welcome to Dubai. You make a right choice. I am relatively new here (10 months and most of the times are busy with work
) But live in Dubai is less hazzle. For me, i am really lucky to stay near to the beach and I really enjoy the morning scene before I went to the office.
I am agree with you that friends are great things to have. Especially when you find friends who are nice, friendly and have a big heart. It's always great to exchange the ideas, since Dubai is really multi culture environment.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Dubai and good luck for the job hunting