5 compelling reasons to love Dubai
There are lots of things to love about living in Australia. When we were offered the chance to leave, it was a tough decision. Why leave one of the most beautiful countries in the world, the place they call ‘the lucky country’ to come to the place affectionately known as ‘the big sandpit’? So to help anyone struggling with this life-changing decision, I’ve done a list with of the 5 top reasons to love Dubai.
It’s not a comprehensive list. There’s many other reasons we love Dubai but these have been the most game-changing ones for us.
As always, love to hear any thoughts, additions or questions, especially from anyone looking at making the move. Tell me what you think…
Reason 1. Home Help
Every family we know has a maid in Dubai. It’s just an accepted part of living here. In fact, it’s almost your duty as an expat.
At first we really struggled with having a maid, but we got over that pretty quickly once she started.
We come home from a long day at work.
The house is spotless.
Washing and ironing are all done.
The kids are fed and bathed.
Homework is done.
The fridge is full.
Lunches are ready.
Dinner is sitting on the stove ready to be served.
All we have to do is change, eat and relax.
And all for the bargain price of less money that we would spend on a stay-cation weekend on the Palm. Is it any wonder we love Dubai!
For those of you who know us, you will definitely know our beautiful Home Helper whom I’ll refer to as Rosie. We can’t stop talking about her. She is truly amazing. In fact Lovely Hubby and I have both sat down and done the analysis and made the same determination: If someone made us choose between keeping each other or keeping Rosie, we would both keep Rosie in a heartbeat.
Best of all, she loves our kids and our kids LOVE her.
How do we reconcile the guilt of being a middle class Aussie family living in this state of bliss?
Well, we are providing someone with a job. And as you would know from previous posts such as Dubai-be humbled this is one place in the world where you literally have no life if you have no job. Not only that but we treat her well. We pay her more than standard wages. She’s part of the family.
And she’s reason alone to seriously consider the move. You’ll never look back.
Reason 2. Beach Clubs
When we were thinking about moving here, it never occurred to me that there would be any kind of beach lifestyle. I stupidly never realised that the UAE beaches were quite so beautiful. Further to that though; I never realised there was such a thing as a Beach Club.
This is not an aspect of Dubai expat life you can afford to ignore.
Beach Clubs are this funny Dubai phenomenon where you go to a swanky 5-star resort, pay a nominal fee, and then live like a king/queen for the day. Some of these resorts are absolutely incredible.
In fact, over the last few weeks, we have restarted our ‘date nights’. Let me run you through the afternoon agenda for lovely hubby and I to while away the afternoon:
- Leave the kids with Rosie – they’re happy, well fed, bathed and put to bed
- Drive down to the Beach Club and power walk along the coast
- Swim in the clear water under the watchful eye of the Burj al Arab until dusk
- Wander up the sand to the warmth of the heated pool and float while the sun sets
- Enjoy a cocktail at the pool bar while listening to chilled out tunes
- Head to the fully equipped bathrooms for hot showers, full body products, fluffy towels, the works
- Wander over to the Jamie Oliver restaurant for amazing Italian and share a yummy bottle of grape
- Safe Driver home so we still have our car in the morning but don’t have to drive.
The perfect date night… every Thursday night…every night if you want to. Dubai never sleeps. The only thing you can’t do is swim in the gulf after the sun goes down. And you could do a different Club every week. Yep… we love Dubai.
Reason 3. Safe Driver
I mentioned Safe Driver in the previous paragraph. Let me explain the concept. It may sound underwhelming but it’s made our lives here even simpler.
You go out spontaneously one evening. There’s no worrying about the kids as they’re safely at home with their attentive and loving home helper. Happy and relaxed, you decide to enjoy a few drinks and you’ve having a really good time.
Normally, this story would end with a convoluted tale of having to find a taxi, take a taxi home. Get up in the morning, slightly fuzzy-headed and have to work out how to go back and get your car. Likely another taxi fee to get there then drive home, most likely still over the limit.
In Dubai, all you have to do is call trusty Safe Driver and book someone to come and get you.
A man comes in his nice blue uniform, greets you, has your car collected by the valet, then you all hop in and he drives you home. Everyone hops out, he collects his fee and then off he toddles to his next job.
You head inside, drink lots of water and go to bed. Have sweet dreams knowing your car is safely in the garage ready for whatever you feel like doing the next morning. Perfection – love Dubai!
Reason 4. Luxury European Cars
Literally everywhere you look in Dubai, you are surrounded by luxury European cars. I’m not exaggerating. We like to play a game when we go out. We have a standard list of cars that you have to spot:
- Aston Martin
- Rolls Royce
The first person in the car to spot all 6 on a single journey gets an ice-cream.
And it’s not a matter of whether someone will spot them, but rather who will spot them first. Even Little Chubs can pick the badges of each car and tell you the names.
Sometimes it can take the whole trip. The other day we were done within the first 10 minutes. But the best part is that it really is so enjoyable to see so many beautiful, sleek, impressive vehicles actually driving next to you rather than on a billboard or in a shop window.
Or should I say driving past you – they certainly have no qualms about showing what these machines can really do.
Surrounded by all this luxury, we couldn’t help but take the opportunity to indulge just a little. We bought a little Audi Q3 which Little Chubs and Miss Sparky affectionately refer to as the ‘Audi Car’. We love our little Audi Car for two reasons. It’s a beautiful car number one – handles well, looks nice, great stereo, fuel-efficient. But the other main reason is because it’s a little piece of luxury we know we will likely never be able to enjoy again once we leave Dubai. Part of the ‘Du-bubble’! And another reason we love Dubai.
Reason 5. The Proximity
When we lived in Brisbane, we both had pretty good jobs. We earned decent money. But with everything you have to pay out to live in Australia (including the taxes) we used to save for an annual holiday. That holiday would be somewhere like Europe or the US maybe once every two years.
Australia is just so damn far away from everywhere. And travel is expensive!
So one of the very best things about Dubai, and one of the reasons you should move here tomorrow, is its location.
4-6 hours to Europe, 7 to the UK, 3-4 to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, Africa. The list goes on.
We seem to be able to average a decent trip around 5 times a year to various countries. Many of them we would probably not have been able to tick off from Australia unless we did a sabbatical travel year or something similar.
It has been amazing. And its one of the biggest reasons that Aussie expats love Dubai!
The kids have had their eyes opened to a world they would never have seen in such detail. We’ve seen some very cool places, met some great people. And often, all within the space of a long weekend. It’s almost a duty you carry as an Aussie expat here. You must see as much as you possibly can of the closely proximate nations before you head back to the big island of Australia.
To be honest, it’s the main reason we moved here. And we have never looked back. It has most certainly been worth every penny.
So there you have it.
Short but succinct. There’s probably a million more reasons we love Dubai but these are 5 of the more compelling ones (well, except for Safe Driver – that’s just super handy). And reason number one is still the main one that’s going to make it really hard to leave.
We certainly feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity and we intend to make the most of it, however long that may be.
So, come and join us. Friends and family, come for a break, long or short. For those debating the move, DO IT! Come and play and enjoy everything this fabulous place has to offer. And for those of you on your way back home, it’s been a blast! We look forward to hanging out again soon.
Have a lovely week all.