Arrived in Dubai!

Old Jan 4th 2013, 6:58 pm
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Got here this evening! Not that it means much to most of you but I feel more of an official expat now.. although, I've only been on Emirati soil for about 4 hours.. so I am a 4 year old expat!
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Got here this evening! Not that it means much to most of you but I feel more of an official expat now.. although, I've only been on Emirati soil for about 4 hours.. so I am a 4 year old expat!
And you're not in a bar yet?

Pah, call yourself an expat....
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And you're not in a bar yet?

Pah, call yourself an expat....
I'm afraid I *may* just be the only Brit expat in this city who doesn't drink alcohol.... so no, a bar wasn't my first point of call upon arrival last night!

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Congratulations - hope you settle in ok
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Got here this evening! Not that it means much to most of you but I feel more of an official expat now.. although, I've only been on Emirati soil for about 4 hours.. so I am a 4 year old expat!
How does that work then? Is it a year for an hour like some biblical punishment?
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Got here this evening! Not that it means much to most of you but I feel more of an official expat now.. although, I've only been on Emirati soil for about 4 hours.. so I am a 4 year old expat!
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How does that work then? Is it a year for an hour like some biblical punishment?
hah!

For a second I wondered what the heck you were on about but just realised my mistake there. I blame the travel exhaustion!

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Welcome to the Sandpit Saff!
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thanks guys!
Waking up to a blue sky and sunshine this morning was amazing!
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thanks guys!
Waking up to a blue sky and sunshine this morning was amazing!
Let us remind you of that in August

Welcome to the UAE! have a great time here.
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Welcome to the insane sand pit.

You'll have loads more questions, so you know where we are.
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thanks guys! So far I've spent my whole day (my first day in Dubai!) traipsing around JLT/Marina/JBR today viewing flatshares with stops at coffeeshops inbetween (like right now! Carrying my trusty laptop around with me) Seen three apts, and two of them were lovely. Half tempted to go for one *right now* but obviously want to see a few more first.

I guess I've come at the perfect time - great walking weather! There was a flatshare I particularly liked.. based on my limited geographical knowledge of the Marina so far, I think it's a little far out from the action? It's next to the Marriot? Or is that still pretty central?

What about you guys who don't drive - do you find it a pain in the neck having to rely on taxis/metro? I was wondering today, would I totally hate this place in the summer when I need to spend 10 minutes outside the building waiting for a cab
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Near the Marriot is fine. A couple of our regular posters live nearby. You're wise notot rush into anything. Get your bearings a little first.

Many people rely on cabs/buses/metro and if you are near a hotel, it's usually a good place to pick up a cab. You don't have to rely on ones in the street as you can order them over the phone.
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Near the Marriot is fine. A couple of our regular posters live nearby. You're wise notot rush into anything. Get your bearings a little first.

Many people rely on cabs/buses/metro and if you are near a hotel, it's usually a good place to pick up a cab. You don't have to rely on ones in the street as you can order them over the phone.
AH, good point about hotel/taxi pickup, I didn't consider that as a plus! Cheers
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I love the metro and if i was in an apartment, I would definitely choose to be walking distance to a station.
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