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Lived in the Middle East for 4 years but I have never…….


IMG-20130115-00123Had a local friend. Is this normal? Apparently so. Friends who I gave spoken to have said the same. And yet, I feel a little disappointed.
I have lived and loved in the this country for 4 years and there is still so much I don’t know. A whole culture still relatively undiscovered. The habits significant to this nationality are still unknown to me.
Us long term Dubai residents may assume we “know” this culture but what is this assumption based on? Brief conversations in government offices? Short transactions in stores or restaurants? Flashes of sky high heels and vibrantly painted nails in shopping malls? How many of us ever took the time to learn about the nationals of this country culturally? Instead of merely visually?
In a country where pretty much all and any nationalities have been given a chance to make a name for themselves, and where you can bump into at least 15 nationalities in any given day, why are we so detached from the people who actually belong here?
Food for thought……more next time.
Noora xx


Author: noorlaila265

Hospitality trainer, wife, mother, multi-faith, reader, writer, food fanatic, lover of poetry. โ€œStudy me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.โ€

3 thoughts on “Lived in the Middle East for 4 years but I have never…….

  1. Ma shaa Allah great blog sister ๐Ÿ™‚

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