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Dubai Expat Interview – Rhys Carter

img_0416 copyThis week’s Into-yous features British expat Rhys Carter

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a physiotherapist, specialising in lower back and neck pain; as well as sports injuries. I am outgoing and enjoy socialising and meeting new people – of which there is ample opportunity in Dubai! I am a sport nut – watching or playing anything with a ball!

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I moved to Dubai just over a week ago – I’m very new! I moved here for work opportunities, and to join my partner who has been here for 2 years.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
I have been an expat twice before – I was born in Australia and moved to the UK; and I have also had a short stint as an expat in Singapore.

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai:
To throw yourself in and say Yes to as many things as possible, even if you feel uncomfortable to begin with!

What surprised you most about Dubai?
With such a large expat community, many people have been new here before as well. I have found people to be friendly and approachable.

What area do you live in?
Dubai Marina

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
The Golden Mile on the Palm Jumeriah

Your favourite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far:
Shwey Schwey – useful for taxi drivers!

Your least favourite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai:
Where is that near to? – I seem to say that a lot!

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
An early morning round of golf at Meydan

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Id like to travel locally – Im planning on spending a few days in Oman soon.

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
Both my parents – although it hasn’t been too long yet!

What is your favourite restaurant in Dubai?
So far, between Amal (Burj Khalifa) and Ossiano (Atlantis)

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
REAL Cadburys chocolate – it tastes different here!

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Friends – to Barasti, Family – The Walk at JBR.

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