For such a tiny country, Lebanon’s people have a huge impact on the rest of the world 7 Comments
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Simon Kachar, 27, business consultant
‘I come from Kornet Chehwan, a typical Lebanese village with pine trees – it couldn’t be more different from Dubai with its enormous buildings. Lebanon is home, but Dubai offers me more experience. I came to advance my career as a business development consultant, before hopefully taking home everything I’ve learned to help educate Lebanese institutions and companies.
‘My mates had compared Dubai to New York – fast-paced and bursting with opportunities and I was finally tempted here in July 2008. It has a fantastic reputation for its hospitality – everyone here is so friendly. Being Lebanese, you carry around 6,000 years of culture and that’s well respected.
‘I have friends from all over, but my closest circle are Lebanese – that’s normal, because you have an inbuilt understanding of people from your own country. I miss Lebanon but there’s plenty here to absorb. I’d like to see better urban planning and a deeper cultural identity within the arts, but life is good – I’m single, enjoying meeting friends. Lebanese supermarkets are on my doorstep, such as Lifco on Sheikh Zayed Road. There’s no specific Lebanese community here, so we tend to head to JBR’s The Walk. But generally, if you want to find us, we’ll be wherever the nightlife is!’
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