Tolerance towards foreigners is one of the basic values of the United Arab Emirates: in a state where almost 90% of the population came from abroad, all conditions have been created for the comfortable coexistence of people from different parts of the world, and for insulting on a national or religious basis, high fines and even imprisonment. How are our compatriots perceived in this multinational and multicultural country?
1. Not very smart, but very rich
The mysterious Russian soul is often judged by locals by the behavior of Russians who are willing to spend money, not counting, in a variety of situations – from buying street fast food to buying a luxury villa. Such a carefree attitude to the material side of life does not fit even the well-to-do and wealthy Arabs, so they consider Russians fabulously rich and not very reasonable. Sellers of gold jewelry are especially convinced of this: they are so persistent in offering their goods that it is almost impossible to resist the temptation.
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In a country where even in January the temperature rarely drops below +30 ° C, Russia is considered the kingdom of eternal winter. According to the Arabs, the harsh climate could not but affect the national character: “They are inhabitants of cold lands, therefore their manners and behavior are cold and straightforward. And they are not susceptible to frost, ”writes Quora forum user Mohammad Alayubi. Our expats, in turn, complain about the cool attitude of the locals: “In communication, you immediately feel the boundary between yourself and them. Whether you are a construction worker or a middle manager, you are an alien element in their ideal life,” says Irina, who moved to the UAE for work.
According to the Arabs, the harsh climate could not but affect the national character: “They are residents of cold lands, so they manners and behavior are cold and straightforward.”
3. Open and sincere
However, Russians do not seem to everyone in the Emirates to be too reserved and closed: those who got to know them better appreciate their good nature and frankness. Russians usually do not hide their emotions, they say what they think and trust the interlocutor, so it is easy and pleasant to communicate with them. “Russians are so cool, everyone respects them,” and this opinion can be heard from the natives of Dubai. fs.tonkosti.ru/sized/f550x700/f4/39/f439r5l8ty0ccs08k0084wg88.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
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4. Between the British and the Indians
Expats who have settled in the UAE note that Arabs have an unspoken hierarchy in hiring. Above all, the British and Americans are valued here – even if in their homeland they earned unskilled labor. Next come immigrants from European and neighboring Arab countries, and only then – Russians. Due to faulty English, Russians are practically not hired for senior positions, and most often they work in trade, catering, real estate agencies or open their own business. But Indians and Filipinos work, as a rule, at construction sites or in the service sector.