Among the several countries in the Middle East, Dubai is among the most favorite destination of tourist workers. For many Filipinos, they describe the place as somewhat similar to their home country; so, they are less likely to get bored or experience homesickness. But, there are 9 justifications why people should skip Dubai for work.
Reason No. 1. Dubai is expensive.
This is the foremost reason why people had and should avoid Dubai. From rent to food to clothing items, Dubai costs lots of money.
Reason No. 2. Dubai is an arid land.
Dubai is naturally barren. There are no plants or trees — only soil, sand and particles! This also explains why Dubai is so hot.
Reason No. 3. Dubai Experiences almost no rain.
It is very rare to rain in Dubai. Whenever there is rainfall, it is usually short and irregular. And guess what, sand storms are more common than rain showers! This is also the reason why Dubai is dead in water. Further reading: Climate of Dubai.
Reason No. 4. Dubai’s government does not allow expats to have full access of websites.
Certain Muslim countries block access to websites that are deemed offensive to their religious morals and practices. At times, this makes one difficult to contact or communicate with their family members to the other side of the world. UAE apparently is part of that group.
Reason No. 5. Dubai has many unwelcoming employers to expats.
Many Dubai employers are not nice to their workers. Dubai bosses place workers in longer contracts, take their passports, deduct salary without fair reasons and sometimes, hit them; this is very true to stay-in housemaids.
Reason No. 6. Dubai men stare a lot.
Many (not all) Dubai men always profoundly gaze to women. They lay eyes on non-Muslim women fixedly and with no limit. That sounds like an alarm to an unsuspecting foreign woman.
Reason No. 7. Expect no alcohol sold in public restaurants in Dubai. Smoking and liquor drinking is a “haram” or a bad practice to Muslims. Any expat in Dubai should expect liquor drinks to be sold in private clubs. Also, because they are prohibited in the country, they are also sold in more expensive price tags.
Reason No. 8. Dubai practices different days off. Majority of the people on earth find rest on weekends that is, during Saturdays and Sundays. Well, expats working in Dubai could only take a break during Fridays. Thus there might be conflict of schedule when communicating with family in the Philippines.
Reason No. 9. Dubai is not an environmentally friendly place. Dubai produces lots of environmental wastes and they don’t employ any means to help Mother Earth. Metal cans and plastics are seen sporadically on streets.