Worker sticking up for those who moan
I’m tired of those telling me that “I’m lucky to be here...” sounds the exact same as the favourite slogan of “if you don’t like it, go home...”.
I am not here as an asylum seeker. Yes, we are told that the UAE is a tax-free country but seriously, we all know that this isn’t true and that high taxes are hidden everywhere. I work hard to be here. I pay lots of money to be here (utility bills, rents, fees and “non-refundable deposits” everywhere make the cost of living here very high indeed). Salaries are high but so are costs.
I also work and live here and have to accept the fact that no matter how long I’m here I’m granted no more rights than any new expat “stepping off the boat” tomorrow.
When the going gets tough, loyalty means nothing and our lives here come to an abrupt end. So please, stop telling us to be silently grateful - I contribute to this society AND economy.