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Dubai Expat Interview – Ghazala Khalil

This week’s Into-yous features Pakistani expat Ghazala Khalil.

Tell us a little about yourself
Hi, I am a housewife. I don’t have children yet! I have an MBA in Finance and Banking. I own a home based clothing business, Gala’s Needlecraft, which keeps me busy. Other than that, I love to hang out with friends and my husband. We never miss a good Indian movie.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
I moved to Dubai in August, 2011 so its been almost nine months. I moved here after my marriage because my husband has a job here.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
Being expat in Dubai is my first experience and its been a wonderful one so far.

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai
Dubai is a land of opportunities. People come and go here. Life is giving me this chance to explore the world via Dubai.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
The strict law and order surprised me but in a positive way. It contributes a huge amount to Dubai’s success and development. Secondly, Dubai is always looking ahead where infrastructure is concerned. It is way ahead of the curve.

What area do you live in?
I live in Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali and I love the place. The playgrounds and parks give residents a chance to interact with each other.

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
I would love to buy a villa in Jumeirah.

Your favourite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far
Ehlan wa Sehlan Marhaba.

Your least favourite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai
Nothing, so far, springs to mind.

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
I always appreciate the natural beauty of Dubai. I have been intrigued by the beach scene, desert dunes and Arabic culture. I’ve also been impressed with the architectural work in Dubai.

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?

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

What is your favourite restaurant in Dubai?
I like Baithal Ravi Restaurant in Bur Dubai. I also like McDonald’s!

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
I have found everything here I need so far.

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
On a desert safari, to the beach, famous restaurants and malls.
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