Let me start my article with the words of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai:
“Happiness and positivity are a lifestyle and government’s commitment and a true spirit that unites the Emirati community”
It is incredible to witness this phenomenal change and transformation that Dubai has witnessed over the years. Having lived in Dubai from most part of my growing up years, I saw the seeds of this transformation sow but never in my wildest imagination did I expect that Dubai would evolve into a destination of dreams and happiness – An Oasis in a desert on my return to Dubai after 18-years.
I was told by many of my friends that living in Dubai is difficult and expensive. The money is drying up because its oil is drying up and now with taxes it is leaving a dampening effect. But it is strange these feedbacks because no one complaining wants to leave Dubai.
Dubai is a land of dreams. It is precisely the reason I decided to expand our consultancy business here.
It is not an easy market to do business. But, lets be honest doing business in any market is not an easy task. The idea is to get the business model right and work the market with effectiveness and quality services in your trade.
I love the security Dubai offers to its residents. I am amazed when a colleague of mine shared her experience of having a flat tyre late at night on her return from an event; the police saw her predicament and got down to changing the tire for her while the car-mechanic arrived to check if the vehicle needed any further assistance. Then they took her phone number and gave her their phone number to call when she reached home. Estimating the time to her home destination, the police called her to find out, if she reached home safely. Can you believe it! Thats simply commendable.
Yet another friend of mine who shifted his business from India to Dubai told me about the value and exposure Dubai is providing to his children studying in one of the schools in Dubai; while he travels around the globe, he is often at ease when his wife and kids are alone in Dubai because he believes that they will be safe.
I see so many kids roam the streets, sometimes metros and malls without a fear because Dubai is safe.
The most interesting facet of Dubai is that it is a melting pot of different people and culture. You could take a Dubai Taxi, meet a wonderful Pakistani individual and half such a healthy conversation about life of being an Indian and Pakistani but most of all being a Human. Or for that matter you chat up with the Filipinos who are always smiling and saying ‘Hello Sir’. I have not noticed in my numerous observations of Filipinos – a sad face – they are always happy.
Dubai is also about customer service and value for a people. If you have a problem with a service, you will always find that someone will find a solution to that problem.
Life in Dubai is hardworking. Everyone is working hard and then either chilling or relaxing.
Life in Dubai is also expensive but people have gotten into a budget mode, most spend wisely and look at good offers at departmental stores or hypermarkets to do their discounted shopping.
The most endearing aspect of life in Dubai is that the Arabs have immense respect for Indians and with each passing day their relationship with Indians and the Indian government only strengthens. This respect extends to every other nationality in Dubai. The Rulers believe that a community is a good community when everyone is treated equally and fairly; while protecting the interests of their people and safe-guarding their culture.
Of course there a side to the hard-life of the labourers in Dubai but I will find it hard to believe that labourers across the world do not have hard life. It is the nature of their job.
Today Indians in Dubai – especially in real estate – are one of the most prolific investors. From 2013 to 2017, Indians have invested 22 billion dirhams in Dubai real estate and this figure is expected to grow in the coming years.
I see happiness around Dubai. And it is incredible that the Rulers of Dubai has decided to work towards ensuring that the communities living in Dubai live happy. There is a conscious effort to make a difference in the life of the people by caring an providing for a life worth living.
To me happiness is Dubai.