It was around a 9.5 hour flight from Cape Town to Dubai! The flight was great I loved the food, the couple I sat next to and the onboard entertainment. Taking this step was one of the bravest things I have and will ever do in my life! I had to not only leave my mom, dad, brother, friends and animals, but I also left the most amazing boyfriend/best friend/partner any girl could ever ask for!
I arrived at Dubai International Airport at around 6AM on Thursday morning. I was glad that by the time I got there the sun was already rising. I met the Marhaba staff and I was shown to baggage collection and went through customs. I also met a lady from the HR Department and she gave me all the necessary information and a UAE SIM card. I was then transported by the company chauffeur service to my accommodation.
On the way I was speaking to the driver and he had no idea where “Sarab” was! Thankfully after a 30 minute drive around, we came to my building! I walked into the reception area and was told that I was at the right place! I was over joyed!
I made my way up to my apartment. I have a lovely big bedroom with a view of the swimming pool! I love it. Unfortunately there was no sign of my other two room mates anywhere. I spent the first day unpacking, making my room homely and on a search for internet access! Luckily there is free wifi in the lobby of my building and I was able to contact my boyfriend and family to let them know I had arrived safely! As I had been traveling for over 14 hours and they had not heard a word from me.
The first day was the toughest! Fortunately I met up with a girl from South Africa. Maryke, gave me some advice and reassured me it would all be alright! I came across Maryke’s blog in May 2013 and I read all about the Emirates life style and that’s when I decided I’d like to apply. And now 6 months down the line I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Dubai writing a blog about how I got here! It’s crazy, I’m still shocked!
Things the past month have been really hectic! I have had a maximum of 5 hours sleep each night. Training is exciting and fun…. However very stressful at times! Training blog to follow! Below are a few photos of the day I left and the day I arrived!