do happen to care for it, go into life more open minded- heck even optimistic if you are actually looking to be happy and help make the world a better place.

  • Reply Aaron Matabane November 19, 2016 at 18:52

    i have read the pros and cons of living in Dubai but trully speaking i want to see myself there in Dubai! These anyone who would like to take me to Dubai?

  • Reply Jho November 10, 2016 at 13:37

    Yes, spot on! I’m also a Filipina who lived in Dubai and came to the US. And all you said here is true. We missed the bidet so much we have to buy one here and put on our bathrooms. The only thing I dont miss in Dubai is the hot weather.

  • Reply Patrick Ardahalian November 8, 2016 at 09:30

    You are an amazing author!
    I particulaily like the last few chapters when you talk about your haters. Hahaha, let them hate, that is their job and they enjoy what they do.

    It seems that you are a positive person and I have been inspired by your writings.
    By looking at the glass as half full it means that you will always be a winner.
    Just a small comment about cleanliness, because I lived in Saudi and there they have raw sewage on the streets because they do not use sewage pipes. They transport sewage by trucks.
    Is the sewage system in Dubai good?
    I visited Dubai many times and do not remember any problems with sewage.
    I know that rent is expensive especially if you live in a compound, and that eating out is expensive (I plan to cook my own meals hahaha shock horror) and I do not need to buy things to be happy.

    If you want my suggestion try to invest in your own brain.
    Pursue a direction of self-learning and self-improvement and self-development.
    Try to read more books, exercise your body and live a healthy lifestyle without cigarettes and bad foods.
    Start with the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
    It should not be expensive and you can also find a free download on the internet, just google “Think And Grow Rich pdf”.

    With your positive attitude you are already a winner, and I wish you the best of luck and all the success you desire.

    If you want to connect with me I am on Facebook. I would love to have you on my friend’s list because I always try to surround myself with like-minded individuals, who are positive people!
    Stay beautiful, you have a good soul.
    God Bless you.

  • Reply Anton November 6, 2016 at 09:42

    Please just stay AWAY from Germany!!! We already have so many Syrians living on our expenses. Our money and our taxes while they only receive and not work. Just keep your job in Dubai and work for a living instead of quitting your job and coming to Germany to get everything handed to you for free!!! And to those people that hate Dubai so much. Just go back to your own country and enjoy the poverty. Cuz if your country was so great, you wouldn’t have left it. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. A little gratitude goes a long way.

    • Reply booknature January 2, 2017 at 03:57

      Wow, Anton! Don’t worry, as Syrian culture promotes hard work and not taking hand-outs. They wouldn’t have left their country if their lives weren’t at stake. Germany took them in because they need more workers. As soon as they learn the language, you are going to find most of them working as soon as possible.

      • Reply H June 20, 2018 at 13:43

        My God you are so naive. Europe is full of people from the Middle East who have travelled there just to have everything handed to them for free. They do not want to work or study, learn the country’s language or do anything to integrate into the society they have chosen to settle in. They commit the most crimes and are generally unpleasant and insular, only dealing with their own and not integrating. Most of them do not even come from war zones or dangerous condition, they just want to have everything that someone born in the destination country would need to work and pay for handed to them for free. And they breed uncontrollably -like animals- well, why wouldn’t they as they do not need to do anything to support their children. Every expense is paid for by the taxpayers like me and everyone else. The Europeans are getting so sick of this.

    • Reply Dami April 15, 2017 at 16:14

      I have to agree! I am South African. Got my degree and lived in Dubai for 2 years. And let me tell you, coming from a Third World country to Dubai is like stepping into heaven! Seems like the Americans are too spoiled to notice that. I used to teach in really bad conditions back home… and all of a sudden you have a resourcefull classroom with electricity and running water! Ohmygoodness! I nearly fell over.

      • Reply Jim March 25, 2018 at 18:17

        South Africa is not Third World.

        • Reply Daniel Eaton June 8, 2018 at 14:52

          Yes it is , South Africa is 3rd world country ! Don’t think a bunch of white colored skins with an accent makes you a 1st world nation, google 3rd world countries and see you ranks .
          Hope this helps

    • Reply Bahraini June 25, 2019 at 12:37

      Exactlyyyy !!

  • Reply John Pierre October 31, 2016 at 22:39


    • Reply Sara November 1, 2016 at 09:48

      Hey calm down man! If you regret living in Dubai, you can simply leave! But don’t spread your hatred around, at least have some respect to UAE citizens and expats who are enjoying their lives in Dubai. Go back to your country and the problem is solved! πŸ™‚

      • Reply Anonymous March 11, 2017 at 03:22

        He was born and raised in Dubai. Read his post again.

    • Reply Farida March 19, 2017 at 05:02

      Life is what you make, Mr Pierre. If you don’t like living there, try to migrate elsewhere. I was born in Indonesia. My parents brought me & my sisters to Australia. We hated there for our first 2 years. Knowing we going to live there for a long haul, we tried to embrace their cultures, languages and laws. We came across some who hates migrants, we ignored them, just walked away.

      30 years later, we live just like the rest of normal good citizens, married, kids, divorced, got better job, earned more money, bought property, tried investment etc etc. That’s how we made it.

      Or we could have done the opposite .

      So, again, our life is how we make it. Never too late.

  • Reply John Pierre October 31, 2016 at 22:33

    Its garbage and waste of time and life and it costs u alot believe me!! Because nothing!! Is out there except hardworking like an shit animal under the heat no life no social lack of resources all for some money!!! Like Portugal I wanna go to America!!

  • Reply Hussam September 17, 2016 at 13:50

    For 13 years I worked in Dubai I was living with my family in the nearby city of Sharjah, Sharjah rents are 50% cheaper than Dubai and it is only 10 Km. far from Dubai, the big problem for me was the daily traffic in going to work and coming back…the 10 km. it takes 2-3 hours daily in a huge mass of cars and when you cannot open the window for breath and when the a/c cannot cool well (due to the extremely slow run of a car stuck in traffic), then you just get a heart attack.
    Yes Dubai is nice place to live only if you earn 5,000 $ + per moth.
    From my point of view, UAE should be named as UIFE (United Indian Fillipino Emirates) and for sure not an Arab Emirates.
    Yes I made money in these 13 years (with hard work) but it all in the account of my health and fitness.
    Yes I made money but big part of it it gone with the false real estate project in Ajman where hundred of people believed the project which published in major newspaper in Emirates and they paid lot of installments but at the end the developer ran away with the money and till now (after 7 years) nobody can get his money back….
    Now since a year I am in Germany and enjoying a healthy way of life….I am enjoying nature and normal cultured life and people and I got my fitness and mood back.
    I am 45 years old however, Here in Germany I can educate my kids for free in German Universities and ensure my retirement income.

    • Reply John October 31, 2016 at 08:44

      Dear Hussam,

      How did you make it to Germany.. I’ve always dreamed to live there? Did you apply jobs online? I have been here in UAE 6 years and I feel the same…and i wanted to move out as soon as possible here cause my health and since of well being is at risk.. Most of the employers here treat workers as machines not human.. WORK and LIFE is not balance at all.

    • Reply Spread the Love, not Hate January 8, 2017 at 13:18

      YOur a poor guy John Pierre, I pity you.

  • Reply Hussam September 16, 2016 at 17:30

    I worked in Dubai and lived in Sharjah for 13 years….the traffic between these two cities is unbelievable. 2 -3 hours I need to reach my home at the end of the day….just 25 Km. drive. With traffic, the a/c cannot cool well, and when a smoke enter you car due to the traffic, you cannot even open a window…you will simply get a hear attack.
    The UAE (united Arab emirates) should be named UIFE (united Filippino Indian Emirates), 70% of population are Indians, Pakistani, Bangladeshi (Indian continent) and Fillipnos.
    Yes I did good money and lost a lot in buying real estares on the map in where the developers took the money and run away…and nobody can do anything because it is related to the ruler of Ajman city…….
    Now I am in Germany…well settled and I feel I am alive again and I am fit again….thanks God

  • Reply MS September 15, 2016 at 14:17

    I lived in Dubai from Sep’15 – June’16 and I so miss it. I am back in India for a reason, but now I am trying to find an opportunity in Dubai to Go back and live there. My wife and kid enjoyed the time. I have lived across EU 7 & UK in my earlier expat career, every city or country has its own flavour. As for Dubai, its home away from home especially due to the large Indian community and the ease with which I get all Indian ensembles and food. Sure it has its cons, but the life there is too comfortable and spoils you. You find most of the things ‘affordable’ based on your salary and wages, and in your league. you find a lot of things extravagant on the other hand, like some of the shops in Dubai mall with names and brands which I haven’t even heard of!! I so miss Dubai, I would love to come back as soon as I find an opportunity.

  • Reply calculuz August 21, 2016 at 01:36

    dubai……….It a good place to live both islamically and morally
    and please want to ask a question? CAN I LIVE WITH MY FRIEND IN DUBAI

  • Reply Never again August 17, 2016 at 21:05

    Dubai is if Keeping up with the Kardashians became a city. If you like material possessions, are lazy, stupid and have a inflated sense of entitlement; you will fit right in.

  • Reply Minksygirl July 17, 2016 at 12:16

    I miss the bum hose! Good post by the way totally agree! Ignore the haters! I love Dubai !

  • Reply Matthew June 13, 2016 at 23:47

    The UAE is the only place in the world wherein you go to jail if you don’t pay your credit card or your personal loan. When you are heavily indebted prepare yourself for jail…

    • Reply Anonymous March 16, 2017 at 17:23

      Well that is a good idea; prevents something like 2008 from happening. I’d imagine most of the people would be in jail for a while if this was enforced here in Endless Consumption America.

  • Reply A June 6, 2016 at 02:10

    pretty nice! accuate description!
    not only in Dubai but the whole Emirates actually.
    I went for a vacation in Georgia and I was literally overjoyed to see the beauty of Nature at it’s finest as we are always seeing Buildings and buildings and buildings…

  • Reply Lizzy May 30, 2016 at 13:49

    Hi there, I have been thinking about working in Dubai for about 3 years now and have now decided that I want to find out more and have been googling reasons for & against plus also talking to people i know currently living there. The reactions I’ve found to be very surprising – ranging from “well if that’s what you want..” shrugging to “don’t be put off, its what you make of it, think about what you want and go with your gut instinct”
    Why are so many people living there after years as ExPats if they do not like it?
    Also described as a transient place how come many people are there still after 7 years or so – for me that’s a long time and are still happy.
    Yes, every place in every country has its problems, there are fickle people, bad drivers, frustrating processes not just in Dubai!!! Living in London and other parts of England not to mention other issues going on here right now are comparable I feel to the cons of Dubai.

    • Reply Elmore June 29, 2016 at 00:53

      ok. let me try to answer you. if you are from west, it could have been good for you had you gone there few decades back because the job market is not as good now as it used to be then. the cost of living is totally unpredictable, especially when it comes to rent and health costs. the landlord can jack up the rent up to more than 20% per year and average salary increase in 2 to 5% max annually.

      you can’t change you job without the no objection certificate from your employer and that also has a compulsion of minimum of 11 months of work. even you have met both the conditions, the govt charges $ 1800 towards the govt fee, generally paid by the employee as the rules favor employers more.

      The nature with weather is not very kind here as the heat, crossing 50 deg is not even declared by the govt officials (though your car’s temp meter will scream it loud) it is really bad for your body and air conditioning all the time is another blow to your body in long run.

      the oil prices looking at never ending journey to south in the graph is another alarm visible in budget of kuwait, saudi and qatar, having deficit for many years is another warning. there is no pension concept there, so future could be bleak.

      why many expats? more than 80% of expatriates are labors working in construction sites and females from far eastern countries working as household help. majority of expatriate population earns less than $ 500 a month and is not allowed to bring in their families as the law of the land does not allow anybody earning less than $ 2000 eligible to sponsor the family. the high cost of living is also another reason why labors don’t bring in their families.

      the cost of education is unbelievably high and there are very few universities to consider after schooling. even their global recognition is also not very clear. schools are called private limited companies.

      sorry to say, islamic sharia law permits them to encourage slavery and is visible all over, but no one talks about it at all. shocking? don’t get shocked, I live in Australia and know of a case of an Australian lady raped there and was jailed for the same. this is because under sharia law, rape can only be proved in two cases (01) THE RAPIST CONFESSING (02) TWO MALE OR FOUR FEMALE WITNESSES (because two females are equivalent to one male as per islam) having seen the act of rape. Generally speaking, common sense tells me rapist won’t invite or allow eye witness to his inhuman act, it does not happen. so the law is something you should stay away from.

      Majority of Arabs are into the culture of taking sponsorship fees from the business people. it is so because in order to do a business, you must have an arab national as your partner. all the arabs take something like $ 3,000 dollars from every business they provide their sponsorship and become sleeping partners. they have many companies under their sponsorship and it makes them not interested in working. this is visible in the younger generation as their dependence on foreign expatriates has not gone down at all for decades. so the demand of low cost blue collar workers will always be there. They will always find new poor countries to fee their demand.

      educated expatriates switch over to west like Australia or Canada. Majority continuing there end up getting lost as when they go back to their countries, they are misfit to sustain in their own countries as Arab countries don’t provide permanent residency rights leading to citizenship. The worst hit are the females as they loose their youth in this region and often go back when they start facing rejection in the work force always looking for young blood, and there is no shortage from eastern Europe for any kind of compromising jobs (sorry for being rude). To conclude, it you don’t mind seeing racism visible around you everywhere and want short term gains, carry on.

      It is a good place for a short vacation if you don’t know about other beautiful places in the world, but should be avoided for long time stay as it leaves you with nothing after a long stay.

      • Reply disposableheroine August 17, 2016 at 23:23

        I want to also point out that some of these things can be seen in a different light.
        1. Dubai/ Abu Dhabi/ UAE in general is a very expensive country. It is similar to living in NYC whereby rents are high, cost of living is high and you are fighting to find a job as competition is fierce.
        2. Rules regarding visas/ residencies/ etc are constantly changing as the country grows and its requirements changed. The ownership laws were first set to protect the country’s assets and again, these laws are changing to accommodate the population. There are freehold/freezone areas and ownership of property by expats which was not allowed in the past now practically runs the local economy.
        3. Again, contracts regarding domestic help and unskilled workers for companies both govt or private are constantly improving. There are minimum wages, proof of payments must be in place, and many other laws that protect the employees are now in place. Like everywhere in the world, there are bad people who will try to take advantage of others and circumvent the law. This does not mean that the UAE supports these activities.
        4. This is a Muslim country. People are expected to read up and educate themselves a little bit about any country’s cultures and practices before visiting. Be vigil, try not to be out alone at night, do not trust strangers and do not let anyone into your apartment especially if you are/live alone. While I cannot comment on specific case such as the example stated above, it is understandable that there are conflicting narratives and complicated events, much like how some people are wrongly convicted in many other countries.
        5. The local citizen population is still very small in comparison to the amount of people required to man the country and all its residents and visitors. Even if every working-age UAE national works, there would still be a need for more. A few might be lazy and “claim benefits” so-to-speak by becoming silent partners, but do note that by signing as a partner, they are also at risk of being persecuted should something go wrong with said company or those involved.
        6. People do come here by choice and some will love it, some will hate it, some will say “meh” and this is true of anything, anywhere and anyone. You can’t make everyone happy. It all depends on the adventure you’re seeking.

        • Reply Adex December 28, 2016 at 20:14

          Thank you for that honest revelations..I have lived and work in Dubai and i can tell you that i completely agree with everyting you wrote here..The city is built to exploit foreigners..The locals always wins..Thats very racist structure of a country

      • Reply grace September 18, 2017 at 20:57

        Your response has the been the most Informative, intelligent and factual response I have read since I begun my research on Dubai. Thank you so much. I hope you get to see this. You were spot on and you hit the nail on the head. Thank you once again
        Grace from Nigeria

  • Reply Petitefille May 16, 2016 at 11:10

    I live in Dubai and MAN this post it too damn accurate! This is so me when I go abroad lol!

  • Reply Abdullah Ali Shahzib May 13, 2016 at 17:16

    In terms of Luxury cars your 3rd reason is so true..when i first came i fed up to see those super cars in Dubai but it is normal to me now
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  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2016 at 03:12

    Well said!

  • Reply Superbody kingdavid May 11, 2016 at 11:01

    I have live in Doha Qatar but with what i have read and the experience i had in Dubai airport when i was coming back to Ghana ,,,am fully convince Dubai will surly be my next place of life in July/August 2016…..

  • Reply Anonymous April 13, 2016 at 14:18

    ha? seeing a lambo everywhere satisfies you already? your lucky coz your used to seeing lambo? wow

  • Reply Snehasish April 8, 2016 at 15:15

    Thank You Very Much Friend for these Precious Infos. I really Apreciate it.

  • Reply pawan jeet March 20, 2016 at 17:41

    atleast somebody has a positive mindset,
    i salute you brother, now i m going to dubai and will settle happily there for sure
    thanx a lot for your positive review of dubai, you are the only one who wrote all this good stuff about dubai, all other websites are full of negitive reviews of dubai, its good to see brighter side of life..
    you rocks.

  • Reply Kat Padmore March 6, 2016 at 20:19

    This is a really helpful article! I was brought up in Dubai from the age of 12-14 and before this Qatar since age 3. I loved my childhood in Middle East and do miss all my international friends!
    As a 28 yr old adult, I am thinking of trying out UAE again. My fiancΓ© has never lived away from UK (apart from traveling for a year in Oz when he was 20). He is so keen to try the Middle East. It will be interesting to see how life will be for us if we do go there. And I agree with most of the pros and cons mentioned. Thanks for sharing :).

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 7, 2016 at 19:34

      Thank you very much Kat. I’m glad it brought back some memories for you. Hoping you’d be able to go back there soon. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Athena March 3, 2016 at 06:48

    @ pinayflyinghigh , hello there ! I was just browsing through websites about Dubai and clicked on your blog. Very interesting input you have. I’m also a Fil-Am who lives in Illinois. I lived in Dubai for 3 years and missed it. That country really spoiled me ! I kept telling and sharing my experiences I had there with my family and friends but they don’t really want to believe me other than they think just I’m bragging about it. Anyways, great posts !! God bless

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 4, 2016 at 10:20

      LOL. We lived in an extraordinary city where normal things are considered abnormal by the rest of the world. :p

    • Reply Joe April 16, 2016 at 02:28

      Hello! I’m actually leaving Illinois and will be living in Dubai starting in June! Found this article to be helpful and entertaining. Thank you!

  • Reply Arzo Travels February 24, 2016 at 20:25

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with your points and I must say that you are totally right with the hotel. I stayed at a 4* on my last trip and though it didn’t stunning nice from outside it was nicer than some 5* hotels I have been to. Cant wait for my next trip πŸ™‚
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  • Reply Preya January 25, 2016 at 13:28

    Very insightful and funny. Good post! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sam January 22, 2016 at 08:41

    Dubai is ok. One heckuva mall and things are relatively new. The weather is awful, though, with summer temps well into the 40’s (Celsius). Prostitutes are relatively cheap, given their high quality. All the “hired help” in lower paying jobs seem to be either Filipino or Indian, which isn’t a bad thing because the tend to work harder than the
    Mexicans in the US

    • Reply suraj bakshi June 10, 2016 at 20:58

      well the majority are Filipino and Indians the reason because they are hard working and capable of doing much more than expected.

      • Reply Harsh June 19, 2016 at 09:39

        U are right Bro! Indian expatriates helps a lot in 2009 economic crisis of dubai.

  • Reply Isa December 5, 2015 at 06:36

    I recently visited home in the US and was surprised when they didn’t have free drinks for ladies at my favorite bar haha. On none of the days of the week! Bummer! πŸ˜‰ I guess Dubai will always be my true love mixed with a bit of hate from time to time. Really loved your blog post. Best, Isa from

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  • Reply bell July 18, 2015 at 02:56

    As an American citizen who was raised in Dubai id have to admit that living in the UAE ruined my life as well, although I there are some positive things in dubai there are also some negative factors that just holds me back and makes me want to move out

  • Reply Andy July 14, 2015 at 21:41

    More than half the ppl living in Dubai and talking ill about it will change their opinion once, and if, they leave Dubai. Its like No.12 in the list, ppl have taken every thing in Dubai for granted. They do not know how comfortable life is in Dubai. I lived in Dubai for 2 years and recently moved to US. I miss every bit of the city and frens I made there.

    • Reply Naga July 18, 2015 at 18:28

      I lived there for 11 years and moved back to the US and the only thing I miss is the open arm friendliness/ comaraderie within the Expat community.

  • Reply jessy July 5, 2015 at 15:00

    Like any other country, Dubai has it’s pros and cons. I’m tired of ppl saying it’s soulless. It’s difficult to connect to ppl in any major city. If your not making connections with people and mingling then it’s probably your fault. More than half the expats don’t even bother learning the language, which is a big part of the soul u clam doesn’t exist. This city is my home and overtime i travel abroad i see the beauty of each city in every continent. Simple. if you don’t like it : LEAVE!

    cute blogpost

  • Reply Peter July 4, 2015 at 20:11

    I lived in Dubai for about a year and still spend a month each year and i can say that though there is truth to all points mentioned in the article the negative points outweighs the positive ones. There’s NO social life in Dubai and the relationship between the “sexes” is very messed up and demeaning to the softer gender. As for business opportunities, it is one of the greatests cities on the planet, if not the greates. My experience

  • Reply mark June 25, 2015 at 20:22

    So where are you from? What do you do? Sure its mentioned up there, but not interested in reading through 200 comments. You should archive them and then have only the recent stuff posted.

    The only thing i disagree with is the metro. it made me cringe when i read it because its smelly and rancid of individuals who are the slave laborers and shift workers for a lot of physical labor. I don’t knock their culture but they don’t wear deodorant and the curry is strong with them haha. Other then that, great post.

    Take a taxi, gas is cheap and so is taxi services. its cheaper than uber, in the US.

    Lots of things are constantly changing there, but the opportunities are endless… anyways hamdallah !

  • Reply Hotels in Dubai June 20, 2015 at 19:39

    Dubai certainly breathes by the mantra “bigger is better”. The city is renowned for turning fantastical, far-fetched concepts into reality.

    However, lurking behind the shimmering Burj Khalifa skyscraper and the ostentatious hotel lobbies is a growing community who represent the antithesis of the overindulgent Dubai – expats who shun the “brunch, beach, party and repeat” lifestyle. Beyond the sun, sea and sand, creative types are contributing to the flourishing cultural scene with contemporary art, dance and independent documentaries. Even TED talks – designed to inspire ideas and spark conversation – have come to town.

  • Reply Stefan Horlacher June 19, 2015 at 04:27

    Wow well impressed !!
    dubaiskydive…a must do when there !

  • Reply Anonymous June 13, 2015 at 12:22

    Dubai is soulless, unsustainable hell-hole full of fake soulless people like you

    • Reply Raychle July 3, 2015 at 14:58


    • Reply jessy July 5, 2015 at 14:54

      your are what you feel. Dubai is full of love. if your experience is empty and pathetic then it’s just your problem

    • Reply Anonymous July 22, 2015 at 09:41

      Stupid asshole

      • Reply Gail March 1, 2016 at 23:00

        Obviously referring to yourself there.

  • Reply BamBam June 8, 2015 at 08:27

    I loved the first 12 years in Dubai, my children where born there. We all loved it and we will be going back for good!

  • Reply Dan Bell May 31, 2015 at 23:46

    Great article- we are a Casting Company and are looking for an adult American Son who is living in Dubai and has a close relationship with his Father in the U.S. If anyone fits that bill it is a National Commercial for an automotive manufacturer and shoots June 13th-

  • Reply Anonymous May 25, 2015 at 05:52

    I liked the artical … I live in Dubai … Your comments and points are close to reality .. I’m an expat but I was born here … I love Dubai … U forgot to mention the high secured feeling .. Dubai is so secured and safe

  • Reply sarah May 24, 2015 at 15:52

    great article

  • Reply Noni May 19, 2015 at 02:36

    I want to breathe fresh air and smell the flowers in the morning. No fake plants and trees in the mall. I want a place rich of natural beauty and rich in culture. A place where there is freedom of speech and human rights. I want to leave in a decent, simple affordable house where I can plant flowers and vegetables on my backyard. I want to have my own small bedroom and not to be shared with other 8 people. If all of these are in Dubai, pls. let me know ‘coz I will go there right at this moment!

  • Reply Sophia May 14, 2015 at 14:58

    Love it! So on point except for the alcohol or, as I always buy when I travel. Not planning to leave anytime soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Met May 10, 2015 at 07:12

    Who has never tasted bitter, knows not what sweet is! Everyone makes his/her own judgements on comparing previous experiences. Everything is relative! I believe that the author has the right attitude of staying positive and trying to see good things on the first place. Concentrating on negative only – will never make you feel better.
    I live in Dubai and i find it difficult to fall in love with the city since unpleasant points unfortunately outweigh the positive. But i keep trying to find things that I like, and i do it for my personal “emotional benefit”!

  • Reply Anonymous May 8, 2015 at 15:01

    Nice article but in the end you see only the top of the iceberg.

    • Reply Anonymous February 23, 2016 at 07:14


  • Reply Anonymous April 26, 2015 at 19:08

    Very well said,described and put together.
    Loved it

  • Reply Tommy April 25, 2015 at 02:18

    I’m moving out there with my partner this summer and cannot wait. Is it best to just turn without a job and look when I’m there?

  • Reply Mian April 19, 2015 at 23:35

    Fantastic post. Agree almost with everything. Still living here. Already 3 years.

  • Reply Naga April 19, 2015 at 08:55

    Having read some of the comments everyone has some truth in your comments starting with the article. I lived in Dubai for 11 years and have seen the changes/ transition. There is only one thing I miss about the place, the friends and the open door/ welcome you get from the expat community or you give to strangers that you meet and invite without hesitation to a party or BBQ at your place. There are comments that keep comparing Dubai to the US (city to a country). I think a city should be compared to a city so if you compare it to NY, Chicago, LA, then it makes sense. I know for certain that most of the neighborhood restaurants and grocery store in NYC delivers and all these cities are as diverse as Dubai or vice versa. The three mentioned cities in the US are larger than Dubai. Dubai is a new city which has been picking up all the good ideas to create a great city but it is a city like any other city in the world. At the same time the treatment of laborers and workers in the service industry is appalling! They work minimum of 12 hours, 6 days a week and get between $500 to $1000/$1500 per month. The response of some of the people on appalling salary “they are getting way better than what they get where they come from”, but they do not live where they are from so there should not be a comparision! By the way Dubai and the Middle-East countries are part of the Asia. As an American it certainly was not a tax free haven as it is for Europeans. All the hidden taxes in the imported products. Example a gift bag that cost Dhs. 35 ($ 9.58) at the Toy Store at MOE costs a $1 ( Dhs. 3.65) at the Dollar Tree in any US city. Everyone wants to laude the vision of the leaders who shaped the city but they forget that, that city is what it is today because of the blue collar workers from India, Nepal, Bangaladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan (the Indian sub continent) many of whom lost their lives while building this city, who lived like sardines in a tin can in campsites where they have insufficient drinking water the basic human necessity. If one can overlook the inadequacies and giant proportion of in equality then yes Dubai is the it place. It is one heck of a party town for one section of society. I for one do not miss Dubai the city but miss the friends that I made from different walks of life!!

    • Reply Elaine April 19, 2015 at 10:23

      So are you saying that these “inadequacies and giant proportion of inequality” only happens in Dubai and NEVER happens anywhere else… say for example, one your beloved US cities? If you honestly believe that then I suggest for you to visit one of the lesser-known, untouristic places of these cities specially New York and see for yourself the reality of what you just said. I can give you an address of people I know who are “living like sardines” in one of the dilapidated buildings in New York with water and electricity rationed during certain times of the day and they’re working 2-3 jobs per day to pay for the rent of that hellhole.

      I suggest you also travel more because other big cities such as London for example isn’t at all different.

      • Reply Naga April 19, 2015 at 12:10

        Nowhere did I mention that it “only happens in Dubai and never happens anywhere else” your words not mine. Been to both cities and have travelled extensively and not the five star kind! In fact a friend of my husband’s from childhood lives in the kind of places that you mentioned in NYC. We just saw him during spring break at the city. It is by choice that most people live in those cities and according to him “it is a city where one can disappear” his words, that is one of the things he loves about the city, and yes he does 2-3 jobs which is what most people in the whole of the US do to get by. Rationing is done not just in these places but they do it in other parts too in the summer. The law and the workers unions protects the workers rights in the US which is not so in Dubai. In the US there is minimum wage and maximum 40 hrs work a week with 8 hrs per day. If it goes beyond then they have to be paid a time and half per hour. There is no such thing in Dubai. Their over time is $ 2 an hour, even for sales reps in some stores. These legal workers are forced to share a room with 10 or more in a room meant for 1 person with common area bathroom for the entire camp and they can only stay at these campsites. As far as I know from what our friend shared with us, they did not stay 10 or more in a room. These laborers earn anywhere between $200-$500 a month. I could go on but there is no comparison of bound labor when you are brought legally to a foreign country and people having the freedom to choose where they want to live and work. The people who you talk of can choose to move to any places in the US and start a fresh life and live better unless they are illegals and want to disappear in the city, so I say “cry me a river!”.

    • Reply Nguyen Thu April 19, 2015 at 12:46

      I am Asian who was adopted by a wonderful American family. Although I have been an American citizen all my life (at least since I was a year old), I have been subjected to ridicule, racism and bullying all my life in the US because of my Asian looks. These experiences traumatized me for a very long time, even spent a few months in a hospital to get over the trauma.

      I am now a teacher in Dubai after years of finding a decent paying job in the US and I can’t be thankful enough for being here. Yes, racism does exist in Dubai but at least nobody is trying to run me over with their pick up truck here as a result of a random hate crime which I have personally experienced as a teenager in the US. I have no plans of going back to the US and I plan on staying here as much as my work will allow me to.

      • Reply Anonymous Traveler June 28, 2016 at 22:49

        Well that will happen if you lived in Mississippi or some redneck area. You can’t compare Dubai to that. You can, however, compare Dubai to LA, NYC, Seattle… Asians are everywhere in these cities. Who knows, perhaps if you stumbled upon San Fran first, you might have decided to settle there.

      • Reply Patrick Ardahalian November 8, 2016 at 09:58

        Someone tried to run me off the road with his truck when I was in Oklahoma. I was on my bicycle.
        I am white so no idea why he did that…go figure

    • Reply Nguyen Thu April 19, 2015 at 12:49

      I have been very active in social welfare programs in Dubai mainly due to what I have experienced in the past. We all are aware of what’s happening with the other people around us here in Dubai and we do try our best to help them in ways that we can. For this upcoming Ramadan, we are planning to host iftar and suhours for some labor camps that we have already connected with. It might not make a big difference but at least I can say that I’m not one of the armchair activists who keep complaining about Dubai but does nothing about it. Out of curiosity, our group visited a flat in Karama where the school’s janitor lives – yes, they do live in very cramped spaces fit for one person. It was extremely heartbreaking to see their living condition but when asked why they choose to stay, they all said the same thing that it’s better than going back home with worst living condition and not enough money to eat three times a day. They have explained in detail the place where they came from and how Dubai gave them the opportunity to raise their families back home which they can never achieve if they didn’t work here. Sacrificing the luxury of space is very easy for them to do since the amount of money that they can save for doing so goes a very long way for their families back home. One of the girls in the flat which we visited was duped by an illegal recruiter from her country and is now living illegally in Dubai desperate to find a job. She blames the corruption and overall poverty of her home country for what she is suffering now in Dubai because if it wasn’t for those things, she wouldn’t have to leave her family and take the risk of working abroad only to be duped by her own people.
      It is rather funny when self-righteous people like the ones who have put their comment on this blog think that everything is Dubai’s fault or Dubai is evil and whoever likes living in Dubai must be put to shame without actually doing their own research or initiative to actually know the truth behind the hardworking people in the city. I feel like I am back to being bullied in a larger scale because I like the city which they detest the most. .Thank you very much for this article. I do agree with everything and I’m extremely happy to know that there are people like you who can see the brighter side of life no matter what the circumstances may be.

      • Reply Naga April 19, 2015 at 22:09

        I too went through the same in my younger days, of being bullied, name calling, ridiculed because I was different! It only made me a stronger person and I have my mother to thank for that. Though it is crowded the sharing of apartments are nowhere even close to the labor camps (some companies have improved their campsites since then). I have a friend who lives in an apartment in Karama sharing a room with 4 other females. My friend was duped along with 20+ young people right out of college from where I originate. My friend along with 4 others from that group sucked it up and stuck with the job (the rest went back where they came from, they had that choice unlike the laborers) , she is now managing one of the retail stores for the company earning around $ 2,000 after 8 years. The companies in Dubai are equally to blame as the recruiters in these countries who take money from the people knowing they are desperate to find a way to improve their lives (story of all third world countries). Dubai is now considered a developed city so it needs to set and impose strict laws on companies in taking care of their employees and over see that those laws are enforced. They are pretty good in enforcing the laws and ensure that the standards are met for gold and Diamond, so we know it can be done! A Friend from my country of birth started an HR company so she could protect our young people from these unscrupulous recruiting companies who represent the companies in the Middle East and elsewhere. When some Dubai and Doha companies tried to recruit from her, she made it clear how her company works, that she takes service fees from the companies, a legal agreement has to be signed stating their responsiblity of the recuits, their salary etc. and that she would be updated on their progress for the first six months. The companies refused saying she should take money from the individuals who were getting recruited and would not sign the agreement so she refused to work with them. The only company that agreed to her terms was one of the Marriot hotels in Dubai!

        When I lived there like you, I tried to make a difference. I talked in depth with some of the laborers and the one common need every single one I spoke to was shortage of drinking water at the campsites then (something we all take for granted). I kept my doors open for water and use of toilets for Arab Tec workers when they were working on the villas at the Arabian Ranches. I have personally cooked and fed lunch to 60 landscape workers of different nationalities from Asia in my villa trying to make a difference from my little corner. Seeing the discrimination on a scale that I have not seen in the US cities that I lived, on a daily basis had started wearing me down. From open racial comments by adults (which happens in western cities too but on a smaller scale), the difference in salaries and benefits according to the passport you hold and color, the entitled cutting the queque, whether in the grocery store, banks etc, the way the service workers are addressed and talked to (they have to tolerate it as they are afraid to lose their job) and the comments by the entitled about the laborers hanging out at the malls on Fridays (where should they go? Stay in a cramped room where the a/c is not efficient enough to cool that many bodies in non insulated houses). The city is mostly for the entiled and the rest can be swept under the carpet and ignored until they are remembered during certain festivities! We realized that Dubai was not a city we wanted to live anymore and raise our growing kids. I can easily say that it is definitely worth visiting. It is a classier version of Las Vegas and yes, it is a safe city! With all its “faults” the laws in the US is by far better than most of the countries that I have lived or visited in Asia or Africa! This does not mean that I do not have fond memories of Dubai either, it just an easier place to lose our humanity.

        The article has truth in it but the other half of the truth is not mentioned and that is as important as the positive half. If we bury our heads like the Ostrich hoping it will go away or ignore it, well, the problems will still be there.

        Pinay, the city of Paris has toilets in every corner of the city that gets cleaned on its own after every individual use and I would say the ones I used were on par with Dubai

    • Reply Nithila July 18, 2015 at 15:22

      Well said,most people fail to understand the glamour-less lives of many who stay in the same city, some of them don’t even know what happens in these labors lives because they are just too wrapped up in the charm and glitter of the city.But being brought up in Dubai since a very small age I cannot deny the fact that Dubai has indeed spoilt me.

  • Reply Brian April 19, 2015 at 01:09

    The only issue I have with this list is no.17, Dubai is probably one of the furthest places in the world away from the Americas!

  • Reply Anonymous April 18, 2015 at 08:49

    Dont forget the fact that they allow us to go to church that was the deal maker gor me

  • Reply Anonymous April 18, 2015 at 08:48

    Dont forget the fact that they allow us to go to church that was the deal maker gor me

  • Reply John April 18, 2015 at 06:29

    Totally agree with this article

  • Reply binhwpo April 17, 2015 at 13:54

    Hello Pynay,

    Thanks for this great and very detailed article. I am interested in knowing about Dubai because my friend told me it’s the best city in the world. I think you lived there and you got very good expression of your insight. All your points are valid, even against the criticisms.

    I think here are 2 most concerns:

    1. Living expenses are higher, so startup is difficult.
    2. It’s just too hot for a Vietnamese, in our country 30 degree is already very hot.

    How do they really live there in such a hot condition? Do you ever seen any happy Vietnamese live and work there?


  • Reply Lola April 17, 2015 at 05:33

    Well stated!!

  • Reply Anonymous April 16, 2015 at 19:31

    after reading the article in full context i had sad feelings that i missed living in UAE as well as triumph that i had the opportunity to get out of there( extreme heat, renting 1 bdr villa cost a fortune ).Still, UAE for me is one great country of opportunity with its TAX FREE salary + benefits

  • Reply Anonymous April 16, 2015 at 12:22

    you must have got played or heart broken by a pinay.. awwww poor asshole

  • Reply Victor April 16, 2015 at 09:04

    Well said, but we don’t like the temperature in here. It’s freackin hoooooot and when it rains people go nutts. Anyways , living in Dubai it’s a good experience and in my opinion i think that it trully deserves.

  • Reply Anonymous April 16, 2015 at 08:07

    The problem is people done like to see the sucess of others and always are ready to critize.

  • Reply SHD April 13, 2015 at 10:59

    Well Said…What about citizenshi? compared to rest of the world?.lol

  • Reply Leo April 12, 2015 at 10:24

    Well said. Been traveling a lot and I can say I still prefer living in Dubai.

  • Reply Anonymous April 12, 2015 at 01:35

    For the people talking about there being racism in dubai, keep in my mind that dubai is only about 43 years old and if u compare it to the early years of countries like america when it was first discovered, u really cant complain about racism in dubai.

  • Reply suman thapa April 5, 2015 at 09:29

    Dubai is awesome. I’d visit this land one day πŸ˜€ . in a car with an a.c of course πŸ˜›

  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2015 at 14:41

    Thats true,Well said!!

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  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2015 at 06:52

    I miss dubai even its the only other country that i have visited …

  • Reply Earl April 4, 2015 at 06:12

    Well, you haven’t seen how they have absolutely no concern for the human rights in Dubai..I am a lawyer and I have seen it all..If you are from Pakistan or Bangladesh and happened to be a labour and someone filled a case against you, well good luck to you they will beat the hell out of you or they will put you in the detention till you realise that you have already served the time and it is still under investigation then you just admit that you have done what you haven’t done then they will release you…I have a client was about to get rapped during the investigation, the officer was watching porn on his mobile and got horny so he pulled the client pants down and was about to do his business with him they were trying to make him to say whatever they want him to say… i am a reasonable person but I have lots of these facts lots of it…

  • Reply Tati April 3, 2015 at 22:39

    Good words!!! You are right! I will miss my life in Dubai really badly.. Even if Dubai is not my favorite place in the world, it gave me the best and easy life that I could ask for! Hope you don’t mind if I share your text πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Anonymous April 3, 2015 at 18:02

    I just randomly stumbled upon this. I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks

  • Reply Helena April 3, 2015 at 00:18

    Fantastic review live it Thanks

  • Reply Zeynep March 22, 2015 at 09:19

    Great post! I’m moving to Dubai in summer and have already been there for a week, exploring… Already sounds familiar a lot πŸ™‚ Plus I agree, being positive and happy is a crime to many envious people. They just don’t grasp it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous March 20, 2015 at 01:54

    Love love love dxb , I agree with you and can’t forget my fabulous 10 years in lovely Dubai ,,,

  • Reply Tanmay Kapoor March 10, 2015 at 14:47

    Dubai is a Dream.!! The best place on Earth.! Happy Go lucky life is what I say.!!
    Thanks for Shaing

  • Reply Ashley March 2, 2015 at 22:30

    I cannot believe all of the hate, here. If a country (or city) is so terrible, leave. People can be such faux humanitarians / civil rights activists, when online. Everyone on here has brought up the low wages and treatment towards the laborers, forgetting that every great civilization, that has ever walked this planet, built its nation with pure slave labor. This is nothing new. If you scratch the surface of ANY country, you’ll find an ugly past. What I want to know, especially from the Americans, where can you live, in the states, that has tax free wages, companies that pay for your accommodations (or give you stipends for it), the ability to travel all over the world multiple times a year, FANTASTIC shopping, and ability to live a purely luxurious lifestyle, or save / send a crap ton of money back home? If such a place exists in the states, please point me in that direction. No place will EVER be perfect, but if all you’re going to do is complain, go back to your home country and stay in your own little bubble.

    • Reply Naga April 19, 2015 at 09:35

      Ashley, as an American here is my answer to your queries. We pay taxes in the US whichever corner of the world we live in, unlike the Europeans, Australians or New Zealand. People do get stipend while in training once they are hired, accommodations are paid in certain sectors or equivalent given if your position is higher up in the company (which is what they do now in Dubai unless you are in management level). Remember emergent cities like Dubai still need to hire people from outside hence they have to pay for their accommodation or make it part of their package. There will come a time when they will no longer need to hire people from outside then the package will change as it has in the past 6-8 years. There are lots of Americans (and I include families) who travel multiple times a year all over the world be it business or leisure. Have you been to the big cities in the US? Now that’s fantastic shopping!! What in your opinion is a luxurious lifestyle? I still do everything that I did in Dubai (aside from the Friday brunch) with the added bonus of eating organic food, breathe fresh mountain air, Ski out in the open doors, hike up the mountains, fine dining’s, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, enjoy the country club, so on and so forth. I hope that my answers helped you.

  • Reply KM March 2, 2015 at 21:52

    I m living in UAE since i was 2 years old. Almost 23 years passed so fast as if it was yesterday that i came here. Dubai …A very good place to stay a luxurious as well as middle class life..U hv touched the reality of life in Dubai..

  • Reply BΓ‘rbara February 11, 2015 at 23:59

    I really thank you for your words.
    I’m trying to get a job that will take me to Dubai. I was doing some research about the country and found really angry people,
    complaining about religious and racist things. Which is stupid (in my opinion).
    It’s their country. Their colture. We are the ones that need to respect them.
    When you go to someone’s house, you respect if they tell you to take off your shoes.
    I’m from Brazil, and for many (MANYYYYYY) people that means I’m all about my butt and trying to have sex.
    This is just a matter of live your life. Who cares for those who think you’re different?

    I thank you again. I was looking for someone who could see even the bad points, as somehow a good thing.

    • Reply Matt Owens Rees February 12, 2015 at 06:06

      I agree Barbara. It’s a big problem in Thailand too, where many expats as well as tourists just can’t seem to accept the cultural differences. Your comment on taking your shoes off on entering a home is a good one. When in a foreign country respect their lifestyle and culture. The most frequent comment i get from Thais is that foreigners (principally westerners) don’t understand Thai culture and don’t want to integrate. To be fair, it is also true that Thais can be a little xenophobic* and the onus is on the foreigner to make the first move to settling into this different culture.

      * Being patriotic is fine – we all love our native lands – but going to the extreme of xenophobia which many people do is not. Not only applies to Thailand of course.

      • Reply 10356 March 1, 2016 at 06:46

        A Thai pass by

        Yes we are xenophobic. But it does not come out of thin air. Funny that you blames us since you just said in your own statement the reason we feel xenophobic toward foreigners, esp. Westerners like you. You don’t accept us the way we are even it’s our house, not yours. You try to change us. Our culture, the way we view this world, etc. I’ve seen so many times I lost counts. Somehow it’s like you carry your “white burden” with you to wherever you go. And when we won’t do the way you want us to and tried to explain, you won’t listen. Just jump to the conclusion of xenophobia without looking back at what you do/said.

        Why Thai could easily accept others, esp. Asians like Japanese, Indonesian, etc. but not you. You never question yourself about it. Blame it all on others. And said you don’t understand why they xenophobic with you.

        Irony, right?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 12, 2015 at 10:13

      Thank you Barbara, I am now in Doha and just like Dubai, it’s either you love it or hate it. I always choose to see the positive side so I’m doing just as fine. πŸ™‚

      Good luck on your job hunting and I do hope you get a job there soon. πŸ™‚

  • Reply nafisha February 9, 2015 at 17:57

    Omg. I just came back from Dubai. Before this being sporean, I tot my country has the so called
    Best system n ways of doing things. But after being in Dubai for 1 week. I don’t feel like cmg back. I felt so relax n happy there. Even in crowded places u dont get irritated by the people around u cos everbdy is so relax n minding their own things. N the toilets super clean.

  • Reply Mike February 8, 2015 at 20:28

    How do teachers fare in Dubai? Respected? Compensated? I see offers to cover housing but concerned about the type of housing that entails. Thoughts?

  • Reply Meena Krishnamurthy February 4, 2015 at 16:13

    Agree.wth u totally! It’s an awesome place to live in!Especially jlt! Their systems r in place! The infrastructure is unmatchable! &the beauty is tht they maintain very high standards of service and maintenance wth regards to everything tht they build!

  • Reply Matt Owens Rees January 25, 2015 at 10:33

    Ebony, a well thought out post but what would you say were the positives? Thaialn too has pros and cons and I try to encourage comments on both aspects in my own #Thailand blog.

    • Reply Ebony February 7, 2015 at 08:21


      You’re right, I should have added some pros for Dubai, it’s only fair! Dubai has the latest and greatest, and cleanest. I also think they’re really trying. It has to be difficult to attract Westerners but still keep Muslim traditions in place. They manage the balancing act pretty well. People say the night life is good but I wouldn’t know about that. I’m not doing too good with this “pros” list, am I?? I can’t help it, I’m actually moving back home on the 9th and I can’t wait. In my country, we also have a big, fake, ostentatious city in the desert that’s amazing to visit but probably not as great to live in: it’s called Las Vegas. The only difference is I can have a glass of wine with my steak dinner without having to go to a hotel! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ebony January 25, 2015 at 00:52

    Nothing is quite like home, and when your home is a pretty decent country like the US, I think you might find Dubai a little less impressive. And moving to Dubai for money for an American is futile as we are subject to taxes on worldwide income. So, relocate to Dubai, where the cost of living is exorbitant, and STILL have to pay taxes?? No way. Of course I could mention the archaic rules and laws, and the fact that religion and state run parallel as opposed to being divided, which means everyone must live as a Muslim even if it’s not their religion, and in my opinion, the cons stack up against Dubai pretty quickly. But my main point is I believe it’s about vantage point. People coming from certain countries in the world will not see Dubai as the holy land; people from other countries, just may.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 25, 2015 at 11:14

      I cannot agree more. I completely understand how you feel. I was living in the Philippines my whole life and have never traveled extensively when I moved to Dubai so the adjustment was for the better however when I moved to Doha (which I consider a city similar to Dubai), I was staying in the US for 4 months and since it was a relatively comfortable life that I was living while in the US – the adjustment to live in Doha is quite different. I can’t say that it was hard to adjust it’s just different. I think how a person views Dubai depends on their cultural exposure.

  • Reply Umar Altaf January 23, 2015 at 20:59

    I am going to visit dubai in mid of February and that’s why i am reading you thoughts. I will be in dubai for job search. I hope i will get my required job but i am also afraid due to competition there…

  • Reply ish January 15, 2015 at 04:22

    Hi PFH!

    I’m an OFW in Dubai for 3 years, running 4 now and I understand all of this. Although, I had bad experience during my first 2 years stay which made me bitter about the place but i can say I can relate to your post. Reading your article have changed my view of life here. I dwell too much in my negativity towards the place and forgot about the good side of it. I should change my perspective from now on. Came here for work and although I can feel racism , i have to admit the pay is better here compared to the country where we came from. In the first place, that’s what i came here for. When the time comes that i decide to leave Dubai, I will surely remember all the things that you wrote above and can’t help but compare to whichever place I will be. By then, i will realize, just like you the good side of this place. Although, I don’t see myself living here in long terms but I definitely do not regret a single thing coming to this place. In fact, I learned a lot.

    Hope to bump you on the road one of these days, Kabayan! Salamat sa blog mo. Keep sharing! πŸ˜€

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2015 at 05:43

      Hi Ish,

      I’m glad the blog helped you a bit to lift your spirits up. πŸ™‚ It is ok not to feel good about a place and it is also ok to hate it. However feeling those negative things will not change a thing. πŸ™‚

      Hope you feel better and to see you somewhere too. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Matt Owens Rees January 15, 2015 at 05:49

      #Thailand is the same. There’s a good side; there’s a bad side. For foreigners; face, corruption and the patriotism that ebbs towards xenophobia is hard to understand,

      Some farangs want to integrate, others do not. Personally, I think you get a better lifestyle by integrating a little. But each to his own.

      The nonsense is the popularity, particularly on forums, of Thai apologists and Thai bashers. Those who see only the good side of the country and those who continually post against it (e.g.New Mandala, Thaivisa). I try to present both sides.

      Matt Owens Rees

  • Reply Adrianne Karasek January 10, 2015 at 10:26

    I was in Dubai for a couple of days, and got to talk to multiple expats. They shared many of the same things as in your post! This is a good list to get a feel for the city.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 11, 2015 at 13:09

      Thank you Adrianne. I am still getting a feel of Doha but I guess it is quite similar of Dubai. :p

  • Reply R January 7, 2015 at 05:23

    I am already living in the Golden State here in the US, but still, I miss Dubai. Even though I spent most of my years in the nearby Emirate of Fujairah. Hope I could visit there this year. InshaAllah.

  • Reply urmi January 6, 2015 at 15:24

    Hi. m a woman, I want to know if the place is very conservative with dressing and all or they are liberal like USA.
    secondly, is driving must there,does everyone need to have his own personal vehicle?

  • Reply Matt Owens Rees January 6, 2015 at 10:38

    I don’t completely understand your English, Lee but your second comment “Matt Owens Rees
    so snappy.” is not only uncalled for it also shows what you think of free speech,. Suggest you calm down and stop making flaming posts on a site that I have always found very interesting. The comment “For those who absolutely hated Dubai then leave.” is patronising in the extreme. Noone wants that sort of blunt advice. And you have never lived outside your country. Read my post again.

    • Reply Lee Loves Life January 6, 2015 at 15:32

      Matt no I have never been out of my country, doesn’t mean I am not entitled to my own opinion. I have no problem with freedom of speech, though there is such thing as speech limitations. I read every post and didn’t agree. I’m not sure what it was that you didn’t understand but my point is I want to start traveling outside my country and I want to start with Dubai. So I came to pinay. I apologize for calling you snappy, I also apologize for my “tone”. As far as me saying “if you don’t like Dubai then leave” Yes leave. What more is there to do? creating a whole hate speech is uncalled for, it is not right and will upset someone. Some people don’t want blunt advice. Some people don’t want to read bashing opinions on someone’s personal experience. Sorry if you don’t understand.

  • Reply Lee Loves Life January 6, 2015 at 07:26

    Matt Owens Rees
    so snappy.

  • Reply Matt Owens Rees January 5, 2015 at 14:19

    Let people have their comments unless you have a problem with not allowing free speech when someone disagrees with you. I live and write in Thailand and it’s frustrating when posters, especially if they don’t live here, pontificate and disagree.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 5, 2015 at 15:06

      I do approve all of the comments unless there is a curse word in it or somehow derogatory for some people, I do monitor the comments on this site as I am responsible for whatever is posted on here. I have a blogger friend who got into trouble for a comment he approved so I’m not going down that road myself. I believe in freedom of speech which is why even some of the most vile comments attacking me are still approved, as long as they’re not cursing. Lol.

      Thailand is beautiful, it’s one of my favorite destinations in South East Asia. How can anyone disagree on it?

      • Reply Matt Owens Rees January 5, 2015 at 22:30

        It was the patronising tone that annoyed and indicated a dislike of others expressing their own opinion, “Wow. Snappy some people are. Though I have never been to Dubai, much less out of the country. ………. If you don’t then leave. ”

        The fact is there ARE expats here in Thailand that take every opportunity to “bash” the country and won’t accept others may have a different view. I’ve referred to them previously as Thai Bashers. The Australian site New Mandala and Andrew Macgregor Marshall in particular equally put a negative spin on Thailand. There are two sides to Thailand – the beautiful that is on display and the dangerous and often xenophobic side that many want to conceal.

        My point was to allow both opinions to be aired without censorship and to allow free speech. I’m sorry you took my comment the wrong way.

        • Reply Lee Loves Life January 6, 2015 at 08:27

          Matt Owens Rees, someone who has negative feedback when it is not being ask for is unnecessary. Pinay should be able to express her love for Dubai without all the patronizing remarks being made towards her opinion or personal experience. Last time I checked it was not Im not one to BASH something I don’t know. I’m not one to BASH on someone else’s positive feedback unless I am asked for it. That is my opinion and since you believe in them so much lets agree to disagree and keep it moving

  • Reply Lee Loves Life January 5, 2015 at 13:01

    Wow. Snappy some people are. Though I have never been to Dubai, much less out of the country. I believe that wether it be your career that may take you around the world or just the simple love for experiencing a world outside of your element is a beautiful thing. If you love it then stay. If you don’t then leave. I don’t feel the need to bash a place where someone calls home. I know that I would love to travel and see the world and there will be a place one day that will impact my view on things. Dubai is a place I would love to see for myself, I only stumbled upon this thread because of my interest in Dubai. Yes, the lavish lifestyle is what caught my eye and I do not see a problem with that. I think the only reason I decided to comment here is because I feel that if you have never been or lived in Dubai like myself then our opinions are irrelevant and until we truly experience Dubai or any place in that matter then we truly cannot pass judgment. For those who absolutely hated Dubai then leave.

  • Reply Anthony January 4, 2015 at 00:40

    Gudday 2 y’all lovers of beautiful thingz… I’d say I luv ur write ups and smiling faces, bt I’m in need of whatever help I culd gt 4rm here so as 2 help me gt 2 Dubai jst 2 beta my lyf and all those dt look up 2 me….and 4 such, I’ll remain indebted 2 u who made it happen 4 lyf…. Tnkx

  • Reply Nerizza H. Malunga December 30, 2014 at 04:41

    made me teary and yes, I do miss Dubai so much!…it pains sometimes to be back home in Philippines missing the many good things (which you were able to say well here) about Dubai!

  • Reply Me December 26, 2014 at 10:58

    Tell me about getting internet there. I mean to home at first. wifi thingy πŸ˜›
    I’m going to move there very soon and I don’t understand a thing at Du and Etisalat pages.

  • Reply Levente Nagy (@nagy_levente) December 19, 2014 at 07:51

    Great article, im planning to move there next year bacause a job offer. But now you made me scared, what will happen to me if i have to leave πŸ™‚

    PS: You have such a great tallent for writeing

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 19, 2014 at 13:09

      Thank you.
      Goodluck on your new life in Dubai. Enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mr.T December 15, 2014 at 22:41

    Nice place indeed… As a woman, try to get raped and see what happens if you try do anything about it like contact the police. Probably you lose your job and get a fine or penalty.

  • Reply alejari December 13, 2014 at 22:09

    i have been in Dubai a couple of times, and looks to me that they really invest and spend time and effort in order to be a westernized-nice-for-foreigners city, highly tolerant, although it is evident that the emiratis have a different way of life, apart from the ones coming from poorer countries like india, pakistan, etc. which are also looking for a part of the action.

    lets say that Dubai has two faces, two different versions of a city… one to please locals and foreigners. and the other, more arabic and down to earth… but you know what? i really like and appreciate the one which is being put for me. What western people bring to Dubai in comparison has no price. Know how and different perspectives are more valuable than ever in these times.

    in the end, if you go to any other country i.e. in Europe, UK or USA is more or less the same. What you have there is the opportunity to reach farther in less time.

    Everybody in society plays a role. in some cases is more evident than the others, but if you tell me that you have “better human rights” or “more equalitarian opportunities” in first world countries, you are kidding yourself. The facades are different, but in the end, whats cookinΒ΄ is the same behind the scenes.

    there will always be poor people and lucky people in life. Just do your best to keep in the latter side and everyhing will be good. seize the moment.

    @Pinai….Great article about Dubai. Thanks!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 14, 2014 at 17:19

      “but if you tell me that you have β€œbetter human rights” or β€œmore equalitarian opportunities” in first world countries, you are kidding yourself. The facades are different, but in the end, whats cookinΒ΄ is the same behind the scenes.”
      I couldn’t have said it any better. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  • Reply Kamran December 10, 2014 at 14:32

    Blood sweat and tears working in Dubai for 15 years. No friends, unable to afford the accommodation and sent the family back home last year. Gave my best and productive years to Dubai and was exploited for a very low salary for my boss that I don’t want to mention the narionality of. The country can’t even reward we to give a permanent residence and forces me to pay indirect tax to stay here.
    Always tried to integrate but was shocked when the neighbor of 3 years in the adjacent villa didn’t even say goodbye while leaving the villa. Still get discriminated against because of the way I look although am an oxford masters.
    Very lonely coz everybody judges me on the basis of how much money I have in my account or what is the color of my skin.
    Well that’s Dubai for you! and I found your remark “good riddance” for one of the respondents very lewd and unacceptable.

  • Reply R.KP December 6, 2014 at 16:50

    You forgot to mention that once you live in Dubai you get used to hanging carpets rather than having them on the floor.

  • Reply Reynato December 3, 2014 at 03:05

    I agree with your insights about Dubai. I was in Dubai for 8 months only, well looking for a job then I ended up hired to a neighboring GCC state. Between hate and like Dubai before my hate meter is longer but soon I discover that it was a feeling of “sourgraping” as I didn’t get much what Dubai’s beauty and charm has in store. But now I see and understand Dubai now, it’s splendors and marvels as well as its flaws make this city as we know; DUBAI. Regularly I come to visit Dubai and only then during those visits I slowly begin to appreciate this city and after reading your write up I can only agree and mind you discover my own flaws too. I would like to thank you for this write up. Keep it up kabayan.

  • Reply Penelope Ann December 2, 2014 at 08:58

    haters hates always…. continue writing girl…people will nevah stops attacking …. phew!! and yes racist and jealous readers will still read ur blog…kudos!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 4, 2014 at 16:38

      Thanks you Penelope. πŸ™‚

    • Reply grace September 18, 2017 at 21:49

      Haters Haters everywhere rubbish!!! What are they exactly hating on? That someone gives a contrary opinion to what the poster said makes them haters? That for so many, their Dubai experiences were laced with the inequalities embedded in possessing a non western passport which resulted in receiving salaries that were non commensurate to their level of expertise and education. Someone up there was even shouting leave like it’s that easy. Many sold their properties looking for a better life here. You think it’s easy to just up and leave. Don’t downplay someone’s experience cos it doesn’t conform to yours. There are so many people living in Dubai and Dubai has dealt them several experiences, good or bad. So everyone just agree to disagree and stop the unnecessary usage of the word HATER unless you are 50 cent

  • Reply John December 1, 2014 at 11:12

    Lived there for some time, now living in Tokyo, if Dubai experience had ruined your life, never come around here…compared to Tokyo, sorry man but Dubai is just a fake joke…

  • Reply Matthew November 30, 2014 at 17:58

    Calm down peeps.. Yes every country or city has its pros and cons..
    But first of all i wanna ask the lady who wrote this ” who made you authority of dubai” & permission to diss the rest of the world..yes no doubt dubai is beautiful and all u say and i lived there myself for a yr and a half but ran away as i couldnt cope with the traffic and commotion & im sorry but dubai has no culture.. In dubai its still arabs for themselves and indians and pakistanis for themselves.. But then i was there from 2001till 2005 but hv visited 3 times a year after.. I mean visitin its fun but rules r different for living.. No doubt alot of job opporunties.. Best of things and all.. Tax free and all happening but everyone has a right to there oponion and entitlement so stop being the mayor of dubai.. I lived in europe for 14 yrs but hated it so thats me and others love it.. So plz get over yourself and stop hiding ppl post and plz get a life as no one cares

  • Reply Mike Jet November 30, 2014 at 08:15

    Well Dubai has its plus points – taxes, cleanliness, cars. But it has negatives too which are more important for me. It is a five star jail with no freedom, respect for life, ancient, barbaric laws and racism. You cannot even hold the hands of the ones you love in public. Shame. You cannot forget the fact that the stay of all foreigners has an expiry date. It will never be your “HOME”.
    I would take US, UK and Canada anyday than Dubai. Sorry folks.

  • Reply josefina November 25, 2014 at 14:50

    I love Dubai, though the house rent is very expensive but I really love to work here…you have all the freedom to do what you want to and I’ve enjoyed a lot their discounted items in the malls during DSF .

  • Reply Sally November 20, 2014 at 00:31

    My cupcakes! I can go on and on about this, I haven’t had my hair done in 3 months because I find 250 USD an outrageous price to pay to get my a sew-in. Grocery shopping is a nightmare even now that it’s winter it got worse. Online shopping is going to be the death of me but I’m slowly learning self control. I love it here but sometimes, especially when I’m walking 10 blocks from Jewel Osco to my apartment and my nostrils are watery and red and I can’t feel my fingers because I’m carrying like 5 bags and one on my shoulder and my head feels like it’s been compressed from side to side because it’s so windy and cold, so cold I think I’m barely breathing , I think about Dubai and I cry actual tears.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 20, 2014 at 08:44

      I feel you, I just had my -7 degree weather experience yesterday and I can’t stand it. Lol. Although I think if I have to choose between extreme weathers, I’d probably choose the cold now. I’ll just have to bundle up when it’s cold unlike when it’s extremely hot, you can’t really go around naked in public. Specially in Dubai. Lol.

      Keep warm Sally. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Thabani Moyo November 19, 2014 at 01:14

    True that, leaving in Dubai at times it limits you especial when you are used to greeting anyone unlike Dubai where you need to be careful about the ladies in black clothing an
    d restrictions in buses where you need to sit at the back as men alone,

  • Reply Jozsef Kurucity November 17, 2014 at 22:45

    Thank you! Very nice. God bless sis!

  • Reply ceecestaxi November 16, 2014 at 08:17

    We’ve just started our in-depth look at Dubai from an Expat living and working experience. Jump on board to follow all the parts πŸ™‚

  • Reply Prerana Fatnani November 15, 2014 at 19:57

    Loved your article. Almost nostalgic. Left Dubai 10 yrs ago after staying for10 yrs there. Even after a decade I still miss it. For those who hate Dubai, try staying in Nigeria (been here since I left Dubai) and then you will realise thing we take for granted are luxury….being out after 7 pm, running water, electricity all luxury items here. πŸ™‚ I miss strolling out at 2 am and still finding a cafeteria open and serving shawarma and cocktail juice. And the Ramadhan season….

  • Reply Zeba November 15, 2014 at 08:49

    Great job,you desrve an applaud,very well written .Enjoy Dubai,i also love Dubai.

  • Reply Paul Coleman November 15, 2014 at 03:03

    Spot on….great read!…I’ve lived in Dubai for 8 years through the good times and bad, and I don’t regret it one bit. Its been an experience I won’t forget and Dubai will always have a place in my heart, regardless of if I stay here or eventually move on.

  • Reply Dan Price November 14, 2014 at 08:57

    Very well written — my wife and I are considering relocating to Dubai after her kids are out of high school (Long story with their Dad) — I am really looking forward to it! We are from Texas but think that living in Dubai for 3 to 5 years would really help recover my retirement funds after my divorce 6 years ago … :-/.

  • Reply Ro November 14, 2014 at 05:14

    great article… Lived there and totally agree with all the points… If you coming to Doha you will have lots more to write πŸ™‚

  • Reply Eddie November 13, 2014 at 12:44

    Here’s another one for you. You forget how some of the work being conducted in the professional services domain strongly differs from other parts of the world like the US or UK. Besides the overinflated salaries in Dubai, actually advancing your career there is a joke. I have experienced first hand the low level business acumen among some of the people there and makes me shake my head in distraught in regards to the inflated salaries.

    Also, I have not experienced a more surprising level of unprofessionalism in the recruiting process than in Dubai.

  • Reply baby.poison November 12, 2014 at 12:41

    Great place, but turning out to be pointless if you come here looking to save money, mainly for the middle class. 8 out of 10 people in the UAE are in debt as per a recent survey. If you dont like the place or cant afford it, no option but return home. Thats the sad truth.

  • Reply Elay November 12, 2014 at 00:33

    agree with Leslie, the government allowed 1 Catholic Church for every Emirate. The one in Dubai (St. Mary’s Church) is actually donated by Sheikh Maktoum.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 12, 2014 at 09:26

      I think there are two in Dubai? One is in Jebel Ali? Not very sure though. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Leslie Kunefke November 11, 2014 at 18:14

    Pinay, I read through your post here and agree with a lot of the things you wrote. I grew up in Dubai from 1983-1990 and 1993-1997, living there was the best of my life, I traveled to different countries to attend sporting events with the American School in Dubai. I haven’t been back since 1997 but once I finish my degree I would love to obtain employment back there. For people who have never been to Dubai they don’t know about all the historic parts that is saved there. About the churches and all, yea there are a lot of mosques around but there are churches there. Granted as a Christian we weren’t allowed to go out and preach to the public or do missionary work but we were allowed to designate buildingsas churches and practice our religions.

  • Reply rawsh November 11, 2014 at 16:12

    So true! It’s unbelievable how spoilt we can get here. When I’m here I can’t stop grumbling and the minute I step out of this country I want to come running back! πŸ˜€

  • Reply huzi November 11, 2014 at 15:34

    well there is only one thing i miss about dubai and its the tasty and very economical paki/indo/muslim was sooo thank god im outta that jail..its just hot there all the time and upon that they have the stupidest rules there that imply to everyone but the locals..well sorry to burst your bubble but you surely need to travel more and real beauty and actual “jungle”.

  • Reply elay November 11, 2014 at 09:41

    Haters gonna hate. I worked and lived in Dubai for 7 years, I was only 20 then, Filipina, high school graduate, but I got a job offer. A job offer and a promotion in less than 2 years that I (sadly) wouldn’t get from the Philippines. It is true that racism is everywhere but it also depends on the person on how they react after. Accept? Ignore? Hate? Improve? Avoid?

    If I am to write about Dubai, definitely I would write about my own experience. I cannot write about how easy or hard it is to get a license – because I never tried. Which customer I want to serve first – because I did not work in a restaurant. How hard it is to dig the land under the scorching sun – because I work inside the airconditioned mall. How luxurious living in JLT is – because I lived in Satwa. Like I can never write about the US because I’ve never been there.

    There are really some sad stories about employess being mistreated, but instead of bashing and indirectly blaming someone, as if she don’t have the right to write about her good memories about Dubai (of which the mistreated worker never experienced), why don’t we just think of alternatives to reach out to these people and save them from what you called “slavery”?

    Everyone has their own stories to tell. Good or bad. Happy or sad. Pros or Cons. You choose which one you want to listen to. If you don’t like it, leave it. No one, not even the writer asked you to like her post. Like Dubai did not asked you to come and stay and complain. At the end of the day, the truth is, we still owe Dubai for a better kind of living, likewise Dubai owed us, workers for it’s progress.

    Kudos to Pinay Flying High! Such a good read!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 11, 2014 at 10:41

      “Everyone has their own stories to tell.”

      That was spot on! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nancy November 11, 2014 at 09:30

    Your post brought back many memories from my stay in AbuDhabi. The best years of my life (so far!!). Is it a perfect country, of course not. None are. Apart from all the friends for life I’ve made there, I truly miss getting regular mani/pedi/massages for 120dhs!! Lol. I just can’t afford that luxury over here anymore. …and you mention the cleanliness of the bathrooms, but also is that they are completely PRIVATE, with no 1 inch crack on either side of the door -which is usually too short for me too. :p but mostly I miss that beautiful, blazing sunshine 365 days a year!
    Glad you enjoyed your stay. Seems like you had the right attitude to find the little pleasures in life over there and how unique to the rest of the world they really are! πŸ™‚

  • Reply aeth November 11, 2014 at 07:28

    Hi Pinay! I’ve also lived in Dubai for 10 mos.(that shortest period) even though living there in shortest period;It gives me more things to be, first time seeing a longgest Limousine and a Hummer(which we pinoys haven’t seen it here in the Phils.) and by the way even public toilets I agree that they’re also clean. I loved Dubai so much that memories still coming back to me until now.

  • Reply kat November 11, 2014 at 01:25

    I think you got a bit cocky on the end of your post…maybe due to the overwhelming views that you received. There are pros and cons for any place that you live. I was with you on your post until you decided to get a bit flippant.

  • Reply Ysanne Doughty November 10, 2014 at 15:28

    you were very lucky if you got all of the perks you mentioned in no.2.But other than that I agree with most of this …………I really miss my friends in Dubai

  • Reply Sajith November 10, 2014 at 10:33

    Only thing that i do miss is the fact that you need to go bit far to buy booze.. atleast buy it cheap.. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Mrs. Boumedine November 9, 2014 at 20:53

    May I add, half expecting waiters, sales ladies or anyone in customer service to discriminate against you being Asian. it is a sad fact that in Dubai racism is a way of life. Heck, banks even rate the company’s credit worthiness based on how many Europeans are employed in the company. My blood still boils everytime I think about a Dragon Mart incident where a Filipino friend was prevented from trying on a dress while they let other nationalities do it. And a Pepsi job add that says Non-asian, non-female. These acts can land you in jail if you do them here in Australia.

  • Reply Chris Howe November 9, 2014 at 19:14

    We enjoyed Dubai for a number of years, but don’t get carried away, scratch the surface and, sadly, you will find that all is not what it seems…………..!!

    • Reply Anonymous May 14, 2015 at 04:28

      I bet this isnt even a real “citizen” of anywhere just some bs propaganda produced by some money grubbing bottom feeder accepting money to write lies Dubai is a shithole just like any other place built on slavery

  • Reply topdeck November 9, 2014 at 01:01

    I am sorry but the public toilets were disgusting in dubai mall and those right next to loui vitton….. the hotel’s dust levels were also high and the food is not that grand in certain places

  • Reply nina george November 8, 2014 at 18:22

    Evrything is easy for you cause you r American. Dubai had built for you. To rent in it while other nationalities r working hard with less salary to make dubai beautiful in your eyes. Tell me did you have problems at interviews for jobs. I don’t think soo. You got your job by your nationality. Do you know the arabic fresh engineering get 5000 dh as a start… The studio rent at least needs 4000 dh… Every thing is hard for Arabic people and others except Europeans and Americans. .. I hate dubai. I left it. I am not sad… waste of time and money. One last question. .. tell me why I have to talk English in Arabic country… Cause this city is for your eyes.. I don’t like to rise my children in this city… I will lost thim.. They will be greedy. Unfaithful for their native country. Native language. Orginal religion.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 8, 2014 at 18:30

      I’m not even American and the 5000dhs salary you mentioned is even higher than my salary when I first came to Dubai.

  • Reply sharmeenehsan November 8, 2014 at 14:05

    U r soo correct…100% agree with u:)

  • Reply tck3 November 8, 2014 at 12:22

    I’m Canadian and live in Dubai. All of the points mentioned are really accurate πŸ™‚
    I realized how spoiled I am when I visited Canada and there was no valet parking at the mall! Dubai spoils a person.

  • Reply Natacha November 8, 2014 at 07:56

    I love my country( belgium) but i do enjoy my time here in dubai as well. Il miss it the day i leave. 80% of us are expacts here. How amazing is that. We live in a muslim country but yet everyone feels a bit home here. I have seen the shortest evening dress ever in dubai! Not even in belgium, would a woman wear that type of stuff. So saying that they are racist here…is ridiculous to me. Actually i believe they are very tolerant knowing that the sharia is their law! Never, not one single time was i disrespected by a man here, where in my country, u will be called names if ur skirt is too short! So all in all, dubai with its imperfections is a nice place to live. Once again, not perfect but very cozy to me.

  • Reply ViraSalam November 8, 2014 at 03:31

    I think there is no perfect place to live. You can call any place home as long as you feel like home, which in my case being together with the loved ones.
    I’ve living in Dubai for 3 years and realized the untold discrimination the first time I arrived in the airport, I understand why and just trying to see it as a diversity more than to a rascism.
    What I realized here is people drive so crazy in a way that because lots of them got a nice fast cars which maybe they would never could afford to buy it in their home country.
    What’s funny is that Dubai does not have a proper drainage system which makes lots of roads covered with water from the rainfall-well who will feel anticipated once almost 365days is full of sunshine.
    I love that this city is so happening, you’ll see that English oftenly broken here, lol.
    The most important thing that once you are living here, people will see you as an ambassador of your home country.

  • Reply marie antoinette November 8, 2014 at 02:18

    i miss dubai so much, easy life…no bills, free plane ticket.when i was there i always go for vacation every 6months, when i migrate to canada, for 8 years i havent gone home for vacation for i have to pay my own ticket and when i come back here too many bills witing for me including the houserent though u were away still need to pay for the house rent unlike in dubai, everything is free…most important of all… stress free country

  • Reply Sheetal Gopinath November 8, 2014 at 01:36

    I feel Dubai is all about gloss. What about the substandard medical facilities and the exorbitant medical bills? what about freedom of speech? Yes, they top in cleanliness, but otherwise, life here is too superficial, a bubble.

  • Reply Cesar Rocky Parroco November 8, 2014 at 00:34

    Very good article. I love Dubai, it gave me opportunities I can never find back home. You are right, no one is forced to stay here. If you don’t want, you can always go.

  • Reply Venus November 7, 2014 at 18:29

    Your title contradicts your ending paragraphs! What is really the purpose of you writing this blog? You start your title and the blog negatives yet your ending phrases are all praises about Dubai? So did Dubai really ruined you? For life?? Again not sure what you’re driving at..

    • Reply qatar expat November 7, 2014 at 21:42

      Oh dear, you totally missed the point.

    • Reply ish January 15, 2015 at 04:07

      I’m so sorry, you didn’t get the point. That is so sad.

  • Reply Vivek November 7, 2014 at 18:15

    I have just recently moved from dubai to guam and one thing i have noticed on all my trips away from dubai, be it in europe or asia. The moment you say that your from dubai they equate you to be super rich and try to upsell!

  • Reply Kris November 7, 2014 at 17:49

    I started reading all the comments and then gave up. To all the expats that used to live, or still do so in dubai but hate it with passion, please by all means go back home. There’s too much traffic anyways!
    Dubai…countless places to go. Hobbies to follow, events to attend. Embrace it don’t hate it! Only thing i miss from europe is the smell of flowers. Nowhere in dubai you will find that. I come from europe, i lost my job and ended up here and i am thankful for that. I have a job, salary and house in a beautiful city.

  • Reply Mona November 7, 2014 at 15:25

    I am sorry but not sure what you trying to say in this writing? being in a place and living in any city it is just a personal choice! why you try to prove your point? if the city was well for living why its never been nominated for as a best city for living?!! have you ever wonder?! what about the social security and when you get old? can you still live in Dubai? please be realistic when you make such an article, that might influence some life and impact on some people’s decision!

  • Reply Ricardo Aguilar November 7, 2014 at 12:51

    Feel the same gurl!!! Nice article… keep it up.

  • Reply thriftcycler November 7, 2014 at 12:19

    I guess it’s a little inaccurate to compare a place in which you are a tourist to another place in which you are a resident – it’s a whole lot of different, thus the rather unpleasant reactions. Maybe someday if you move to the US (or any other developed country for that matter), live there and earn a living, you can have a comparison on a deeper basis.) But otherwise this is an amusing tongue ‘n cheek article. People should just lighten up and not take it personally.

  • Reply Hammad November 7, 2014 at 12:06

    You are spot on my friend and have portrayed a really useful state of mind of expats living here for a while now.

  • Reply SarahD November 7, 2014 at 10:43

    Lol no way I don’t hv that much time! Just a few of them. Like I said the scrolling was enough.

  • Reply Biggie Beil November 7, 2014 at 10:36

    Racism everywhere :DD LOL , this article is about Racism ,

  • Reply SarahD November 7, 2014 at 10:03

    Whoa that is a lot of comments! Had to scroll down forever to leave a reply πŸ™‚ but I wanted to cos I loved ur article. I lived in dubai for close to 5 yrs and do agree that there are bad things abt it, but no city is perfect. My experience was wonderful and I miss it very much. One of the more light-hearted negatives u forgot (which someone else pointed out) is the driving license drama! My hubby had to try 4 times before getting it πŸ˜€

    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 7, 2014 at 10:13

      Did you read all of the comments? Wow! I hope you were highly entertained by them. πŸ™‚ That is so true with the driver’s license, it’s a painful process and not to mention very expensive. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kershley November 7, 2014 at 08:34

    2 thumbs up! I definitely agree with you…upon reading this i miss Dubai already and i want to go back there.. πŸ˜€

  • Reply M November 7, 2014 at 07:23

    I’ve been living and working in Dubai for 11 years now and I could honestly say that it took me a about 4 years to find my balance. The beginning of “finding a greener pasture” was a struggle. But being a determined person that I am, I’ve succeed to go up the ladder that many people are still trying to climb into right now. I am happy for the opportunities that Dubai has given me. I met my husband here. My baby was born here. We are living a good life though not a very luxurious one but there is nothin to complain about. If not for Dubai, i will not be able to achieve what i have right now. I do have high standards but knowing that nothing is permanent in this world, i make sure that i spend my hard earned money on better things. I know that time will come that i will leave Dubai to go back home but there is one thing that i will always feel about Dubai.
    Dubai isn’t a perfect world. But it is still up to us expats living in here to love its imperfections. Besides i know that whatever i have right now, i will never get if im living in my own land.
    Im just living my life to the fullest.☺

  • Reply Jason lyons November 7, 2014 at 04:25

    Hi there, really enjoyed this article. I am from Ireland and I am interested in spreading my Buisness into Dubai. Judging from this article, I believe you could help me do this and this could also be of benefit to you. Mail me if you would be interested in hearing my ideas via a Skype call. Regards Jason lyons

    • Reply Rui May 13, 2018 at 12:33

      Given the oddities in the English, β€œJason” seems more a Nigerian con man than an Irish Man. You do not fool anyone…

  • Reply Brandon November 7, 2014 at 00:19

    Hahaha, great post I totally agree except for the time it takes to get stuff processed within the government, for me it has been super efficient. I think that is due to the fact that I am from South Africa, there things takes weeks or months to get done. So to sit for an hour and deal with someone intelligent behind the deal is awesome. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply jay November 6, 2014 at 16:30

    Do people living in these conditions that you mentioned Sohail with a low salary have a right to leave, if so and it is so terrible then why have they not left these conditions? Surely their passports are not being withheld?

  • Reply jay November 6, 2014 at 15:59

    Loved every minute of living in Dubai for 3 years. It is one of those places that you do end up getting spoilt. Don’t forget the gold mobile phones with real diamonds…..and what always amazed me about this lifestyle was the safety of it, you just knew that no one would steal you phone with real diamonds in it. P.s. Never had a phone with diamonds in it but yeah, just thought I’d mention it. Good post!!! Haters gonna hate.

  • Reply Aziza November 6, 2014 at 12:59

    Dear Pinay,

    It’s really a great post and everything is do much true! You are amazing the way you expressed it all. I love it here and wanna live as long as I could with my family. I traveled a lot thru Europe and USA but Dubai is the best.
    Whoever is moarning and disagree can always leave the country. People from all over the world can not afford living in a luxury villa and drive posh cars in their home countries but they do here in Dubai . People pls appreciate what you have and respect others.

  • Reply paul November 5, 2014 at 22:25

    it seems really nice in dubai tall buildings and all concierge service,deliveries, cool! So now iwant to go to dubai just to take a big dump in one of your fancy towers (JLT preferably) and if its really that convenient there ,can i call someone just to wipe and wash my ass? and can i request pinay flying high to do it? Coz that would be really convenient.

  • Reply Sohail khan November 5, 2014 at 20:42

    But you forgot to tell the real face of Dubai.The labor salaries and living conditions .Still there is slavery in this region that looks very beautiful from outside.6 people live in one small room along with their luggage .And 700 AED per month in which they hardly save 400 AED. 70% people of great Dubai are living like this.And i am the eye witness.

  • Reply Di November 5, 2014 at 20:33

    Was actually smiling while reading this. This is so true! πŸ™‚ i am greatful for the experiences that i have in Dubai. I am in Singapore for quite some time now and this blog just made me miss Dubai more.

  • Reply Nikhil November 5, 2014 at 11:19

    Well written n loved the experiences u had there. Lived there for a year, didn’t work for me sadly, so left. But it has its charm.

  • Reply Isabelle November 5, 2014 at 07:58

    Why all the hatred folks?? As she rightly said, if you don’t like it, just leave! no one will miss you! equally, it has its pluses and minuses sides, like EVERWHERE else in the world! But I choose to live my life here, as a single mum of 2, who are thriving in the all year round sunshine, while, I, am happy to count my tax free savings that will allow me to send them both to UNI.

  • Reply Kiran Shaheen November 5, 2014 at 07:37

    Dubai is the best city in the world! I’ve lived in Europe and UK but no comparison to Dubai! Amazing place, i’d retire in Dubai!

  • Reply yjinn November 4, 2014 at 07:23

    “cray cray”?

  • Reply All Five Australia (@ALLFiVEau) November 3, 2014 at 09:00

    Dubai, for me was a great place to start my journey as an OFW. Learned a lot, experienced a lot, made lots of friends, people of different countries and walks of life. After I left Dubai, I lived in China, Singapore and now permanently in Sydney. I miss Dubai sometimes but I didn’t really see my self staying for long in a country that does not offer Permanent Residency (or citizenship), or even social pension to foreign workers who contributed much to their country’s economic and societal growth. One day Dubai decides to throw you all out of their country, you won’t have any say about it. You just pack your bags and go.

  • Reply DC November 2, 2014 at 13:11

    Got fed up reading this fool from the start, you need to travel more. Step away from the malls and hotels, this place is a third world desert. Just ask the slaves that are stuffed into the labour camps. Or the other slaves working in the malls for 2000AED a month.

    To be fair its a decent place for a 4 or 5 day holiday. Stay in a nice hotel, go to the malls, the beach and you’ll leave having had a great time.

    Move here, scratch the surface just a little and you’ll get the picture pretty quick especially if your not fortunate enough to be white and British or American…

  • Reply Mathew October 29, 2014 at 14:59

    You have compared an entire nation (USA) to a single city (Dubai). That’s obviously erroneous. Certain facts like house prices etc. will vary depending not just on the cities in question but also on the locations within the cities.

  • Reply Rafy October 29, 2014 at 13:13

    life in plastic is never fantastic dear!

  • Reply Wisam October 29, 2014 at 03:40

    i actually found the post funny hahaha, yet a lot of truth in it, not sure why the hate comments, you just stating facts from your experience. Well written i have to say as i experienced similar things too.

  • Reply klkaten76 October 28, 2014 at 16:27

    I miss the international melting ground (pun intended) which is Dubai. I spent two years as an Expat there and it was two of the best years of my life. I would say I miss…..the food, the Friday all day breakfast dates :-), my friends from countless countries, my ability to travel using Dubai as a hub…and I truly miss the people that makes up this global city. Here is what I do not miss….the bat-shit crazy drivers, the heat and seeing all the sad, abandoned animals. That said I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Reply Garbo October 28, 2014 at 09:55

    Great article! Im an English expat living in Dubai and love it love it love it! One of the most cosmopolitan melting pots in the world where everyone generally makes an effort to get on and be civil to each other and also one of the safest cities on earth! Dubai gives all expats an opportunity to better themselves relative to the situation, country, position they keft behind, and as you say no one comes here under duress! Myself and my family have alco chosen to embrace this place as it offers so much! Sure, they are problens, but no different to any country on earth, you show me a country and there will be a section of the workforce that is perceived to be exploited in some way shape or form. As for the whiners, well as the locals would say, if you dont like it, clear off back to your miserable countries that you left behind to come here in the first place! Khalas!

  • Reply Zhenia October 27, 2014 at 17:20

    I just visited Dubai for a week but could get used to it pretty fast, I live in Europe, and here we could only dream of clean metro stations and trains, warm weather and tax free..:)

  • Reply Other Bridget October 27, 2014 at 12:31

    Awesome post! I loved it and I love your attitude toward this crazy place. Everything you said is so true – especially going crazy over the low prices everywhere else. And the clean bathrooms. We’re from the US and one time when we went back for the summer, my husband actually walked out of a rest area bathroom because it was so gross. We are so spoiled with the public bathrooms here. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emad AlAmad October 27, 2014 at 03:10

    I can tell from your article that you havent travelled enough around the world. Many of your compliments about Dubai are not True. I lived in Dubai for 6 yrs and i was in a high management position in 5 Stars Hotels in Dubai such as Rotanas, Royal Mirrage and The Address. Dubai’s Hotels does not have great Service at all compared to other countries, The hotels as a design and interiors are great but when it comes to service of course it is not. Compare it to Thailand and you will see that 3 star hotels in Thailand are much better in service than 5 star hotels in Dubai.
    With regards to toilets, i wonder which public toilets you are talking about., do you mean in shopping centres and malls? i Challenge you that if you visit Jakarta for example you will be surprised how clean are the toilets in malls and how amazing is the technology they are using in toilets.

    The metro comment shows again that you never travelled the world, check the metro in Singapore or Hong Kong or Japan then talk about cleanness..
    You mentioned about the ignorant people who are ungrateful and biting the hands of the one who feeds them, sorry to say that this is soooo ignorant comment. Dubai did not feed anyone for Free. They suck your blood for every Dirham they gave you or they gave the employees. Dubai did not do a favour for people, its totally the opposite, without those people Dubai will remain a desert… Dubai was built in a very clear slavery system and maybe you can not see it because you spent your time on the beach or in your office. I guarantee you that the workers who built all the towers in Dubai did not had the rights that any human in a developed country should have.. I guarantee you that the people who are cleaning the toilets that you really love are not treated well and they are used as slaves. Have you ever talked to one of them and see how they suffer?
    Of course i miss Dubai exactly the same way i miss the other 6 countries i lived in during my life but what i really miss are the friends and the good time we spend together but i dont miss the city by itself as i really dont see any advantages of being in Dubai anymore. Now i live in Jakarta and in less that 1 year i managed to open 3 restaurants which is something you will never even think about doing with a small budget if you live in Dubai…

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 27, 2014 at 06:28

      “Dubai did not feed anyone for Free. They suck your blood for every Dirham they gave you or they gave the employees.”
      I guess that’s where we’re different because I am grateful for the job that I had in Dubai which opened up a lot of opportunities for me.

      “Have you ever talked to one of them and see how they suffer?”
      No, I never spoke to any of the laborers because we won’t understand each other anyway. I’d rather help them directly which I normally do during Ramadan’s iftar, the two Eids, Christmas and the occasional times when they are behind me in line in a mini market. Have you done the same for them? I hope so because otherwise, you’re all just talk with no substance.

      • Reply Rui May 13, 2018 at 12:16

        I often do wonder how Filipinos are complicated people and have such convoluted and such messed up answers. I advise you not falling into this trap.
        As a long time traveller and expat, I also understand where Emad is coming from. We might have earned a lot working abroad, we also contributed A LOT to the country.

        PS. I do have Pinoy family.
        PS2. This was meant as a private comment, no need to approve it.

  • Reply Linus Furious October 26, 2014 at 23:57

    Great list!
    Now, if you could limit yourself to one “cray cray” per week, that would be lovely.

  • Reply Okiel October 26, 2014 at 23:53

    hey Pinnay i just moved from Dubai to NYC 2 months ago, please contact me “u got my email address” πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sandra October 26, 2014 at 12:26

    If I may add: the easily available and affordable help (maids – handy men ….etc) and the amazing beaches with beautiful clear water that you can swim in all year long. The pampering that you can get in Dubai’s spas and beauty salons are far more superior than in any other country, and again at an affordable price. I am bilingual (English/Arabic) so this comes as an advantage too in Dubai as I don’t miss either language.

    I have a residence in Europe and a family in USA and I’d rather be in Dubai than in either of them all year long.

    Thanks for posting this !

  • Reply Futuresonix October 26, 2014 at 08:43

    You’ve managed to hit the bull in its eye! A very well written article, hats off!

  • Reply Sam October 26, 2014 at 08:05

    Hello Pinay,
    It’s cool to look at the bright side of life but it isn’t if you turn a blind eye to the dark side. I bet if you didn’t have the high-paying job you have, live in a nice accommodation building, or have the travel perks you have, you wouldn’t be defending Dubai with such zeal. It’s as if it’s your country, it’s sad actually.

    Let’s say you were that taxi driver, that Pinay housemaid, that sales lady in those amazing shopping malls, the guy who delivers you those grocery at 2 am, that bell boy in those 7 stars hotels, the janitor who cleans the toilet after you, or that waitress in one of those restaurants, maybe your view of Dubai would be a little bit different.

    I worked in Dubai and I’m half Filipino. I understand what message you are trying to convey but you have to remember that many Pinays and other nationalities are living a less fortunate life in Dubai. They live in low class accommodations and have very low paying jobs. Think about them, not just the luxuries that aren’t even yours.

    Empathy is what’s lacking in your otherwise great article. People need to learn more about empathy in this world.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 26, 2014 at 09:08

      Assuming that a person you don’t know who’s got a positive look at life lacks empathy is such an idiotic guess. You read one article that I wrote, one. What made you think that you’d know the whole truth about me from that one post? I feel sorry for you Sam, it’s unfortunate how screwed up your mentality about life is. Thanks for reading the blog and taking the time to comment and for being the living proof how people can be judgmental.
      Hugs and Kisses! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Zain Akram October 26, 2014 at 05:47

    great article.i lived in dubai only in my teens and i can relate in every way!
    i really miss dss and dsf.Especially the global village.

  • Reply Vitalia October 26, 2014 at 04:09

    Hi! What a great article. Dubai has The Outlet Mall which has up to 85 percent discounts on top brands! Dubai became my home for 10 years now and other places aren’t as good for me. Just think how they celebrate Christmas, Easter etc.. All my lical friends always send me cards and gifts for such occasions. I am so blessed that my daughter can be raised in such a great society which accepts everyone!!

  • Reply Abeer October 26, 2014 at 01:46

    I love this city! It is the city of dreams

  • Reply Mc October 25, 2014 at 20:36

    I like ur comment prateek. Well done dude..she just wanted more attention i guess! Dubai is a replica of the world in the dessert trying to attract attention and fake, which is true she shld go back there. Well said..

  • Reply prateek October 25, 2014 at 15:41

    dude, seriously?? I have lived in Dubai for a major part of my life.. May be you haven’t experienced the real US yet. I agree to the cleanliness part but you are comparing a tiny piece of land to the behemoth US. Also you are talking about the cars as if you own them lol…!!!! Everything you have there is a replica of some or other nation or the city. Also you mentioned missing your friends from other nationalities, try and visit Times Square if you can again and then we talk about the nationalities from all over the world. Not to mention grocery being delivered to your place at 2 am, well for us we don’t care about such things because we have 24 hour joints for most of the places.

    You talk about the cleanliness of metro, but let me remind you the NY city subway opened in 1904, well before when there might not even have been the concept of UAE.

    I very much love Dubai and it will always be my first love, but your article does not do justice to way things work here in the US.

    Well lets just say that you wanted visitors on your post and for that you were willing to write anything, right?? Kudos man..!

    Peace out..!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 26, 2014 at 09:14

      Thanks for being the proof that people from anywhere in the world can be rude, not solely those from Dubai.
      Hugs and kisses. :p

  • Reply nylcvch October 25, 2014 at 10:50

    Pinay flying high i love reading your article and gone crazy reading all the comments! Amazingly how people reacts…Anyways I do love Dubai as much as I hate the lingering smell πŸ™‚ that we don’t usually experience back home.

  • Reply Farix October 25, 2014 at 10:32

    This is because Dubai is Muslim country. No slums like in philippine

  • Reply Raj October 25, 2014 at 10:20

    Miss Pinay, without any disrespect to you,you been talking so much about being racially abused, have you seen a store or a restaurant where a Filipino works, see an Indian man walk in and then a white man , you wanna guess who ur kabayans run to?
    introspect within yourself before screaming racism. About Dubai it sure is a great place and we from countries like India , Pakistan Philippines all flock there for a better life, you live in JLT, have you seen the way workers are treated in labour camps? True no one forces you to move to Dubai, but Dubai can never be ur permanent home , its for that very reason Canada and Aus immigration agents are full up in Dubai and you yourself are now in the USA.

  • Reply Yash Kapur October 25, 2014 at 09:52

    Some pretty inaccurate points out there but nevertheless a good read.

  • Reply pearl October 25, 2014 at 09:47

    Love ur article. Bravo.
    I was born and brought up here. It’s jus hard 2 leave this place.
    As u said, have to except the flaws with the beauty and there r certainly less flaws in dubai than other places.
    Glad ur post went viral …
    Look fwd 2 reading more of ur thoughts

  • Reply Rick October 25, 2014 at 06:24

    Maam you talk so much about racist behaviour , however much I agree filpinas are excellent with customer service, let a white man walk in the same time as an Indian or other asians and see who they tend to first

    • Reply Rui May 13, 2018 at 12:20

      I have been in the Philippines a couple of times and will surely return…Filipinos can be very nice handling people, but the customer side professionalism leaves a lot to desire. However, I have to concede that while I have been in much better countries, I also have seen and lived in countries so MUCH worse in that respect.

  • Reply leah October 25, 2014 at 03:07

    Wake up and smell the coffee!!!

    I have lived in this city for almost 20 years. And it has been my HOME. Unlike most people living here, my job gives me the opportunity to travel extensively which I am very grateful. I can split my 30-day holiday into 6 times a year aside from my duty travels. As oppose to once a year for most or once in 2 years for others.

    I get tired hearing people, mostly ‘westerners’ (yes, I am being discriminative here and at the same time forthright) calling this place names like ‘sandpit’, backward, inhumane, etc.

    Let us face it, these are the people who obviously lack the proper judgment and class, frustrated because they cannot admit to themselves that this country provides more for them than their own countries; they are addicted to the laid back lifestyle and they cannot admit it, they are in DENIAL; they have become greedy and wanting more of the privileges that they already have; they cannot go back to their countries and enjoy the same benefits because people from there already know who they ‘REALLY’ are and cannot re-invent themselves like they did here; tax-free environment and so on and so forth…

    I came from a prominent family back in the Philippines and I can choose to live in the Americas, Europe or back in Asia. However I chose to stay here because I am assured of 8 months of glorious sunny weather in a year. The city is a melting pot of more than 150 different cultures which makes it very diverse and cosmopolitan. The endless opportunities both social, humanitarian and economic.

    As you pointed out, there is no perfect world. Whether Dubai, LA, India etc… It is how you make of it. Life is like a mirror, it shows you who you are not what you want to see.

    At the end of the day it always comes down to personal preferences and choices. If you are not happy, L E A V E!!!!

  • Reply Md October 25, 2014 at 02:18

    I was in Dubai for a couple of day just a month ago ( I stooped over going to SA) and I have to say, even though I didn’t get to see more than I would have loved it. I am planning a Trip already for next year. To spend more time and see all the city has to offer. I must say thou, I could not bare the heat. I live in Edmonton,CA, so the heat was unbearable for me, so I guess I have to prepare myself for that when I do go back.

    I thought things were fairly cheap too, but then again I live in one of the not so reasonably cheap cities when in comes in Canada.

  • Reply Paulo October 24, 2014 at 23:15

    You are so right with everything you wrote. Very nice article. I don’t why wherever you go here always haters, it’s beyond me why they don’t just move…

    After 10 years in Dubai I love it more and more and everyday it’s more difficult to find a better place to live.

  • Reply mohammadabuhawash October 24, 2014 at 18:54

    pretty accurate! except- there are tons of discount stores in dubai, they are just more posh than discount stores elsewhere!

  • Reply Billy October 24, 2014 at 18:34

    More and less everything is right on the spot except : Dubai have discount stores and not all expats are in DXB for the money or luxury.

  • Reply dwamae October 24, 2014 at 15:27

    You are so on point, I’m a Kenyan, lived in dubai for 2yrs working in a 5star resort before moving from the oven to freezing Finland. My verdict is simple, Dubai is perfect place for holidays and not long term living, its so unnatural since its a mega city built out on nothing in a desert that after a few years living there it wears you out. In other words you will never feel at home in Dubai. Just visit and get out of there…..

  • Reply grace reatiraza October 24, 2014 at 11:49

    I love dubai so much! My children lives here almost a decade,they want to stay here for the rest of their life. Im a kabayan also.god bless you my dear!

  • Reply Madina October 24, 2014 at 11:09

    Pinay Flying High you are like a broken record lol >if you dont like Dubai why you r living there > Every one has their opinion based on their experience so respect that instead being repetitive in your replies

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 24, 2014 at 11:59

      I know right? I got bored on replying on each comments because it’s the same thing. Thanks for reading the blog and going through ALL of the comments though. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Saks Afridi October 24, 2014 at 09:05

    Wish you’d stop saying cray cray. Delegitimizes your writing. Just sayin’

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 24, 2014 at 09:13

      Wish you’d stop making up words such as “delegitimize”, it ruins in entirety your attempt to sound profound. Just sayin’

    • Reply A October 24, 2014 at 09:31

      Dude’s got owned! :))
      Don’t think this post needs to be legitimized though, not a law school paper.

  • Reply Tejas October 24, 2014 at 06:36

    The only thing I prolly won’t agree with is #32, but damn, else you have everything bang on! Gotta miss Dubai. Lived there 15 years and I call it home, more than I call my motherland home.
    But more than all the material things that you see and experience, the people make the place special. But it doesn’t hurt when you get to chill with these special people at a boutique restaurant that you pull up to in a quarter million dirham car. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Dillas October 24, 2014 at 05:08

    The place is now a total sham full of two faced hypercritical people living well beyond their means. I lived there when it was a real expat experience living along side the locals and embracing their culture not imposing ours as it is now.

  • Reply S October 24, 2014 at 01:44

    I am glad things are working well for you. I just popped in your website by coincidence and i found this article. Good luck for the rest… Cheers

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 24, 2014 at 09:08

      Heeeeyyyy!!! All good here! Hope everything’s well on your side. πŸ™‚

  • Reply J October 23, 2014 at 22:33

    Sadly, I wish that I could say I enjoyed Dubai as much as you obviously did, but I did not. Yes women can wear bikinis on beaches, however more often than you would think, women are approached and treated with disdain by staff as well as locals- Make no mistake, it is a muslim country and as much as it tries to sugar coat itself with tourist propaganda, the area, as well as those within hold medieval misogynistic views. The zero tolerance to Public Displays of Affection has been warped to suit those in command or with the incessant need to “one-up” another. Children have been taken into security offices for hand holding in malls and interrogated thereafter for a very excessive period and, if you really know Dubai, then you can imagine it pretty easily. The stance on homosexuality is illegality.There are active slave operations going on all year round and to refute with “it’s a better opportunity than they would have had” is pure fallacy. They work below the minimum wage, are “homed” in what I can’t even call a home and have their passports taken from their possession (so the canaries can’t fly away). The various charity events that supposedly aid these workers serve little to no actual benefit and more often than not, don’t get past the sponsors. Suicide among the workers is a lot more prevalent than the media would allow the public to know. If these men and women, employed under false pretenses, were given such an amazing deal then they wouldn’t resort to such drastic measures of escape. Quite a fair majority of the workers themselves are islamic and islam rules suicide as a grievous sin, thus furthering the severity of the matter by defying one’s own faith before taking their life. Racism, another tableau to add to Dubai’s repertoire, is not necessarily just everywhere. There is a generally known social hierarchy when it comes to nationality and a multitude of hate crimes that go unrecorded based on discrimination and the protection of those antagonising. Those I know and myself included have had multiple attempts on our lives from those blacked out pajeros and hummers and even under surveillance in the Ibn Battuta Mall carpark. I have been spat on and I have been harassed because I’m european and that’s not to say that other expatriates don’t get it worse, which they certainly do, it’s simply hard to fathom. As someone who moved to Dubai as a child, it was not my decision nor was it my parents as it was the financial necessity at the time. Yes Dubai has attractions but it holds no true intrinsic value. Anyone who can live there and enjoy themselves after witnessing humanity in its dregs, belongs to be there. For the world would have little use of a person lacking in humility and empathy. To those inclined, welcome to the convoluted rabbit hole that is Dubai, look down and you’ll see how far the fall is.

    Jesse, 18

  • Reply aziz October 23, 2014 at 21:08

    I guess we’re used to what we have, nowadays, being an Emirati local I mean. if we had it differently dubai or the uae in general wouldn’t have been noticed by other countries as a “paradise destination”.

    but thank the lord for what you have and what you have accomplished. (to everyone)

    I think that’s about it.

  • Reply Murr Ad October 23, 2014 at 17:09

    great article. Made me to consider job hunting in Dubai )

  • Reply Mc October 23, 2014 at 15:59

    I was in dubai for 12 years im living now in europe and travelled most of the country in the world in comparison dubai is the most and racist country. Locals r only good if u r worthy f ur old no value to them go back to ur country. Dubai is only temporary not a lifetime not a place to settle down and grow old. While u r there enjoy ur luxury life spoil urself anyway u work hard for them. I thought its a place of opportunity for me but im totally wrong there r lots of places in the world better than dubai.

    • Reply Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 19:43

      Sounds like you did not fit in,and maybe the table were turn around…hmmmmmm

      • Reply ame October 26, 2014 at 15:31

        Butthurt much? hahaha

    • Reply aziz October 23, 2014 at 21:10

      bad karma….

  • Reply alinda October 23, 2014 at 15:56

    Wow <3 though you forgot mention about the flawless internet connectivity and wifi thingie. And , no other countries provide a safer atmosphere for women other than dubai .

    • Reply J October 23, 2014 at 20:40

      Please tell me you’re being facetious…

  • Reply Payutenyo D Agimas October 23, 2014 at 15:50

    I would not exchange Dubai for America. Dubai if you compare it to the USA is just one small city akin to Las Vegas. Other than malling, desert safari and a trip to the beach and going to one or two authorized clubs, theres no more to see and do in Dubai

    Its just a desert.. Nothing more nothing less

    The beauty of living in the USA is that everybody can afford what the rich can afford except buying mansions, jets or yatch

    • Reply Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 19:46

      On one is asking you to leave the US as I’m sure you would not fit in.

  • Reply wafaaazmy October 23, 2014 at 13:40

    Unfortunately I didn’t like Dubai that much. Trying to be objective, it is indeed impressive and admirable what the rulers of the whole UAE have done to a mere desert.i couldn’t see it any other better way. and in a tough phase for us the Arabs, UAE is kind of a rescue oasis for lots of us. We are thankful for that fact. Nevertheless and apart from the fact that no place is like home, there is something too artificial, too materialistic about it (and i don’t mean the greenery). When you know a place can never be a home for you, it only means you are here to save money for the time when you go back home. People become more and more conscious about this fact, they turn into the materialistic type. Materialistic in the sense of Material stuff become more important than family and human relationships. There is a discrimination, but hidden one. The minute you arrive here, you know the grade of each nationality. Absurd ofcourse, but i can hardly say it is the fault of the Government as much as of expats themselves. Cleanliness, yes incomparable with any other place. But hardly a reason enough to stay in a place πŸ™‚ Friends are in most cases nice to hang out with and pass time, but never like those you left back home. i mean the Support you will come to need sometimes for free. As for saving money, Guys can anyone truly save in this country? can anyone resist the desire of living the alluring glamour of the city until you find out you are kind of broke? πŸ™‚ P.S. The one advantage of this place that can’t be denied for me, is the diversity and wide exposure to different cultures one has (i believe it must be the 1st or 2nd most diverse place). For this, i am way too grateful. This was a huge experience for me, which needed some effort in the beginning to adapt.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 13:48

      Everything you said is absolutely true and I do agree on it. Dubai is a transitional place, people never live there for good (maybe a few will) which somehow gives that temporary feeling for all of it expats. Enjoy it while it last. I also do understand that some people have turned too materialistic in the city that’s why I have high respect for those who didn’t. :p As for friends, you are once again absolutely correct. You will make a lot of friends in the city but never like the ones that you left back home, I couldn’t agree more. πŸ™‚ Lastly, saving. Hahaha! That’s I think a word which a lot of people in Dubai does not practice including (unfortunately) myself. When I left Dubai, it was one of the things which I wished I had done, saved. Lol.

      I loved how you constructed your comment because that’s exactly how I feel about Dubai. I love the city but of course, I do realize that there is no perfect place to live in and so I acknowledge its flaws as well.

  • Reply amalia October 23, 2014 at 13:38

    I love and agree with your opinion, I feel the same way as you feel. Even now that I’m living in Morocco but i still keep my residence in Dubai so that every 6 months I’d still be able to visit it again. In case one day i get enough of living here, it would easy to go back to dubai, habit of cleanliness and the best service is really what makes me struggle here.

  • Reply Michele October 23, 2014 at 13:36

    You are spot on! And your observations are true regarding South Africa too…..what you find in your country and mine as opposed to Dubai are exactly right! Nicely written!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 13:54

      South Africa!!! It’s in my bucket list and I can’t wait to tick that one off. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brit in Dubai October 23, 2014 at 13:05

    I ,ove the safety, if I go to the toilet and leave my phone on the table, it is still there when I come back

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 13:37

      That’s true. I forgot to lock my apartment once and I didn’t even have the itch to go back to the house to lock it. Lol.

  • Reply Just dropping by October 23, 2014 at 12:16

    I guess my standards were just too high even before I came here so dubai didn’t really increased my standards.. More like it lowered it. I do however agree with the home delivery service!

  • Reply A-ok October 23, 2014 at 12:07

    What is there to be proud of? The tall skyscrapers and ridiculously embellished hotels? This city is no place for people who want to live meaningful lives. I bet only the phony, trying-hard rich appreciate it. You sound like your city honey – begging for attention.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 12:27

      Thanks for giving me the attention. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 19:38

        Throw out the trash with class..Well said

        • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 19:45

          Thank you. Lol. (I got bored on replying to comments but I just had to reply on yours… :p)

          • Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 19:59

            Welcome,PINAY FLYING HIGH..Stop wasting your time with these idiots.They come from a small world with small minds, and what ever you say. They are going to try to dumb you down..Go and live that amazing life you are living..peace and blessing to you

  • Reply Ula October 23, 2014 at 10:04

    I would never guess this post would get so many negative responses. Having read all of them I decided to have a say myself.
    As many before me said it – Dubai is a place you either love or hate. It has its prons and cons. Like any other place in the world. Some things we cannot change because it is not up to us to change them. UAE will never be your home country (or LIKE your home country), you will never stop being an expat here. This is how this place works. Take it or leave it. Dubai welcomes everyone but it also sets clear rules for all of us. It’s a fair deal, no matter where you are from. If you are coming to Dubai, do your research before you decide to settle.

    Before I came I knew I might be discriminated here in some way or another (happened to me back in England as well – Im from Poland originally), there will be no “real” nature, and there will be a cultural shock. I checked weather forecasts, I read about Dubai’s dos and donts. I was even scared at first I would’t be able to kiss my then fiance in a public LIKE NEVER EVER.
    Dubai surprised me in many many many ways. Sometimes I can even give my hubby a quick kiss on the cheek when shopping in the mall and I wont go to prison for that πŸ˜›
    It is sad how unequal people are treated here. But that’s according to European/American standards. You are not home. You are in a Muslim country. Dont expect rules to be the same all over the world – it is not possible. Take it as it is, or leave it.

    Personally, I love/hate Dubai myself πŸ˜› I appreciate opportunities this city gives me. – living here is a real mind opener. But I know I will leave one day, and I am already saving money to do so πŸ˜›

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 10:11

      Well said Ula. I love/hate Dubai too but just like you, I know that I am an expat here and must follow how they run the city. Besides, you will always have something to love and hate about a place you live in. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marina October 23, 2014 at 06:31

    Dubai is a very clean and beautiful and just amazing place, but in each touch u can see that it’s fully artificial, there is nothing real in Dubai. no greens, no water, even the beach is artificial, sometimes I feel the sky is artificial as well as u cannot see even 1 cloud passing by during the day. It’s a good place to leave for money for a sometime, but when u see the real beauty of the nature outside Dubai, u can clearly see the beauty deffirence. I understand and very thankful for the UAE government For whatever they did to Dubai. They really build everything from nothing and its a big job. Dubai is a different type of beauty, which cannot be compared with the beauty of a real forest and animals in it and a fresh air of the real mountains!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:17

      Yep, I do agree with you. Everything is man-made in Dubai which if you’ll think about it, from pure desert to what they have become now – they did a fantastic job. πŸ™‚ Although of course the beauty of real nature is still more beautiful. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jess October 23, 2014 at 03:20

    don’t agree with #28! there r many in Deira & Bur Dubai

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:20

      I should have been more clear on the discount stores, I was referring to the ones that they have here in the US which sells authentic and original brands at 70% off. Dubai Outlet Mall is still too expensive to be a discount store. πŸ™‚

  • Reply C. October 23, 2014 at 02:18

    To continue a bit, I do have a strong social life, with people coming from different backgrounds and cultures, I had my nagging times about Dubai, and I learned to create and build around that. I do not consider,(as many people here say) that there are fake people here. They are what you create. If they are fake, you must be one too. In the end, we are all free to create our surroundings and life, as I said. So many people nag and complain about this city ,and from my own experience most of these people are just too confused to understand their own standards when comes to making their own life. P.s. I didn’t bother reading the other comments and I won’t.This is strictly my own opinion and my experience. I never left any comments for such and other types or articles, I just felt like doing so this time.Good luck to all and learn to embrace what life has to offer you and be more intense in creating from dreams to reality.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:23

      Exactly true! I couldn’t have said better myself. πŸ™‚

  • Reply C. October 23, 2014 at 02:02

    I read many opinions about Dubai since i live here. I’m an european expat living the Dubai dream 13 years now. I think this is one of the best and well put article on Dubai living among all readings over the years. Well said and true! πŸ™‚ As i always say,if life is not for living it the way it should, then why live it? I’m a person that enjoys living on a high standards and truly enjoy life and,Dubai gave me that! There is the option that each human living has here and everywhere :take it or leave it.We make our standards and life as each of us is individual with own way.I visited many places in Earth and still, none convinced me to leave this city. I’m one of those that loves this city..for now πŸ™‚ Good job with this article, I smiled and enjoyed reading it! Good luck with the rest.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:26

      “if life is not for living it the way it should, then why live it?” – that is very spot on! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ali Sleeq October 23, 2014 at 01:20

    You like the phrase “cray cray” a lot don’t you?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:28

      Actually, it’s the first time that I’ve used that colloquial word.

  • Reply Arman October 23, 2014 at 01:13

    Dubai is the only city where getting a driver’s license feels like getting a masters degree!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:30

      Hahahaha. That is very true. I had my master’s and PhD in driving in Dubai (I took the test twice!) Lol.

  • Reply Andi October 23, 2014 at 00:27

    Love this post, very well written! We are planning to move out of Dubai next year and have some doubts how we are going to adjust back to the European life πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:32

      It’ll take some time to adjust but I don’t mean it as a bad thing. Most of the time, you’ll just laugh at yourself at how spoiled you have become in Dubai and you’ll be ashamed to tell anyone about it. Only those who lived in Dubai will understand you. :p

  • Reply Srushti Panda October 22, 2014 at 23:46

    Lived in Dubai for 8 years of my life. Always felt like it wasn’t my end stop, like I needed to move forward. I now reside in Toronto but I miss Dubai like crazy. Starting from the heat to Dubai Mall to GITEX. Hell I even miss the classic Dubai-Sharjah traffic in the mornings. Your reasons have made me realize that maybe one day, I will return to Dubai. Feel like it is home even though you will never be a citizen there.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:34

      You miss the heat? Wow! That’s probably one of the things that I don’t miss about Dubai but then, you’re in Toronto so I do understand you brother. Lol. Stay warm! πŸ™‚

  • Reply aBs October 22, 2014 at 22:03

    These are BANG ON and absolutely hilarious. I miss some things about Dubai…not so much the others. Definitely will be sharing. As for the haters, just take Taylor Swift’s advice (sounds like you are), and shake it off πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re doing well xoxo

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:53

      Shaking it off. :p
      I hope you’re doing well too Abby! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Hej October 22, 2014 at 19:11

    I lived in Dubai for more than 8 years. I’ve seen how it peaked to become one of the best places to live in. I definitely miss having to park and horn for short order of food.The weekly changing of flower blooms in colder months. The most spacious hotel rooms/apartments in the world: Thank you for posting!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 19:29

      Park and horn for short order of food… Lol. That’s classic. Lol.

  • Reply Aly Raza Beig October 22, 2014 at 17:46

    I can so relate with this !!! Very well written – had a great laugh

  • Reply Jello October 22, 2014 at 17:18

    #14 though haha! Even if it’s just a pack of cigarettes or a piece of onion. I love Dubai! :))

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 17:48

      Lol. You’re pushing their boundaries too much but I think at some point, I did that too. Lol.

  • Reply unknown October 22, 2014 at 16:17

    Errrmmm first of all, I don’t know why we are just talking about Dubai…its a city not a country as whole, UAE is a dream come true for so many people…I just think these haters would all wish to get the citizenship and live here forever πŸ™‚ so they can get all the benefits etc hypocrites πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 16:27

      I spoke of Dubai because that’s where I lived for 7 years. I am not in the position to speak about the whole of UAE as I know nothing about the other Emirates. :p

  • Reply nivine October 22, 2014 at 15:54

    Well you ppl if u really c dubai is that bad for u go back to ur country as simple as it is! And regarding the labors their salaries and life here still much much better from their countries . BE THANKFUL and stop talking about a country gave u so much more than u deserve which ur land will not give u half of it πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Andrea October 22, 2014 at 14:48

    Anyway, reading this post made me think back and realize more what Dubai has to offer. And I feel blessed! Thanks for this awesome relatable post. *high-five!

  • Reply Andrea October 22, 2014 at 14:39

    Can’t express how much I relate to this haha! I was born and raised here in Dubai, so basically I’ve been here for 21 years. So honestly I was feeling tired and bored of Dubai because I never really left the country to travel until this year (went to 3 different countries in total)
    I just got back 2 weeks ago from New York. And since coming back, only then did I realize that living and growing up here is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time haha. I feel like I’m spoiled a lot. And when we visited our homecountry a few months ago, sadly it just feels like you’re out of your comfort zone and it doesn’t feel as safe as living in Dubai. There’s not as many crimes going on compared to other countries.. not that much crazy weather (flood, typhoons, earthquake, etc) because the only crazy weather you get here is sandstorm lol! And also, here you can just hold your wallet and phone or wear your jewelry comfortably while you’re out walking (which is a big no no at our homecountry because there’s a lot of snatchers! D:). There’s quite a lot more reasons actually why I just feel safer here. You can take those things to be either good or bad for you. And because I grew up here always feeling safe and secure, I am always at ease and quite dependent haha which is kind of not a good thing especially when you visit different countries haha

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 14:53

      Absolutely true, the things you mentioned can be taken good or bad but it’s really upto you to see the better side of things. πŸ™‚

  • Reply RKD October 22, 2014 at 14:23

    None of the above appreciates what they have thats human nature..i was born and raised in dubai and yes i dont have any rights that locals have but at least this country gave me a piece of mind and security that my country couldnt offer…and speaking of racism i lived in canada travelled to the states , france , italy,uk theyre the most racist ppl ive met especially the americans and the french the dirty looks they give says it all… I dont get why this mario dude is still here why dont u go back to where u came from and lets see wat ur country will offer u . U dont realise that its a privillage u living here and its probably a dream come true to earn that much money u should be kissing the grounds of UAE that gave u this oppurtunity u and other westners that dont appreciate what they have people like you are corrupting dubai …theres no place like home and thats DUBAI

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 14:55

      You sound very angry on your comment but I do understand you. :p The thing is, Dubai is not begging people to live there. It’s either you love it or not, take it as it is or leave it. Easy as that. So I don’t really understand why people whine too much when they do have the option to leave the city they hate so much. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Stefania April 29, 2015 at 14:27

        I think that people who are criticising Dubai, they are doing it not because they are hypocrite, but because they know the two sides of the same coin. The expression “why dont u go back to where u came from” is acceptable at certain extent. I don’t know their personal situation and maybe they have personal or working scenarios that are not that easy to change. Sometimes going back to where they are from is just not a possible option. Nor move to another country or city. Moving around in the world is exciting, but it requires as well a lot of adaptability and knowledge of the local culture and it can be exhausting, both economically and emotionally. If there are business agreements, business partners, life partners and kids involved, moving around is ten times more difficult or impossible. I actually like that there are people that can show me also the bad side of a city or country, so I can have a better understanding of the REAL situation. The fact that they are not doing anything, it is because they can’t. If you are not a local, and I am not talking just about Dubai, you don’t have the right to vote or the moral right to put in discussion another culture, because as you said, you are an expat, therefore always a host. At the end of the day, you can’t change things because you can’t, and if you try, you look ungrateful towards the country that is giving you jobs and opportunities. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have the right to look what it works and what doesn’t and have your own conclusions. Sometimes an outsider look can show you what you can’t see. Peace and love.

  • Reply Js October 22, 2014 at 13:56

    It seemed you adore dubai much and defending them. But do u realized third world country like youres they treated them like slaves low salary compare to americans and europeans high salary and they adore a lot. yeah nice to live in a big beautiful city like dubai but as long as all citizens are equal. Lets face it its true! Not to miss!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 14:06

      In Germany, I was singled out in a train station because of my skin color by a police officer. In France, a waiter didn’t leave my table the whole time I was eating as I think he was afraid that I will not be able to pay for the bill of what I ate. In the US when I went for a shopping spree, I got stared at by people in line behind me maybe because they can’t believe how I am able to pay for all the things in my cart. So yes, racism is everywhere but do I detest them? No, I’ve got better things to do than that. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 20:28

        How funny that some of the comments are about treating people like slaves, when in fact. America was built off the backs of slaves. Starting with the white house, and to this day most whites not have a problem with slavery.HYPOCRITE

        • Reply del June 10, 2015 at 02:54

          Now i agree with that….spoken like a true genius.

      • Reply Sandra October 26, 2014 at 12:42

        Try Northern Europe, like Denmark where I lived before Dubai…. if you are not Scandinavian white (not any shade of white skin) you stand out wherever you go and everyone stares at you like an alien.

        So much for human rights from those who talk about “racism” and “slavery”

        • Reply datgai December 11, 2014 at 12:14

          Staring at someone is equal to treating some people as cattle without any right? Right.
          You’re stared at because you look different. Guess what, that happens in every country. I’m white in the Philippines and get stared at A LOT but I know it’s rarely ever racism.

  • Reply Abe Nash October 22, 2014 at 12:39

    Dubai has ruined many families. I have been here for 19 years and I can tell you that even my kids have lost their identities in this country? Where if you get raised in any other city in the world then you maintain family values and social values and you convey the right messages to your kids

    I have witnessed many broken marriages and families suffer it is a city of fun no more no less. Could you raise a family in any form in Las Vegas? It is the same? While any other city with its culture and social life and people will be a better environment to show what family and social values are.

    FYR in the gulf and more or less in the Arabic world the city of Dubai is known to be the city of intimacy (it has a bad reputation) where the saying goes in a similar fashion to Las Vegas “what happens in Dubai, stays in Dubai”

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 13:05

      You do realize that all the things that you just said reflects back on you right? Right now, I think you’re a messed up person with equally messed up children (with no family and social values) for choosing to live in the city you detest for 19 years. πŸ™‚

      Good riddance!

    • Reply Alex October 22, 2014 at 15:03

      How are you able to sleep at night in the “sin” city Abe Nash?

  • Reply Js October 22, 2014 at 11:30

    Went for a week holiday in dubai honestly i wasnt impressed with the place, no nature, sorrounded with building and fakes ski everything. 3rd world country low class very racist. Quality of service you had in dubai u can get it too in any other countries whats the difference? Not a place to be missed. Better for u to stay where u r now better opportunity..

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 12:10

      Staying for a week does not give you the slightest hint of what it’s like to actually live there. πŸ™‚

  • Reply unknown October 22, 2014 at 10:59

    Wow Mario dude….ur so shallow, u don’t mind working oh sorry “slaving” away in a country u detest for money? that just speaks volumes…if u had some dignity u wouldn’t stay a second longer and leave this sticky desert πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 13:43

      The Dubai haters doesn’t realize that everything they’re saying just reflects back to them. πŸ™‚

  • Reply nivine October 22, 2014 at 10:32

    Cynic simply you are totally right and well said πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cynic October 22, 2014 at 09:48

    Thanks for this post. Honestly I’m so sick and tired of expats that won’t stop complaining about everything they think is wrong with Dubai. If it’s so terrible, go back home and start paying taxes! Stop and appreciate for a minute that you live in a Muslim country and yet can go to a bar and get a drink or wear a bikini at the beach. If you care about a cause or injustice that is being done, stand up and try to do something about it! Go to the labour camps and give them food or clothes or necessities they don’t get otherwise. Donate through the shoe box appeal.

    Every place has its pros and cons. If dubai’s cons bother you so much, do us all a favour, find a place you like better and MOVE!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:58

      Finally! One good comment about Dubai. You are so right on with what you wrote and I just realized now after posting this, a lot of people in Dubai complain and whine too much about the city and yet, they are still there. Some of the comments about Dubai are too nasty that I can’t even approve it. :p

  • Reply Daraste October 22, 2014 at 07:32

    Well of course this is what you see, living in Jumeira Lake Towers (that’s JLT right?). That’s the Dubai of rich westerners. Look up racism in Dubai and you’ll know why.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:12

      I hate to bust your bubble but racism is everywhere. πŸ™‚

      • Reply glenzy December 11, 2014 at 06:20

        True..racist acts are everywhere..

    • Reply Elizabeth December 14, 2014 at 22:30

      What a stupid thing to say. 140 Nationalities lives in Dubai side by side in peace. We all respect each other. My friends are from all nationalities and all religions.

  • Reply Deborah October 22, 2014 at 06:04

    i lived in Dubai for 2 years, and you are absolutel right.. the only thing i DO NOT miss.. are the crazy taxi drivers… aaaah! always fighting with them.. haha!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:14

      I found a solution on that when I was there, threaten to call and report them to RTA. Then they behave. Lol.

  • Reply Expat October 22, 2014 at 05:36

    33. The slaves who built this place and continue to be exploited allow me to continue living the high life in this city-shaped amusement park. My favourite part is being completely ignorant of the fact that these poor labourers are shipped in and out like livestock to serve my sybaritic, self-indulgent hunger for luxury.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:19

      Like any other cities in the world, Dubai has its beauty and ugliness. The post was about the things that I miss about Dubai and although I can definitely see it as well when I lived there, I chose not to focus on the ugly side of Dubai and have my memories be filled only by the things which made me want to live there. I am not being oblivious of the real world around me, I am merely trying to enjoy and love the city which gave me a lot of opportunities which I would never gotten in the Philippines. And as an expat, (and you said it yourself) you too are enjoying a lot of opportunities in the city.

    • Reply Elizabeth December 14, 2014 at 22:38

      All workers in Dubai are here voluntarily. They are free to leave anytime. Even they have a contract, they can still leave.
      But they earn 20 times as much in Dubai as they did in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. And they live better in Dubai than where they came from.
      In Dubai they have roof over their heads, air con, shower and proper bathrooms.
      If their accommodations are dirty then I wonder who made them dirty and I wonder why they don’t clean it up.

      • Reply Naga April 19, 2015 at 10:23

        Elisabeth, you are a classic arrogant expat who have the old colonial attitude which needs to return to present day, as these are not the colonial days but the 21st century!!! Get your facts right. Try living like them 11 people in a room meant for 1 person, who have to share the limited amount of bathrooms that they wait their turn till the wee hours of the morning. Work for a minimum of 12 hours out in the elements and then cook their own meal when they get into the camp. Try living with insufficient drinking water that they are dehydrated. They earn between $200 to $300 per month working 6 days a week minimum of 12 hours per day. Tell me will you work these hours for that minuscule salary? They have expenses in Dubai like we all do paying for their food, call their families and I am sure they would like do something on their 1 day off and send money home to their families. So the “20 times as much” that they earn also goes back mostly to the city that they build. Their passports are taken away immediately by their employers once they arrive in Dubai. Though they have rights as we do in paper we all know that they are at the bottom of the totem pole. They are not able to leave as freely as they are bound by their contract. We are not talking of hired helps for private homes here!

  • Reply Expat October 22, 2014 at 05:19

    Number 33. The slaves who built this city and continue to be exploited, allow us to continue living the high life in this amusement park of a city. We expats have developed special powers that make us able to ignore these poor laborers as they are shipped in and out of the city on old busses. They are truly dedicated when serving our vain needs.

  • Reply Jeff October 22, 2014 at 04:29

    What about……..being asked 10 questions for every one question you ask. “May I have a bottle of water?”
    Reply, “yes sir, still or sparkling?, room temp or cold?, may I open the bottle now?”. Hahahaha.
    And forget about trying to beat them to the punch and giving them the answers to those questions before they ask them. The robots in Dubai are not programmed that way.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:22

      Lol. That is true.

    • Reply Sandra October 26, 2014 at 12:36

      I teach customer service to MBA students in Europe and yes, that’s the way it should be. The fact that the waiters in US/EU ….etc don’t do this it only means that they are either too lazy or too ignorant

  • Reply renxkyoko October 22, 2014 at 03:40

    My neck of the woods is beautiful, especially this autumn. It’s stunning. And I love discount and thrift stores. And there’s no country more diverse than the US. There’s no comparison.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:26

      It is indeed very beautiful right now here in the US. I cannot imagine how dying trees can give so much life to a place.
      I love discount and thrift stores too! I spent half of my savings on Ross I think as soon as I arrived and I don’t even like shopping, now beat that. Lol.
      I will have to disagree with you though of having no country more diverse than the US as I still haven’t met a person from Eritrea in the US. I still think Dubai (or maybe Singapore) holds that title. I think. πŸ™‚

      • Reply renxkyoko October 22, 2014 at 22:07

        As a Pinay to Pinay ( though I;m American ) I do sympathize that you’ve gotten a lot of hate comments. But I have to be honest here, and tell you how they might have misunderstood you, because my own jaw dropped when I read your post. let me give you an example. …. How would not seeing gold plated Lamborghinis on the roads of any country you go to ruin you for life ?I’m understanding that’s the standard you have set on yourself when you compare a country to Dubai. Another example is the backhand compliment when you admit to liking to shop at discount stores here , but In the same breath, you wrote Dubai is too posh for such low class stores. I do hope that a small amount of all that money of Dubai will be given to scientists and doctors who are researching for cure of diseases and not on building luxurious skyscrapers.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 08:48

          The Lamborghini/Porsche thing was not to be taken literally. It was supposed to remind people who lived in Dubai that we are so used to luxury things around us that we have forgotten that this is not the rest of the world live their lives normally. It is to remind us that we are too spoiled in Dubai that we might forget the real things around us. If you lived in Dubai, you’ll understand.

          Also, I never said that the discount stores are low class stores (well at least for my standards), in fact I treat those stores very special as I’ve never seen anything like that before. I really do believe I looked like a mad woman when I first stepped in it.

          Lastly, Dubai has organized and hosted a lot of charity and fundraiser events which even the who’s who of the hollywood and business industry attended so it’s a bit unfair for you to say that the people in Dubai are totally oblivious and doesn’t care of what’s happening outside of their city.

          I’m not sure where this is coming from and why you’re attacking me now but anyway, that’s your opinion and I hope you won’t take everything I write on here literally. I just told one of the readers who’s about to leave Dubai and settle in another country that it’s all good. It may take a bit of adjustment but most of the time, they will just laugh at themselves and realize how spoiled they have become in Dubai and they will be ashamed to say it to anyone because only those who lived in Dubai will understand. This post will also be understood by the people who lived in Dubai for years and as far as I see it, you didn’t. So I can somehow understand why you’re reacting like this now.

          • Michelle Schneider October 28, 2014 at 19:32

            People who did not live in Dubai will never understand what you are talking about. I worked and lived in Dubai for more than a decade. I agree with your story LOL. I posted your link on my FB and tagged to all my friends who lived in Dubai and are now in Miami (1), Canberra (3), Toronto (1), Bangkok (1), Germany (1), BC (2), and Manila (1), we all had a good laugh.
            (Ignore the small minds, if they did not see/experience what we saw/experienced, it is not your fault).

          • Pinay Flying High October 28, 2014 at 19:43

            Thank you Michelle. I actually got bored on replying on all of the hate comments. There’s just too many. :p

        • Reply Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 09:16

          Oh and by the way, the hate comments were not about me nor the things that I wrote. Some people just have a personal vendetta against Dubai which I truly find ironic since they are living there. So yep, it’s not about the things that I wrote. πŸ™‚

          • Janet Holmes October 23, 2014 at 19:31

            Touche, and to add to that. Most of these so call hate comment are base on ignorance cause truth be told. A lot of these people have never left their back yard,but yet they have a lot to say…Smh

    • Reply RedM October 22, 2014 at 18:32

      Sorry to burst your bubble but the US is NOT the most diverse country in the world.

    • Reply Floridateach November 11, 2014 at 16:36

      I would have to say that Dubai is definitely more diverse than the US. It is true that you go to dinner with people from 6 or 7 countries and all can relate easily. I worked with people from about 15 different countries. Pretty amazing.

  • Reply Tanu October 22, 2014 at 02:01

    Yes I agree with you. Don’t know about public toilet, but the mall toilet are very clean . But this is for only Dubai , in Abudhabi , Sharjah mall toilet r not much clean. Staying 5 year in Dubai , now I am living in Singapore , missing Dubai a lot. Because the relax life style , home delivery of food and grocery . This comfort is unparallel. But of course the reckless drivers, and unorganized airport . Singapore is the most busy airport but I never see ppl standing in immigration . I don’t know where the ppl gone after getting off from flight which been landed one after another . When I left Dubai and came Sungapore , I can see the luxurious Dubai in my dream. But slowly I understand the luxury is not for forever . But moreover I must say Dubai is the best and definitely something to be missed .

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:28

      I don’t know anything about Abu Dhabi and Sharjah as I didn’t live there and the post was about Dubai, not about the whole of UAE. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nabila October 22, 2014 at 01:35

    ahh well i totally agree with #13, but i don’t miss anything about Dubai. i didn’t enjoy my stay there unfortunately!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:29

      That is very unfortunate… πŸ™

    • Reply Hazel Knite October 26, 2014 at 10:34

      Where are you living now?

  • Reply mario.demeddici@ gmail. com October 21, 2014 at 22:56

    I wonder what kind of places you Vidited that made you feel like the public toilets are clean in Dubai ?!! and that a place with no nature , no culture and 8 month of the year feels like a sauna is a pleasant place , and where the only values that matters us how much money you make , and where Philippinos , Indians , Pakistani’s and other Asuans are treated as third class citizens , and where you have no constitution that grant you basic human rights , and where you may be born and die and yet gave to go for the visa run every three years !!! I’ m European and I’m an investor and CEO with properties and companies in Dubai and the inly reason I’m there is to make untaxable money and I miss nothing when I’m away except the cheap labor….but is that even an ethical approach ?!! get a life and go to see what the true world is , then you will realize that Dubai after all is nothing but a sticky desert with fake ski scrapers , fake people who want to justify for themselves why they need to cop with all of that just for a tax free job , that is what Dubai is all about , tax free jobs and modern slavery ….

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 09:35

      There is no perfect city in the world and I chose to embrace Dubai as a whole (its beauty and its flaws), the city which gave me a lot of opportunities rather than focusing on what’s ugly about it. Besides, if you hate it so much then why are you still there? Ahh yes! You said it, untaxable money. I bet you don’t get that from the city you came from which let’s face it, you will never get that anywhere else other than the Middle East. Capeesh! πŸ™‚

      • Reply RedM October 22, 2014 at 18:29

        You CAN make non-taxable income in countries outside the Middle East region. Just saying.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High October 22, 2014 at 18:37

          Oh for real? Where? I really am curious to know. Maybe we can consider on settling there. πŸ™‚

          • Carizz Cruzem Imbisan October 23, 2014 at 09:36


          • Pinay Flying High October 23, 2014 at 09:46

            I did a little research, they do have individual taxes in Cambodia. :-/

          • Michelle Schneider October 28, 2014 at 11:38

            Dubai vs Cambodia? Incomparable :-). I lived in Cambodia for 3 years before Dubai though it is true that Cambodia is non-taxable but it is because of their messed up/civil-war-confused/corrupt govt unlike UAE it is in their LAW).

      • Reply Paolo Blanco October 26, 2014 at 18:11

        Dubai is almost perfect,Civilized and Advanced compared to any cities in the world.One thing I am not pleased of is the Hygiene of some nationalities,no need to mention but of course when you’re in a crowded place like the metro or the bus especially when its loaded with a lot of passengers, the smell or body odor of some if not mostly Sucks…hope the government will do something like giving or promoting body deodorants and the like.,I am a Filipino and i love Dubai, and I’m proud that Filipinos smells pretty good and adorable..

        • Reply Saran November 8, 2014 at 00:57

          Is this true if you get raped in dubai, you need 4 muslim male witness to prove it right? and there’s no church, temple or any other religious center other than mosques?

          • withjewelswithin November 8, 2014 at 15:36

            Nope and Nope.
            I’m not sure about the exact law in the first case, but there is actually a temple in the city as well as a couple churches.

          • Rawya A. April 20, 2015 at 15:45

            Hello Saran, Its only true that you need four witnesses to prove adultery or infidelity in Islam and not rape. Rape is handled in a very serious way and the punishment is severe! And you can find enough churched in Dubai and the GCC. I’m only not sure about the KSA.

        • Reply Tajwar February 1, 2015 at 00:38

          thank u luv u…. ur absoloutley rite…

      • Reply Lio November 11, 2014 at 13:47

        Mate , the only countries in the middle east that worth a while are the Gulf countries other than that it is a shit hole, that being said the only city ( yes city and not even a country) that qualifies as close to a developed or livable is Dubai , however it still feels like a 3rd world place under all the sugar coating . you should visit or take a look at the top 25 cities in terms of quality of life (which i bet you have not visited since you think Dubai is the cleanest place based on public washrooms!)….by the way i am a GCC national and dont look at luxury cars twice since i was 10 years old

      • Reply Anonymous March 26, 2015 at 16:48

        U must be an Indian to like it that mush lol…

    • Reply Caitlin March 25, 2015 at 14:28

      You are quite the hypocrite. Don’t stay in in Dubai and don’t read an article a out what someone likes about it so much if you HATE IT. Get a life and reevaluate your own ethics if you employ people there for cheap labor and no taxes (which definitely add to human rights in all countries). No culture??! Look around, you’re in the basin of Mesopotamia. Author– love your viewpoint, that “sauna” is grand.

    • Reply Anonymous May 9, 2015 at 08:06

      lol…. nice one… hard to compare if your “travels ” are limited….

    • Reply Moi July 22, 2018 at 21:43

      Mario, As opposed to Europe where Asians aren’t treated like third class and even fourth class citizens? You can hate Dubai all you want, but i bet it isn’t because of how Asians are treated, but more so because you do not get the white priviledge there u get in Europe, north america, and many other parts of the world.

      PINAY FLYING HIGH thank you for your post. As an African Canadian, I am tired of Canada, the USA, and European countries, and I’m researching other countries to relocate to. I wish to reside in a more diverse place where a majority of the population aren’t entitled, rude, evil-ish, and prevent others from having equal access to jobs and other resources. Thanks a lot for the post, once I complete my post graduate degree in 2019 Dubai will definitely be among my top contenders.

  • Reply Dendi October 21, 2014 at 19:10

    Did you experience the expensive drivers license and the best credit card and loan facility in the world? this is only in Dubai…..

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 19:21

      Oh yes! The driver’s license, who can ever forget that??? Lol. Credit cards and loan facilities, is it really the best or are you being sarcastic? πŸ™‚

      • Reply gabysaurus November 9, 2014 at 12:58


        I live in Dubai, I got my driving license in Dubai, on a manual car with no issue whatsoever. I started 4th of February 2013 and on 4th of March 2013 I had my driving license ready on the spot without any delays. After another month I had a brand new car with a monthly bank installment for 4 years and I must say that the rate is 10 percent of my salary not maybe 50 as it would be in my country.

        • Reply Pinay Flying High November 9, 2014 at 13:10

          Lucky you. I had to go through the whole process of driving lessons as my license is not honored in Dubai. I think they only honor those of European countries and US too. Most of us who had to go through the lessons will normally take it for about 4 months (took me 6) depending on your personal schedule. I took the driving exam and failed the first time. Lol. And because of that, I needed to take additional 10 classes. Bummer! Gladly, I passed it the second time around. Yay! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mark October 21, 2014 at 16:19

    You forgot the terrible drivers, the smog, the crazy rent prices, the dreadful radio stations, the 24 hour push to convince the world that Dubai is a great place to invest in property when it has already collapsed once, the unfinished buildings that need pulling down, the 3 hour wait at the airport for customs clearance and the lack of culture…..

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 16:33

      Hi Mark,

      The drivers, yes! They drive horrible but after experiencing driving in the US, I realized that Dubai is not alone in that. LA people drive just as nuts. Lol.

      I don’t listen to the radio so I don’t have any opinion on that. I know, I think I’m a cavewoman.

      You’ve got to face it though, Dubai is much more advanced with a lot of other places in the world when it comes to economy.

      Unfinished buildings, yes! There are a lot of those. Waste of space, right?

      I’ve never had to wait for 3 hours to clear customs but then again – I don’t go there with a lot of luggage to clear anyway. πŸ™‚

      I believe culture is there if you will closely.

      Lastly, I think Dubai like the rest of the world, does have its beauty and charm as much as the bad things about it. There is no perfect place to live in. πŸ™‚

    • Reply nerveclinic October 25, 2014 at 08:40

      I’ve lived here 8 years. I’ve never waited more the one hour and often much less. I have read stories about huge delays for foreigners coming through customs in certain USA cities though.

    • Reply gabysaurus November 9, 2014 at 12:50

      Hi Mark.

      Have you experienced the traffic in India? Or in the european small, two-ways, one-way streets?

      Have you compared the salaries that you receive in other countries proportional to the rent prices? And the price for all the other items? And can you afford the indulgence of a massage/outing everyday/fancy restaurant as easy as you do in Dubai?

      If you call it smog in Dubai how do you call it in China or London?

      Unfinished buildings always get finished in Dubai. Give it some time. I don’t believe is the only city in the world. Some eastern-european countries have unfinished/abandoned buildings for more than 50 years (I know, I am eastern-european).

      And I don’t know why you were waiting for 3 hours, never hears of that, but just in case it did happen think only that the Dubai airport is the 4th biggest airport in the world.

      As for the lack of culture, some nationalities still think that Europe is a country.

      Let’s just sit on that a little bit..

      • Reply Tajwar February 1, 2015 at 00:34

        well said… love u

    • Reply Mila May 4, 2015 at 21:07

      That’s very true! Is not that clean anymore ether !

  • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 08:34

    OH yeah I forgot about that, but I was referring to the discount stores like the ones in the US which sells authentic and original brands at 70% off. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Kana November 1, 2014 at 06:17

      There is outlet mall with those kind of discounts. Most brands there are suuuper expensive though.

  • Reply nathaniel October 21, 2014 at 08:06

    Dubai does have discount stores, northside Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama, all the best finds are there

  • Reply Shraddha October 21, 2014 at 07:43

    You covered every aspect of Dubai! Needless to say when you go anywhere in the world you miss Dubai for is cleanliness & beauty … this city never cease to amaze you πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 08:06

      That is very true. Some of the things which aren’t normal for the rest of the world are too normal for Dubai. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Carla October 21, 2014 at 07:05

    You seem homesick! We miss you here Dubai is calling you

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 07:43

      Thank you Carla, will definitely stopover Dubai on my way to Doha. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Meg October 21, 2014 at 01:59

    I Was so thankful for the ease of processing, well, almost anything in the US, compared to the run-around required to get anything done in Dubai or Qatar.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 07:47

      Oh yes meg! That is very true, I got married in the US and was very impressed on how they processed things in a matter of 5 minutes. I’ll add that one up on the list. Thank you.

  • Reply almaas17 October 20, 2014 at 23:43

    I really miss there since Ive come to India to continue my further education and I honestly just miss the warmth of Dubai
    VERY WELL written!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 21, 2014 at 08:08

      Thank you Almaas and hoping you won’t be too homesick of Dubai wherever you are now. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Jean-Pierre Fourie November 11, 2014 at 15:58

        Hehe you everywhere! Miss jetsetter! πŸ˜›

      • Reply Jean-Pierre Fourie November 11, 2014 at 15:59

        Oh snap, I just saw this is your website lol! AWESOME haha

        • Reply Pinay Flying High November 11, 2014 at 17:49

          Well well well Mr. Jean Pierre, glad you found your way here. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Johnny April 12, 2015 at 12:50

        no wonder Filipinos are the bottom of the barrel.Scum bags and whores despised everywhere going by the above its evidently clear that a dog cant do anything but wag its tail anywhere it goes that what your people are no matter how much they get kicked in the face!

        • Reply RoRo April 12, 2015 at 15:06

          Why are you so mad bro ?

          • Johnny May 19, 2015 at 12:59

            Im not just telling it like it is but every cultures got good and bad so ill be a little discrete from here

        • Reply Anonymous April 12, 2015 at 15:21

          I’d rather be a dog than a douchebag like you. Must be miserable to be one bro.

          • Johnny May 19, 2015 at 12:52

            No miserable is folks like you who cant wise up to the truth fast enuf and spend the rest of your life sulking and wish they were never born-me I’ve got a smile 24/7 one thing you cant see anybody come close to and FYI I got a number on everything and get it right every time therefore the conclusion drawn BUT they’re good and bad people in every race its not in me to condemn them all but I’d rather live with my head up high like Argent said in 1972……….

        • Reply Anonymous April 16, 2015 at 10:58

          afraid of showing your face bro?

        • Reply Naesha April 19, 2015 at 20:40

          Well, I am Arab and I hate everything about the Gulf. After a while, the glitter is not real. The attitudes from people are fake and I don’t know why you think they are friendly. Mess up just once and the friendliness will soon go away. Have fun there. I prefer America where I can be myself. Dubai=Paki-Lanka

          • Anonymous April 21, 2015 at 15:50

            Hey just because you had a few friendship problems you’re now hating on the entire Gulf? Im sorry if this will offend you but that is really immature and judgemental of you! I’m from Dubai and I love my city and i appreciate it so of course I’ll feel bad if someone says such a thing. It seems to me as if you dont mess up just once but your whole life is a mess!

        • Reply Straykitten April 2, 2017 at 13:16

          Racist idiot.

    • Reply HARRI May 29, 2015 at 07:49

      Your comparision is excellent,i lived in dubai from 1976 to 2014 and rtd from department of civil aviation,
      I do not thlnk i can give such camparision statement about Dubai against other country.

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