After 13 years in my fabled land of Arabia I have tremendous respect for what Dubai has accomplished. Although, not always easy, I’m greatful for having lived in Dubai during her growing pains. We witnessed history in the making as my fabled land of Arabia blossomed from a mere city to a metropolis in just over a decade – and she’s still growing. Of course there has been, and still are, some hitches and glitches, but we have to look at the big picture and the phenomenal achievement Dubai has accomplished during this brief moment in time.
Dubai is a versitile blend of cultures, awe inspiering architectural designs, amazing beaches and beautiful desert landscape – and a cornucopia of activities, shopping, restaurants, hotels and spas – an exciting mecca for tourists and residents alike.
You lured me in and captured my heart. You challanged me many times by handing me my shares of ups and downs, but a big part of my heart will always belong to you and your people, my fabled land of Arabia. ~ Randi
Of course there is a flip side to living in the hustle and bustle of a big city – and Dubai is no exception with its congested roads, parking issues, crowded malls, never ending construction and pollution.
I found that living in Dubai became a lot easier when looking at life with a good sense of humor. Dubai is a melting pot with people from all corners of the world – and different walks of life. Naturally there are cultural differences and language misunderstandings – both frustrating and amusing at times.
My relationship with Dubai was at times that of a “love-hate” relationship that goes back to our early days and the first house we rented. Most houses in Dubai look great from afar, but when you get up close and personal – not so much! My frustration was not only the constant flow of maintenance guys in the house, but the way the builder advertised the property, “We don’t sell houses – we sell a 5-star lifestyle.” Not much of a 5-star lifestyle when all you do is cater for maintenance guys going through your home days on end.
I have no intention to write about films, but I would like to mention “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” It’s such a feelgood film and a MUST see! In the film there is a reference to an Indian saying that I would sometimes chant to ease the stress when things got a bit out of hand in Dubai.
It will be all right in the end. If it's not all right - it's not yet the end. ~ Unknown