Dubai - Post Report Question and Answers
Is it easy to make friends with locals here? Are there any prejudices or any ethnic groups who might feel uncomfortable here?
Unfortunately, it's been very challenging making local friends, though families with young kids might have more success through playdates. And yes, Asian (especially South and Southeast Asian) and Black Canadians will be treated differently than White Canadians. You will get worse service and more questions. It's less pronounced, however, in professional settings. - Mar 2021
Not many expats interact with Emiratis, but most people find friends with a range of backgrounds and nationalities. - Jan 2021