U.A.E. has a population of 10 million, which is 39 times less than that of India but is still more economically developed. Growing up in Dubai is one of the best things that has happened to me. Although I didn’t love it at the start, eventually, with time, I realized why people were in love with it
We, all fellow Indians living in Dubai, felt that it wasn’t just the skyscrapers, famous malls, or even the gold market; what attracted people the most was the city’s unique culture. And also, no matter how developed they became, the locals always remained true to their culture. As someone who lived in Dubai for 15 years, so I thought penning how I felt living as an Indian in Dubai.
From being a barren land to one of the most innovative cities in the world, it does take a lot of effort. Seeing how Dubai has evolved in the last 25 years is excellent.
Although it may look like a country of deserts to the rest of the world, as an Indian living in Dubai, I realized several factors contributed to making U.A.E. the world’s 41st richest country.
If you see Dubai, it has the tallest buildings but doesn’t have much population; how do they build it so fast?
The environment in Dubai is such that everyone is always productive, and no matter what, it brings the best out of people. Dubai’s flourishing stuff is mainly because of the high and regular income. Even in low-paying jobs, you can afford life for two individuals.
I attended a CBSE school there, but I have to say that the teachers and the staff were of top-notch quality, where teachers gave particular importance to studies and building students’ personalities. On the other hand, this was not the case in schools in India.
Another difference I briefly noted was that a child’s education could not be stopped in Dubai, even if it’s a private school. The education ministry (KHDA) ensures that everyone has access to education, which makes the literacy rate higher in U.A.E. Although we have the Right to Education here in India, the dropout rates are still high.
One of the other things I was highly grateful for was the safety in Dubai. We all have this misconception that since it’s an Islamic state, it has restrictions on women.
Yes, they respect their culture and expect the immigrants to do the same, but that has not stopped them from growing out of the shell of narrow-mindedness. It felt so safe there. Even if I was out at 2 or 3 a.m., there were Police patrolling in the area, so it never felt unsafe. Not only that, but the Police were also highly efficient in doing their job. And Police were always committed to treating women with better facilities if they required anything. Another difference I briefly noted was that a child’s education could not be stopped in Dubai, even if it’s a private school. The education ministry (KHDA) ensures that everyone has access to education, which makes the literacy rate higher in U.A.E. Although we have the Right to Education here in India, the dropout rates are still high.
Not everything is excellent about Dubai. One of the drawbacks is that an immigrant always faces discrimination.
The locals always got the upper hand in everything. They got high-paying jobs even if they didn’t have any proper qualifications.
Locals in Dubai are always the government’s first choice, but in India’s case, everyone is equal, irrespective of caste, creed, and culture.