Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wed...

More running around getting things in order...Everyone in States always asks about Dubai as it does have the most publicity. But I like Abu Dhabi better of the two.

Less traffic, easier to get around and after awhile you know everyone. In a way it's a pain because you cannot run out to the store looking like a total mess.

It's interesting on the UAE blog how a lot of people write about expats not fitting in to the country and just staying with expats from their own country. I have a few Nationals who are friends (guys and girls) and cannot imagine why one would be in a foreign country and not want to have friends who are from that country.

Maybe because LA is a melting place of different cultures as well, you just have friends who are from all different walks of life. My Arabic is not so great, but I am learning...I was NEVER good with languages.

Shameless plug...both Etihad and Emirates Palace Hotel (EPH) have been AMAZING with their support. If you have not seen the EPH, it looks like something from a movie...and check out the Manzil Center for Challenged Individuals. It's a worth while charity and Sandi Saksena (who also hs an investment advice radio show as well as a bit in the paper) who works with fund raising and Ayesha Saeed Husaini, who is Dubai's first licensed educational psychologist are both passionate about Manzil.

1 comment:

returnjourney said...

"It's interesting on the UAE blog how a lot of people write about expats not fitting in to the country and just staying with expats from their own country."

I think this happens alot over here, too. Think about places like Little Armenia, Koreatown, most people feel comfortable with what they already know. This isn't to say that it's ok to be xenophobic, it's just that people get hung up on the little things like language and skin color.

We have been living in Fl for the last year and it has been a culture shock, even though I grew up here. One of the things I love about Ca is all the different cultures. Here, people are very intolerant of anyone different. There is a decent sized Haitian population here and some of them have very limited english. While I was working at a restaurant, some of the Haitian bussers were speaking in Kreyul and another server said to me "There they go, talking in their gobbly-gook language". I was disgusted by this person. It says volumes about this area of the country.