I first came to Dubai when I was a year old and I must say, it has been my home for almost my whole life except when I moved back to Manila when I was 4 when Josel, my younger sister was born and just came back again the year 1998! So technically speaking, Dubai, United Arab Emirates have been my home for the past 16 years! 🙂
You may actually say that we were the first Filipinos here in Dubai during the early 1990’s. At that time, what people actually know about the Middle East is only the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I guess only when I got back to Manila for College, a lot of people would still mistake Dubai as Saudi and would even ask me, “How was life like in Saudi?” But of course, I’d always reply with, “Dubai is not Saudi!” Haha. But anyway, also when I got back to Manila to study have I noticed that Dubai is becoming really popular to the Filipinos. I’m not selfish or anything, but before, it was the Indians who dominated Dubai (other than the locals of course), now.. Everywhere you look and go, turn left, turn right, look back and continue looking front, Filipinos every where na. And even in Tagalog movies, when one goes abroad, it has got to be in Dubai! Haha.
So, I guess I’m just proud to say that Dubai really was, still is and will always be my 2nd home. As per the term Expat is defined by Wikipedia, it is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing which in our case is only temporary.
Moving on to the United Arab Emirates celebrating it’s 40th National Day last December 2, 2011. Proud as I may be, I haven’t really witnessed any parade or celebrations in the streets because the small me don’t really blend in with the crowd or I’ll end up just hurting myself, haha! But of course, shopping for the Weekend Bonanza Sale of shops like Splash, H&M, New Look etc, is my simple way of celebrating. Decorations in malls and outside of houses/villas and even cars (String spray and stickers) actually made me happy and felt the celebration. Unlike my other friends, they can actually feel the celebration even just on the streets outside their house coz their in the city and I’m in a more deserted place, HAHA.
Red, green, white and black were the colors which dominated the whole of U.A.E. Of course they were the colors of the flags which actually deeply means something.
Red for bravery, strength & valour; green for hope, joy & love; white for peace & honesty; and; black for defeat of enemies.
Anyway, we celebrated it in Dubai Mall an as much as I want to have Red and green together, it’ll look more like Christmas and not the UAE flag so I just went and wore something really really simple, black and white 🙂
So if any of you guys happen to visit Dubai, tell me because I have a list of the Top 100 hottest things to do in Dubai in 2012!! 🙂