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Old May 31st 2007, 12:39 am
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Anyone who has lived in Dubai long enough can relate to this..





You don't look twice when a $250,000 car drives by.

You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

Every fast food chain delivers until 4 in the morning.

You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street.

You run into someone you know at every airport.

Your wardrobe only has two seasons: hot and warm.

You remember when the first McDonalds had its grand opening... in Al Ghurair center circa 1995

You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you'd get more days off school.

You are used to giving directions using landmarks; street names confuse the hell out of you.

It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

Police drove on the shoulder of the road and cut people off.

There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither do the police.

The movie "Back to the Future" was banned by the government. So was Pokemon.

You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!” when you were in a Rashidiyya Mosque during Ramadaan. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in the cinemas.

You currently own a cellphone that will be sold as the "latest technology" in the USA... in a year.

You or your friends went to the e-traffic-ticket booths just to check on how much license plate numbers one-to-fifteen owed just for fun.

You found out that license plate #1 (Sheikh Mohammed!) never has an outstanding balance, but #14 usually owes around 70,000 Dh!

You know that 'sand-skimming' involves rope, a biryani plate, a 4x4, gloves and sunglasses. At 70kph.


You know for a fact that the guys from the Dubai Mens College can drive a Nissan Patrol 28 times around a roundabout on two wheels. And they learned how to do it on the bicycle cars in Safa Park.

You've seen a sword dance. At a wedding.

You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

You know that monsters do exist. They are called camel spiders.

You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

You know that prostitutes hang out at Wild Wadi.

You know that just because guys are holding hands doesn't mean they're gay. Unless they're on the Russian Beach at night.

Security guards let you do whatever you want if you shouted at them in Arabic and told them you knew some Police brigadier's cousin.

Traffic accidents were the country's strongest tourist attraction and only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records

Your friend can get into the Burj Al Arab for free just because he has a low number on his license plate.

'Wasta' is the only solution for every problem.

You fell asleep in traffic for about 10 minutes and still didn't move

People refer to your nationality when they call you out.
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Old May 31st 2007, 12:41 am
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Default Re: You know you have been here a long time when....

Originally Posted by Jammy_Dodgers
Anyone who has lived in Dubai long enough can relate to this..





You don't look twice when a $250,000 car drives by.

You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

Every fast food chain delivers until 4 in the morning.

You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street.

You run into someone you know at every airport.

Your wardrobe only has two seasons: hot and warm.

You remember when the first McDonalds had its grand opening... in Al Ghurair center circa 1995

You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you'd get more days off school.

You are used to giving directions using landmarks; street names confuse the hell out of you.

It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

Police drove on the shoulder of the road and cut people off.

There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither do the police.

The movie "Back to the Future" was banned by the government. So was Pokemon.

You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!” when you were in a Rashidiyya Mosque during Ramadaan. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in the cinemas.

You currently own a cellphone that will be sold as the "latest technology" in the USA... in a year.

You or your friends went to the e-traffic-ticket booths just to check on how much license plate numbers one-to-fifteen owed just for fun.

You found out that license plate #1 (Sheikh Mohammed!) never has an outstanding balance, but #14 usually owes around 70,000 Dh!

You know that 'sand-skimming' involves rope, a biryani plate, a 4x4, gloves and sunglasses. At 70kph.


You know for a fact that the guys from the Dubai Mens College can drive a Nissan Patrol 28 times around a roundabout on two wheels. And they learned how to do it on the bicycle cars in Safa Park.

You've seen a sword dance. At a wedding.

You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

You know that monsters do exist. They are called camel spiders.

You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

You know that prostitutes hang out at Wild Wadi.

You know that just because guys are holding hands doesn't mean they're gay. Unless they're on the Russian Beach at night.

Security guards let you do whatever you want if you shouted at them in Arabic and told them you knew some Police brigadier's cousin.

Traffic accidents were the country's strongest tourist attraction and only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records

Your friend can get into the Burj Al Arab for free just because he has a low number on his license plate.

'Wasta' is the only solution for every problem.

You fell asleep in traffic for about 10 minutes and still didn't move

People refer to your nationality when they call you out.
Excellent - I will send this on to some newbies in town so they know what is in store!
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Old May 31st 2007, 12:42 am
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anyone remember the copy thomson tapes you could get in Bur dubai in around 92??

I got loads there light blue covers IIRC
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Originally Posted by Miss Eck
Excellent - I will send this on to some newbies in town so they know what is in store!
sometimes it is not necessary to use that quote button..
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i so know what you mean
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Old May 31st 2007, 12:47 am
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Default Re: You know you have been here a long time when....

Originally Posted by Jammy_Dodgers
Anyone who has lived in Dubai long enough can relate to this..





You don't look twice when a $250,000 car drives by.

You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

Every fast food chain delivers until 4 in the morning.

You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street.

You run into someone you know at every airport.

Your wardrobe only has two seasons: hot and warm.

You remember when the first McDonalds had its grand opening... in Al Ghurair center circa 1995

You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you'd get more days off school.

You are used to giving directions using landmarks; street names confuse the hell out of you.

It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

Police drove on the shoulder of the road and cut people off.

There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither do the police.

The movie "Back to the Future" was banned by the government. So was Pokemon.

You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!” when you were in a Rashidiyya Mosque during Ramadaan. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in the cinemas.

You currently own a cellphone that will be sold as the "latest technology" in the USA... in a year.

You or your friends went to the e-traffic-ticket booths just to check on how much license plate numbers one-to-fifteen owed just for fun.

You found out that license plate #1 (Sheikh Mohammed!) never has an outstanding balance, but #14 usually owes around 70,000 Dh!

You know that 'sand-skimming' involves rope, a biryani plate, a 4x4, gloves and sunglasses. At 70kph.


You know for a fact that the guys from the Dubai Mens College can drive a Nissan Patrol 28 times around a roundabout on two wheels. And they learned how to do it on the bicycle cars in Safa Park.

You've seen a sword dance. At a wedding.

You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

You know that monsters do exist. They are called camel spiders.

You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

You know that prostitutes hang out at Wild Wadi.

You know that just because guys are holding hands doesn't mean they're gay. Unless they're on the Russian Beach at night.

Security guards let you do whatever you want if you shouted at them in Arabic and told them you knew some Police brigadier's cousin.

Traffic accidents were the country's strongest tourist attraction and only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records

Your friend can get into the Burj Al Arab for free just because he has a low number on his license plate.

'Wasta' is the only solution for every problem.

You fell asleep in traffic for about 10 minutes and still didn't move

People refer to your nationality when they call you out.
me too
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Jammy_Dodgers;4855815]Anyone who has lived in Dubai long enough can relate to this..





You don't look twice when a $250,000 car drives by.

NEVER LOOK!!!

You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

YES HAVE TWO FRIENDS ONE WON AT DUTY FREE THE OTHER AT PALM STRIP

You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

YES

Every fast food chain delivers until 4 in the morning

WELL THE ONES IN AL DIYAFAH STREET DO!!!

You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street

LOL!!

You run into someone you know at every airport

YES HAVE MET PEOPLE IN NEWCASTLE AIRPORT FROM HERE!

Your wardrobe only has two seasons: hot and warm.

I DON'T POSSESS ANYTHING WARM AND HAVE NEVER WORN SHOES!!

You remember when the first McDonalds had its grand opening... in Al Ghurair center circa 1995

WASN'T HERE THEN BUT I DO REMEMBER BURGER KING OPENING IN AL DIYAFAH

You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you'd get more days off school.

NOT BEEN HERE THAT LONG BUT YES - IT IS HANDY WHEN THEY DIE DURING EID!

You are used to giving directions using landmarks; street names confuse the hell out of you.

DON'T KNOW ANY STREET NAMES! MY FRIEND LIVES BEHIND THE BIN NEXT TO CHOITRAMS - THE SPRINGS MEADOWS ETC DOES MY HEAD IN!!

It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

NOT HAD THIS ONE!!!

Police drove on the shoulder of the road and cut people off

WE NEVER HAD POLICE HERE??

There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

YES AIR FRANCE ALLOWED YOU TO SMOKE

People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

NOT SURE!

Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

YUP! TOO HOT TO SIT BY THE POOL!! YOU WILL GET SKIN CANCER

Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither do the police.

IS THERE A SPEED LIMIT??

The movie "Back to the Future" was banned by the government. So was Pokemon.

AND THE MICHAEL JACKSON CONCERT WAS CANCELLED

You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!” when you were in a Rashidiyya Mosque during Ramadaan. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in the cinemas.

YES I GOT JURASSIC PARK BEFORE THE UK DID!

You currently own a cellphone that will be sold as the "latest technology" in the USA... in a year.

NOT ME!

You or your friends went to the e-traffic-ticket booths just to check on how much license plate numbers one-to-fifteen owed just for fun.

STILL DO YOU CAN DO IT ON THE MACHINES IN WAFI!

You found out that license plate #1 (Sheikh Mohammed!) never has an outstanding balance, but #14 usually owes around 70,000 Dh!

SHEIK MO NEVER DRIVES THAT WHITE MERC NOW!

You know that 'sand-skimming' involves rope, a biryani plate, a 4x4, gloves and sunglasses. At 70kph.

NOT SURE BIT OF A WIMP!

You know for a fact that the guys from the Dubai Mens College can drive a Nissan Patrol 28 times around a roundabout on two wheels. And they learned how to do it on the bicycle cars in Safa Park.

THEY USED TO DO IT OUTSIDE OF AL NASR LEISURELAND

You've seen a sword dance. At a wedding.

NOT HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING A LOCAL WEDDING

You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

YES WE HAVE DONE A DESERT SAFARI

You know that monsters do exist. They are called camel spiders.

ONLY ON THE MEADOWS!

You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

NOT BEEN HERE THAT LONG!!!

You know that prostitutes hang out at Wild Wadi.

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT!

You know that just because guys are holding hands doesn't mean they're gay. Unless they're on the Russian Beach at night.

OF COURSE!!

Security guards let you do whatever you want if you shouted at them in Arabic and told them you knew some Police brigadier's cousin.

GOES WITHOUT SAYING!

Traffic accidents were the country's strongest tourist attraction and only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records

KARAMA WAS THE ONLY TOURIST ATTRACTION HERE

Your friend can get into the Burj Al Arab for free just because he has a low number on his license plate.

YUP OR A BADGE THAT SAYS HE BUILT IT!

'Wasta' is the only solution for every problem.

IT SEEMS THAT WAY BUT HEALTH AND HAPPINESS MEAN MORE, OH AND GOOD FRIENDS!!!


You fell asleep in traffic for about 10 minutes and still didn't move

NOT DONE THAT - YET!!!

People refer to your nationality when they call you out

NOPE, WHAT HAS CHANGED IS THAT PEOPLE NO LONGER ASK WHERE YOU LIVE AND WHAT YOU DRIVE BUT HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE!!!!
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Old May 31st 2007, 12:55 am
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Default Re: You know you have been here a long time when....

Originally Posted by MataHari
sometimes it is not necessary to use that quote button..
I know honey, I know


Originally Posted by Jammy_Dodgers
Anyone who has lived in Dubai long enough can relate to this..





You don't look twice when a $250,000 car drives by.

You know a friend who won a free car from the local mall. Twice.

You remember when 80*F was cold, 90*F was cool, 105*F was warm, and 115*F was hot.

Every fast food chain delivers until 4 in the morning.

You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street.

You run into someone you know at every airport.

Your wardrobe only has two seasons: hot and warm.

You remember when the first McDonalds had its grand opening... in Al Ghurair center circa 1995

You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.

You secretly wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you'd get more days off school.

You are used to giving directions using landmarks; street names confuse the hell out of you.

It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

Police drove on the shoulder of the road and cut people off.

There was no such thing as a non-smoking section. Anywhere. Even airline flight crews smoked on airplanes. In the aisles. Beside the no-smoking sign.

People who DIDN’T bribe got into trouble.

Your parents told you it was too hot to go outside.

Most people on the road don't realize there is a speed limit. Neither do the police.

The movie "Back to the Future" was banned by the government. So was Pokemon.

You got back at your friend by pointing at him and yelling, “Yahood!” when you were in a Rashidiyya Mosque during Ramadaan. Your friend was hospitalized for the worst slipper-beating in recorded history.

You owned Titanic, Jurrasic Park, and Star Wars Episode 1 weeks before they were playing in the cinemas.

You currently own a cellphone that will be sold as the "latest technology" in the USA... in a year.

You or your friends went to the e-traffic-ticket booths just to check on how much license plate numbers one-to-fifteen owed just for fun.

You found out that license plate #1 (Sheikh Mohammed!) never has an outstanding balance, but #14 usually owes around 70,000 Dh!

You know that 'sand-skimming' involves rope, a biryani plate, a 4x4, gloves and sunglasses. At 70kph.


You know for a fact that the guys from the Dubai Mens College can drive a Nissan Patrol 28 times around a roundabout on two wheels. And they learned how to do it on the bicycle cars in Safa Park.

You've seen a sword dance. At a wedding.

You know that bedowins can make random, completely unsynched clapping into something that actually sounds like music. Especially if they are waving a sword around.

You know that monsters do exist. They are called camel spiders.

You rode ATVs, dirt bikes, and jet ski's... when you were 8 years old.

You know that prostitutes hang out at Wild Wadi.

You know that just because guys are holding hands doesn't mean they're gay. Unless they're on the Russian Beach at night.

Security guards let you do whatever you want if you shouted at them in Arabic and told them you knew some Police brigadier's cousin.

Traffic accidents were the country's strongest tourist attraction and only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records

Your friend can get into the Burj Al Arab for free just because he has a low number on his license plate.

'Wasta' is the only solution for every problem.

You fell asleep in traffic for about 10 minutes and still didn't move

People refer to your nationality when they call you out.
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Old May 31st 2007, 1:11 am
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Originally Posted by arbroath_abroad
anyone remember the copy thomson tapes you could get in Bur dubai in around 92??

I got loads there light blue covers IIRC
somewhat brilliantly called "thompson originals". lol had loads but in the 80's they were black and white covers
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Old May 31st 2007, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by shiva
somewhat brilliantly called "thompson originals". lol had loads but in the 80's they were black and white covers
when our ship came into Port Rashid in the early 90's. If you wished to blow up any Royal Navy personnel, simply go to either Musicland (i think it was called) or the George and Dragon.

Tell you what Shiva, the Thomson Originals had some belters, i found the Big Dish, Creeping up on Jesus and 2 Love and Money albums

Thomson Originals-belter
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Originally Posted by arbroath_abroad
when our ship came into Port Rashid in the early 90's. If you wished to blow up any Royal Navy personnel, simply go to either Musicland (i think it was called) or the George and Dragon.

Tell you what Shiva, the Thomson Originals had some belters, i found the Big Dish, Creeping up on Jesus and 2 Love and Money albums

Thomson Originals-belter
I had some brilliant ones that were never released in the shops!!! some wham ones that were a completely different format etc, I haev got two original copies of Listen without prejudice, the version released here was minus - Jesus to a Child - obviously!!!!
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Originally Posted by arbroath_abroad
when our ship came into Port Rashid in the early 90's. If you wished to blow up any Royal Navy personnel, simply go to either Musicland (i think it was called) or the George and Dragon.

Tell you what Shiva, the Thomson Originals had some belters, i found the Big Dish, Creeping up on Jesus and 2 Love and Money albums

Thomson Originals-belter
aye http://youtube.com/watch?v=F0JlmpHywus
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Sigh ......Not long enough .......
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Default Re: You know you have been here a long time when....

Some more here
  • you expect to go to jail when a local hits your car from behind at a stop sign.

  • you believe that the definition of a nanosecond is the interval between the time the light turns green and the guy behind you starts honking

  • you know a traffic jam on this side of the road means an accident on the other side.

  • you think hazard lights are fog warning lights

  • you look forward to rainy days....
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Old May 31st 2007, 1:52 am
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Default Re: You know you have been here a long time when....

how true IG! the horn beeping used to drive me round the bend, it isn't as bad now as it used to be!
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