Lady from the sky
This beautiful Slovak lady lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her name is Patricia and she told CrispyTrips all about her life in this interesting country. Do you want to know, what she loves about it and how the local cuisine taste? Keep reading our cute little interview with her 🙂 . And she also cooked for us, so check out the recipes as well 🙂 .
So how did you come to Dubai and what are you doing there?
I am a stewardess, First Class stewardess (editor note: likeness with the movie First Class stewardess, Gwyneth Paltrow, probably won’t be coincidence 🙂 ). I used to work for airline company in Slovakia, but few years ago I decided to give a try on the interview for one of the best airline company in the world. I passed it successfully and in a few weeks I was already flying to Dubai, the space-age city (at least to me). My dream came true. I am flying on the biggest aircrafts and also I got lucky to work in a First Class. Simply perfect !
How is Dubai and United Arab Emirates as a country? What do you love about it? Is there anything slovakian what you really miss?
Well, Dubai and Emirates itself are completly different like our country. I am going to mention few crucial differences.
I was always fascinated by speed of development in Dubai. 50 years ago there was only a fishing village with barely 50 000 people. And look at the city now, 2,5milions of citizens! It’s amazing and unbelievable at the same time! I like that local people are very positive and they appreciate a little things. I feel safe and comfortable in Dubai. And they have the coolest subway I’ve ever seen 🙂 .
The biggest difference is a religion of course, because they have Islam in Emirates. There are mosques all around and you can hear people pray 5 times a day. After a while you’ll get used to it. Once a year is Ramadan. A month of fasting for Muslims, when they commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. During that time (always adhere from sunrise to sunset), even ordinary people can’t drink, eat, chew a gum or smoke in public. Of course at home they can do what they want. Most of the restaurants are open, but you have to take your food home. In some restaurants you can eat anyway, because they have something what they call “curtains” and it’s allowed to eat behind it.
In Dubai people respect other religions, so you can find there St. Mary’s Catholic Church as well.
The religion is also related to the fact, that everything is divided for men and women separately. Even in the Dubai Metro, some cabins are for women and children only. Expressions of love are forbidden on public. So no hugs or kisses are acceptable as we are accustomed in Europe. Holding hands it’s ok.
The last huge difference between our country and Emirates is the weather. It feels like the sun never stops to shine in Dubai, almost 365 days per a year it’s sunny. During the summer season the outside temperature is around 45˚C (113˚F) and very humid. In winter it’s around 17-25˚C (63-77˚F). Since I live in Dubai, I really love rain. Seriously, I enjoy rainy weather very much!
And what I miss in Emirates? Of course my family and friends on a first place, but also our country itself, cause it’s beautiful. I am very proud, that I am Slovak and I see myself back home in a future.
What’s a real „must-see“ in Dubai for every traveler?
I think the best way how to start a city tour in Dubai is to visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, at first. It’s 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) high and the view is simply breathtaking!
People can’t imagine Dubai without Burj Al Arab anymore. It’s a first hotel in the world with 7 stars (but official it has only 5 of them) and has a typical shape of sailing boat.
Another fancy holiday resort Atlantis is situated on an artificial island which looks like a palm tree. That’s why they call it the Palm island.
During your stay in Dubai you can visit the water parks Wild Wadi or Aquaventure. Do not miss Safa park or Dubai Marina. It’s also fun to experienced a safari in a desert and after dark to enjoy highlighted Dubai Fountain.
Crispy trips is a blog not only about traveling, but also cooking and international cuisine. So how is the kitchen in Emirates and what do you like the most?
Local cuisine is very varied in Dubai, since there are people from all over the world. So you can find there practically everything: from American fast foods through French coffee shops to Indian, Lebanese and Pakistani Restaurants 🙂 .
If you are going to visit a typical Arabic house, they will probably welcome you with a dates and coffee. Arabic coffee contains also cardamom, saffron, rosewater and sometimes also cloves. They serve it in a pitcher called Dallah and they poor it into a little cups named Finjaan. They drink it without milk or sugar, but thanks to dates, it’s sweet anyway. According to local customs they poor coffee only up to 1/4 of cup, so the coffee can get cold really fast. They offer you a coffee always with the right hand and it’s also polite to accept it with a same one.
I have a good news for all meat lovers! You can find all kind of meat in Dubai: lamb, veal, beef, poultry or even camel meat. Pork, which Islam prohibits ( actually is not recommended) , is served only in a hotel restaurants for the tourists and it has a special mark.
My favourite food in Emirates are dates and Arabic mezze, the meal which contains from a several smaller meals.