Since thirteen years in Dubai

Saturday marked thirteen years in Dubai. Who’d’ve thought it?

No plans to go home or elsewhere – is there anywhere else that offers what Dubai did in the late 1990s/early 2000s? That would be the benchmark. We are settled, largely immune from rent and house price fluctuations and Zara will go to a school that inspectors said should be compared not to the best in the UK but to the best in the world. Dubai is going to get more and more expensive over the coming years, but that is somewhat offset by the fact that quality of life is still high and with the increased cost comes a more modern city. Modern in a positive way.

Of course, it all depends on the job market. I need to stay on top of things, especially now that Middle Eastern roles are more and more carried out by people from the region. This means any job I have will remain international and encompass Africa and possibly Turkey, which means continuing to travel. I don’t mind that – I enjoy the variety and as long as I’m the one managing when I am travelling family life fits around it well.

Here’s to the next thirteen.


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