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12 Things Only Dubaian People Can Understand

12 Things Only Dubaian People Can Understand

Dubai needs no introduction. It is the pivotal point of business for the whole of the Middle East. More importantly, this city is famously known for its modern high-rises, the dazzling night life, the grand shopping experiences, the 830-meter-tall tower known as Burj Khalifa, and the man-made islands—Atlantis, The Palm Hotel and Resort—, amongst other famous things.

I have never been to Dubai before, and honestly, I would love to visit the “America” of the Middle East. That is, whenever my partner and I save ample of money to make a trip there. The advantage for us is that my brother and sister-in-law live there. So, whatever information I know about Dubai is from them, along with information that I’ve gathered from other sources. So, here is a list of 12 things only people from Dubai can relate to, and for the rest of us, we can try to read and imagine that we relate, too!

1. You know it is a tax-free city.

This is one of the best things about Dubai—you can go mad shopping! You can indulge in scrumptious meals, and you can visit those fancy places that you have always wanted to visit. All because it is a tax-free city!

2. You also know it is one of the most expensive cities, too.

So what if your city is tax free? What about the sky-high rents that you have to pay? Or, lets say, the tolls in the middle of your inner-city commute? All the clothes, the jewellery, and the fancy restaurants will certainly put a dent in your wallet.

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3. You enter a mall and you are lost for the entire day.

I am not going to say they’re a “waste of time.” The malls are huge, with so many activities and things to do that you can’t really keep track of time. Especially if you visit the mall on a weekend for a brunch. You can easily spend the whole day eating, shopping (or window shopping), relaxing, watching the kids in the playzone, getting hungry, and finally deciding to eat dinner there as well. Your entire day spent inside a mall! Didn’t think it could happen, did you?

4. You never eat a simple meal.

Talking about brunch, your meal in Dubai can never be a simple meal. It has to be a grand meal. Even if you order fish and chips, the quantity they’ll give for a single person is enough for two adults to finish off. Most of the time, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all buffet-style, eat-what-you-can endeavours.

5. You have used a gold ATM booth.

I mean, seriously. They have Gold to go: The gold ATM. This is one rich city!

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    6. You see muscle cars EVERYWHERE.

    If you think gold-to-go booths indicate how rich people from Dubai are, wait till you hit the road. Everyone, and I mean everyone, invests their wealth in buying muscle cars. The roads are literally covered with names like BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Cadillac, Ferrari, Porsche, Nissan Infinity, Bentley, and Lamborghini—to name a few. Talk about luxurious travel!

    And, guess what cars the police drive?

    Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, limited edition of Aston Martin One-77, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, Ford Mustang GT, Bentley Continental GT, Hummer H-3, Audi R-8—these are few names from the big list.

    Bottom line: it’s not only the civilians who drive fancy cars, the whole city seems to be breathing ludicrous vehicles.

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    7. You get lost while driving.

    The roads change every day. In the morning, you drove across the bridge, and by the evening, you have to take an alternative route because that bridge has closed down. Therefore, the constant route changes lead to severe traffic jams. Dubai sees horrible traffic jams. But the plus point is, you get to check out all the fancy cars stuck on the road.

    8. Your camel is your favorite pet.

    They have chocolates made out of camel milk. They take their camels out for walks just like we take our pets out for walks. They even park their camels in the parking lots beside all the deluxe wheels.

    9. You don’t know your postal address.

    Sounds crazy but it’s true. Especially for us, the “foreigners,” who would like to DHL a gift parcel to our beloved family members living there. The addresses Dubaians know are their office addresses—that’s where we all send our gifts. No zip code, no street addresses, no post office box!

    10. Your simple hotel is our luxurious one.

    A very simple hotel in Dubai looks like a hotel stripped from a fairy tale. Starting from the chandeliers, to the designer tables and chairs, sofas, to the lush carpets, even the beds and bathrooms are insanely lavish. They represent the rich Middle Eastern flavor in every step you take. So, just imagine what Burj Khalifa would be like? Or any other superstar hotel in the city?

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    11. You know that sand storms are just a part of life.

    You can hardly see much nature in Dubai, thanks to the constant building of high rises. They do have artificial greens, but they can’t really replace the beauty of nature. What they do have from nature is the sudden sand storms. These storms are so frequent that they are now considered to be part of every Dubaian’s life.

    12. You have a very hot city.

    I really mean it. I don’t know what you make out of it, but when I say hot, I actually mean the blazing sun laughing down at you. You may not have humidity, but you do have scorching heat reaching somewhere around 40 degrees plus. No wonder all the buildings, the cars, malls, restaurants, and offices are air conditioned. And because of the intense heat, even the cold water turns hot.

    Despite having some negative points, Dubai is a beautiful city with bustling night life, endless entertainment, vast options for fine dining, luxurious experiences in any hotel, and shopping to satisfy anyone. You just need to make sure you have a constant cashflow to really enjoy it.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

    7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

    When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

    You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

    1. Connecting them with each other

    Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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    It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

    2. Connect with their emotions

    Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

    For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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    3. Keep going back to the beginning

    Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

    On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

    4. Link to your audience’s motivation

    After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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    Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

    5. Entertain them

    While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

    Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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    6. Appeal to loyalty

    Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

    In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

    7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

    Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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