Monday, November 20, 2006

Leaving Dubai

I’m leaving Dubai in the next couple of hours to join Cisco Systems Advanced Services – Asia Pacific team based in Singapore. I’m so happy and grateful that finally I can get in into the circle, but due to my hectic days until the last minute, I still can’t feel the excitement for now.

In my last moment in Dubai, I have been trying to remember all the good things that happened to me in the past. Things that I like the most about Dubai:

- No-tax, yes if you make 1000 it means you bring 1000 home!
- Safe and Secure environment, crime rate is low
- Anything that you would like to see in the world, may probably exist here: pyramid, indoor ski, white beaches, rock mountain, opera house-like in Sydney, twin towers, 7-star hotel, world's biggest shopping mall and tallest tower will come soon, and they are planning to build something like Great Wall in China.
- Cars price is cheap, even low-skilled labor like me can drive BMW :)
- Girls are pretty, well they may not be available but it's good to see yourself surrounded by pretty girls
- Peaceful Moslem environment, there are so many mosques and I have seen some people even prayed next to the road because they are so keen to pray exactly at prayer time. I'm a moslem so having moslem environment is important for me

On the other hand, things that I hate the most about Dubai:

- Summer time, can reach up to 50 degrees celcius! Even the official never admits it since 50 degrees means public holiday
- Traffic jam, anyone can afford to buy car and there are so many new construction sites in Dubai and most of them disturb the traffic so it’s always jam and unpredictable not only during busy hours
- Apartment Rent is ridiculously high, Dubai is no.25 in the most expensive City in the world and frankly speaking I don't think Dubai deserves it
- To many hypes: for example in my opinion apartment rent price should not go up because there is no big changes in number of people living in Dubai, when the first time UAE stock market was opened the price went very high but now it reaches the bottom of the barrel, etc

Anyway, I really enjoy my time and I may come up with some other like/hate things later on. I have been in Dubai for almost 5 years so even I will go to my dream job but I still can feel that something is missing. Will continue later.


Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! a dream come true ;-)


Anonymous said...

Hey Himawan,

I used to follow your threads in the securityie forum. Occasionally I'll bounce over to your blog for some inspiration.

It's inspiring to finally see you are going to work with the best. Congratulations.


Anonymous said...

Hey Himawan,
I always find sometime to read your blog because it inspires me so much. Thanks for the advices you gave to me also. Wishing you all the best in the future.

Anonymous said...

welcome on board ;)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on fulfilling a major goal! I love reading your blog, and it has, in part, inspired me to pursue a Double-IE.

Best of luck at Cisco... you'll kick ass there.

Anonymous said...

And thanks for an excelent blog, a true inpiration for me. Please keep it going!

Anonymous said...

Hey Himawan...

nice one!! congrats on the job! must be a dream come true...just wondering...what happened to the family? i thought that you were married and had a daughter...? if your dreams did not include your family, thats not a dream to follow at all...and its sad if indeed that was the case...

Anonymous said...

Hi Himawan,

good luck to you and i wish all the best to you at your new location. Please update your blog with your new impressions as well.

Welcome home - Buddy!

Anonymous said...

Opera House like in Sydney ... buddy you should take a trip to Sydney and see it for yourself it's not the same.

Good luck with the new job ... somewhere more real.

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