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Dubai, UAE.

My life in United Arab Emirates.

I think most amazing years of my life were those 3 years which I lived in Dubai. I remember how I arrived first time at Sharjah Airport (small airport in emirate (city) which is 15 miles away from Dubai). Everything seemed weird to me, because I wasn’t used to see guys wearing “white dresses” and women covering themselves from head to toes in black clothing. At the meantime I was very excited because I had to start studying at new university, so my dad, who saw me being very curious about school, asked me if I want to go and see my campus right from the airport. On what I replied “Yes,  of course!” That’s how it started. I was brought to Preston University in Ajman. It wasn’t easy for me to study there, because of language barrier I had then. My English wasn’t fluent. It took me over a semester to start being “A” student, but I did it and was very proud of myself. After one month of living in UAE I started to look for a job, because I wanted to be independent. My first job was as an agent in a Travel Agency called Al-Wasl. It was interesting but not what I wanted, so while working there I kept on looking for another job. In 3 months I found the company who was looking for an office assistant in Logistic Company. I applied; went to interview and got hired. I started as an archive clerk, but was so curious about accounting that I couldn’t resist asking our accountant to teach me everything he does. He wasn’t sure in the beginning, but when he saw how responsible I was with given tasks he started teaching me. That’s when I decided on my major! Accounting, definitely Accounting!:) I worked in that company till the day I left that country. I have a lot of things to share about  Dubai, but I think 1 or 2 days won’t be enough for that.

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About Dubai.

Check out this video – Dance Attack in Dubai International Airport terminal 1

Dubai is a city-state in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The emirate of Dubai is located southeast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

Dubai has been in the limelight and world media time and again for its record-breaking achievements and landmarks or events. From the ‘world’s biggest, to world’s highest, and world’s first and so on. Most of these recognized by the Guinness Book of records. Here are some of them:

  • Burj Al Arab: The world’s first 7-star hotel
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  • Burj Khalifa: Formerly known as Burj Dubai – the worlds tallest tower
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  • Dubai Mall: The world’s biggest shopping mall
  • Dubai Metro: The longest driverless network
  • Ski Dubai: The first INDOOR ski resort in the Middle East
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  • Deira Gold Souq: The largest gold bazaar in the world
  • Wild Wadi: Has the highest and fastest water slide outside of North America
  • Atlantis, the Palm: One of the largest open air marine habitats in the world
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  • Dubai World Cup: The world’s richest horse race
  • Free Zones: The first free zones in the world for IT, Outsourcing, Media, Biotechnology among others
  • Sheikh Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali: Will be the world’s largest cargo and passenger hub with an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tons and a passenger capacity of 120-150 million passengers per year.
  • Floating Bridge: The longest floating bridge in the world
  • Largest Flag: One of the world’s largest flag at Union house
 

7 responses to “Dubai, UAE.

  1. maragazar

    April 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I want to start by saying; I think it is inspirational that you learned English as fast as you did just so you can pursue your education. In addition, you are one of the very few people I know that actually knew what they wanted to become before going to college. I have changed my major many times, I just cannot figure out what I enjoy doing.
    You are so lucky for living in Dubai for three years. It is definitely on my “Bucket List” to vacation there. It looks like one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit. They have the most unique building designs. The indoor Ski resort, it doesn’t get more awesome than that! It’s a little winter wonderland in paradise. Impatiently waiting until I get to have my vacation there!

     
  2. nnuno001

    May 12, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I was not sure if I wanted to comment on this page of Germany. I have always wanted to visit Germany because of this history. I have always an interest to visit Auschwitz after I read the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel. When I saw this page I felt as if I was on the trip with you. I have never thought about visiting UAE. The culture just seems so completely different that I don’t think I would fit in or adjust.
    Seeing all the pictures and tallest buildings it just made me want to explore regardless of the cultural differences. Its great that you were able to see how accountants worked and you knew that’s what you wanted to do. Not many people shadow someone and realize that is what they are meant to do.

     
  3. paulemm

    May 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Dubai is definitely on my list of places to visit. My mother would always go to dubai for business. She would buy lots of women’s apparel and sell them back in my country. Unfortunately, I never got to go to Dubai with her.
    It is amazing how they rapidly grew their economy through tourism. All those pictures of places you posted are beautiful; I didn’t even know that indoor skiing existed. My economics professor told us that Dubai’s oil reserve is so huge that people over there don’t need to pay taxes.

     
  4. mailtoandrey

    May 16, 2013 at 2:15 am

    My friend has returned from a trip to Dubai almost half a year ago, and I still listen to his exciting stories about his journey. Definitely, he loved Dubai, and that made want to visit UAE. My friend study architecture and he was amazed by city landscapes, he even used one of the Dubai’s skyscrapers for his final research paper.

    It is mind-blowing oasis in the desert. Indoor ski resort! Give me a break!)) I would love to hit a slope there!

     
  5. jonvarkony

    May 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Dubai is definitely an amazing city that I would like to visit one day. I think it is amazing how all that can be found in the middle of the desert, and to think not 30 years ago there was nothing there is incredible. The growth they’ve had is phenomenal, I bet you must have seen a huge expansion in buildings in the time you were there alone. I can’t believe there is no taxes either. I guess all that oil money really can pay for everything.

    I have always wanted to go there because of all the architectural wonders there. I’ve also heard it is one of the most tolerant middle eastern cities. I have been to Israel and that was amazing, but it is also quite modern, although not as grand as that city of Dubai. I’m curious though, did you see any discrimination for dressing in western clothing as a woman or are they totally tolerant there?

     
    • Rano Mukhamedova

      May 20, 2013 at 2:41 am

      They are tolerant, though I wouldn’t want to wear too open clothes b/c I’d notice so many men’s eyes on me. The last year when I was there, they made a dressing restrictions for both: men and women in shopping malls. “No shorts, no sleeveless shirts”

       

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