5 Lessons You Learn from Living in the UAE

From year-round sunshine and a never-ending list of things to do to cultural diversity and constant innovation, the UAE is full of incredible things to love. Whether you’ve been here for a few months or a few years, this country manages to steal a piece of your heart and make you feel at home. With endless opportunities, the UAE has opened its doors to people from all over the world and there’s a lot that can be learned from this beautiful country.
In honour of UAE National Day, here are some lessons you learn by living in the UAE and which help you evolve, both personally and professionally.

Concentrate on priority management, not time management.
In Dubai, time tends to manage you, instead of the other way around. It’s common to have several projects and unexpected interruptions, so it’s best to prioritise based on the difficulty, importance, impact and deadline of each thing thrown at you. Most of the time, people set tight deadlines to stress the urgency, but they might not actually be fixed deadlines. If someone can push work on you, they will, so it’s important to know when to say no.

Have big vision.
It might be a cliché everywhere else, but the UAE is the perfect example of why you should dare to dream ambitiously. You can go skiing in the middle of a scorching summer, you can walk next to a swimming shark while in a mall and you can reach the 125th floor of the tallest building in the world in quick one minute. This is a reality only because of great vision, strategic thinking and ambitious ideas. Why should this be any different for each one of us?

Embrace change.
There’s always something new in the UAE – new roads, new buildings, new technologies. When you really think about it, this city was built from scratch. Not holding onto the status quo has turned the UAE into one of the most innovative and creative cities in the world. All of that wouldn’t have been possible without being open to constant, transformative change. Once you adapt to this notion, you start to grow and expand your opportunities.
Pause. Step back. Take a break.
While this is something you get to learn anywhere in the world, its importance is two-folds in the UAE. We get so caught up with work, days turn into months and we realise we forgot to live and enjoy the experience. By making sure to take some personal time, you also learn that it’s not about working harder but rather smarter. This wouldn’t be possible without taking the time to recharge.
Cultural diversity sparks innovation.
When you bring together people from different cultural backgrounds, you gain access to different viewpoints and dynamics. There is no lack of diversity in the UAE and that’s one of the main reasons behind how innovative this country has become. It brings together a blend of people with different skill sets who can together find opportunities and solutions that they might not have otherwise been able to.