Here are some of the most idiosyncratic occurrences you will only find in the UAE, some fun and some downright nerve-wracking.
While thinking about this write-up, my mind constantly wandered towards the old song “It only happens in India” from the Bollywood movie Pardesi Babu(Mr. Wanderer?) and hence the title of the article with a tad bit change (cheesy that’s right). Living as an ex-pat in a foreign country, you do come across situations that are akin to the native country, very distinctive, some that will put a smile on your face, some will be downright nerve-wracking and others will make your jaws drop in surprise. This write-up is exactly that! Relatable if you are living in the UAE no matter which emirate you are residing in. So, without further ado, let’s take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with these scenarios.
When It Slips Your Mind Where You Parked Your Car In The Mall Parking Area:
That’s great! Had a great time with your retail therapy! But forgot to take the picture of the pillar where the parking number is mentioned? And now you are literally playing hide and seek with your car by pressing that car key in front of each car! Ahhhhh your worst nightmare. Yup, it only happens in Dubai.
When A Larger-Than- life Burberry Purse Makes Its Way to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Beach
Just a month ago, Insta was flooded with a video of a giant Burberry purse making its way towards the sandy shores. The larger-than-life Burberry bag stood in front of the Marina skyline and making us wonder, these humongous promotional stunts are only possible in Dubai.
While Getting In Car, First Thing You Want To Do Is Switch On The Air Conditioner
In other countries: Sit in the car, wear your seat belt, adjust your front mirror, hold your steering and Vroommmm!!
In Dubai: Set your foot in the car, switch on the AC at the highest and give yourself a much-needed breather after walking towards parking for literally two minutes. We feel the burn!!
When your Heart Skips A Beat At The First Flash After Breaking A Signal
Driving towards your destination and whoops an instant flash breaks your heart and your bank account just as quickly. Well, that’s exactly the harrowing moment I was talking about and everyone living in Dubai must have been through at least one in their lifetime.
The Simple Act Of Bathing Becomes An Intricated Tap Dance:
Turn on the hot water tap or cold tap, and you instantly will regret it. Yikesss!! Bath time instantly turns into a steam bath without even turning on the heater. Well, proceed with caution!
The Thought Of Working On Sundays Is Still An Baffling Situation:
TGIF!! Nah Nah nadaaa not everyone feels that way. Especially for the ex-pats, working on Sundays is still an unusual occurrence. You still have to get your head around in realizing how Friday and Saturday is a weekend while Sunday, is a weekday and a working day. Well, it is what it is!
Drying Clothes In Dubai Is As Fast As Cooking Two Minutes Instant Noodles
Have you come across memes where during the scorching summers of Dubai, the eggs cook on their own in the pan when taken out just for a minute? Well, that stands true, almost. Similarly drying clothes after wash never seems to be a hassle and gets dried quicker than your instant noodles.
Well, this is not the end. The Brown Identity will keep on coming up with more in the Gulf chronicles. Because experiences and occurrences are never-ending and one comes across them every day.