Despite the number of French restaurants in Dubai there are just 10,000 French expats living here. We talk to a few about their life in Dubai Discuss this article
I used to believe Paris was more expensive than Dubai. But recently accommodation has become so dear, the cost of living in each place is pretty much the same.
Even so, you can enjoy an easy life here. You get so many things for almost nothing – at shopping centres they put your bags in your car for you, which would never happen in Europe.
I live in the Springs with French flatmates, who work for French organisations here, like me. I work for a French food and beverage company. When I first arrived, two-and-a-half years ago, I met up with a friend from home who was already living here. He introduced me to his friends, who were all French too, and I quickly became part of the group.
I think I’ll stay another six months to a year. I’m beginning to feel ready to go back to Paris, to be with all my family. I can barely remember why I moved here in the first place. I guess I wanted to go abroad and find fun and adventure. An acquaintance called me and said he thought he had a place and job for me here, so I came over on vacation to check it out – and never left.
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