Home away from home
American expats share their views on what they love most about living in the UAE
With 25 per cent of my life spent living overseas, and 10 per cent within the UAE, I've learned how universal national pride and hopefulness can be when you have strong leadership, through both individuals and national institutions. I've also learned to appreciate how fortunate we are, both in the US and the UAE, to live in countries that are sought-after destinations for people from all over the world. It surrounds us with cultural and religious diversity, and at our best times, pushes us to nurture tolerance and respect for those who think and do differently than we might do. It has helped me to realise how much we have to lose if we forget this.
Julie Ann Perkins, Ph.D
I'm from Virginia and here alone working as an Academic Vice-Principal for the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. I've always been enamored with the UAE culture. Having lived here for two years has only deepened my love and respect for the people, the leaders, and the UAE's rich history. I've also become very fond of henna and oud, but I will always carry with me the spirit of humanitarianism and giving that is part of the UAE's fabric. The UAE has so many exciting opportunities, events, and cultural experiences. Every day is a new adventure, and I'm appreciative of the chance to live here, to work at a wonderful school and school system, and to make new lasting friendships.
Nearly 10 years ago I was recruited out of Booz Allen by Lexington Group to help them establish a business base in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, I serve as Lexington's Senior Vice President and am responsible for Lexington's security management consulting and training services business. I call the UAE home and have been impressed at every turn with the UAE's vision, leadership, and ability to create a great environment for expats to thrive in and most importantly, I'm very grateful for the lifelong friends I've made here from nearly every corner of the globe.
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