Sarah Garden06 Sep 2017 AT 09:26 AM

16 solid pieces of advice for people who are new in Dubai

#7 Never bother checking your text messages
Sarah Garden06 Sep 2017 AT 09:26 AM
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1. It’s always a good time for shawarma.
Those meat-stuffed wraps are perfect for lunch, a post-brunch snack, a 3am treat… you’d even have one for breakfast.

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2. Use Google maps. Your sense of direction is way worse than you thought it was.
“Hold on… how did I get onto this road? Why am I on my way to Sharjah?”

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3. Stop converting the price of things back to your home currency.
Especially vegetables.

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4. You’re going to put on weight.
Note to self: stop getting so excited by “all you can eat.”

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5. Double Apple shisha is the best.
*Other opinions may vary*

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6. Going on a “night out” at 12pm is perfectly acceptable.
Hello, brunch.

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7. Never bother checking your text messages…
Offers, spam and more offers.

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8.… and NEVER open texts from your bank first thing in the morning.
It’s too early to learn how much money you spent the night before.

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9. Make sure you have more bottles of water in the house than you think you’ll need.
Sipping boiling water straight from the kettle because you’re ridiculously thirsty isn’t fun.

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10. Don’t buy a TV at full price.
Gitex is awesome.

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11. Don’t forget to save money for your next rent cheque.
You’re never as rich as you think you are.

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12. Try not to pick up too many traffic fines.
Aside from the safety aspect… think of what you could buy with that money at the mall.

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13. Accept that “yalla” is going to become part of your vocabulary.
It’s basically a polite way of saying hurry up.

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14. Don’t jaywalk.
You’ll get fined.

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15. If you think it doesn’t exist, you’ll find it at Dragon Mart.
Chair socks? Yeah they’re a thing.

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16. Rockbottoms is (almost) never a good idea.
No matter what your friends tell you at the time.

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