If you move here, you can leave behind your:

Winter coats. - Feb 2020


Great savings ambitions: money doesn’t go far here and there are lots of fun things to spend it on - Jun 2019


Everything, you don't need anything here. - Sep 2017


Hopes of saving money, learning Arabic, and making life long Emirati friends. - Jun 2015


Expectations of consistent good service, winter clothes (except for travel outside the region), anticipation of an authentic Arabian cultural experience... - May 2013


Umbrella (unless lined with sun repellant material and used as a parasol); preconceptions about the Gulf; sense that rules of the road are there to be followed. - Jul 2012


Parkas, expectations of being in a traditional Arabic culture, and idealism. - Aug 2011


Morality, sense of social justice, and wallet. Be prepared to pay the Abu Dhabi police a lot of money in traffic "fines." - Jul 2011


Any notion that people respect the rules of the road; the roads are great, but the drivers are terrible. Preconceived notions of the Middle East with women's faces fully covered... this is not Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia. Winter coats, but bring light sweaters and shawls for the frigid air conditioning. Forget any preconceived notions that this is some sort of backward country. The physical infrastructure is very impressive. Abu Dhabi is a rather pretty, but artificially manicured, city. - Nov 2010


Winter clothing. - Jan 2010


umbrella. - Aug 2009


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