This is how your first six months in Dubai will look like
Relocating to a new city or even country for work will always be a strange experience. excitement, and fear, an intricate blend of feelings, this is what you will most likely experience. At least, in your first weeks. After this interval passes, you will most likely accommodate fairly easily and well with your new lifestyle, colleagues, job description and subordination relationships at the workplace. Most likely, you will have plenty of time to explore the new city and enjoy most of the delights offered by the new location. Dubai is certainly one of those business poles in today’s business environment, and if you were lucky enough to be relocated here for business purposes, you have to know that the opportunities open by this mesmerizing, completely artificially-built destination are numerous, exciting and more than anything, entertaining. Below is a small guide that will help you accommodate faster and easier to your new lifestyle and temporary home.
Things to know when you first arrive
The cultural shock is real, people, and you should do some research before leaving your current home. Dubai is an exquisite and charming location, but you should know that there are some things that people here are doing differently than in most of the western countries. While the economic and social advancements are undeniable, you have to know that there are some cultural gaps. Most certainly you will feel a completely new person when you land on UAE soil. After all, there’s plenty of sun that will most certainly boost your mood and make you feel quite optimistic about the road ahead of you. If you land here for business purposes, sent by your employer, you already have a place to stay which was established before, and a new office from where to do your new duties. So, this isn’t a concern in your case.
Get used to the culture before anything else
While you may do some research before your departure in terms of the culture in the UAE, the multicultural character of this city will amaze you. If you think that London and the UK as a whole is a multicultural country, wait until you land in Dubai. This will offer you the opportunity to learn new things about different cultural backgrounds, customs and traditions, as you will most likely end up interacting with a variety of people, from completely different backgrounds. This is not surprising at all, as Dubai has become in the past years a continuously growing economic and technological center, and more and more corporations choose to move their headquarters here. The diversity that many find here is one of the main reasons for which the locals seem to be so easy going, relaxed and eager to experience something new with every day that passes.
What to expect in the new workplace
An emerging market and an ever-growing economy, Dubai is the perfect environment for startup and enterprises to grow and develop. But, as you may already realize, these companies put a great accent on ethics and a job well-done. So, before starting your job per se, expect to be sent to a series of training programs that will help you adapt easier and better to your new working conditions, company culture and workflow processes. In all cases, these training programs are outsourced to specialized enterprises that will allow you to perform an excellent work at your new job and will allow you to accommodate better to your job description. Being aware that you are an important employee in your company will make your job easier. Not many are the enterprises that hire more than one expert for similar positions. You may be the only one in your new workplace with a certain skillset. A thing that you will have to adapt to is the longer working hours that are practiced by all enterprises in Dubai. Also, being called at any hour for work-related issues is another common practice you will have to embrace. On the brighter side, your commute hours will drop dramatically, as you can reach all hot business spots in no time. This is another cultural variable that is fundamentally different than in other states: both employers and employees appreciate hard work.
Entertainment in Dubai
Dubai is a fairly animated city, and while the people here appreciate work, they surely appreciate fun and entertainment just as much. You will find plenty events that you can attend if you surf those dedicated directories targeted at Dubai. From sports events, to exhibitions and concerts, there is something for everybody’s cup of tea. From jazzy vibes that send chills down your spine, to hard rock music concerts and popular Arabic music, you will certainly enjoy these all. If you are a foodie, you have to know that all the Arabic cuisine is simply astounding. Hummus, tabbouleh, pitas, extraordinary lamb meatballs, you will find these all at some of the numerous fine dining restaurants here. And since the city is multicultural at its core, you will be able to enjoy some of the finest delicacies of the international cuisine as well. This is a city that will surely offer you an extraordinary and fine culinary experience. If the European in you misses the courses prepared on that side of the world, visit PIERCHIC. This restaurant will certainly leave you impressed with Dubai’s finest and best prepared seafood, but also with the romantic setup and décor. AL HADHEERAH is that typical Arabic restaurant that will introduce you best to the veritable Arabic courses and flavors. The spices, the colors and the mystical setup make out of this restaurant the most preferred one in Dubai.
This is your short guide to the UAE and Dubai, as you are expected to relocate here in no time. Make sure to do your homework and research the culture and society here. Your transition will be much easier if you manage this.
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