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14 signs that Dubai has become your home

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“I’m going to work in Dubai for a year,” is a phrase that many people say before they pack a suitcase and officially become an expat. That year turns into another year, and another, until eventually you stop kidding yourself that you’re going to return to your home country in the near future.

Welcome to Dubai, you’re home now.

1. You have a Dubai ‘family’.
Someone in your friendship circle has taken on a maternal role (you know, organising brunch and stuff)

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2. You realise you have more friends here than the country that you were born in.
And you’re cool with that

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3. You send visitors to the Burj Khalifa’s viewing deck alone instead of going with them.
It’s impressive but after the tenth time you had to draw the line somewhere

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4. You’re on first name terms with the staff at your local convenience shop.
Even if you’ve never had a proper conversation

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5. When it comes to directing taxi drivers, satnav isn’t necessary.
You’re like a human homing pigeon

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6. You no longer pay attention to the fancy cars.
“Sorry, I didn’t notice you in that electric blue Maserati with lightning stripes.”

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7. You have become a shawarma connoisseur.
And your favourite place is one of your best kept secrets

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8. When people talk about Dubai you get extremely protective.
You’re proud of the city and all the opportunities that it has given you

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9. You’re (almost) used to the summer heat.
Everyone be calm, it gets hot every year

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10. It’s difficult for you to drive anywhere else in the world.
You’re now used to driving Dubai style

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11. Your personal grooming routine has moved up a few notches.
Blow-dries, wet shaves, manicures… You know the drill

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12. You barely ever go to brunch anymore.
After all, you’ve almost done them all

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13. When someone tells you that they’ve been in Dubai for two years you think of them as a newbie.
“Aw cute”

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14. When you visit your “home” country, it doesn’t quite feel like home
Dubai has you now

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