Being an Arab here, I feel like I'm the foreigner!In the company where I work, I'm the only Arab in my department. In the company as a whole there are 4 more Jordanians(1 of whom will play a major role in the coming paragraphs ;)), some Egyptians & Lebanese. I thought this would be the case since it's a German company but no, everywhere I go, I rarely find Arabs especially the locals. There are no Emiratis working anywhere! The foreigners get higher salaries than the locals which is kind of sad. Supermarkets are taken over by Indians - who by the way speak English with each other since they have 60 Hindu languages so they also don't communicate with their mother tongue language-Brits & Germans work everywhere but Americans seem to be on low profile, Arabs just seems to.... hmmmm..... hang out!
Coming to the title topic of today's blog:
A few days ago was Dec. 6th, according to Germany it's Saint Nicolaus!!! So in the morning "Santa" had placed chocolates in my shoes :) At night there was a Christmas gathering at one of the trainee's apartment above mine for celebrating St. N. with fruits to dip in hot melted chocolate :) It tasted great of course. All the trainees & employees of the company were there including our beloved Jordanian friends just hanging out & chilling to the new Christina Aguilera Christmas Album - no comment on Christina & her version of Christmas! All was well ba3dain qarraru il shabab il taybeh to go clubbing!
Tayyeb, olt balash akoon pooper especially after staring into space having my thought bubbles imagining Hussam saying "ya alla shu innek pooper"! In a 2 seats BMW we headed towards one of the sky scrapers in the nearby area to the very famous SCARLETTES bar which is at the World Trade Center (but I remember when we left it said Al Jumairah Hotel :S) no guys I wasn't drunk, I'm sure I'm still jet lagged or something. I'm sure Husam has been there, sa7 abu lsan?
Anyway going into that bar it was full, they didn't quite believe that I was above 21 but eventually we went in especially since it's ladies' night where the ladies get 2 free drink & the guys have to pay! Pure attraction for il sukor wil 3arbade. Mish maodoo3na. Il muhizz I got a coke & donated my other drink to one of the trainees, 7aram khtay, 2 drinks is too little! Then we started dancing, the dj was great btw, & *Maher who's a Jordanian employee who's been living in Dubai for about 3 years, he loves it here & never thinks of going back.I put my jacket on a nearby table, Maher said: "Hone mish zay 3amman ma 7ada byakhod ishi, don't worry". It's true, I sensed the safety when I first arrived in Dubai, no one seems to be worried about personal safety or their belongings, which is a nice feeling I must say.
While dancing he was chatting with me saying: "Lara hone mish zay 3amman, bti2dari ti3mili illi biddek iyyah o ma 7ada bi7ki 3alaiki"! I thought to my self: "ya salam! yis3id alla, I'm so thankful I'm here!!!!" Was that the reason he & his sister *Hana were here? Well I know this is not the way he meant it but it's so typical Arab- 'Freedom Seekers' as Omar likes to put it ;) So I just murmured while shaking my boodie to pump it up : "yeah I know". *The names have been changed mish 3ashanni bakhaf la2 wala shwai He asked me about myself & was shocked that I don't drink or smoke and said: " you'll change after these 6 months".
Guys you know my opinion about everything, I'm not going to say he's an idiot ( although he is), I'm not going to argue about what's right or wrong, what should & should not be, how shocked I am of how a person could deny what's good in his hometown the minute he leaves to another country but what I would say is that yimkin hone mish zay 3amman but males still ogle (bi basbisu for those who don't know the word ;)), traffic is horrible &........ I left the club without my jacket!
I still find Maher a funny guy, don't worry I didn't shoot him, but as I always like to put it when I don't approve of someone:
-albo tayyeb bas ada2o sayyi2- ;)