1) A daytrip to Dubai is just a part of the routine.
2) So is a trip to Abu Dhabi.
3) You no longer notice that everyone around you is wearing kandoras or abayas.
4) You shorten your sentences and speak each word very distinctly so that the non-native English speaker you’re communicating with will (maybe) understand you. Optionally, you leave out linking verbs and articles.
5) You say “petrol” instead of “gasoline”, “mark” instead of “grade” and tell people your flat is on the ground floor. Oh, and “inshallah” becomes a household word.
6) Somebody else pumps your gas, er, petrol, and you think that’s normal.
7) You haven’t washed your car in six months because you can get someone else to do it for five bucks.
8) You stop noticing that there’s no sales tax.
9) When the temperature drops below 70 you think it’s really cold out.
10) Every time you go outside you meet somebody who’s neither American nor Emirati, and you’re not the least surprised.
11) You’re no longer terrified by the crazy drivers or the confusing roundabouts.
12) You see so many Porsches and fancy Mercedes that you don’t even notice them any more.
13) However, when you see a girl in shorts/skirt/dress that do not cover her knees or in a sleeveless top, you wonder what in the world she is thinking.
14) You no longer try to snap a photo of every camel truck passing by.
15) When you hear the word “date,” you think of a fruit, not an event. You even have a favorite kind of date.
16) Truly clear, blue skies are exciting.
17) Seeing a dog is equally exciting.
18) You remember to not take or give anything with your left hand.
19) Last time you had so many friends living in the same town as you, you were in high school.
20) You are ready to pay $10 for a box of White Cheddar Cheez-Its.