Saturday, June 11, 2016

6 reasons why dating in Dubai is extremely difficult

Hello blogosphere, it's been a while since I last wrote.
A year ago, my life had collapsed around me. I'd worked myself into exhaustion, my father died suddenly 3 months back and my relationships with work, colleagues and loved ones were in turmoil for a moment. Little did know at the time, out of my greatest despair was to come the greatest gift.
Any case, after a substantial 3 years living in the UAE - I'm sharing with you some reasons why dating in Dubai is extremely difficult and why I ended up being single. lol


Finding the right partner is becoming increasingly challenging. There is probably a greater chance of finding potatoes on Mars (à la Matt Damon in “The Martian”) than finding your soul mate. But in Dubai, finding that person – or just going out on a decent date – is even more difficult for the following reasons.
1. The transit phase

For many expats, Dubai is not the final step in their life’s journey. Their time in Dubai is considered as a transit phase until they move on to the next destination or go back to their countries. This instability or uncertainty about the next move makes that bunch of people restless and unable to keep a healthy and long-lasting relationship. So, if you fall for someone who is in a “transit phase,” either destroy their passport or be ready to smuggle yourself inside their travel bag (not in a creepy way though).
2. The trust issue
If you fall in love with another expat in Dubai and ask them about their background, the only story you will get is their “own version” of the story. You have no choice but to trust it and take it at face value, because you simply don’t have any way to validate their story. There is no neighbor to ask, no “mokhtar el hare” to consult and no close family members to interrogate. Your best hope is to stalk them on social media and LinkedIn to see if they are really who they are claiming to be, not scammers or con artists.
3. The cultural differences
Many expats are not willing to marry or fall in love with people who are not from the same cultural background or religion as them. But that proves to be very challenging in a city that plays host to more than 200 nationalities and ethnicities. Finding the perfect match who shares your background, religion, traditions, eating habits, sense of humor and love for shawarma and falafel is next to impossible! (Cue Matt Damon and his potatoes).
4. The “plenty of fish in the sea” theory
Let’s face it, Dubai is a city of singletons who live in their tiny kingdoms (mainly studios or shared apartments in JBR and Marina). Many of them go out every weekend hoping to find true love in the singles-infested-waters of Pier7, Barasti, Caramel or Iris. They might actually find something promising, but what about all the other candidates who they could perhaps meet and fall in love with NEXT WEEKEND? Why settle for a BMW when you could possibly get a Porsche next week? Or a Lamborghini the week after? Didn’t your mama always tell you “you deserve nothing but the best?” 
5. The dating apps
There is no denial that we have a love-hate relationship with dating apps. We sometimes judge ourselves for using them, but they are our best chance of going out on a real date rather than an imaginary one. At the same time, these apps actually create other problems like; not taking people you meet on them seriously (even if they are decent), or taking them too seriously and ending up like a psychotic Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction or thinking that you can meet a hotter, taller, richer, slimmer, smarter, funnier person with the next swipe. Moreover, dating apps made people you meet on them disposable and easily replaceable with a click of a button. That’s not a good start for any kind of relationship … serious or not.
6. The time management thing
In Dubai, most of us work long hours. By the time we leave the office and squeeze ourselves out of the traffic jam, we barely have time to do the other things that make us feel human again such as cooking, working out, running errands and sleeping! So, mustering up enough energy to glam up, drive to a bar or restaurant and sit through a date starts to seem more like a punishment rather than a fun thing to do! In these moments, being single starts to feel like a blessing, because all you really want to do is sit at home, watch a movie and chill … FOR REAL!

CREDITS: OLA KSEROOF

Related Post: Dubai Dating Experience

Friday, January 29, 2016

Been There | Jebel Hafeet Mountain, Al Ain City Adventure


As the night falls, the lights emerging to form from darkness to a beautiful jewel, overlooking and awesome scenery of Al Ain City in Jebel Hafeet Mountain. With intrigue hilltop niche allows you to capture the exhibiting flourishing views to its fullest. Therefore whenever you pass Al Ain, never miss to stop and lavish night view of Jebel Hafeet.




Today I am starting my new blog with a pledge of posting at least 2-blog entries per month. Being today “Friday” (weekend) after the most hyped dooms full week of bustling at work seems to be a good day for me to write a new post from what I had gone through the year 2015.


It was a milestone, roller coaster ride and superb year where I achieved one of my bucket lists, though this seems to be a small thing to others but I’d still consider it as already an achievement of its own. 



Hiking to the Jabel Hafeet Mountain, Al Ain UAE from its foothills and the highest Peak in Abu Dhabi - a long steep, creepy stretch road from The Green Mubazzara is indeed fun and amazing journey!




I love being on the road, but the funny thing is: I can't drive. Hahaha,
Two weeks before Christmas early last year, one of my friends in town invited me to join and go on a hike in Jebel Hafeet Mountains in celebration of her birthday. We recall it a long drive so we opted to leave Dubai early after the evening mass or “simbang-gabi” as we call it. Simbang gabi is a traditional filipino belief that every year we must complete the 9 morning mass so all our wishes will come true (I know this sound a bit of a kiddie fairy tale) but it’s real. Also we were not sure where is the exact location. It was a two-hour and a half drive from Dubai but with ample road signs, we easily found our way to the mountain. We arrived there at 2 o’clock in the morning and it was insanely cold evening. Our road trip doesn’t end there. Of course we cannot just leave Jebel Hafeet without taking selfies. ;)






At the bottom of Jebel Hafeet lies the beautiful park called Green Mubazzarah. This park is special because this was one of the last projects of Sheikh Zayed, the country’s founding president. I’m told that Sheikh Zayed was often referred as “the man who turned the deserts green”.  This is the camping area, we camp here till dawn.











I feel so fulfilled having done this trip.
I can now say that I have been to Al Ain, Sharjah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai
And yes, I haven’t been to all 7 Emirates but I'm almost there.
Till' next time..
xx

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Global Experience: Global Village in Dubai

Are you saving up to travel around the world? Would you like to savour exotic cuisines from all corners of the globe? Unpack your bag, put your passport down, and throw away that plane ticket – Global Village Dubai is the only destination this weekend!

Experience a journey through cultural shows, sample some of the finest delicacies from across the globe, or simply shop till you drop for a variety of items from the different countries.

The Annual Global Village in Dubai features 38 different nations showcasing their homegrown talents and pride – this year UK, France, USA, Burj Khalifa, DXB UAE and Germany are also joining-in on the fun!

With so many places to see in Dubai, this has to be one of my favorites! With a fusion of different cultures, Global Village is truly a place you need to visit. 

Here are the highlights and some photographs of my fun-filled weekend at The Global Village:

"The Global Village"
"Main Entrance"

"Russia"
"HollywoodUSA"
"HollywoodUSA"
"Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy"
"Eiffel Tower, Paris" 

"Statue of Liberty, USA"
"Big Ben in London, UK"
"Malaysia"

"China"


"Syria"
"Turkey"
"Taj Mahal, India"
"India"
"Africa"
"Egypt"
"United Arab Emirates"

"Burj Khalifa, Dubai"

H e l l o ,
Global Village...
See you next time!

Location: Arabian Ranches on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road

Timings:
Saturday to Wednesday: 4pm to 12am 
Thursday’s, Friday’s and Public Holidays: 4pm until 1am
Monday is a family day (except public holidays)
Entrance fee: AED 15.00

These are just a few of the exciting pavilions you can visit at Global Village Dubai, too bad I haven't seen my country PH! Which will be your favorite? Share your experience on my comment box below. Thanks for dropping by!
#globalvillage #mydubai #happydubai