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Vaishali Shah is a creative director and made the decision to relocate to Dubai this year. She told Express.co.uk that her mother was the one who recommended the move.
Vaishali told Express.co.uk: “My mother, knowing me as well as she does, felt strongly that Dubai would be a great fit for me.
“She thought it would give me an opportunity to work in a business environment that was vibrant with entrepreneurs and business owners like me, full of ideas and excited to put those ideas in action.”
Vaishali’s mother had already made her own decision to move to Dubai.
Vaishali said: “I went to Dubai on a little exploratory trip to find out for myself. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of friends and acquaintances who told me they knew people in Dubai or travelled there on business or holiday.
“After various meetings and getting a feel for the city and lifestyle, I realised that the prospects were very sunny- just like the weather!”
She told Express.co.uk: “I love the fact that you are truly in a melting pot of cultures. Whether you are in a restaurant, elevator, apartment building or organisation, it feels you are among people of every nationality.”
Although Vaishali is looking forward to moving to Dubai, she has faced a few challenges, telling Express.co.uk: “Getting used to the idea of working in a different country with all the unknowns of doing business there and getting out of my comfort zone after having lived in London most of my life has been a challenge.”
She added: “It has been emotionally challenging too. Leaving my friends and family who I am really close to, my work colleagues and those in my industry that I have built a really strong relationship with.”
Despite the challenges, Vaishali says that there’s a lot she’s looking forward to about a fresh start.
She said: “New opportunities, new friends, new clients and a diverse work environment will be truly exciting.
“I have already made a few business contacts who have promised to introduce me to potential clients.
“Having worked in my industry for over two decades, I’m looking forward to creating a name for myself and establishing a presence in Dubai.
“I am also looking forward to a different lifestyle and pace of work. I am taking the opportunity to have a better work life blend, so I can engage in all the creative pursuits I have had very little time for in London.”
From her own experience of relocating, Vaishali says that new expats should be prepared to be flexible.
She said: “I was open as to which area of Dubai I would be living in and open to whether to stay in an apartment or villa. I was able to choose what was the best fit for me.”
She added: “Look for opportunities to connect with others, via Facebook groups, online or in person networking groups, sports clubs or part of a book club.
“I have joined various Facebook groups such as Brits in Dubai with over 25,000 members, where I can connect with others and ask any questions.”
Vaishali said: “I could immediately see the advantages of having a base in Dubai with its international outlook. The vibrancy of the place and its cosmopolitan outlook are a perfect fit for my businesses, giving both my UK and overseas clients a truly global audience.”
Vaishali Shah runs www.creative-id.com
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