Living in an Abu Dhabi as a “Western” Expat
Skyline of Abu Dhabi
I’m finally back on my MacBook after a few technical difficulties that had the doll out of commission for a few days; well I am back and here to deliver my week scoop on living in Abu Dhabi via “Abu Dhabi and me” series. My beloved iPhoto and I had a fight, and he deleted all of my pictures…ALL 4000+ of them. The team at Apple Care were useless but my sister, the IT Pro, saved the day.
I’ve been here about two weeks and three days and have had my share of challenges. The preparation to move to the other side of the world was enough stress for years. After arriving to a NOT 5-Star hotel, being assigned less than stellar accommodations, and reliving freshman year as a 30 something year old was something that sent me into a tailspin. After dealing with the stress of it all, plus tears, I needed spa time.
There’s a magnificent resort called St. Regis Saadiyat Island that offers an array of services that spoke to my needs. They had specials that couldn’t be resisted; facials, massages, private jacuzzi, and everything that’s inclusive of royal treatments.
There are a few pictures on my Facebook Page.
My week in pics…
OK. I still don’t have the picture sizing issue solved…LOL..now they’re too small.
Morning walk at the hotel
Fuddruckers in Abu Dhabi
Good morning Abu Dhabi
Ikea – Abu Dhabi
Mall Nail Salon
My housing issue is still an issue which makes everything an issue. Looking at the “bright side” is looking into the dark. The order of business is slow as hell and is on the coattail of a snail’s ass. I’d love to report that I’m having a “Carrie Bradshaw” experience but that would be a farce and there are enough misleading, one-in-a-cold-chance-in-hell presentations on how life is here. You’d have to digest 20 oz cylinder of salt to have that ONE experience that everyone thinks they will have.
Below is the other extreme and my experience so far. From conversations, my experiences are more common than not and other people’s fall somewhere in the middle. So if you want to come here, consider ALL that you read, not just that one “show ‘n glow” because BAYBAY, it ain’t that.
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Can you imagine my horror when I saw that. There aren’t words to describe the collective feelings of those who were assigned to this nonsense.
The company is receptive to our obvious concerns and let’s pray and create a sense of peace in solving this issue.
Above I mentioned above, this felt like freshman year. My freshman year, way back in the 90s, was fantastic. Freshman year as a 30 something, is not fantastic. I am ready to leave this hotel and get to my own place (well as soon as I get one). Living among catty women is never a cool situation. There are families and some men but it does not take away the enormous vibration of estrogen in the air. BARF X 1000.
I did manage to attend some nice events this week, I’ll report on them soon.
See you all next week for my weekly installment of living Abu Dhabi and me.
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