Writer ex­plains why they are leav­ing this sum­mer

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

The rea­son that my fam­ily is only buy­ing one-way tick­ets this sum­mer is very sim­ple. My salary would be go­ing up by 1,596 dirhams. In con­trast our rent is in­creas­ing by 5,000 dirhams (and we are for­tu­nate enough to have a very con­ser­va­tive and de­cent land­lord); school fees for child 1 by 3,900 dirhams; for child 2 by 4,500 dirhams. My hus­band has been told that there will be no salary in­creases in his field for the time be­ing. In fact peo­ple are be­ing sent else­where on lo­cal con­tracts - there is a risk of re­dun­dancy, re­struc­tur­ing and cuts. So af­ter 12 years, we will swap the sun, clean beaches, ex­otic sand dunes and rel­a­tive safety for: sea­sons, fra­grant hedgerows, free school­ing and cheaper gro­ceries; free med­i­cal care and lower bills. It will not be plain sail­ing and we will miss friends and col­leagues. The com­pen­sa­tions will not be ap­par­ent for a while, but they’ll come. Adieu Dubai! We have loved it here, but it’s time. Mum, Dubai

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.