Thursday List: Things I Never Thought I’d Say Before I Moved Here

1. It’s 95F. Do you think it’s warm enough to go to the beach?

2. I am freezing, if I knew it was going to be 55 degrees outside, I would have brought my jacket along.

3. Yes. (To a person asking if they can take your baby to the back room of the office to show to their colleagues.)

4. I’ve been to 3 malls today.

5. Let’s go to the park tonight. I miss grass.

6. What time are we meeting your students at the mall?

7. We have not been to Dubai in, like, two weeks!

And the worst one:

8. I miss Walmart and Target.

Frequently Asked Questions

This post has been coming for quite awhile.  I am certain it’s the first one out of several.  Some of these are, eh…, surprising.  Some are legitimate.

1. So where is it you are going?

The United Arab Emirates, also known as the UAE. Capital: Abu Dhabi.  Population: 5,314,317. Official language: Arabic.  Religion: Islam.

2. Saudi Arabia??? (bulging eyes optional)

No.  Even though both countries have the word “arab” in their names, they are not the same. The UAE and Saudi Arabia do share a border and a religion, but are quite different in many ways.

3. Where is it?

In the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Ever heard of Dubai? That’s the largest city in the country.

4. Isn’t it dangerous?

No more than the United States, provided you are not an idiot or don’t act like one.  In fact, most of the US-turned-UAE teachers we talked to said they have not felt as safe in the States as they do in the Emirates.

5. Will you (Jenia) have to wear a whatever it is called that their women have to wear?  You know, being covered head to toe?

Let’s start with the terminology.

Abaya:

No, I don’t have to wear any of these things.  However, I will certainly invest into a couple of abayas.  Expat women rave about them.

6. Will you have Internet access/phone/electricity?

    What do you think?