Living in the United Arab Emirates: The Real Deal with Tiffany Bradshaw
Interested in living in the United Arab Emirates? Here, Tiffany Bradshaw shares the highlights and challenges, as well as her tips for an amazing experience abroad.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?
I am from Detroit and I live in LA. I run a boutique Marketing, Branding and PR Agency made up of a team of experienced professionals in various disciplines and industries who use a creative fusion of strategic Marketing, Branding and PR to help our clients get more visibility and increase sales!
What made you decide to move abroad? How long did you live there for? Tell us about how you spent your time in your new destination — whether you worked, studied, traveled, or did something else.
I went to the United Arab Emirates as talent on a TV show (HydraExecutives). It was like The Apprentice of the Middle East. Once I was done with the show, I talked myself into a project/job basically as assistant general manager at a resort in Abu Dhabi. I was there for four months.
What were some of the biggest challenges you experienced while living abroad? What were some of the greatest highlights?
Not speaking Arabic or reading it was a bit of a challenge but many spoke English. I wasn’t sure how women were treated there, but it turned out fine. As a matter of fact, the people there are very respectful to women.
Highlights included: meeting members of the royal family; reading the 30-year plan for the city; going to a cool event in the middle of the desert with Arabic food, camel rides, belly dancing, etc.; seeing how fabulous Dubai is.
What do you wish you knew before you moved?
That the clothes I brought that I thought were conservative were not as conservative as I thought!
Any favorite restaurants/events/sites that you’d like to recommend?
Yes! They include: nightclubs in Dubai Marina, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab 7 Star Hotel, and Palm Island.
Are there any tips you’d give someone else considering a similar move?
Even though Dubai seems a bit like Vegas, keep in mind that it is still a very traditional and conservative Middle Eastern country.
Is there anything that women specifically should know before they move to your destination?
Keep an open mind on how you will be treated. You will feel quite safe there (maybe safer than in the US). Bring a fair share of ultra conservative clothes. It is super hot–like 120 degrees–and humid in the summertime.
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