10 things I've learned since arriving in Dubai:
𝟭. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆.
Friday's are their quietest day of the week in terms of traffic.
𝟮. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰.
It is a free for all on the roads. I wouldn't want to be a pedestrian in this city, you are yielding to the cars, not the other way around. Many of their traffic lights can have you sitting up to a solid 10 minutes at a red. If you don't like traffic this is not the place for you.
𝟯. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻.
It's so large and it gets incredibly hot and from what I've been told unbearably hot to walk anywhere in the summer months, thankfully there is AC everywhere you go.
𝟰. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲.
From what I've seen and have been told just about anywhere in the city. Parking meters, parking patrols, you rarely see them. Calgary could take a big hint here. It's not always about the money.
𝟱. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲.
I'd imagine the very strict gun laws here play a big part. Very rarely do you see people litter or garbage disposed of in public places.
𝟲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆.
In this city of 5 million, people are just so nice and polite. Everyone has a story to tell. The level of service here is something I haven't seen in awhile.
𝟳. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱.
Just so good and very diverse. I've tried other ethnic foods that are better here than in their home country.
𝟴. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱.
It has shades of technology that you would see in Japan.
𝟵. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲.
From what I've seen thus far, the people are happy. I do believe that the citizens here live life with low stress levels.
𝟭𝟬. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.
I am still trying to get into the some of the high skyscrapers but so far no luck without a big fee being charged for pictures. Oh well, no biggie to me, I am not a landscape photographer.
On a side note, I've had a few people try to convince me to move here permanently. Is this somewhere I would live permanently? Time will tell.