5 Tips for Working in Dubai – or anywhere

Working in Dubai has been an incredible learning experience.

One of the most valuable things has been my experience working with so many different cultures.

My office is a perfect example of that – an international organization in Dubai, with people from many different cultures and places represented.

When we think of multiculturalism, it’s mostly the different languages, foods, and ways of dress that come to mind. The things that are easy to see and allow us to think that we understand different cultures.

In her blog, Janine’s Music Room, Janine describes these things as the tip of the cultural iceberg.

However, there is so much more beyond that. Beliefs and assumptions, body language, humor, relations to authority. Things that you don’t always see when we celebrate multiculturalism in tokens.

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Courtesy of Janine’s Music Room – October 19, 2014

As I reflect on my past year in Dubai, I realize what an education it has been in understanding different cultures, and what it means to work with people who have different ways of being both within the workplace and outside. Continue reading

6 Things I Love About Dubai

Dubai is an interesting, strange, and multifaceted city. It can take some time to understand the bureaucracy of getting all your documents and identifications in order, figuring out how to navigate the rental housing situation, and discovering regular life beyond the malls and hotels. In short, it takes some getting used to.

However, after a year of settling in, I’ve been able to see and experience a lot more of what the city has to offer.

Here is a list of six things I’ve come to love about Dubai: Continue reading