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.
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