The 4 emotional stages of a new life in Dubai…
Moving, and subsequently settling into Dubai is a funny old process. Some don’t make it while others love it and never return home. But before you decide which category you will fall into, make sure you wait long enough before making any rash decisions.
Living in Dubai is a bit like any relationship. It goes through stages. How many of the stages you make it through is up to you essentially, but if living in Dubai was a long term dream of yours, be good to yourself and don’t give up before you’ve given it a good shot.
Stage 1, The ‘Romance’ stage: Once you get there, it’s a lot like the romance stage of a new relationship. It’s all glitz and glam. Lots of new experiences. Lots of learning about your new home. To many, Dubai is the ultimate. Many people we interview say that working in Dubai would be the pinnacle of their career, a life long dream fulfilled and something they have been trying to achieve for a long time. This is a wonderful stage. Enjoy it for all that it is!
Stage 2, The ‘Reality’ stage: Ok, so you’ve been in Dubai a couple of months now (or maybe your Romance stage lasted for a good 6 months or so, lucky you!) and you’re starting to realise that it’s hot, it’s busy and you have to work extremely hard. Yes, that’s the reality of life in Dubai. It can’t be sightseeing and cocktails and shopping all the time. This stage is by far the hardest for most people. You start to really miss your family and friends back home. You start to feel a bit lonely (even if you’ve made some great new friendships). It’s hard, really hard. But don’t throw it away just because of a few tough times. Think of Dubai as a new partner who you care deeply about and just because the lavishly romantic dates may have finished, it doesn’t mean you aren’t meant to be together. Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP NOW! The best is yet to come!
Stage 3, The ‘Comfort/Acceptance’ stage: Yey, big high fives all around if you made it through the Reality stage! Now is the time to savour your new life and everything Dubai has to offer. Relish in the safety or your new city. Treasure your new friendships and build on them. Make the most of your salary. Some will save, some will provide for family back home, some will travel and some will just shop till they drop. Whichever you chose, it’s hopefully something that wasn’t available to you back home.
Stage 4, The ‘Commitment’ stage: Congratulations!!! Dubai is you and you are Dubai.You love it, it’s good to you and this is where you choose to stay for as long as possible.
We hope this will help a little if you are about to go to Dubai and you’re not quite sure what to expect, or if you are there and stuck in the middle of the Reality phase. Wherever you are, we hope you are happy, healthy and working hard.