So last week when I had published an article on Reasons Why UAE Has A Special Place in my Heart I was not able to write much because I was running out of time. Today it is TBN Monday so I am back with more reasons. Though I again won’t be able to put all the reasons here on a single blog post but it can be considered as a short outline of why I love UAE so much.
I never felt being judged
I dressed the way I wanted. I once used to wear jeans and t-shirt, skirt blouse and my traditional Pakistani dresses then I added hijab to my attire. After a few years I started wearing abaya and then often I used to skate while wearing my abaya. While doing all of these I was never judged by people around me. No hard stares, no funny smiles and no unnecessary comments. Oh, I was also never criticised for being what I am.
I felt different but in a good way
When in UAE people accept you for who you are. People respect you for maintaining individualism. No one expects you to conform to the environment and you can do things according to your own comfort level as long as you don’t offend anyone else.
I had my favourite teachers back there
I found all the best teachers back in UAE. I am not going to be biased here and say that no other country has got good teachers. But what I simply mean to say is that for me the best teachers I came across were in UAE so yeah that is another reason why I can’t stop missing UAE.
During weekends we had endless options
Weekends were always fun because UAE has got endless leisure spots to visit about. Every week my dad picked a new leisure spot to visit and it was one hell of an experience.
I love the huge malls in UAE
Yes, the huge malls always won my heart because of its architectural design. Also, I can never forget the many times we had forgotten where our car was parked when going back home which added at least an hour extra spent at the mall.
Sahara Centre was my most favourite spot!
At the basement level they had a huge collection of books and then on top of that it was surrounded but lots of restaurants. I had been there twice with my school and uncountable times with my parents. I also remember winning a book voucher from Young Times magazine which I got to use at the Sahara Centre.
Talking about Young Times, yes that was my all time favourite magazine. I haven’t yet come close to another magazine which can ever beat Young Times.
UAE has got gorgeous parks
I am sure every one of you will agree with me on this point. UAE really has got beautiful parks and gardens all over the country. I always enjoyed walking there. Parks are so commonly found in UAE that you can find at least one or two near your residence.
Fireworks are a thing in UAE
Living in UAE I often got a chance to watch fireworks and they truly used to mesmerize me.
Other Gulf countries can be reached by road
Many of the Gulf countries are close to the UAE borders so you can visit them by road. That takes me back to the Reasons Road Trips are Always Rejuvenating.
I felt a sense of belonging
My purpose of writing this article was in no way to defame my own country. I care about Pakistan but having spent so many of my crucial years in UAE I can’t just act like those years never existed in my life. Pakistan may be my homeland but UAE was where I felt HOME...