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kittycat1 Mar 8th 2013 7:42 am

lots of people leaving?
 
I seem to be going through a period of lots of friends leaving, in the next month I know of 6 seperate friends leaving for pastures new. Some have been here longer than me some around the same sort of time. Just seems weird that so many are off at the same time.

Anyone else seeing this?

KC

commander Mar 8th 2013 7:54 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
Pretty normal..its a fluid place..people come people go..

Its never forever...

commander Mar 8th 2013 7:57 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
That said, I've no friends so maybe not qualified to answer

kittycat1 Mar 8th 2013 7:58 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
I know that commander :p but for me its a lot moving at the same time, I was wondering if it was a bit of a trend at the moment, cost of living is going up here, Dubai is getting busier again etc.

The Dean Mar 8th 2013 8:00 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by kittycat1 (Post 10591514)
I seem to be going through a period of lots of friends leaving, in the next month I know of 6 seperate friends leaving for pastures new. Some have been here longer than me some around the same sort of time. Just seems weird that so many are off at the same time.

Anyone else seeing this?

KC

Out of curiosity - why are they leaving?

Contract ended, been here ages, time to go? Better job offer elsewhere? Or something more negative (redundancies, not enough work, etc)?

I'm firmly in the 'the vaunted Dubai recovery is overstated, it was only patchy anyway, and it could quite easily peter out at any time' camp..........

commander Mar 8th 2013 8:01 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by kittycat1 (Post 10591535)
I know that commander :p but for me its a lot moving at the same time, I was wondering if it was a bit of a trend at the moment, cost of living is going up here, Dubai is getting busier again etc.

You could be right, the prices are getting stupid again. We are looking to renew our villa in the ranches and looking around the prices have rocketed..

kittycat1 Mar 8th 2013 8:10 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
Deano, various reasons, better jobs is a tricky phrase, the money may be less but in the world of fashion Dubai isn't excatly up there with London and New York, it gets to a point where being in Dubai for too long would become detrimental to your career. Most of my friends have had job offers come up and for some of them they are taking a side step but its a step back into the real world before they get trapped in the golden cage, others have had good roles come up that sound amazing, some are just done with dubai so have accepted the roles, and a couple are self employed and want a bit more than Dubai offers (not money). So a bit of a mix, but the bottom line is the same, they all want more than Dubai offers.

OriginalSunshine Mar 8th 2013 9:11 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
we are seeing loads of construction folks come over from Dubai to Muscat - you can spot them a mile off. Full of flash & bullshit & attitude, wearing designer clothes in a place where no-one cares about that kind of thing, dressing up for the school run and Friday brunches where here school runs are a chore, and Friday brunches are just too filling let's all go to the crepe house on the beach instead?.

Kix Mar 8th 2013 10:07 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by OriginalSunshine (Post 10591642)
we are seeing loads of construction folks come over from Dubai to Muscat - you can spot them a mile off. Full of flash & bullshit & attitude, wearing designer clothes in a place where no-one cares about that kind of thing, dressing up for the school run and Friday brunches where here school runs are a chore, and Friday brunches are just too filling let's all go to the crepe house on the beach instead?.

People actually EAT at Friday brunch?

I'm in Muscat for a few days for a conference 23-26 march. I've always liked Muscat, what's Crowne Plaza like?

co durham boy Mar 8th 2013 10:25 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
We all leave eventually .

OriginalSunshine Mar 8th 2013 1:43 pm

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by Kix (Post 10591698)
People actually EAT at Friday brunch?

yes, another shock to the Dubai crowd - our brunches are about FOOD, not booze (which is served after 2pm on a Friday here, it being, ya'know, holy day and all that ;) ).


I'm in Muscat for a few days for a conference 23-26 march. I've always liked Muscat, what's Crowne Plaza like?
It's ok. Intercon is nicest of the area and in a bit more "happening" area. Grand Hyatt great restaurants. CP has a good bar, with nice British bar food. No beach there though which is frustrating considering the great views. I'd offer to show you around town for what it's worth but unfortunately I've got family staying that very same week.

Taxi from airport to hotel will cost 10 OMR (110 AED) but no taxi is metered, so always agree the price in advance and say you don't want to have other passengers.

Kix Mar 8th 2013 7:23 pm

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by OriginalSunshine (Post 10591987)
yes, another shock to the Dubai crowd - our brunches are about FOOD, not booze (which is served after 2pm on a Friday here, it being, ya'know, holy day and all that ;) ).

It's ok. Intercon is nicest of the area and in a bit more "happening" area. Grand Hyatt great restaurants. CP has a good bar, with nice British bar food. No beach there though which is frustrating considering the great views. I'd offer to show you around town for what it's worth but unfortunately I've got family staying that very same week.

Taxi from airport to hotel will cost 10 OMR (110 AED) but no taxi is metered, so always agree the price in advance and say you don't want to have other passengers.

Thanks for the info, have been to Muscat a few times, love it around the fish market area, watching the boats come in and all that.

The nightclub at the Intercon was something else!

If all else fails there's Rock Bottom i guess...

britexpat76 Mar 9th 2013 12:38 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by Kix (Post 10591698)
People actually EAT at Friday brunch?

I'm in Muscat for a few days for a conference 23-26 march. I've always liked Muscat, what's Crowne Plaza like?

Eating is cheating. FACT

flares Mar 9th 2013 2:42 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 

Originally Posted by Kix (Post 10591698)
People actually EAT at Friday brunch?

I'm in Muscat for a few days for a conference 23-26 march. I've always liked Muscat, what's Crowne Plaza like?

Crowne Plaza is good.

I'm in Muscat 21-23 March. Leisure not business. Much looking forward. :thumbup:

Morecambe Mindy Mar 9th 2013 3:37 am

Re: lots of people leaving?
 
I know lots who are going at the end of the school year (about 6 families I can think of offhand). All going back to home, mostly having children who are about to start at secondary school.

Haven't had anyone leave for a couple of years before that, so it does seem like a lot going at once, but that's the nature of the place.


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