Wednesday, January 27, 2016

8 Stereoptypes of the UAE.

Hello guys! So yes, you might know that I was in Dubai with Ang Moh James a while ago. No? Well I did. We went to Dubai to catch the fire...

Hello guys!

So yes, you might know that I was in Dubai with Ang Moh James a while ago.
No? Well I did. We went to Dubai to catch the fireworks.
And you're all like, HEY DUBAI COOL! Because you are familiar with the all things Emirati after watching tons of movies set in the UAE. And you want to know if the stereotypes are true. Well, let me break it down for you.

#1 The cars are all cool.

That's right. You've watched Fast and Furious 7 and you know how cool the cars are.
(Via Complex).

You see a lot of cars  includes the Lykan HyperSport, the 1970 Dodge Charger, the Aston Martin DB9, the Maximus Ultra-Charger, and also the Bugatti Veyron. I know nothing about all of them except from what I watch on Top Gear. I learn lots of things from Top Gear.

But yes, you see this scene where cool sports cars zoom past the Emirati man with his camel in the dusty UAE desert?

It's a really common scene in UAE. Check out these swanky rides at the Al Fahidi Historical District.
Yup. Totally in sync with what we've seen on the big screen.

#2 It's hot.

Yeah. It really is. See what Samantha in Sex And The City 2 is doing?

That's right. She's has been reduced to pairing her Herm├Ęs Birkin with a cheap plastic battery-powered fan. Yeah life can be tough in the Middle East. With it's crazy hot weather. Luckily, we came well prepared to deal with the elements.
Yeah you do not want to mess with the artificial snow in Ski Dubai.

#3 It's alcoholic

So take a look at these music videos filmed in Dubai. They are, in sequence, Flo Rida's Wild Ones, Two Tone's Hatin On Me, and Tinie Tempah's Flash. Can you spot any similarities?
(Via Pinterest).

That's right. They are, FULL OF ALCOHOL. It's like alcohol is the new water or something.
(Via Imgur).

It's correct. Alcohol is extremely accessible, even thought we were unfortunately checked into Dubai's only dry hotel. Meaning there was no alcohol sold in the hotel. But we managed. We had to walk about 3 hours on near year's eve to get alcohol, but we managed.
Us and some alcohol at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay.

Me and some alcohol at Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab.

Yes, we lived the high life. And this is my expression when I found out how much the high life cost.
I would also like to add that these cocktails here cost about SGD$50. And there was a minimum spending of SGD$175 per pax.  So yes, you can technically purchase enough alcohol to bathe in it - but you please be prepared to drink it all up so that you forget how much it costs.

#4 It's full of hot people.

Look at all the hot people in Flo Rida's video. OMG.
(Via YouTube).

Look at all the hot people in Dubai. ALSO OMG.
Yeah. As I was saying, full of hot and attractive people.

#5 It's very multi-cultured.

So you remember the Abu Dhabi party scene in Furious 7 right?

And you must be wondering - can this possibly be real? A society event with sheikhs in their traditional garb, and filled with western women in their skanky outfits? Well, we've been there. And it is how Singapore might put it - a melting pot of cultures. Just check out this garish Christmas tree in the middle of a souk.
Classy and cultured.

#6 It's very conservative.

If you've watched SATC 2, you'd know that the only way where Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were able to stay inconspicuous was to go full burkha in order to blend in with the rest of the burkha wearing crowd.
(Via Movieline).

And I'm happy to report that it's true. It's a very conservative world out there. Do you see what these people are wearing in Dubai?
Note: I would like to clarify that only wore shorts on one day, and only to the touristy areas where everyone else was in shorts. Most mornings was spent with James laughing at me pulling the price tags off my long dresses.

#7 It's very unsafe.

Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It portrays the UAE to be one of the most dangerous places that has ever existed!!
(Via Giphy).

But it's quite safe really! Why, an entire building went up in flames when we were in Dubai but everyone escaped relatively unscathed.

And just last year, a condominium also went up in flames. The condominium was unfortunately names, The Torch.
(Via Mirror).

And this is the Al Tayer Tower in April 2012.
(Via 7 Days).

Anddd this is the Tamweel Tower about 7 months later.

And you know what's the impressive thing about all these fires? No one died! It just goes to show how efficient the emergency response teams in Dubai are! Oh yeah but most disappointing was that there weren't any tie fighters around. I was most upset.

#8 It's crowded.

So you've seen how crowded places can be in the UAE.

Yeah it's true. Unless you are royalty like me, you will have to squeeze with the hoi polloi. No ifs, not buts, no coconuts. Yeah. James had a tough time. Here is James in the cabin with the rest of the commoners.
And this is me taking a selfie of him from afar, with plenty of space etc etc.
Yeah. It's all about your social standing.
(Via Giphy).

Anyway, I had a great time in Dubai! If we go back we will go skydiving over the Palm so that I can pretend that I am in a Flo Rida video me and James can tick something off our bucket lists. Which Flo Rida video you ask? Here.

Thanks for bringing me to Dubai James!

❤ Jac.

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