An ex-resident called Dubai “one-note” and “empty”
Every now and then someone will share a thought on Twitter that can be quite polarising. Sometimes this happens when discussing hotly divisive topics like Donald Trump’s foreign policies (or even just his social media usage), climate change, Brexit, or varying reported upheavals within the royal family. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as sharing an opinion about a place you used to live that current residents don’t agree with. Such was the case on Monday when a former Dubai resident made a generally disparaging remark about the city.
One of the main reasons I'm glad I left Dubai is that it's just so one-note. People I met five years ago are still posting the same view of the Burj and the sad, smoggy skyline and the dancing fountains at Dubai Mall. It's just so... empty and it makes me cringe.— Ragdolloween ساره (@MaudreyHepburn) October 21, 2019
Now, taken in isolation, that comment is not entirely unfair. If you live in a place (and for me, this is country number five) the onus is on you to get out and see what your new home has to offer, as mentioned in one such reply:
Just out of curiosity, have you tried going beyond Dubai Mall? Have you explored Al Fahidi historical area? There is a a group of locals that do cultural tours called Meet the Locals, have you made the effort to reach out?— (@trottinprincess) October 22, 2019
That was where it really could have been left, but under the nonsensical laws of the great internet machine, Twitter picked up this ball and ran with it.
I've not touched Abu Dhabi, RAK, UAQ, Ajman and barely scraped the East Coast.— Alexander (@AlexanderMcNabb) October 22, 2019
There are hundreds of places to see, thousands of things to do. You're stuck indoors in Dubai feeling empty and shallow?
That's entirely your choice. Entirely.
I couldn't help but get into this conversation! As a second-generation Dubai resident, I have to say there is more to do here than most people would care to explore! From the southern coast of Auh to the northern tip of RAK, and the eastern border of Fuj, there is plenty to do!— Arnab Ghosh (@LifeAsArnab) October 22, 2019
"tHeRE's nOThInG tO Do iN tHE uAE iTs So fAKe!"— Nick Ray-Ghoul (@theregos) October 22, 2019
- person who used to live in the UAE, who has now said goodbye to their comfortable job, nice apartment, friends, brunch lifestyle, and moved back to the turd of a town they came from.
It sparked a few heated arguments, as the internet does, but what was great about this particular topic was that it also had people speaking up about just how much there is to do here.
For those of you that think the UAE is 'empty' or that there's nothing to do, have a read through @AlexanderMcNabb's UAE highlights. Better yet, go out, explore, share your experiences and help change some of the mindsets out there https://t.co/ol7VH4fmDQ— Derrick Pereira (@DerrickPereira) October 22, 2019
Is it even a Dubai Twitter fight if we don’t discuss it the next day?
At just after half ten this morning, I am going on the radio to talk about yesterday's little Twitter splurge with @tomurquhart.— Alexander (@AlexanderMcNabb) October 23, 2019
To catch the discussion, check out the podcast here.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but taking repeated swipes at a place you no longer live is kind of like checking your ex’s social media to spy on his new relationship.
For the record, the Burj remains an architectural masterpiece and the Fountains are fun to watch. If recording repeated experiences of those two things makes you happy, go for it.