At the end of my career, I have been waiting for the excitement of my life. After several reorganizations, my job in the Australian government has become a job that is not interested in me, has no education, no education or experience. Of course, I did this job, but I feel like a fish is out of water. While waiting for the promised layoff plan, I desperately needed a new direction.
When my wife returned from a trip to the Middle East and offered me a job in the UAE, I thought she was joking. she is not. A few days later, I searched for jobs on the Internet and found hundreds of them. One or two months later, I was hired as a faculty member of the Business Administration School of Al Ain Women’s College (one of 13 high-tech colleges).
I have never lived abroad before, so it is a serious decision to go to a place with a completely different culture and stay away from our children and grandchildren. We decided to deal with the challenge. If we can’t solve it, we can go home anytime.
After a 14-hour drive from Melbourne, Australia, we arrived at Dubai International Airport in an evil hour. We were told to collect temporary visas from the immigration office, but the staff was elusive until we found the desk. This is the first sign that the UAE is underperforming Australia. Within an hour, we cleared customs, collected our luggage and visas, and then left the airport with a very cute, well-dressed, articulate Indian Vijay. Vijay worked as a driver at Al Ain University, and soon we found out that he was helping new employees. fixed.
After signing the contract, I received two envelopes. One of the cash was used to pay for our six-day stay in the hotel, and the other cash included a check of 30,000 dirhams to cover the installation cost. We don’t know how much dirhams actually cost, but it seems a lot of money… and I haven’t worked for a day.
We found Al Ain Island to be a lovely oasis, with a two-lane carriageway separated by iron gates and date palm trees. Somewhere in the desert is surprisingly green, but wherever we go, we see the municipality taking pride in providing excellent roads and infrastructure for beautiful cities. It is much better than our small town in Australia, and obviously has a lot of water.
For us, among the densely populated people, mainly Indians, Pakistanis, Afghans, Asians, and Arabs, the difference in clothing is very obvious. There are relatively few whites like us (about 3,000 out of 400,000 residents). We can tell where people come from their clothes, even if not from their appearance. Even the Arabs wear different clothes. Tourists from neighboring Oman wear headdresses to distinguish them from the local emirate, but they all wear the same mandola (long white robe, similar to clothing).
Despite the language barrier, everyone we met was very friendly. No graffiti, almost no debris. Low-wage buildings range from gorgeous houses to dilapidated brick houses. According to Australian standards, our accommodation in a large apartment complex is very luxurious; four bedrooms and a maid’s room, five bathrooms, high ceilings, and a double garage. We cannot believe that two people can fit in such a large room.
The HCT training time for our 14 new employees is long and extensive. This is the best training program I have ever experienced. In September, I started teaching human resources to senior students and computer science and general affairs to freshmen.
In the first few months, I wondered if I made the right decision. I have 140 20th grade students, ranging in age from 19 to 25 years old. Their English varies from almost incompetent to passable, and most people can’t make simple sentences. They are obviously not used to learning and do not have enough motivation to learn. Student life is home to escape.
The best part of the whole adventure was the new friends we made with foreigners from Canada, Britain, Scotland, Ireland, the United States, Jordan, Egypt, France, Turkey, and even Australia. Due to the low cost of living, we often go out for dinner, celebrate every birthday, a national holiday, and often go out for dinner to share a meal, a glass of wine, and good partners.
During the summer vacation, we managed to reach many countries in the Middle East outside of Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, and the UAE. We stayed in Cyprus for a week. One of the reasons we moved to the UAE is travel. Of course, we did it, and it’s much cheaper than Down Under.
Although my salary is similar to that in Australia, there is no income tax. In fact, there is almost no tax here, but now if you dine in a hotel, you will pay a 10% service charge and a 6% city tax. There are car registration fees, driving licenses, etc., but they are all much cheaper than mine in Australia. Gas is cheap, food and almost everything else is cheap, so we live like kings without stealing, knowing that this dream will end sooner or later.
Although we did not come to the UAE to make money, my wife did not have a job. We tried our best to use it for travel, new cars, and comfortable life, but we left a lot of money, new furniture, and tailors, etc. We are doing well outside the UAE.
If you live in a remote area like Australia, it is easy to make Australia the center of attention, perhaps a little arrogant. Visiting other places will broaden your horizons. This is a lifetime experience that every Australian should have. When you see a country where there are no drunk streets, no graffiti, no petty theft, no street fighting, and a proud country with well-behaved and well-dressed people, this is different from most parts of Australia. On the contrary, several countries, we have visited remind us of how lucky it is to board a plane and return to Australia.