A few reflections on Friday eveningby Jane Twain on 10/30/15
Having lived in the middle east for a long time, I am aware like any long term resident that being here has its pluses and minuses.
Each city in the region has its own charm, but also negative points. I guess it is the same with everything in life, from activities we chose to engage in to work we do and foods we eat. Moderation is essential as well as finding balance in key areas of our life's.
I consider weather being one of good points. Having been born in the cold country like Poland, I have always been fond of warm climates. As a child I dreamed of palm trees and white beaches. I imagined how wonderful it would be to travel to an exotic island somewhere in the middle of ocean. I have watched movies like Robinson Crusoe and collected summer dresses just in case my dream would come true. Winters in Poland back then were cold. Temperatures reaching well below zero with snow and ice being an essential part of long cold months. Summers were short, with a weather usually warm, but with occasional rain to relieve the heat. I enjoyed those days spending my time in the meadow near my home looking at the sky, dreaming of far away countries, listening to the sounds of nature, and the lake nearby. Sometimes I would set up a tent wanting to sleep outdoors. It did not matter of insects or other animals which feasted on my body. I enjoyed it fully, knowing that the warm weather would be over soon and wait till next year long and tiresome.
Being here in the Gulf with warm weather all year around and almost no rain, I consider a blessing. I do not need to worry about wearing a coat when going outdoors or forgetting an umbrella. Anytime I want I can go to a beach and adore exotic plants around me. How nice it is not to worry about a frost or upcoming snow storm. Life is good.
Another important plus i need to mention is my ability to engage in being a companion to gentlemen. I started it from internal reasons, in other words from the need to be stimulated, to be challenged and to discover something new. It was about my sex drive, but also about myself. I needed to stretch my limits, questioning what was possible or even allowed, and what was not. I needed to questions moral standards I grew up in. I needed to free myself from the concept of what was right or wrong. I wanted to be free. I can not deny. I liked the money too and what came with it. I could now travel, to experience the world myself, photographing it in my minds eye. Nonetheless I have never been a big spender. Luxury life and designer goods having no appeal to me. I just did not feel the need for it. When I started being a companion, back in 2007, I already had good savings accumulated from my previous jobs, some of them being modelling assignments which were quite a few those days. I started it in Holland with an open mind and excitement of finally breaking of the boundaries I had set for myself. I treated it as fun, something I did during the weekend when I had a free time. I set up a website for myself advertising on the internet. People who contacted me were usually business men visiting Amsterdam for a day or two. They wanted to meet a nice lady for a few hours of relaxation and pleasure. I enjoyed it driving to most of my appointments by bike, wearing jeans and a tshit. A GIRL NEXT DOOR, some of them used to say looking at my outfit laughing. At that time I did not know how to dress otherwise assuming that it was the way it had to be. I travelled around the Europe, being invited to Portugal, France, Italy and Ireland. Always researching for something new, I started to venture out to Far East exploring locations I had never dreamed of before. I briefly visited Dubai in 2007 not so being impressed with the city. IT IS JUST A DESERT AND A LOT OF DUST, I thought. My impression changed during my next visit beginning of 2008. I was stopping over for the few days on the way to Hong Kong. All of the sudden I had a realization that it would be a perfect place for me to settle down. An international city with English being widely spoken, a huge male population which was perfect for my profession and of course, an European feel with many expats actually living here in this desert. Dubai was a place where dreams were made of. As time showed I was right, at least for a while.
Each GCC has a different regulation concerning taxes. Nonetheless most of them, including UAE do not recognize income tax, this means an expat salary is usually tax free unless he needs to pay it in his own country. I consider it a plus as I guess majority of people living here do. Of course the country has to sustain itself, so there are a number of other taxes to pay, for exp. In Dubai, there is a service tax, hotel tax, tourism tax and of course road one too. Expatriates or the company who employs them have to pay to live and work here, with healthcare being generally expensive and cost of living high. All of this can be justified for lifestyle and beautiful weather.
***Article to be continued.