UAE specially Dubai is one of the biggest and richest cities in the Middle East, it is famous with its tall buildings and advanced technology! I had a big assumption in my mind before going to UAE, I assumed that I won’t be seeing any kind of green life, nor even Emirate people, I just expected to see a 2020 city with lots and lots of internationals!

As always, I was wrong, there is a lot more to this city than just technology and fancy cars, and all we got to do is see beneath the surface!

Since 5 is my new lucky number, here are 5 things you don’t know or expect about UAE:

1- UAE have their own font in Arabic language and as international it is! all the roads, shops and transportation have arabic writings, it is actually a more Arab country than you think.

2- Women in UAE were Abaya (black long dress) and men wear Dashdad (long white something hehe). This might be expected for you but it was a shock for me, I thought everyone will be wearing modern cloths, I mean we all do that in Jordan/ Iraq.

This reason actually made me respect the country more just because they are keeping their culture alive.

3- Women are more in power! I was honored to see the role of leading woman in UAE, they currently occupy 66% of the public workforce in UAE, I love when a country really empower women and encourage them to be fearless!

Badreya Al Dashti — Head of Public Sector and Contracting, Corporate Banking, Noor Bank

4- As we all know UAE is in the Middle of the desert meaning there no sign for any green life! However, Abu Dhabi is filled with great land; you will notice trees everywhere, grass, beautiful family parks and even a beach!!

Also, you can visit Dubai Miracle Garden, such a beautiful place with different kinds of flowers, you can check The other side of Dubai part 2 for more information!

To experience UAE’s real culture; You have to have to visit other cities! 

5- In every country I visited, I had to go through this security door and let someone search my bag, it was simply normal for any security check. In UAE, there were nothing like that!! I mean I entered every mall without any check, no one even asked about checking my bag!

I never worried about walking in side streets or felt a tiny bit scared about anyone there. 

Though there were no security checks yet it felt safer than ever, you can tell that you are safe and nothing bad will happen!

This post was just to give a little glimpse about this interesting country! You can read more about Dubai in Dubai – The city of skyscrapers!

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What is the most unexpected thing you faced in UAE?

Author: Zeina

An Iraqi/ Hijabi Travel blogger. Trying to make a difference! I want to empower women and Iraqis in specific.
However, I faced a lot of obstacles because of my Passport, I don’t have the luxury to travel to many countries, but I will continue to believe in myself and the world.

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