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Old Jun 28th 2014, 6:20 pm
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Hi,
Looking for the family either to move to Adeliade, Australia or to Dubai, UAE. We have job offers in both places, with comfortable salaries. The job is as a Consultant Surgeon at a goverment and private in both locations. I have done research into both locations and know about social freedoms, rights, lifestyles and laws ect. I'm only 13, and would love to move somewhere where I can meet new friends ect. One advantage of Dubai is that I and my parents would both meet fellow expat friends, looking to explore other parts of the world and at the end of the day, have fun! People say the luxurious expat lifestyle is one to love with huge lifestyle and financial advantages. I would love to grow up in another country with fellow expat children!
But on the other hand Australia and it's fantastic lifestyle calls! Adeliade is know as the nicest city to live in, as it has easy living and it's only 20 mins to CBD, hills and sea. Do you think growing up in Austrlaia would be better than Dubai? I am currently stuck in this mindset of choosing either Dubai or Australia. Someone please just say what you think!
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Old Jun 28th 2014, 6:27 pm
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In my opinion, as a mother, Australia would be 100% better for you. I have a 16 year old son who grew up as an expat kid in the middle East. Not something he found easy.
I truly think your all round experience in Australia would be a happier and healthier one.
But then again, different strokes for different folks.
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Originally Posted by chalkerwalker1 View Post
Hi,
Looking for the family either to move to Adeliade, Australia or to Dubai, UAE. We have job offers in both places, with comfortable salaries. The job is as a Consultant Surgeon at a goverment and private in both locations. I have done research into both locations and know about social freedoms, rights, lifestyles and laws ect. I'm only 13, and would love to move somewhere where I can meet new friends ect. One advantage of Dubai is that I and my parents would both meet fellow expat friends, looking to explore other parts of the world and at the end of the day, have fun! People say the luxurious expat lifestyle is one to love with huge lifestyle and financial advantages. I would love to grow up in another country with fellow expat children!
But on the other hand Australia and it's fantastic lifestyle calls! Adeliade is know as the nicest city to live in, as it has easy living and it's only 20 mins to CBD, hills and sea. Do you think growing up in Austrlaia would be better than Dubai? I am currently stuck in this mindset of choosing either Dubai or Australia. Someone please just say what you think!
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People generally come to the ME for the money. Much of the praise bandied about for places like Dubai is with the knowledge that it wouldn't be possible to have a similar lifestyle in more liberal environments, no matter how much we might prefer them. So places like Dubai look and sound good when your other options are parts of Africa, Saudi or other even less desirable places. If the lifestyle is likely similar Australia would be a no brainer IMO. Not to mention that I'd think schooling options might be a lot better in Australia.
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Downsides to Australia.
Incredibly expensive,particularly housing and eating out, half a day from anywhere, killer time differences, visitors will need to take weeks off work, stupid internal travel times.
Upsides are largely sport and climate related,better wine.But it's no surprise that there are so many Aussie visa overstayers in the UK, hour from Paris, two hours from Berlin and Barcelona etc.

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A small run in with the law over some weed/girls/cars/alcohol/petty vandalism in Dubai is a big problem. In Oz, it is nothing.

I know where I would like to do my experimental years.
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Am I reading that right? The 13 year old child gets to make the decision?
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Am I reading that right? The 13 year old child gets to make the decision?
On second thoughts, this sounds like a child ready for Dubai.

Now where is Ade Margie, I need my oranges squeezed.
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Downsides to Australia.
Incredibly expensive,particularly housing and eating out, half a day from anywhere, killer time differences, visitors will need to take weeks off work, stupid internal travel times.
Upsides are largely sport and climate related,better wine.But it's no surprise that there are so many Aussie visa overstayers in the UK, hour from Paris, two hours from Berlin and Barcelona etc.
This is why my teenager hates it and is leaving as soon as she is done with school.
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This is why my teenager hates it and is leaving as soon as she is done with school.
And once they're out its unlikely they'll go back much.
It's ironic really as plenty of people take their kids to Australia thinking they'll love it and as soon as they're 18 they bail out and it's so far from anywhere the ties from are difficult to maintain
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I think Australia would be better for you kid... You will be more likely to stay out of jail...
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I cannot believe a teenager would seriously ask such a question. Adelaide wins hands down. Dubai has nothing to offer a teenager.
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