There are many good things about this country.
Safety - I feel safe here. Nobody is going to mug me, hit me, sexually harass me (I know there are some cases of theft, assault and rape etc, but they are much lower than in the uk)
The weather- it's raining here today, but lots of sunshine definitely makes you feel more upbeat
The cost of living - food and eating out are much cheaper than the uk. If you buy all your favourite brands from back home, then they will cost more, stands to reason. But if you buy locally sourced products then it's much cheaper, and there are some fantastic Arabic, Indian and Lebanese cafes where you can eat authentic food for next to nothing.
The desert - we have turned into desert driving addicts. Relatively cheap car, petrol costs next to nothing. Even if we had a desert in Scotland we wouldn't be able to afford to get there by car!
The mix of people you meet - it's easy to meet lots of people either through work or social events. I have found that in Al Ain, people certainly make the effort to be friendly and we have a wider social circle from home. Our friends are from the UAE, the Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, France, Australia, NZ, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, Canada, South Africa, Japan, England, Wales and of course Scotland!
I agree with the earlier poster, pay all your bills, follow the rules/laws, get a job with a reasonable salary and housing allowance and you will have a great time.