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Dubai Expat Interview – Anu Bhatnagar

This week’s Into-yous features Indian expat Anu Bhatnagar.

Tell us a little about yourself
A single professional, I work in public relations and communication sector for last 4 plus years. Am also a life coach and looking forward to more coaching, more travel and more experiences in life.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
2003. My desire to explore new opportunities brought me here. A childhood friend was here and that was a bonus.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
No.

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai
I came with nothing. But i want to give this one – give yourself 6 months, and then decide long term. And do not come loaded with with too many ‘my friend told me’ ideas.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
The Emirati women, their ambitions, dreams and the work they put in their career and life.

What area do you live in?
Bur Dubai

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
on Jumairah beach road, next to open beach

Your favorite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far
Masha’Allah

Your least favorite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai
nothing i can think of

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
The people….all the different Nationalities and getting to know some incredible people here.Walking around in Bastakiya and taking an abra ride on creek – on sunset. It makes me absolutely happy always!

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Canada

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
My nephews

What is your favorite restaurant in Dubai?
Bayt al Wakeel, a beautiful place lodged on creek, near the textile souq

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
Nothing much

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Traditional Abra ride during sunset

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The team at Expat Echo Dubai would like to feature you in our Into-yous section

Please complete our 5 minute interview and submit your answers along with a profile picture (in JPEG format).

I moved to Dubai in July 1998 when my husband got a job out here.



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