Dubai

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It was a short trip to this Arabic city - for two weeks. For that matter i find most of my trips are small but this was the smallest one (except the trip to Malaysia, which was a short vacation with my newly wed bride).

I knew the city is good but I must say i was in for surprises from the word go.

Visa

First time I saw that I did not need to send my passport in order to get visa. I just sent the scanned copy and was prepared to send the hard copy but i was surprised to see the soft copy of visa in my mail. I was told that our partner companies procured the visa based on teh scannned copies of our passports.



Linguistic Surprise

Landed in Dubai and could her Hindi/Urdu being spoken fluently with Punjabi accent by the airport security staff while scolding pathans. These Pathans were treated shabbily by the security guards. The same person was so polite with us whereas the moment he used to see a Pakistani pathan in pathani suit, he would start shouting while giving instruction. Seems these pathans had come as laborers and were almost illiterate and security staff must have had tough time with them over a period of time.

Once outside the airport, we were told a car would be waiting for us. Called the number and gave information of our where about to the driver in English and he got nothing. After some unsuccessful discussion, in a bit irate voice I told :Gate par hoon bhai"and pat came the reply "Main aata hoon Sir". "Wow"I thought "I should not expect that outside India English is my only savior".

The same story continued at a tea stall where you would get 'chai'more easily than 'tea'. Even the bus driver, taxi drivers (who were mostly Pakistani nationals, all spoke Hindi/Urdu and it was much easier to communicate in Dubai than in Chennai.


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