There is no denying there are so many misconceptions about Dubai (we covered the main ones here). However, there is something I really feel we need to address regarding racism in the Arab world. I have had a lot of comments and harsh words about how different races are treated in Dubai and I really thought it would be beneficial to share my experiences. *Just a disclaimer that this blog has been written purely based on my experience.
Now being a British Indian woman married to a British Jamaican man caused quite a stir in London – crazy right!? I mean anyone would safely assume that London is one of the most accepting and diverse cities ever. Sadly that wasn’t the case for hubby and I. We regularly dealt with people staring at us in shock and giving us dirty looks, as though we were doing something so blasphemous lol.
Before we moved to Dubai I remember a lot of people were concerned with how the Arab world would take our interracial marriage and whether we would experience racism in this part of the world. Everyone kept reminding us that holidays to Dubai was one thing but being an interracial couple that live in Dubai could be a different experience. None the less, we were ready and not afraid to handle whatever expat life in Dubai would throw at us!
I came to Dubai armed with things I wanted to share in an attempt to educate people on why interracial marriage is great, and how people could learn so much from mixing with other cultures… Boy did I get a shock! Growing up in London I thought I was exposed to people from all walks of life and thought I lived in a multicultural society – however, since being in Dubai I can honestly say I now know what it is really like to live in a society that embraces all cultures.
As embarrassing as it is to admit it, I have met people in Dubai who are from cities I have never even heard of! Living in Dubai means you become accustomed to meeting people from ALL parts of the globe – this means seeing a Jamaican man and Indian woman together is embraced rather than frowned upon. People aren’t shocked when they see hubby and I, however they are intrigued to hear where I am from as apparently I don’t look typically Indian or British 😂.
You know what is one of the outcomes of such a diverse city? You get a high number of interracial marriages! I can’t even tell you how many couples we have met who are with spouses from other ethnicities/cultures. I’m talking about French and Filipino, African and Swedish, Egyptian and Dutch, Australian and Ecuadorian, Emirati and American Japanese… The list goes on! So with a society that is so mixed, you’ll undoubtedly become more tolerant, and you’re more likely to accept interracial marriages – it seems to be quite normal here.
I feel like living in Dubai we have been able to just live as a married couple – not having to worry about getting disgusted looks when we go shopping or people talking derogatorily about us in Gujerati or Urdu thinking I won’t understand! Trust me this has happened one too many times in London! Sadly, those people will instill racist views into their children and grandchildren – which is why I’m so happy we live in Dubai, and if God blesses us with children while we’re in Dubai, I know that they will truly be mixing with people from all walks of life!