1. Do not shop for western wear in the last minute when you are going abroad for work. You will end up buying horrible blue blazers from the last of Arrow’s stocks.
2. If you have lots of oil money, you don’t bother going to New York and Paris to shop. You just bring all the shops into your city and construct millions of malls. When you don’t have lots of oil money (eg. Me), cut up your credit cards before you hit danger levels.
3. The desert safari is must-do. I cannot think of another place where you get so much desert, get so many 4-wheel drives to take you on a safari and where you can ride on quad bikes for fun. Quad bikes are unlike anything I have ever done before. You need to keep the vehicle moving when you are over the sand. If you brake, the bike sinks into the sand and you need to haul it out. It is very addictive and one can spend a fortune on quad bikes
4. Lebanese food is awesome. I can eat humus, kaboose, kebabs forever
5. Lebanese men are even better. I would not mind risking a holiday to Beirut just to ogle at the local population
6. Dubai is a city in a hurry to turn into something else. There is almost nothing of its culture to see (Except the touristy desert safari camp and the even touristier Madinat Jumerieh). It is like looking at Singapore with Arabic subtitles.
7. The workplace is much more professional. I enjoyed the 4 days I worked there more than any other place I worked in India.
8. The city lives its stereotypes. Its taxi drivers are Pakistanis, the waiters are Filipinos and the shop assistants are Mallus.
Good place to work. Good place to shop. OK OK to live.
9. Gujjus are exactly the type of tourists everyone tells you they are. Went with a bunch of them (bless their souls) on the desert safari and they took plenty of Patel snaps (i.e. posing against signboards that conclusively establish they visited the place), sneaked onto someone's else table and pretended they did not hear the earlier occupant shouting at them and enthusiastically lapsed into gujarati the minute they had anything interesting to say.