Embrace the culture and acknowledge each other
Apparently seven out of 10 expats have little or no knowledge about the heritage, culture and tradition of the UAE.
I feel we that we are a bit too reserved and have an anxiety of interacting with Emiratis or other nationalities.
That fear leads to culture clashes.
We have lots of people from various walks of life so we are in a confused state of whom to talk to. Dubai is one of the best cities in the world where you can learn and embrace different cultures. All it requires is the time, patience and the initiative to learn.
Teachers should motivate their students to read, write and speak Arabic not for the sake of puking it out on the exam sheet and then forgetting it, but it would help them in their career at both personal and professional level.
Try talking to them instead of having that sort of a complex in you. You have the internet that would help you learn and enhance your knowledge on various cultures. Once you start learning and exploring the culture, you will have the interest to talk to them slowly and gradually you will have the eagerness to learn more and more.
A pleasant greeting early morning in Arabic - ‘Salam allaikum’ or ‘Marhaba’ would really make a good start to your day instead of the usual slang we use in our daily lives - ‘Hi, Wassup!!!!!’
We have lots to learn out here and I thank the authorities for the freedom given to us to stay here.