14 Reasons Why You Should NOT Move To Dubai

Every now and then, I get a comment on my blog that goes like this (and this is a real example!):

“Everything is soo fake there makes me cringe how the whole city is set in a dessert”

Did you see what they did there with the spelling of desert?

Anyway, moving on … I’m well aware there are people who think Dubai is a concrete jungle with no soul, no culture. And apart from the general barrenness and lack of greenery, don’t you have to wear a veil, cover up on the beach and abstain from alcohol? Most of these people haven’t even visited.

Here are 14 more reasons to NOT even consider moving here:

1. There are no gardens or flowers – it’s a desert, all sand and concrete.

It takes some watering, but this is our garden.

It takes some watering, but this is our garden.

2. Apart from the Burj Khalifa, there are no other buildings worth seeing.

Dubai Marina

3. And lying on the beach is so boring!

Beach

4. Surely no wildlife other than camels could live in temperatures that reach 47 degrees?

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5. The locals are really unfriendly – don’t expect to ever talk to any.

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6. Only men are allowed to drive.

(Everyone can drive. Just kidding! But in case you’re wondering, yes – women are allowed.)

(Anyone can drive. Just kidding! But in case you’re wondering, yes – women are allowed.)

7. The view from the Burj is … meh! Nothing you haven’t seen before.

View from top of Burj

8. You spend your whole time indoors, in the air-conditioning.

playing golf in Dubai
9. It’s a very intolerant place. If you’re not Muslim, you’re not welcome.

Christmas tree

10. Get ready to don your burka at all times while in Dubai – and prepare to not let alcohol touch your lips. There’s nothing to celebrate!

My bestie and I!

My bestie and I!

11. After a few days, there’s absolutely nothing to do. Yawn.

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12. Everything’s new – there’s no history!

Dubai Creek: The city’s centuries-old trading traditions

Dubai Creek: The city’s centuries-old trading traditions

13. That food! You wouldn’t want to put any of it in your mouth.

Stop drooling over the chocolate fountain!

Stop drooling over the chocolate fountain!

14. Who would want to live in the desert anyway?

Bab al Shams

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About Circles in the Sand

Sun worshiper, journalist, mother, pilot's wife and distracted housewife living in the land of glitz and sand
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8 Responses to 14 Reasons Why You Should NOT Move To Dubai

  1. Great post, enjoyed it…..cheered me up no end on my first days back…..oh wait I live in Doha not Dubai…..

  2. iotamanhattan says:

    Great post. Good for you!

  3. Oh dear – sounds like a dreadful place to live! 😉

  4. Dasha says:

    Ha ha 🙂 Good one! You know how is it: you can always(!) see something beautiful in each thing, but just if you want so. Unfortunately, there are some people who rather criticize than say something beautiful. Don’t worry about them and have a nice day 😉 Dasha

  5. Great post M. No need to worry about commenters who can’t spell desert!

  6. Sara says:

    Haha I loved this post! spot on.. I am a big fan of Dubai and visit often..(Dubai break coming up in about 30days :-)) and I do hear a lot of people say why I like it..
    This post was spot on..lol

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