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I've been offered a job in Dubai that works out about 65k GBP in total.
I'm divorced but eventually would want a girl friend/new wife/family and know I can not cohabit.
What are the top 10 good things and top 10 bad things about moving and living in Dubai?
 

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1 bad thing. The sprayers they have in the toilet, well these idiots dont know how to use them without spraying the entire freakin stall so the next person that goes in there has to go in with rubber boots and naked so your clothes dont get all wet.. lulz I get wierd looks everytime I have to do this...
 

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I am not going to give you a top & bottom 10 (!!) but

Good things include: sunshine 350 days a year, beaches, mix of cultures, fantastic restaurants & hotels, great social life if you want it, close to many other countries, tax-free income (for most nationalities or at least tax breaks)

Bad things: driving, red tape, frustrations in getting many things done, alcohol is pricey, driving again, VERY hot in the middle of summer

And that's for starters. This is great place to be if you like the sun, have a good income, lots of patience and a good sense of humour (you'll need it).

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1 bad thing. The sprayers they have in the toilet, well these idiots dont know how to use them without spraying the entire freakin stall so the next person that goes in there has to go in with rubber boots and naked so your clothes dont get all wet.. lulz I get wierd looks everytime I have to do this...
That'll be the shataf, which I understand means snake. :)

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well the snake users annoy me lol.


The good
cheap labor ie. maids/nanny
cultural exp
kids schooling
kids exp with diffrent cultures
visiting destinations that are close to uae
beaches
nice weather
ability to save a lot of money
there are tons more
 

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I have been here 3 weeks and have quite a few bad things about Dubai already.

Oh, and chances of finding a girlfriend/wife here are slim to none. Most women here (western, that is) come as a couple/marriage. I have had to find out the hard way, in fact I know of a girl I see everyday that likes me (and I like her too) but she came here with her boyfriend of years, so you figure out the situation.
 

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I have been here 3 weeks and have quite a few bad things about Dubai already.

Oh, and chances of finding a girlfriend/wife here are slim to none. Most women here (western, that is) come as a couple/marriage. I have had to find out the hard way, in fact I know of a girl I see everyday that likes me (and I like her too) but she came here with her boyfriend of years, so you figure out the situation.
Nonsense. I know loads of single women.

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Nonsense. I know loads of single women.

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Well, I must be hanging at the wrong places then. I have gone out 3 weekends already and all I meet are girls that are taken. I made friends with a guy that has been here 5 years (whom is also engaged) and he told me the same. Of course, I am talking about the ones with brain that are also good looking. I have lived in Madrid and London amongst other european cities and the amount of good looking single ladies is simply incredible.

The amount of single ladies coming to Dubai/UAE compared to, say, the UK is minute. And what's loads of single women to you? I can also say I have met "loads" of women in 3 weeks, for I have met quite a few. I certainly believe Dubai is not the place to go looking to meet that special lady, not at all, and that is what the original posters intends.

I am not trying to paint a bad picture but those are facts, at least for me. I am here to meet new people (both male and female) but if I were to try and get a girlfriend or find my future wife, Dubai would not be the place at all.
 

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Maybe they tell you they are taken to make you go away?
You didnt ask "how much" did you ? lol
 

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I found my fiancée here in town... So did a lot of my friends (girlfriends, wifes, etc ;-) ). Try some of the clubs frequented by female staff from a large local airline... lots of single women there... :)

Good luck!
 

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Maybe they tell you they are taken to make you go away?
You didnt ask "how much" did you ? lol

Well maybe you are talking from experience?

I am not going to boast about my experiences, not my style, but I know the ones I asked were taken because their boyfriends were there.

I assume you are joking with the "how much". Sadly the internet is a difficult place to transmit irony but I will tell you to watch what you say to me buddy ;)
 

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I found my fiancée here in town... So did a lot of my friends (girlfriends, wifes, etc ;-) ). Try some of the clubs frequented by female staff from a large local airline... lots of single women there... :)

Good luck!

Actually, I made friends with a guy that works for Emirates. We clicked nicely and he has told me he'll be inviting me to the parties they organise, and as you said, he told me the place is full of air hostesses.

Regardless, I am not here to pick girls, I mainly am concerned with meeting people but seeing that the subject has cropped up, it seems as though these sort of parties is where you can meet single people of the opposite sex.
 

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Well, I must be hanging at the wrong places then. I have gone out 3 weekends already and all I meet are girls that are taken. I made friends with a guy that has been here 5 years (whom is also engaged) and he told me the same. Of course, I am talking about the ones with brain that are also good looking. I have lived in Madrid and London amongst other european cities and the amount of good looking single ladies is simply incredible.

The amount of single ladies coming to Dubai/UAE compared to, say, the UK is minute. And what's loads of single women to you? I can also say I have met "loads" of women in 3 weeks, for I have met quite a few. I certainly believe Dubai is not the place to go looking to meet that special lady, not at all, and that is what the original posters intends.

I am not trying to paint a bad picture but those are facts, at least for me. I am here to meet new people (both male and female) but if I were to try and get a girlfriend or find my future wife, Dubai would not be the place at all.
:cheer2: ... sounds like you have this place well sussed out already .. well done !
I have known quite a few ... lets say 'decent single guys here' that have said exactly the same as you

Hey you want to try being a single female here .. 1 thing i wont miss is ....
How much for u ?? or are u free ?? { degenerates } if they had a brain they would be DANGEROUS :boxing:
 

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Well maybe you are talking from experience?

I am not going to boast about my experiences, not my style, but I know the ones I asked were taken because their boyfriends were there.

I assume you are joking with the "how much". Sadly the internet is a difficult place to transmit irony but I will tell you to watch what you say to me buddy ;)
:rolleyes:
You won't last long here. lol
 

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wouldnt it be great to be able to create a list on here that everyone could add likes/dislikes to... maybe google wave or docs or something like that. Sure would be an interesting exercise.
 

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1 bad thing. The sprayers they have in the toilet, well these idiots dont know how to use them without spraying the entire freakin stall so the next person that goes in there has to go in with rubber boots and naked so your clothes dont get all wet.. lulz I get wierd looks everytime I have to do this...
I am a huge advocate of the hose or bidet for cleaning oneself. I cannot fathom the idea of wiping instead of washing (barring an emergency situation without access to water).

I also shared a similar viewpoint, as to how people seemingly cannot use the hose properly, until I realised the reason. People simply use the hose to 'wash' the toilet seat for hygiene reasons. Makes sense tbh, but obviously irritating when stepping into a puddle.
 

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I have been here 3 weeks and have quite a few bad things about Dubai already.

Oh, and chances of finding a girlfriend/wife here are slim to none. Most women here (western, that is) come as a couple/marriage. I have had to find out the hard way, in fact I know of a girl I see everyday that likes me (and I like her too) but she came here with her boyfriend of years, so you figure out the situation.
A Spanish dude going to a Muslim country with a minority European expat population is not exactly going to find it fantastically easy to get a wife/gf.

I don't really think it's a fair criticism of dubai.
 

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Well, I must be hanging at the wrong places then. I have gone out 3 weekends already and all I meet are girls that are taken. I made friends with a guy that has been here 5 years (whom is also engaged) and he told me the same. Of course, I am talking about the ones with brain that are also good looking. I have lived in Madrid and London amongst other european cities and the amount of good looking single ladies is simply incredible.

The amount of single ladies coming to Dubai/UAE compared to, say, the UK is minute. And what's loads of single women to you? I can also say I have met "loads" of women in 3 weeks, for I have met quite a few. I certainly believe Dubai is not the place to go looking to meet that special lady, not at all, and that is what the original posters intends.

I am not trying to paint a bad picture but those are facts, at least for me. I am here to meet new people (both male and female) but if I were to try and get a girlfriend or find my future wife, Dubai would not be the place at all.

Might I suggest that having lived here for four years I might have a rather better idea of people here than someone who has been in Dubai three weeks? :rolleyes: ;) Perhaps you are going to the wrong places? Whilst the overall population is skewed in favour of men, that is not the case with the 'middle class' expats with whom you would socialise. There really are lots of single women here.

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Everyone I meet seems to echo the same thing, that there are not alot of female western single expats here. Its a reoccurring theme I keep hearing.

Are there no dating websites here? Just for reference for those that are looking to date. I am not looking. Please dont pm me! :)
 

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Everyone I meet seems to echo the same thing, that there are not alot of female western single expats here. Its a reoccurring theme I keep hearing.

Are there no dating websites here? Just for reference for those that are looking to date. I am not looking. Please dont pm me! :)
There are slightly less than there are men, but there are still loads. I'd suggest that the guys hang around bars, but the women don't so much. If the blokes go to one of the ladies nights (usually Tuesdays - see time Out), they should be pleasantly surprised.

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