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Amanda Settle is a Brit who turned expat in 2006 when she headed out to Kuwait to teach English. She met her husband a fellow brit and their expat adventure began. They lived in Dubai from 2007 to 2009, Amanda then moved to Qatar but her husband stayed in Dubai and they commuted between Dubai and Qatar. In 2013 that all changed when they moved to the Greek island of Rhodes. Amanda’s husband works away for half the year while she is living the Greek life with their animals, travelling around the area and blogging about it over at Olive, Feta & Ouzo. Amanda sat down with Passion for Dubai to share her memories of living in Dubai. PFD: What are your best memories of living in Dubai? AS: While living in Dubai we had some fun times, there was always something going on. From going to events like the Dubai Rugby 7’s to having Christmas lunch in the sunshine. Camping on the coast of…

Valeriya Murugova studied Hospitality Management in Greece. Three years ago she moved to Dubai in order to pursue her career in the hospitality industry. Valeriya sat down with Passion for Dubai and shared her experience of living and working in this vibrant city. PFD: How many years have you been living in Dubai and was it difficult for you to adjust moving here in the beginning? VM: I’ve been living in Dubai for the last 3 years and Dubai is a fairy tale of the Middle East. I might say that it is always difficult and challenging to move to a new place as you do not know anyone and you are not familiar with the areas and etc. However, I took it as an exciting adventure. It was very interesting to explore Dubai, meet new people (I do believe you can meet people from all over the world, it is…

Sami Maameri is currently working in the green building industry, helping to push the boundaries of sustainable housing. He enjoys doing sports of all kinds. Next winter season in Dubai he wants to take part in his first triathlon. Sami sat down with Passion for Dubai to share his Dubai secrets. PFD: You grew up in Greece and studied in London, was it difficult for you to adjust moving to Dubai? SM: Not really. Been moving around my whole life. Am used to living in cities also. My family lives here too, and had already visited lots of times so was pretty easy to settle in. There is lots to keep busy with here as well. Sports clubs, beaches, bars, restaurants, clubs and other group activities so it is easy to keep busy if you want to. PFD: If someone is visiting Dubai for the first time, what do you recommend…

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