Brazilian expats living in Dubai

Time Out talks to the UAE's Brazilian expats about their experiences of living and working in Dubai. Here's what they think about living here 13 Comments

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Renato Gerundio de Azevedo, 43

‘I have four children – one boy and three girls, from five to 18 years old. They speak English, Spanish and Portuguese, and two of them can speak basic Arabic. My parents both had large families. It’s not a special Brazilian thing – it’s just us! I moved to Dubai last December when I was designated by the Bank of Brazil to open their branch in the UAE. I’ve lived in other cultures before coming here, in Bolivia and Panama. Originally, I come from Brasilia, Brazil’s capital.

There’s no comparison between Dubai and Brazil. Dubai is an amazing country and a great place to work and educate the children. We live in Umm Suqeim, near the beach. In Brasilia there is no beach, you have to go on a plane for an hour and a half to get to one. I really love the security of Dubai, and the fact that it never rains. Also, the local people here are very friendly to me as well as the Brazilian community.

The Brazilian population here is very strong – we help each other not miss our home country too much. Of course, I miss my family, colleagues, friends and the music in Brazil, but I’m still enjoying Dubai very much. I believe happiness is not abroad, it is within you. If you have the right attitude you can be happy wherever you live – it all depends on how you manage your life.’

By Becky Lucas
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: Cristiane Wanderley on 22 Mar ' 13 at 17:53

Hello Guys,
I am looking for a Brazilian Hair Salon in Dubai. Do you guys know any? Thanks :D

Posted by: Deshan on 30 Aug ' 12 at 14:59

Can you guess how many Brazilians live in Dubai/UAE? Also who are the frequent travelers between Dubai and Brazil.Thank you.

Posted by: Nora on 15 Jun ' 12 at 21:11

Any brazil night in town to sing and dance?
Tx for the tips?

Posted by: Alessandra Cardoso on 27 Feb ' 12 at 10:44

For those of you asking about a place to eat Brazilian food, please see Sweet Brasil which just opened in Dubai Ladies Club and are soon to be opened in Jumeira Lake Towers.

They serve all of our favourite savouries and sweeties!!! The food is amazing!!

Posted by: Soraia on 05 Apr ' 11 at 14:36

Alguem sabe o endereco de um salao de cabelereiro brasileiro ou onde posso comprar produtos de beleza brasileiros em Dubai?
Muitissimo obrigada,

Posted by: Mohamed on 29 Dec ' 10 at 07:16

Hey Guys,

Are there any other Brazilian restaurants in Dubai besidePachanga? And what about the Brazilain Night in Crown Plaza Festival City , is it weekly or once in a while?

Thank you!

Posted by: klitos on 28 Dec ' 10 at 06:45

brasilian nuts are available in LULU al raha beach and probably all LULU

Posted by: aabdulla on 06 Nov ' 10 at 22:59

please let me know where can i buy brazilian nuts in dubai

Posted by: Azfar on 16 Oct ' 10 at 13:01

Well just wanted to add that there is a Brazilian night in Dubai Festival City Crowne Plaza in the restaurant Zaytoun. It is lovely and happens on thursday I beleive.

Posted by: muhajir on 20 Apr ' 10 at 16:11

Olá Amigos,
Favor informar-me sobre os salões de beleza do Brasil em Dubai .
Hello Friends,
Please infor me about Brazilian beauty salons in Dubai..

Posted by: Luiz on 07 Apr ' 09 at 02:49

Are there Brazilian horse riders there? I am thinking about going to Dubai and wanted to know if there was anyone who has information about the equestrian center.

Posted by: gracie celso on 25 Mar ' 09 at 09:10

hi guys! do you know any afro brazilian band in dubai?

Posted by: Dina on 10 Dec ' 08 at 13:15

Who knew so many different nationalities lived in Dubai, I guess it is as multicultural as they tell us. Great to hear different views on life here.

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