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    Welp, the yacht I run is finally getting sold so I'm at a moment in my life where I do some hard thinking on whether or not I want to continue in this field (boat captain). I am getting quite a hefty retainer (at least 6 months), but nevertheless there's always the option of jumping on another boat. At least the retainer/severence will give me some time to think whether to risk starting my own business or staying in this one. (working for someone else [outside of yachting] is NOT an option unless it's a dream job)

    One thing that has come up time and time again the past few years is the desperate need for Yacht Captains in Dubai. Basically, the filthiest rich folk of the world need their yachts tended to. Most of these boats just sit until used (vacations/seasonal) as it's a pretty isolated part of the world, and most of these owners have multiple yachts.

    I've been courted a few times to move over there from folk in the casino/resort business but blew them off repeatedly. Now, I've been giving it more thought.

    Anyone have any experience working/living over there? Anyone have any friendly advice on such a maneuver?

    My bio (forgive the bluntness):
    -5'8" non-religious bi-racial (bahamian/norweigian) South Floridian. I can blend in with the Arabs from a distance (especially with a moustache).
    -My gf is 5'7" Christian SoFla Colombian Latina... also rather Arab looking. What kind of life would she have over there btw?
    -No, I dont own anything besides a car right now (just renting an apartment).
    -No kids
    -No pets
    -Some college education

    Interesting note:
    My father's gf used to nanny for the sheik of Dubai.

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    Re: Dubai: Should I go?

    how the crap do you land on a job like that...seriously. Sorry im no help...lol
    that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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    • #3
      Re: Dubai: Should I go?

      My wife's uncle worked over there for about a year or two. He came back in one piece. But he also worked over in Iraq, Pakistan, and now India. He has been to other countries and back and forth between these listed quite a few times. A little bit of luck and good social skills and you will be fine is what he says.



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      • #4
        Re: Dubai: Should I go?

        Originally posted by Trooper View Post
        how the crap do you land on a job like that...seriously. Sorry im no help...lol
        It's a family trade... that's how :)
        As for the Dubai thing, any jo-blow captain these days can get a job over there it seems.

        Seriously though, it's pretty easy these days to get a Captain's license (unfortunately). It's much less of a tradeskill and more of a desk-jockey job, designed to appease insurance and certification companies.

        Commercial-work like Tugboat captain requires true knowledge though... and that's when it helps to be a member of the family, or at the least a valued apprentice.

        Lastly, the job aint all its cracked up to be.

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        • #5
          Re: Dubai: Should I go?

          Heck yeah! Dubai's a pretty slick place. Those fools have so much money over there, they have no idea how to spend it fast enough. The worst part would be the heat, though. You haven't felt true heat until you've been in the middle east. The water temperature there can get up to 37 degrees Celsius (that's 99 degrees F)!!! There are some very lucrative opportunities over there, though. In your job, I'd say yes. Go for it.
          "Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire

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          • #6
            Re: Dubai: Should I go?

            Originally posted by War.mongeR1 View Post
            Heck yeah! Dubai's a pretty slick place. Those fools have so much money over there, they have no idea how to spend it fast enough. The worst part would be the heat, though. You haven't felt true heat until you've been in the middle east. The water temperature there can get up to 37 degrees Celsius (that's 99 degrees F)!!! There are some very lucrative opportunities over there, though. In your job, I'd say yes. Go for it.
            Okay, I know about the money and the heat. What I need more knowledge of is the social aspect. What is there to DO there? What are the people like? Are they friendly to African-Americans? Will my gf have to hide under a sheet in public? Can I walk around in shorts? etc.

            most importantly: How fast is the broadband :)

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            • #7
              Re: Dubai: Should I go?

              Dubai is beautiful.

              Just some basic info..do some research and have a long talk with the GF.

              http://www.aboutdubai.org/Family_Social.php
              "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." Gen. George Patton

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              • #8
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                Dubai is the heat!! It is like Vegas, but in the Middle East. The place is really interesting and extremely modern. I would jump at the offer, the wife may not agree with it though!!
                "The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws." -Machiavelli

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                • #9
                  Re: Dubai: Should I go?

                  Originally posted by Bc2ID View Post
                  Dubai is beautiful.

                  Just some basic info..do some research and have a long talk with the GF.

                  http://www.aboutdubai.org/Family_Social.php
                  Great link! Thanks.

                  Originally posted by TheBigC View Post
                  Dubai is the heat!! It is like Vegas, but in the Middle East. The place is really interesting and extremely modern. I would jump at the offer, the wife may not agree with it though!!
                  No no no, trust me... she's jumping at the idea. Moreso than me actually. She's enthralled by the glitz, glamour, and money of Dubai.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dubai: Should I go?

                    I have been through Dubai a few times... Yes the heat is always a factor and the money will be good...

                    Just have to learn the customs as well...Which hand to shake, the whole not showing your shoe thing. Someone said they are like Las Vegas and it is...They have a Western feel but still make sure to learn the customs so that no accidental offense happens...

                    Without kids and all that I would go for it...You have more freedom of choice...



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                    • #11
                      Re: Dubai: Should I go?

                      Don't be too concerned about the sole-of-your-shoe thing. They can recognize when they're being purposely insulted and when its just some dumb foreigner crossing his legs. Just make the attempt. The handshake thing is important, so definitely follow that, along with which hand you eat with. Again, which hand you eat with isn't as important (just try to follow the rules) as which hand you shake with. It'd be like someone walking up to you and giving you a left-handed limp-wristed handshake. It's, like, "What the **** is this?" Doesn't hurt to learn a few phrases in Arabic, either, even if its just the meet-and-greet formalities.

                      Don't stare at the women, don't talk to the women (unless they talk to you), don't offer them a handshake (but give them one if they offer one to you).

                      Women have more things to worry about, etiquette-wise, than men do while in Dubai or an applicable Middle Eastern country.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dubai: Should I go?

                        Not nearly as bad as you might think it is, especially if you're foreign, they'll understand, it's not a Ben Stiller movie, they're not going to chop you're head off for not shaking their hand properly. They'll more likely get a good chuckle out of it.

                        As Gillespie said, don't get friendly with the lady folk, but don't treat them like they don't exist, or if they're a shop assistant or something. They get a hell-load of tourists there anyway, and they know what to expect from the English-speaking people.

                        Your partner will almost definitely be fine dressed normally, just as long as she's not too zealous with the amount of skin showing.

                        It would be like living in a tourist destination basically, people love going on holiday there. If you're interested in living in a place like that I say go for it, especially because of the job opportunities, and also because you don't have kids/pets to settle in.

                        I say go there on holiday for a few weeks. You can't really decide to live in a whole different country - especially one so different, I think it will be a huge culture shock for you - based on Internet pictures and advice off a forum.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Dubai: Should I go?

                          Gambit, we need you here for Age of Conan :) Sounds like a unique opportunity. You could certainly give it a go. You can always move back to the States. I've always wanted to go to Dubai it looks like a modern place. Though, a bit repressive.
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                          • #14
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                            Not much experience to come off with but I'd accept in a second...
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