Being a new expat in the stunning city of Dubai is something to get excited about!
But, after living here for a while, you begin to face things that just wouldn't happen anywhere else in the world.
Here are 13 fun and innocent #DubaiProblems you will definitely face when living here.
1. You have to work on Sundays
The best part is that you've already endured the first day while your friends back home are probably still complaining about Monday.
2. It’s hot outside but freezing inside
Once you get acclimated to the temperature outside, you step inside the office and it's freezing! AC wars are a given when you live in the UAE.
3. You need a friend, but your friend lives in Sharjah
If you're new to the UAE, meeting people is a lot of fun, however sometimes you click with someone and realize "omg they live in Sharjah or Ajman". Good luck getting them to be on time for anything with the traffic that they have to go through.
4. Ladies, your make up and the summer heat do not mix well
You will become a pro at make up by the end of your time in the UAE. You would have figured out what melts off and which eyeliner will give you panda eyes. As soon as you find what works, you will be their biggest brand ambassador.
5. "Huge" buildings back home are, in comparison, so small when you live here
Dubai in particular, is the home of superlatives with the world’s tallest tower, tallest hotel, largest sweet shop, longest gold chain, longest driverless metro network, and many more Guinness World Records to mention.
6. Trying to sleep with construction noise
Change is inevitable here in Dubai. You arrive in the city and see an empty lot, then suddenly, one day a building pops up. The construction site and the noise is everything in between.
7. Each famous mall is designed like a maze
Even after three years of living in the UAE, you will still depend on Mall Store Locators to look for the shop you need. Whether you're in Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah. Good luck!
8. Finding your car at the Global Village parking lot
You have been warned. We urge you to remember, to write or take a picture of your parking spot, lest you want to suffer for hours.
9. When you forget your Nol Card
Okay, it happens, you forgot your metro card. Just buy a day pass to get to work and back home for the day! But don't say we didn't warn you about having to stand in a long queue. You will be late to work.
10. The gasoline assistants
If you ask anyone born or bred in the UAE to pump gas into their car, you may be waiting for a very long time. I'm sorry but we don't know how to do that, and after you've lived here, you won't know how to do it either.
11. Fitting all of the Burj Khalifa into your picture
You will have to bend, lie on your chest with elbow support, legs flat on the floor, balance your phone or DSLR, and do all sorts of floor positions in all ways possible just to get the right angle and make the tallest tower in the world fit in your frame.
12. The water from the tap is always hot
Turn on the hot faucet and you’ll get steamy water running from the tap. Turn on the cold faucet and you’ll still get hot water. Sigh.
13. Barrage of massage cards
Park your car for a few minutes and you’ll get a crazy amount of business card-sized adverts from massage parlours or ‘health spas’ slipped into your car window or placed under your car door. Read about the news article here.