Weekends in Dubai run from Friday to Saturday, so that shift can take a little getting used to if you’re used to thinking of Sundays as designated recharge days. That being said, there’s a ton of city - specific activities to do on Fridays, and one particularly revered tradition is brunch. Think all the food you want, great music, and the perfect way to start your weekend.
A lot of people come to Dubai with pre-conceived notions of what it may be like, when the truth is a lot less scary. That being said, there are a few things that may surprise you when you first move. Punctuality is a difficult goal to accomplish, partly because of the traffic, so expect all your meetings to start a little later than usual.
There’s also always a reason to celebrate, because the city consists largely of expats - drive down Bur Dubai during Diwali and you’ll find yourself amongst thousands of glittering lights, or head down to Irish Village for St. Patrick’s Day to be totally transported. There’s something for everyone, from every walk of life.
Since the United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country, you’ll find certain government-mandated days off work. During the holy month of Ramadan, for instance, office hours across the city are generally shorter, to account for those who are fasting or have to make it home for prayer time. Schools and private offices are also subject to these breaks.
Moving to any new city brings its own sets of challenges and opportunities, and Dubai’s no different. Giving yourself time to get used to a new culture and new kind of lifestyle is pretty crucial to assimilating, so don’t feel too much pressure to feel at home all at once. Though knowing how welcoming the city is, you won’t have to wait too long.
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