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Dear Zuma: Here’s 24 Things That Happen When You Move To Dubai

1. You land in the city and are swept off your feet by its cleanliness and beauty.

2. A couple weeks in, you’ve already spent a ton of money.

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3. While instinctively converting dirhams to your home currency, in your head.

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Whaaaaat? I could get this for like a thousand rupees back home!

4. You let yourself loose on the food. Oh god, the fooood.

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Scour ALL the cafes. Try out ALL the fast food joints.

5. Of course, you want to try all local things, starting with literally every shisha flavour.

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Smoke ALL the shisha.

6. And making shawarma an essential part of your daily diet.

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7. The rules of this country seem kind of overwhelming, compared to how laidback home is.

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8. You are more careful than ever because you can pretty much get ticketed for everything.

9. Eventually, you get your first fine and have a distress attack.

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THAT WAS 200 DIRHAMS I COULD’VE SPENT AT THE MALL.

10. And though it’s hard, you begin to understand that’s how Dubai is so orderly.

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11. You get used to living in a monarchy and having Sheikhs’ photos all around you.

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Sheikh Mohammed coffee mugs, keychains, or just random building-tall posters, you name it.

12. You very quickly pick up the basic arabic you need to survive here.

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“Inshallah, Mashallah, Assalam’wa’alekum, kaef halek, Alhamdulillah… I am one of them now.”

13. You are more thankful for air conditioners than you’ve ever been because the heat is unbelievable.

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Even compared to home. YES.

14. Soon, you discover that this land’s water wants to kill your hair.

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*FREAKING OUT*

15. And that the junk food binge you’ve been on for the past few months was a terrible idea.

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(Normally occurs when you Skype with a family member back home and they tell you your face looks rounder.)

16. Every few weeks you recall something from home and get emotionally tender.

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17. As soon as you’re over with your tourist phase, you start hating how many there are.

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Every season is holiday season.

18. Your first ramadan is tricky because you keep forgetting you can in trouble for drinking water in public.

19. You realise you’ve started spending a lot more than you used to.

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20. You take your time getting used to the weekend starting on Thursday.

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Sunday is a work day.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

21. But the nightlife is amazing and you could certainly get used to it.

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22. The sparkling blue beaches are a lovely change.

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Especially if you’ve moved from a crowded city with grey and cluttered beaches.

23. And (in moderation) the food is phenomenal.

24. And so, sooner or later, you fall in love with this Arabian dream.