‘People don't believe you’ UK expat in Dubai shares reality of life abroad

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‘People don't believe you’ UK expat in Dubai shares reality of life abroad

Express.co.uk spoke to Cara Swann, a British expat who moved to Dubai last April. Cara works as a teacher and told Express.co.uk she loves living t

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Express.co.uk spoke to Cara Swann, a British expat who moved to Dubai last April. Cara works as a teacher and told Express.co.uk she loves living there.

Cara said: “It’s the best. It’s really safe out here and you can even leave your apartment unlocked.

“During the summer, I was away for nearly three months, I didn’t lock my apartment and I came back and everything was fine.

“I’ve got friends that leave their cars unlocked when they go to work. It’s just ridiculously safe.

“I don’t have to worry about walking home at night by myself, I never have to think about anything like that.”

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According to Numbeo stats, Dubai has a very low rate of crime, including violence and theft, compared to other countries around the world.

Meanwhile, a majority of residents said they felt very safe walking alone in the daytime and at night.

Compared to London, crime rates are extremely low especially when it comes to break ins or street robbery.

However, some Britons are put off by some of Dubai’s strict laws, including on drinking and public displays of affections.

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Cara told Express.co.uk: “It doesn’t matter how many times you tell people ‘Dubai is fine’, people don’t believe you until they come out here and experience it themselves.

“I remember my friends when I was moving out were warning me about drinking. I’m Scottish, so it’s part of the culture!

“Drinking over here is completely fine. I’ve not had to make any changes to my lifestyle, I can act how I did back home but with more sunshine.

“It’s really not as strict as people think. Obviously there are very strict repercussions if you commit crimes which are crimes back home.

“But that’s why you can leave your apartment door unlocked and no one will steal anything.”

She added: “When it comes to wearing clothes, you can wear whatever you want. Obviously when I’m at work, I have to wear conservative clothes.

“The clothes have to cover my knees and my elbows but back in Scotland I worked for a Catholic school and I had to do that there.

“It’s no different from that in Dubai. I didn’t even need to buy new work clothes, I was already sorted!”

Cara said she’s found it easy to make friends in Dubai and lives in the same apartment block with many other school workers.

She said: “When I was moving out here, I met a girl who said everyone’s so fake out there (in Dubai).

“I’ve found it to be the opposite. Everyone knows what you’ve been through, coming out by yourself.

“Everyone’s lovely, I’ve really not had her experience. Sometimes you just have to make a bit of effort to make friends at first.”



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