What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
From sailing to golf to sky diving to horseracing, Dubai is an emerging market that has it all. Wafi City is a great place for various activities such as Sport club, various bars and restaurants, mall and the newly opened Raffles Hotel.
Dubai festival City housed some of the most prestigious hotels, mall and residential area as well as golf club.
There loads of clubs (each country usually has their own) and activities from charity to commercial events, although you will miss nature's beauty - summers are very very hot (4-5 months)
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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
75% of the populations are of expat, Asian/ subcontinent. People lives in harmony and the city are considerably safer than any other cosmopolitan city in the world. Although UAE is a muslim country, alcohol are served in licenced restaurants/hotels to non muslim. An alcohol permit could be applied through various alcohol stores (MMI or African eastern) - to be issued by Dubai Police upon approval - which allows you to purchase alcohol from the stores. UAE is also a tax free country.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Construction, Tourism, IT/Technology, Media/Advertising, Banking, etc. Dubai is booming and for the last 2 decades the country is actively developing itself. Most people finds job through employment agency.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
People (expats) work hard and play hard, live revolves around malls and shopping, socialising, attending events/concert, some major sports events are happening during the winter season, Rugby 7, Dubai Horserace, Dubai Duty Free tennis, etc
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Remember your purpose of coming to the city, many cases you earn lots but also spends lots.