Enticed by the prospect of a tax-free salary and year-round sunshine, Chris persuades his wife and two young children to join him for an adventure in the land of Burj, bling, belly-dancing and Bebsi-cola….
In a book that has divided opinion (it’s either a funny and honest account of expat life or a long-winded, petulant whinge), Christopher Combe describes his family’s year in Dubai.
They encounter the good, the bad and the dusty. They are made to feel like VIPs in the palatial malls and hotels, but out on the hectic highways they see white buses full of blue-overalled workers being ferried to the countless construction sites around Dubai.
The family work through swathes of red tape in order to obtain visas, bank accounts and permission to drink beer, and they discover how healthcare works when there isn’t a nice, free NHS to rely on.
As the realities of Dubai are gradually exposed, Chris wonders what the future holds, both for his family and for the city that seems to want to grow and grow forever…
Based on the blog "Beer And Bloating in Dubai", this is the story of one British family’s year in Dubai, written between the summers of 2006 and 2007, and offers a peek at what the city is like through the eyes of one mad fool who took the plunge…
And then unexpectedly returned in 2012...in a police van.
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"If you are considering moving to Dubai then the book is certainly worth a read." - Expat Info Desk
"His writing style will keep you glued, subtly funny at times, and direct at others. Even though his stay in Dubai was short (only a year or so), he did a good job of exploring UAE and documents the experiences in detail." - Umar in Dubai
"A fascinating, humorous and sometimes sad account of a year a long way from home." - KillerKindle
"..lively, chatty and extremely readable" - Reader's Favorite