My New Year Kicks Off In Dubai

For me and my little family, January 1st 2009 was ushered in really quickly with a little break between preparing my luggage, organizing a bunch of papers and coming close to panicking, as only 5 hours into the new year I was heading to the airport to move to Dubai.

The one great thing about traveling on January 1st and so early in the morning is that not that many people are mad enough to do it, and so I ended up on a Tunisair A319 Airbus plane with only 22 other passengers, which meant more space for everyone, and a more pleasant flight.

Almost 6 hours later I landed at the Dubai International Airport, where things went quite smoothly. Once out of the airport though, it took me a while to get to the company apartment as the taxi driver had no idea where it was.  Anyway, once there I was greeted with an awesome view from the apartment balcony. The bad thing though is that there’s no way I’ll be able to get a view like it when I actually rent an apartment of my own.

Night At The Marina

On my second day here, just 24 hours after landing in the city, I got to attend my first meetup, which was a WordPress meetup, where I got to meet a bunch of cool people, some I already met last time I was here, others I only knew online through Twitter, and some I was getting to know for the first time.
Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, was also present at the meetup, so it was really cool to meet him here.

I also got to check out the Ibn Battuta mall really quickly yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised to see they had a Tunisia-themed court, which was pretty cool. 

Anyway, my main priority now is to get my residency sorted out quickly so I can sponsor my wife and son to join me here asap. I’ll also be on the lookout for some good/cheap apartments in the areas around Dubai Internet City, so if anyone knows of any good deals, do let me know.

Another point on my mind is getting a driver’s license to be able to get a car; I’m hoping that won’t be much of a pain.

Other than that, I’m looking forward to the adventure that is living and working in Dubai, hoping it will be some good fun and that I’ll be meeting lots and lots of very interesting people.

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

9 thoughts on “My New Year Kicks Off In Dubai”

  1. Man this is so exciting to have here in Dubai, thanks a lot for showing up yesterday, it was fun.

    Things move really quick here, so you’ll be able to apply for your driver’s license on Sunday and it’s pretty easy as you can do it from DMC, no need to visit the traffic dept or anything.

    Again, welcome to Dubai and looking forward for more geeky hangouts together 🙂

  2. Wow Marwan! This photo is fantabulous!
    It’s like you’ve been transported into another dimension! It’s like 100 years into the future!
    Enjoy it Man!

  3. I live right next to Ibn Batuta – call me please – would love to see you and help you settle down if I can

  4. hey marwen

    is there any link to your appearance in alhurra i-tech show ?

    i heard about it in radio sawa but i could not find any link for it in alhurra tv webstite.

  5. Hello there !!
    Dubai ..
    Nice pics, the first is taken in Dira .. next to the clock round about … (wonder why the driver took you through there .. if you were coming from the airport … Garhood bridge would have been shorter .. I guess !!)

    Anyhow, The second is the Dubai Marina … very nice one too .. love it !!

    If you are gonna work in the internet city .. I’d go for looking for an appartment around the Gardens (just next to the Ibn Batuta Mall !).
    Marina is too expensive, the hills are too expensive too !!

    BTW : If your driving license is tunisian … I think you will have to repass it !! Have to check it out though !!

    You will love working in Dubai, but many things are uncool …
    Schools are not so goof, doctors are not so good either …

    Malls you can visit : Dubai Marina Mall, Emirates Mall (with the Ski Dubai), City center … (I love that one, maybe cause it is the oldest!), Mercato Dubai (nice … italian style, but empty), Dragon Mart .. (Asian lil shops !! cool ones !), Dubai Outlet Mall … nice … the Festival City …

    Anyhow, the shopping festival is coming up, you will have time to check it all out !

    Good luck !

  6. Hey Marwen,

    Welcome to the desert, I hope you managed to settle smoothly here.
    I think you might know me through more than trhough blogging.
    I just wanted to welcome you here.
    Let me know if you need any help. I have been around dubai since 3 years now, just drop me an email.


  7. Welcome to Dubai. Hope you got your visa and driving license sorted out. With any luck, maybe rental prices have fallen enough so you can rent something with a view like that. Great photo :).

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