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The UAE is a young country, only 40-ish years old, and still developing its processes and policies. I keep trying to remember that when the place and attitudes tick me off. Many of the allegiances are familial and/or tribal and you never quite know what to expect between one Emirate and its neighbor. Just wait till you try to sell a car while in Abu Dhabi to someone in Dubai. Seems like neither Emirate got the memo hat they are the same country. Patience is key, and I lost all mine while living in Bahrain. - Jun 8, 2015
A lot of this may sound negative. In fairness, I know a lot of people who love the expat life here. It's just not for everyone. - May 19, 2013
The UAE is all image. If you go there, just make sure the money is worth the risk you're putting yourself at. If you're an American diplomat, you don't want to serve at at an Embassy that cares more about protecting its military relationship than its own employees. For private sector, check all your contracts carefully. - Jul 17, 2011
From the day I arrived, it has been one big adventure here. I think you have to be very open minded to enjoy your time here and be willing to make your own fun. The locals are quite insular so you have to make the effort to befriend them. - Nov 7, 2010