Let's move to the UAE in 2017

2nd January 2017

Ok, so 2016 is over.

No matter your political inclinations or world views, almost everyone can agree that 2016 will be remembered in the years to come as the year when the unexpected became the norm and conversations started with “I can’t believe that happened”.

The two obvious events that shaped the year and had a polarizing effect among the citizens of the concerned countries were Brexit and the election of Mr. Trump as the upcoming President of the United States of America. The rest of the world watched closely, with that horrible feeling of being left out of decisions that will impact their lives one way or another (only time will tell if positively or negatively).

I do not live in the USA or in the UK, I live in the UAE (sorry if I’m starting to sound like a sucker for acronyms!), and the one thing that has kept me thinking positive in the midst of the never-ending speculation about the future of the world—impossible to scape with the saturation of opinions that hijack the news and social media channels—is how well defined the future of this country is.

Coming from a part of the world where plans are made but never executed (Honduras, I’m talking to you) it never ceases to amaze me how in the three years that I have lived here, Dubai and the rest of the Emirates have changed dramatically, with new infrastructure constantly being built. But infrastructure without a purpose is just meaningless-shaped concrete. Over here, there is a clearly defined purpose: to be among the best countries in the world by 2021. How? By ensuring sustainable development based on innovation and competitiveness; by implementing a national agenda of inclusiveness that nurtures a cohesive multicultural society; and by putting in place a world-class healthcare network along with a first-rate education system.

Sounds like Utopia right? Well, I don’t know if they will achieve it, but I am glad to have witnessed them trying.

Why am I writing this, you might be asking yourself by now? Because if the events of 2016 have opened your mind to search for an international working experience, I would encourage you to consider the United Arab Emirates — a country that not only welcomes talent from across the globe, but also offers them career opportunities in every major sector. And if that sector happens to be Media & Marketing, hey, I will do my best to help you get that job in this ever-surprising country.

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