9 conversations you have (almost) every day in Dubai

One of the best things about living in Dubai is that you meet new and interesting people every day. But we’re sure that you’ve noticed that quite often the same conversations come up all the time. Most of it comes hand-in-hand with living the expat life, and we’re guilty of everything on the list. If the ShortList team had a dirham for every time we’ve initiated or been on the recieving end of these sentences, we’d all be driving much nicer cars.

1.“How long have you lived in Dubai for?”
Which is always followed up by question two…

2. “How long are you going to stay here for?”
“Do you know what, Derek, I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I can’t even think past where to eat for dinner tonight. My friends say we should go to Pier 7 but I’ve used all my Entertainer vouchers so I’m not too keen… I’m actually starting to question whether I should just stay in and watch the new season of Narcos, you know?”

3. “Ooft, it’s hot today isn’t it?”
This is a failsafe conversation starter, seeing as it’s always hot. Try not to use it on the two days of the year that it’s raining.

4. “Sorry I’m late, I got stuck in traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road”
Maybe we should all accept that we should start our journeys 30 minutes earlier… on second thoughts, nah.

5. “Where are you from?”
“My passport is British and I mostly grew up in Hampshire, where my dad is from. But seeing as you asked, Margaret, I actually lived in Antwerp for the first five years of my life because that’s where my mum’s family live, but I went to college in the US so, I kinda think of California as home too. The Australian twang in my accent comes from my six months of fruit picking in Victoria, which is where I really found myself… Oh… you’re not listening to me anymore? Ok, cool. *Whistles*”

6. “Have you tried [insert name of new restaurant/brunch/ladies night here]?”
It’s completely acceptable to frequent Ravi’s/Bubbalicious/China Grill every week if you choose to #YouDoYou.

7. “Where do you live?”
Please don’t follow me home

8. “I can’t come out tonight, my next rent cheque is due this week.”
We all know the six-month hibernation cycle.

9.“What do you do for a living?”
“Mostly sit on the internet searching for funny memes and GIFs, while telling my colleagues how busy I am. You?”

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