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Dubai Expat Interviews – Rodney Keith

Today’s Into-yous features Indian expat Rodney Keith.

Tell us a little about yourself
I love life, travel, food and people. An entrepreneur that works in the creative field – my talents extend from photography to graphic design. Being a bit of a perfectionist with a passion to achieve results – most of the projects I take on have to be a challenge. Riot Photobooks has been one such venture evolving from the simple concept of creating photobooks for my clients. Finding this service lacking in quality and being overpriced in the local market, I ventured into creating the product. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to share and cherish memories – making it affordable was the biggest challenge that my team helped me achieved. I am constantly trying to make things better, that is something I encourage all around me to do. I enjoy good company, cherish friendship and love straight forward people.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
Moved to Dubai in 1993 – I was looking for adventure and the need for something different. Dubai was the closest from home that I could afford. The adventure tuned out to be fun and I choose to settle here.

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

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai.
It is very hot – keep hydrated. Don’t go spending all your money on shopping.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
When I arrived in Dubai it had a good mixture of modern and old. Both had to be experienced to live here – that was different and was pleasantly surprising.

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
In Jumeirah in a private villa with a garden, I have been to few homes that were as green, private and tranquil – it felt like a holiday within the city.

Your favorite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far.
Salam Malik Kum.

Your least favorite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai.
Inshala – used when you know it is not going to happen.

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
I have had many from desert trips, to days with friends – it’s difficult to pick any one in particular.

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Somewhere extremely green – probably Sri Lanka or Thailand.

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
Missed my mom – but she is no longer.

What is your favorite restaurant in Dubai?
This changes every few months. Teppanyaki House in the Ramada is still one of my old favorites.

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
Sweet Lemon Pickle.

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Dubai Creek.

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



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