It’s official. I am moving to Abu Dhabi in October and I can’t wait.
According to the lovely Lix my life is a rollercoaster and I couldn’t agree more with her, but it’s the unpredictability of my life that makes my life what it is. I am not saying it’s always great, but whose life is? Moving to Abu Dhabi will be another chapter in my life and I am very excited.
How did I decide to move to Abu Dhabi?
Earlier this year I thought I was moving back to London. I found a great position to start in August and handed in my notice at work. In June I spent ten days in London. There I was not only reminded of the things that I missed about living in London, but also of those that made me leave in 2014. Taking the tube during rush hour, delayed and cancelled trains. People rushing from A to B without noticing others around them. Homeless people begging for money in an area where 5 Million Pound houses are considered a bargain. The constant rushing and most importantly: The majority of the UK had actually voted for Brexit. I was awake the entire night and couldn’t believe it. Of course, that’s a completely different matter and I don’t want to discuss it here – right now.
Back then I didn’t think I would be moving to Abu Dhabi anytime soon.
In the end, I decided against moving back to London for several reasons, my health being the most important one and I had another job offer in Bern, Switzerland. The position was more challenging and better paid. I was meant to start at the beginning of August but then I had an accident and was unable to start the position.
There I was at the hospital with a broken ankle and the doctor’s statement that I wasn’t able to work a minimum of two months. Well, two months if I was lucky. It was a very difficult fraction and he said it’s more likely to be three to four months. Luckily, my second surgery when very well and I am able to work in October again.
I always thought about moving to Abu Dhabi
Last year I applied for a position in Abu Dhabi and actually went there for an interview. The job sounded great, but it wasn’t for me. Many employers in the Middle East only want native English speakers and even though I speak English fluently, I was turned down for many positions. For others I was too young. In the end I gave up and stayed in Germany for a year and never tried to apply for a position in the Middle East again.
While I was in the hospital, I saw a position advertised in Abu Dhabi starting in October. I knew I was able to work again then and I thought with all the bad luck I had, maybe I should apply. A day later I received an email and just a few hours after my second surgery, I had a phone interview. One hour later I had the job. I couldn’t believe my luck. It’s a very good fit and it’s only one more month until I am on the plane to Abu Dhabi.
Have you been to Abu Dhabi? What did you think?