See what Sandie has to say about living in the multicultural atmosphere of Dubai in the UAE

For Lebanese woman Sandie, the mix of nationalities and the cosmopolitan flavor are two of the things that make living in Dubai such an interesting experience. The traffic and high prices aren't so nice, but the friendliness of the people certainly is.

Sandie Mirfield

July 20 2006

-Where were you born?
Beirut, Lebanon

-Are you living alone or with your family?
I live with my husband.

-In which country and city are you living now?
Dubai, UAE

-How long have you been living in Dubai?
Five years

-What is your age?
I am 30 years old.

-When did you come up with the idea of living in Dubai?
Seven years ago, when I wanted to travel. I love adventures and exploring new countries.

-Was it hard to get a visa or a working permit?

-How do you make your living in Dubai? Do you have any type of income generated?
I work in a medical centre. It took me a few months to find this job through the newspaper ads.


-Do you speak Arabic and do you think it's important to speak the local language?
I do speak the local language, but in Dubai it is not necessary as 30% of the population speaks the Arabic (local) language and the rest speak English,
which is the main one.

-Do you miss home and family sometimes?
I miss home and my family a lot, but we try to stay in touch and see each other every two years. I keep myself busy through my job and my activities. I love the ocean and all kinds of sports like cycling, sailing…

-Do you have other plans for the future?
Yes, I would like to travel to another country again.

-What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? How much do you pay for it?
We are renting. Rents differ depending on the area, but usually you can say that people can rent a decent house with two bedrooms for 100,000dhs per year.

-What is the cost of living in Dubai?
It is a bit high compared to the rest of the world.

-What do you think about the locals?
They are very friendly. If you ask them for a cup of water they will invite you for dinner!

-What are the positive and negative aspects of living in Dubai?
The positive aspect is that it is very cosmopolitan -- my husband works in a company which has 37 nationalities! Can you imagine the rich cultures, traditions…

The negative aspect (according to me) is the traffic: people are not very patient on the roads, they are a bit aggressive. But I guess it is
a city after all.

-Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Dubai?
It is a great country, with lovely people and great weather -- it is always sunny, it rains less than a week per year! And people are from everywhere, so it's a real cultural salad!

-Do you have any favorite Web sites or blogs about Dubai?
my blog is :

my fave blogs are: