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6 Important Lessons to Succeed in the UAE

6 Important Lessons to Succeed in the UAE

June 27, 20243 min read

When you decide to move to the United Arab Emirates, like everyone else, you think, "I will spend at most 2-3 years as I need a change of environment, a multicultural and advanced society, and of course, a tax-free income”. So, you pack all your bags, and 4 months later, you are settled and enjoying your time here. 


After 2 years, you tell yourself, “I need some more time to hit the next milestone, get one more promotion or a change of job” before you know it, you’ve spent so many years, and you start to wonder how fast time has gone.


I have learned so much in the last 6 years, and I’d like to share 6 lessons I wish I had known earlier to help you.


Self-compassion and Patience - The 1st lesson is to give yourself grace, self-compassion, and patience. We set the bar so high that we feel disappointed and sad when we don’t meet our expectations. It is all about the journey and not the destination. Be patient, you don’t fail, but you learn.  


Find your purpose – Living in the UAE, it is essential to have a defined purpose of why you are here. This will help you stay on track and reach your goals whether you decide to make the UAE home for a long time or leave within the time planned.


Recognize when things are not moving well – It is important to recognize and acknowledge when things are not moving as planned. You call the shots and dictate your life, be quick to admit when things are not going well. It’s easier to leave than stay in a bad situation. 


See the world: The Centricity of the UAE makes it accessible to many parts of the world. Catch flights and see the world. New experiences fuel your passion. Remember to be prudent with your expenditure. 

“Travel leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller – Ibn Battuta.


Get out of your comfort zone: The UAE is a melting pot of over 150 nationalities, cuisines, and cultures; stay curious and learn new things as you meet new people and share experiences. These are the memories that will stay with you forever. 


Love Yourself and find joy in everything - Loving yourself will help you find inspiration and reach new heights to become all you esteem to be. Find joy in everything you do; it could be a 5km run, closing a deal, finishing a book, or camping in the desert with friends? These are all things that can bring you joy. Invest in a coach, learn a new course, and go to therapy if you need to. Remember, self-love and happiness will bring you inner peace and take you places.


My name is Lydia Andrews; I am a wealth advisor and mindset coach who has impacted over 800 women through workshops and private coaching, helping them love themselves more and embrace a financially free mindset. 


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