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?
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.
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.