@Complexcomplexintentions wrote: ↑Sun May 06, 2018 5:58 pm
Fair enough re: culture. What appeals to one is a complete turnoff to another - it's a matter of opinion and taste. I would never have chosen to live in Sri Lanka, for example. I would not dismiss working there for someone else though based on my opinion of the place.
And that's the thing - I don't "recommend" people going to Emirates, or not going to Emirates - or anywhere. For such a massive decision, it has to be the individual's choice entirely. However, I'm regularly approached by people asking for my opinion and actual experiences there, so I try to offer them as completely as possible. Views such as yours re: Dubai do come across as quite one-sided - which isn't to say you aren't entitled to them. To reiterate: layovers somewhere, or the self-reinforcing views of friends there, are just not the same as living there. As you of all people should well know.
And I certainly am no fan of many aspects of EK and Dubai life, I've been pretty damn critical many times. I can't relate to your question as the majority of my pilot friends are the same demographic as me and aren't in the market for such advice. But those who do ask, I look at their whole picture and absolutely consider it for anyone that feels it could benefit them, after informed consideration. Because, as much as there were/are many negatives to my own expat life in Dubai, I can't possibly deny that on the whole it was massively successful and lucrative for me professionally, financially, and personally. Advising someone to throw away an opportunity - yes, it has associated risks and downsides - is not my, or anyone's place.
All valid points - no issue with any of the above.
I don't recall telling people not to go to Emirates/Dubai - I do encourage people to do their research and know what they are getting themselves into.
The only thing I've told people not to do is to give up a stable job in their home country to become an Expat. I stand behind that comment.
I agree that layovers are different than living in Dubai - but that doesn't mean I haven't seen or been exposed to things.
- I've done walkarounds at 47C (48C as we started the take-off roll).
- I've been there during Ramadan (multiple years).
- I've almost been involved in car crashes several times on the roads (seen lots of accidents too).
- After arrival in Dubai it started raining and there was a lot of flooding (including my hotel).
- I've burned my hands on the baggage trolleys outside departures.
- I've had guys put the wrong stamp in my passport and had to wait while that got sorted out (not a simple process).
- I've experienced 2 day sandstorms where you are basically stuck inside.
As I was typing this I realised that there is something I like about Dubai after all:-
I sometimes get to watch the Al Fursan Aerobatic team practice in the morning - they put on a very good display.
More reading about the region (site is banned in Dubai btw). Includes coverage of the situation in Yemen.