Hi, welcome to my life in the UAE.
I’m an Australian Air Traffic Controller who moved to Dubai with my husband in late 2008 for work. My husband already had a contract to come over but I didn’t. All I had was the promise of a position. Guess what?? After arriving we were told that there was no work here for me. So for the next 12 months I was a lady that lunched. Well, not exactly, but I wasn’t bringing home any bacon (literally or figuratively).
After my enforced “sabbatical”, I was eventually hired to be an ATC at Dubai World Central (formerly Al Maktoum) International Airport which opened on 27th June 2010. So my days of leisure are now well and truly over. I started in December 2009 and I am really enjoying being a working woman again – well, enjoying the salary anyway. This blog came about as a result of a) all the spare time I had; and b) a long-held desire to be a writer. I decided to email my friends about the new city that we were living in, my thoughts about life here and all the travelling we get to do. It’s had a wonderful response from everyone and one of my friends suggested I make it into a blog. Well, I don’t do blogs, so welcome to my ‘ejo’ (you’ll have to read Ejo #2 to find out what the hell I’m talking about – but don’t stop there, read them all)!!
The airport hasn’t been as busy as aniticipated, so even though I am in full time employment I still find myself with a lot of time on my hands, which gives me the perfect opportunity to write about all of my observations of life in this crazy city. This year I’ve also decided to write a book. Drop me a note anytime to let me know what you think of this site (or me, or anything at all actually). I’ll always respond and I’m happy to hear from you.