Lifestyle. Much like Newman, Dubai is generally an indoor society to avoid the heat. Hence the popularity of the shopping malls, cinemas, etc. People don’t walk anywhere as the distances are long and the heat can be oppressive especially if it’s humid. It’s even more dusty than Newman although the dust is white so doesn’t show up quite as much. We’d probably have a grey and white border collie rather than black and pink. Our brown dog manages to be brown and pink 1 hour after being washed. We wouldn’t have to wash them as much if they lived here. See the dust on a parked car.
Would I like to live in this part of the world? I’d love to give it a go for a while. Just don’t know how the female thing would go down if I worked in mining. But English or swimming teaching would be a go.
Etiquette. I’m finding my Asian driven body language gives a different impression here. I tend to look down a lot and not make direct eye contact in new situations. This can be respectful or nonthreatening in certain cultures. Here it is disrespectful not to look people in the eye and hold eye contact so I’m trying to break old habits. Again being blonde I seem to be forgiven a few cultural indescretions.