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Go to any of the events listed and you certainly won’t be alone.Will you make friends and possibly start relationships? It’s a reverse of the old Kodak promise; in this case, we provide the people, you do the rest.Without a doubt, we all feel most comfortable with people who share, however broadly, our own national and cultural heritages.
The invaluable Dubai Time Out site has a Community page, which keeps track, week by week, of what the numerous special interest groups are doing in Dubai.Here are a few I have some personal experience with: The Dubai Natural History Group – A long-standing UAE institution.Monthly lectures on a very diverse group of topics are supplemented with field trips and overnight camp-outs. If it has anything at all connected with the geography, geology, and ecology of the UAE (and also Oman), there will be other people that share your interests – and enthuse you with their own.How, as an expatriate, do you forge a new network of friends and acquaintances to provide the social contacts you need to perform your work in an effective and productive way? Whatever is bugging that person, it’s not your concern. Accept whatever kindnesses and invitations are on offer, because in the coming weeks and months, you will pass through the various stages of that disconcerting feeing of alienation known as culture shock (in the case of Dubai and the UAE, you can prepare yourself in advance by reading this.) Workmates and colleagues can be very helpful in passing on all those vital tips to settling into your new home: practical stuff like “do this, but don’t do that,” “it says you need this but actually, you don’t,” and the like.
If you are the lone “newbie,” stepping into a group of people who’ve already been working in Dubai for months and years, some will welcome you openly, others will treat you courteously (but be a bit more distant), and there may even be rare cases where you sense some hostility. Chats over coffee and lunch can quickly segue into invitations to do things in the after work hours and at weekends.
If you have arrived in Dubai with a spouse and family, your children, depending on their ages, will bring about opportunities to meet new people.