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Westerners in Dubai Nov 19, 2011
Hi every1, I am new in Dubai. I have been born and raised in a western country. Coming here, after meeting many westerns in dubai, i have realised that they all hate arabs!! I dont understand why?!! Specially emaratis, they say they would never b friend with emaratis!

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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
Speaking for myself, the Emerati's I've met have all been pleasant people except for the ones that have tried to run me off the road or the police who arrested my wife and demanded money from us. The problem for expatriates in this country is the legal system. Locals can get away with all kinds of bad behaviour and foreigners can't. Most locals aren't badly behaved, but some of them certainly are.

I don't dislike locals, but I'm comfortable leaving the locals to themselves. Personally I'm not comfortable trying to make friends with someone who doesn't relate to me as an equal. If a local can use his wasta to get me imprisoned at his wish, then its difficult to relate as equals.
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Re: Westerners in Dubai Nov 20, 2011
They're not unlike Napoleon in Animal Farm when he altered the 7th Commandment;

All animals are equal! (But some are more equal than others)

:lol: :lol:
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
Yea but u know in every country there are good and bad, we shouldnt b judging some1 before knowing him. Maybe you aren't like that, but i met people like this...
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
Well MarN21, welcome to Dubai. I don't know where exactly these "westerners" come from that you have met, but I'm from the US and as for me, and most of the people I know from the US who live in Dubai, don't hate Arabs. Why, I'm even married to one!!!! If you make friends with Emiratis you might find that there are some that aren't very fond of westerners, no matter which western country they came from.
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
good happy to hear that!! :) I also come from a western country and people are very respectful. I was shocked, i thought the ones here would b even more open minded but from the ones i met, they made me feel the opposite.
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
What western country do you come from? What western countries do the people who "hate" Arabs come from? "Western" is a very broad term and covers many different countries.
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 20, 2011
Im a Canadian, I have met canadians and americans that didnt seem to happy here...
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Re: Westerners in Dubai Nov 24, 2011
I read on another post that you are Muslim.
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Re: Westerners in Dubai Nov 24, 2011
MarN21 wrote:Hi every1, I am new in Dubai. I have been born and raised in a western country. Coming here, after meeting many westerns in dubai, i have realised that they all hate arabs!! I dont understand why?!! Specially emaratis, they say they would never b friend with emaratis!


I have been in Dubai for many years and to be honest I find your comments rather surprising, I also have not met many people who have expressed such feelings.
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 24, 2011
MarN21 wrote:Im a Canadian, I have met canadians and americans that didnt seem to happy here...


A true Canadian? You said in another post that you're an Arab. So basically an Arab with a Canadian passport - surprise surprise now the complex and banging on about coming from western countries makes sense.

So where do you actually come from? Bound to be Lebanon or somewhere like that.

Dillon pretty much said it like it is, it's pretty hard to mix with people where many consider themselves superior to everyone else, plus many locals don't actually want to mix with other nationalities and keep themselves to themselves.
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Re: Westerners in Dubai Nov 24, 2011
MarN21 wrote:Hi every1, I am new in Dubai. I have been born and raised in a western country. Coming here, after meeting many westerns in dubai, i have realised that they all hate arabs!! I dont understand why?!! Specially emaratis, they say they would never b friend with emaratis!


You don't write like a Canadian :drunken:

Personally I like the locals. They are plenty of people I would choose not to be friends with it's because I don't particularly like them, not because they are from a particular country.
Everyone feels a bit superior in their own country. Why shouldn't they? I don't have a problem with that.

-- Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:06 am --

Chocoholic wrote:So where do you actually come from? Bound to be Lebanon or somewhere like that.


I didn't see the Arab reference but my first guess was Pakistan.
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Re: Westerners in Dubai Nov 24, 2011
No she stated somewhere she was an Arab living in Canada.

I think the issue is there's a difference in people feeling superior in their own country and those who would deliberately get others into trouble. As someone already stated the legal system here isn't fair by any stretch of the imagination. People using 'wasta' to get off doesn't happen so much elsewhere. This sadly is the main reason why many people will not mix with locals, because many might be nice to your face, but they have a whole different attitude behind your back.

Not everyone, but some.
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 24, 2011
yes im an arab who was born and raised in canada, and im new here, trying to understand how people are dealing with eachother here... thanks for all of ur replies :)
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Re: Westerners In Dubai Nov 24, 2011
MarN21 wrote:yes im an arab who was born and raised in canada, and im new here, trying to understand how people are dealing with eachother here... thanks for all of ur replies :)


Should have stayed there at least until you could learn the language :P
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