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I was offered a job doing what I do now that paid 4x my salary. Catch is it was a contract job, 1 year.

I didn't take it.

The quick, easy money wasn't worth it to leave my family, friends, and current career...
 

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I caught a special on Dubai not too long ago. Simply amazing- the people, the culture, the development... Not to mention it's beautiful! Go for it if you have the chance. You only live once right?
 

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They have everything there... including an indoor skiing facility.

A single friend went there for work. He finished up his project.... came home... sold everything..... and moved there. What he makes in one year there would have taken him 4 here in the US.
 

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My cousin lives there with her husband, who is flying for UAE air (he's slated to pilot the new A380 in fact). Employers treat their foreign employees very well - virtually no tax, most of the time you are provided with a villa in a compound, my cousin even has a nanny service provided for her kids. Basically all they pay for is food.

The UAE is very keen to attract people, so it's worthwhile to check things out.
 

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wbeck257 said:
I was offered a job doing what I do now that paid 4x my salary. Catch is it was a contract job, 1 year.

I didn't take it.

The quick, easy money wasn't worth it to leave my family, friends, and current career...
4x the pay for a year is a no brainer in my book. even if your current job doesn't give you a 1 year extended leave of absence, you have 3 more years to get back on your feet before you "lose" money.

worst case, you could travel around the world for a year and still come out two years "ahead".
 

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4x the pay for a year is a no brainer in my book. even if your current job doesn't give you a 1 year extended leave of absence, you have 3 more years to get back on your feet before you "lose" money.

worst case, you could travel around the world for a year and still come out two years "ahead".
My job wasn't going to let me leave for a year, work for another competitor, and then come back.

The company I work for is great, and where I am at is not worth leaving for the extra pay.

And, besides the fact, it really isn't about the money for me. I enjoy where I am at, who I work with, and what I do. Yes, it would be nice to make 4x what I did when I was offered that job (The ratio is down to 2x, promotion and raises at current company), but you can't put a price on my friends and family.

And anyways, I got a lot to see around these parts for now. When I get that done, I'll start going to deserts with ski resorts.
 

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For your current employer?

Same product line?
Yup, got a special invitation to do some work.

Well this sounds like a no-brainer.
 

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Red Baron said:
Yup, got a special invitation to do some work.

Well this sounds like a no-brainer.
Only if wifey likes it. ;)
 

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I'll quit while I'm ahead.

Just gotta get everything lined up and figure out how long I can be gone.

I've got some really big business that may not allow the trip, but had little idea what to expect over there.

Wanna go with me dp?

I'll buy the booze. ;D
 

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Red Baron said:
I'll quit while I'm ahead.

Just gotta get everything lined up and figure out how long I can be gone.

I've got some really big business that may not allow the trip, but had little idea what to expect over there.

Wanna go with me dp?

I'll buy the booze. ;D
Man would I like to.

Wait....

did you say you were buyin'? ;D
 

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Red Baron said:
I'll quit while I'm ahead.

Just gotta get everything lined up and figure out how long I can be gone.

I've got some really big business that may not allow the trip, but had little idea what to expect over there.

Wanna go with me dp?

I'll buy the booze. ;D
ahem.... hey, mr... you need to gimme a ring tomorrow. ;D
 

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Red Baron said:
Got an offer to go there for work.

Not sure about a blonde haired blue eyed guy being over there right now is the best idea. :-\

Thoughts?
Go for it.... just don't steal.... you'd look funny with 9 fingers [laugh]

A buddy of mine is the GM @ the TAJ Dubai... he has blond hair & blue eyes... give me a shout & I'll give you his contact info [thumbsup]
 

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wbeck257 said:
And, besides the fact, it really isn't about the money for me. I enjoy where I am at, who I work with, and what I do. Yes, it would be nice to make 4x what I did when I was offered that job (The ratio is down to 2x, promotion and raises at current company), but you can't put a price on my friends and family.

Wow. The only nugget of wisdom thus far ::)

Before I start please know I respect the majority of your opinions in general, but in this instance I am surprised at how shallow and one-sided the responses have been. IMO there are serious concerns that should give pause to any principled and free-thinking person before they commit their livelihood there.

So, beautiful city, sun, posh resorts, ferraris, hot eurobabes and phat pay. No-brainer right? Well, I don't think it is that simple.

Consider:

- The heat. I passed through there during the summer once, and it feels like you are being roasted like kebab. I'm from south Tx and it was too much for me. The only consolation is that every last bus and outhouse is air-conditioned.

- The traffic. Most of this I hear from some Swedish friends that live there. The constant construction doesn't help any. Think rush-hour LA with all teenage drivers and you get the idea. This and the above make it a pretty shitty place for motorcyclists.

- Expensive. Even with the tax-free benefits the only stuff that comes out cheaper is fuel and electronics. Cost of living is not insignificant. Thats why they have to pay you more. You certainly aren't going to be taking home 4x the cash at the end of the day when a bag of washed lettuce costs $10.

- Restrictive laws. As an american you won't be used to the laws that limit clothing, drinking, overall freedom of speech to the extent that they do. It's a real eye-opener to the freedoms we have in America. Are you gay? I couldn't care less, but Dubai does; homosexual acts are punishable by death. These laws are operate on the pretense of moral grounds, but are overlooked when convenient. For example prostitution, though illegal by law, is conspicuously present in the emirate because of an economy that is largely based on tourism and trade.

- Internet proxies, while we're talking about freedom. There is just one internet/telephone service there. Hell, Microsoft could learn some monopoly lessons from them. Expect to find file-sharing, flickr, myspace, adult and innumerable blog sites are blocked. Not unlike China.

Those are just the most tangible bullet points. I could easily go into Dubai's issues with human and labor rights, forced sex trade, etc., but that is beyond the scope of our friendly forum, and we don't need to get into political/religious issues here.

However I will say that Dubai comes off as more accessible to westerners than other arab states only because it embodies the worst flaws western culture is prone to: materialistic excess, corporate greed unchecked by environmental or social responsibility (a real no-brainer is why Halliburton moved their HQ there), corrupt and hypocrital government. It tries to be a playground for the rich and adhere to traditional islamist roots at the same time.

If you are going to go, go as an observer with open eyes, not as a tourist or corporate tool.
 

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factorPlayer said:
forced sex trade, etc.,
sold, bags are packed. [cheeky]



factorPlayer said:
If you are going to go, go as an observer with open eyes, not as a tourist or corporate tool.
Seriously, I'd be there to do a job and get out. Thanks for the input.

ps. I really like dry hot weather.
 

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my negative comment

the palm

it has been argued that Palm Jumeirah is actually creating reef habitat due to it's construction in a relatively barren section of the ocean floor

on the otherhand

the second palm that is being built, Palm Jebel Ali

is a gawd dam ecological disaster

unless the emirates listen and transplant the coral reef they are going to destroy

I think it is funny that the general idea that americans are hated world wide due to our excess

is magnified 2 fold in a place like Dubai and they are seen as a wonderland of acceptence, success, and prosperity
 

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