Category Archive: Dubai

Driving in Dubai Vs the Rest of the World

How they give directions Drive straight for a kilometre and turn left on Derry Road How we give directions It’s on the kaccha road opposite Pizza Hut Why they use their car horns… Continue reading

The Myth of the Compact Cell Phone

Over the years, most forms of technology seem to have gotten smaller. But for some reason cell phone manufacturers have decided to be rebels, releasing larger phones year after year. I’m sure there’s… Continue reading

The Real UAE Driving License Test

The process for getting a driving license in the UAE has changed a lot in the last few years. One of the more recent changes is a theory component that tackles road safety.… Continue reading

Airport Taxis: The Most Taxing Aspect of Travel

One of the nice things about Dubai Airport is that both terminal 1 and 3 are accessible via metro. One of the not nice things is that I somehow always end up returning… Continue reading

You Know You Live in Dubai When…

You associate Friday brunch with drunken British expats rather than eggs and toast The cost of petrol is less than the cost of using the metro You see more cranes than trees You… Continue reading

Common Job Interview Questions in Dubai

Dubai, home to many nationalities, is also home to companies with equally diverse management styles. Some are undoubtedly more professional than others. Here are a few common interview questions you can expect from organisations… Continue reading

Umbrellas are Raining on my Commute

The one thing I like less than rain is umbrellas. And yes, I see the irony. Before I moved to sunny Dubai I usually relied on hooded sweatshirts and newspapers to avoid the rain.… Continue reading

Dubai’s Unofficial Driving Rules

It’s been a while since I got my driver’s license. Evidently the official driving rules I was taught no longer seem to matter. Based on months of observation here are the unofficial driving rules of… Continue reading

The Indian Airport Chronicles – Jaipur Edition

Scene: Terminal 2 – Dubai Airport Some people might wonder why this terminal is so far away from terminal 1 and 3. They may also wonder why this is the only terminal without a… Continue reading

You Know it is Ramadan in Dubai When…

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, results in devout followers not consuming food or water from sunrise to sunset. In most countries people who are not Muslim are rarely aware when it’s Ramadan until… Continue reading

Conversations with Customer Service

Anyone who lives in the UAE can attest to the fact that customer service is usually far from exemplary. While I suspect customer service is a problem in many countries, conversations with customer… Continue reading

How to Survive a Marriage Proposal

For most people, the day someone proposes to them is arguably the happiest day of their life. However, if you are like me, you’ve been asked this question so many times (primarily by… Continue reading