why you (perhaps) shouldn’t teach in Dubai.

why you (perhaps) shouldn’t teach in Dubai.

November 27, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


If you’re thinking of moving to Dubai to work, to live then think again this is my personal experience of living in Dubai and before I go ahead and tell you about my personal experience of working here let me just say this is my personal experience i’m not going to go into details about my job my work place, who I work for etc. etc. cause that would be pointless and you’re not interested anyway but what I will share with you, is my own personal experience of living here and working here just in the early days of arriving Now firstly, a bit about my story I have lived in Kuwait most of you know that already I’ve lived in Jordan, i’ve visited various parts of the Middle East I’ve also visited Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi Bahrain, i’ve visited a few countries in the Middles East… Morocco and I feel like I should have a fairly good understanding of the way things are done here and I know the culture is different now i’m not saying you shouldn’t move to Dubai and live i’m not saying that, i’m saying before you come here do some research and know what’s expected know what’s going to be expected of you and know what to expect Now the main reasons why you should not move to Dubai, okay it’s very… very frustrating and i’m recording this video today partly just because I need to I feel the need to share it with you with anyone who is thinking of moving here to live Now, where I’m from, i’m used to being told something and then i’m used to that being followed through and that actually happening now, if you’ve ever lived in the Middle East you’ll understand that… things aren’t quite like that okay, now before everyone complains and writes nasty things in the comments and… ‘oh we’re not like that blah blah blah… don’t talk bad about us’ and everything like that it’s… i’m not saying it’s a good or a bad thing it’s just the culture here is very laid back, it’s very relaxed okay, if somebody says something to you ‘you will be doing this job in this place’ that might change i wouldn’t say it probably will, but it could do and there’d be very little that you could or would say about it they might say you’ll get paid next week and then you won’t they might say then you”ll get paid again next week, and then you won’t the attitude can be very good or very poor of people you deal with now… i’m a pretty positive guy, I don’t mind uncertainty and I kind of embrace the uncertainty of things and that’s part of the excitement when moving somewhere new moving to a new country, a new location, a new job but if you’re someone who likes to know what to expect and what’s going to happen and when then living in Dubai probably isn’t for you probably, again this is very general, i’m not going to go into specific details about the jobs some will be totally, you know, kind of rigid and structured and they’ll give you exactly what they say and that’s great but, if you’re someone who likes to know exactly what’s going to happen when and when you’ll get this and what you’ll be doing and who you’ll be doing it with and… all these kinds of things then just think very carefully before you actually submit that application or accept that job here Now, i’ve talked a lot about the negatives of Dubai and I think it’s only fair you know, it’s… 2017/2018 and this is just my personal experience of the country I think it’s only fair that you have some idea of what to expect before you make that big decision to come and live somewhere new Good things about Dubai okay, of course it’s not bad, it’s not all bad majority of the population living in the UAE are immigrants like me expats, immigrants, you can argue about that in the comments as well an immigrant is someone who moves permanently to start a new life and settle, maybe with thier family as well an expat is just somebody who goes there temporarily to work and then probably goes back to their home country again so that’s me, that’s most people here so… there are lots of good positive things about living here of course, otherwise… I don’t know, 8/10 million people wouldn’t have come to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah all those other places to live the support is generally good the money’s good at the moment it’s still just about tax free it’s a nice place to live, it’s comfortable they have good services, they look after you the transport’s good there are plenty of taxis, i’s very easy to get around there’re loads of shops, you’re never too far from somewhere where you can go and buy things this is in… i’m talking about Dubai mostly here it is, overall… it’s a good place to work and… all these negatives which I mentioned previously in my opninion are outweighed by the positives sure they are, otherwise i’d be on a flight somewhere else right now but just be aware things might not turn out exactly as you expected when you make that trip that’s all i’m saying Okay, I hope you… I hope I haven’t offended anyone or upset anyone or upset any countries like I did with my Kuwait video a couple of years ago when I… share this with you and I’d just like to reiterate these are just my experiences, just my thoughts, my feelings… right now and it’s all true… you really will experience varying levels of support, of help from your… the people you work with the only way to really know if you’ll like it here in Dubai is to come here, visit it, and see it for yourself if you don’t like heat, if you’re from Norway or Scandinavia or Missouri or Wisconsin or Canada or the North Pole or the South Pole let’s not forget the South Pole, where the penguins apparently live you might struggle with the heat i’ve adapted pretty quickly, i’ve been here a few weeks and already, anything below about 35°C starts to feel a little bit cold and that’s actually serious i get a bit chilly if the temperature drops but you adapt very quickly if you hate the heat and you know you hate the heat and you sweat a lot maybe you’ll struggle okay, i’m going to leave it there normally I make Arabic lessons on Youtube, you can watch Arabic lessons here and you can watch some other videos I made here you can subscribe there, but for now enjoy your evening, your morning, your day whatever you’re doing i’m Arabic Mike see you next time, thank you