Some musings on moving from an Abu Dhabi apartment to a Dubai villa…

Feeling in a list mode this afternoon:

  1. You can live without garbage pick up for more than 3 weeks.  You might have to secretly hijack the neighbors garbage can and throw your stuff away in theirs, but whatever.
  2. Always ensure there is wine somewhere that can be consumed.
  3. Dubai is much larger and complicated than it was in 2011.  Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes that’s a bad thing.
  4. If something is to be delivered to your new place, the hours to wait will be between 9-6PM.  Yes, you will have other things to do.  Yes, they will not come until late afternoon.  Potentially, they will not show up at all.
  5. Saving money by living in a new development might seem like a good idea, however, approximately no one will know where you live or how to get there.  BTW, there are no landmarks.
  6. No less than four men a day will come to your villa and offer landscaping services.  Accept one, but be sure to haggle on the price.  At least say ‘best price?’  Or completely forget that’s how things are done and be convinced you were screwed over on the cost of bamboo.
  7. Inevitably, you will need to visit Al Wasl Road no less than three times a week.
  8. Your new neighbors will actually be awesome.  There is a hokey facebook group where people tell each other good morning.  An immediate neighbor will bring you Swiss treats because they just welcomed a baby girl to the family.
  9. There is a hidden Modesh in one of the nearby yards.
  10. Google Maps is simultaneously your best friend and worst enemy.
  11. You can do everything and nothing and feel bad about both. FOMO is a real thing, y’all.
  12. One can spend 4 hours at MOE and make friends with the employees of both Apple and Crate & Barrel.
  13. Remind yourself daily that you are healthy, your husband is healthy and so is your 20 year old cat.
  14. The first time someone cleans your apartment, you might want to weep with gratitude.
  15. You will always need to have a pen with you.  Do not forget your pen.
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To be fair, the view is worth it.
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Happy cat is happy.

Have you made the move?  Any observations to share?

2 thoughts on “Some musings on moving from an Abu Dhabi apartment to a Dubai villa…

  1. I perhaps would like to live in a villa someday but not yet as where we are now it is very comfortable and convenient plus villa is too hard to clean unless they can offer the same 3x a week clean ups! 🙂

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