When summer arrives in Dubai, expat thoughts turn to cooler climes, fresh air and sometimes even the possibility of a few drops of rain. We look forward to the things we miss from back home – family, friends, foods, shops, the familiar. Today, as I crossed what is usually an insanely busy roundabout which requires one to take one’s life as well as the lives of the other passengers in the car in one’s hands to safely cross it, I was taken aback at how quiet the it was. It was ‘early Friday morning’ quiet. Crossing the roundabout was a breeze, and as welcome as the fresh breeze to which I am looking forward in the Emerald Isle. The relaxing roundabout crossing got me thinking about what I will and won’t miss about my adopted home when we take our summer break.
I won’t miss burning off my fingerprints when I touch the steering wheel of my car that has been sitting in the desert’s blazing sun.
I won’t miss the ‘sand facial’ phenomenon. Unlike luxury salon facials, the ‘sand special’ is a natural occurring facial that generally happens at pick up time. Gusts of wind whip up mini sand whirlwind that has a magnetic like attraction to sweat and/or sun block glistening faces.
I won’t miss the amount of product my hair needs to avoid the 1980’s backcomb look.
I won’t miss the fact that my kids are cooped up indoors in air conditioned environments, growing paler by the day.
I won’t miss the sweating/drying loop that by lunchtime makes me feel like I have been working up a sweat in the gym all morning.
I will miss our friends.
I will miss the relaxed pace of summer life in Dubai.
I will miss the adventurous array of indoor activities for kids wanting to beat the heat.
I will miss the beach with crystal clear, refreshing waters.
I will miss the temperature controlled pool a 2 minute walk from our house.
As expats we have the best of both worlds.