Abu Dhabi is an amazing place. Judging by the number of construction projects, it has managed to avoid the recession which still plagues the US. Here are some observations from my first week here.
1. You’re as likely to run into someone who speaks Tagalog or some Hindi dialect as you are someone who speaks Arabic. Perhaps more.
2. It’s easy to get around. Most everyone speaks English to some degree.
3. Meeting people is easy.
4. Most people are friendly.
5. Emiratis don’t have what some of us might call “real jobs;” laborers are largely from India; clerks and staff are commonly from the Philippines; those from the USA and Europe seem to represent the middle class. Emiratis typically hold down the white-collar jobs and are the ones driving the Ferraris and Porsches.
6. There are too many Porsches and BMWs. They lose their elegance when you see one on every street corner. As a result, I have determined not to buy one.