Nearly 1,000 business school graduates from 35 countries have voted Dubai as the best place in the world to live and work. And, really, I can’t argue with them: the emirate is dynamic, it’s politically stable, it’s warm and sunny, salaries are generally higher than they’d be back home, there’s no income tax and it has lovely beaches – for a business graduate with good job prospects, what’s not to love?
Dubai has all the “excitement of an emerging market and all the perks of an international city” Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC group, told Gulf News. Add to that fantastic job opportunities with top multinationals and a high quality of life, and it sounds like the ideal country in which to kick-start your career. Read more
Have you been to a party on Christmas eve, come home with a head dancing with Champagne and then had to stay up to do last-minute wrapping while everyone else is asleep? I broke my own rules last year and found myself wrapping stocking presents after I’d vowed to never be in that position again. Get organised and you can trip off to all the parties in December without a care in the world. Plus you’ll feel assured that friends and family near and far have all felt just a little bit special.
1. Christmas cards
I love receiving post from friends and family abroad. The best way to receive is to give and my Christmas card list has a core of friends I’d like to keep in touch with. The round Robin letter is abhorred by some but I rather like reading them – unless of the ‘thinly veiled boast ‘our children are so high achieving’ type. There are online options if you want to save a few trees. Get round the expensive postage by picking up a large amount of stamp books next time you are home. The ones in the UK say ‘1st class’ or ‘2nd class’ so leftovers will last indefinitely. Get your cards written early (I’m doing mine this weekend) and have them ready addressed and stamped then look out for friends traveling home. A quick call out on Facebook works wonders. If they have a stamp on them most people don’t mind shoving them in a letterbox at the airport. Read more
I am a 16 year old boy currently living in Dubai. I attend K-12 International Academy as this is the most convenient school for me due to my lack of Arabic skills and late enrollment into this school year. The only problem is that K-12 International Academy operates from home. How would I go about making friends around my area (JBR) or elsewhere that are in the same age spectrum as me. Read more
Even though Christmas shopping in Dubai can be a much more pleasant experience than pounding the cold, damp and crowded streets of our home countries, on-line shopping is increasingly for a lot of people be a much, much better experience. Not only is it hassle free but on many website there are many bargains to be had or some-times there could be that quaint specialty store in your home country that your would like to buy gifts from. Unfortunately many of these on-line companies will not deliver overseas or their shipping costs are outrageous. Read more