I’m sure most of them think we spend our life on Jumeirah beach sipping cocktails whilst watching the sunset over the Burj al Arab every evening. If we’re not on the beach we must be in the pool, shopping in Chanel, or passing camels as we head to the gold souk.
It’s a lovely thought, but no. My days consist of doing the school run and visiting the supermarket. I also provide a daily taxi service to play dates, swimming lessons, football training and baby groups. For extra fun I also take trips to the doctor, dentist and optician. In really exciting weeks, I may even go to Ikea.
Don’t get me wrong. Being an expat is great and I’m sure that if you live in Slough, Dubai probably sounds a lot more glamorous. But just for the record, it’s not all mojitos and manicures.
There are plenty of things about living here that really wind me up and today I have been reminded of one of them.
Whilst there are no seasons, there is a fluctuation in temperature throughout the year. From November to March the weather is perfect with warm days and cool evenings. From April things start to warm up. By July it’s unbearable and we all escape to the UK for some guaranteed bad weather.
So now it’s beginning to heat up and as it does, a few little irritations have returned. There is no longer any cold water in the cold tap. The water tank for the house is situated on the roof and is basking in temperatures in the mid to high 30s every day. To run a bath for the girls which needs to be ‘warm’, I now simply turn on the cold tap.
There is no point in using the electric water heaters. Why pay to heat up something that’s already hot?
Clearly we could be suffering far more serious problems but before you dismiss my little moan, just try brushing your teeth in warm water tomorrow morning.