One major difference that I’ve noticed between Dubai and the US is a difference in planning. For example, I wanted to see when a particular TV show would be appearing so I could watch it. We get a small “TV-guide” type booklet from our satellite provider (providing we go pick one up. *sigh*) with a listing of times and shows. Now, shows here aren’t exactly scheduled, they may start at 735, or at 1615, or even 1210. They don’t start on the hour and half-hour. But the booklet’s nowhere close to what’s showing up on the TV screen……lol. So planning your TV viewing is a challenge.
Shopping papers, sales ads, or grocery fliers – you may get one the day the sale begins, or the day before. Not like in the US, where most of them will appear on a Wednesday, with sales beginning on the weekend. Gives one time to plan out meals and budget.
Recreation can be dicey too – there’s a really interesting looking entertainment complex called Global Village.
It’s got tons of cultural exhibits, amusement-type rides, shopping, dining and performance venues. I had read about some cool-sounding dance exhibitions, one Egyptian, one Jordanian. I wanted to plan a trip to Global Village to see them. I checked their website, http://www.globalvillage.ae which routed me to their facebook page. I didn’t find a schedule, but I found a phone number -, so I called to ask when I might be able to see these dancers. The conversation went something like this…..
“Hello! I’m trying to find the schedule of entertainment so I can see some dancers from Egypt and Jordan. Where would I find the schedule for upcoming dancers?”
“Yes, we have dancers from Egypt and Jordan”
“Great. When do they perform? When can I see them next?”
“Yes, they may next be dancing from time to time”
“OK. When next? Where is the schedule?”
“Schedule posted daily ma’am. On website. In the morning.”
“OK. Where is schedule to tell me next time these dancers will perform?”
“Our schedule is posted daily ma’am. You can check it online. If not there in the morning, check it on the twitter.”
“So, you cannot tell me the next time the Egyptian or Jordanian dancers perform?”
“Schedule is daily – you can check daily.”
So. If we want to see these dancers, we have to check their online schedule daily, or “the twitter” to see if they’re performing. Because they publish the schedule in the morning for that day’s events, “so as not to cause confusion” according to their facebook page.
My solution? We’ll just pick a day to go. If the dancers happen to be performing, it’ll be a happy bonus…. If not, no worries!