11 things that happen when you move from Karachi to Dubai

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1. The words ‘deport’ and ‘fine’ become a frequent part of your vocabulary 

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2. The first new Arabic phrase you learn is Al Abwab Tughlaq 
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3. You realize that Karachi weather, however much you hated it, will always be better than Dubai weather
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4. You learn that the words ‘only’ and ‘no’ can be used in any sentence
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5. You take a little while to openly use your phone while commuting or in a public place, scared that you might get mugged
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6. You start missing everything about your country. The people. The mess. The struggle. Even the strikes. Who doesn’t like extra holidays?
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7. You learn to appreciate just how wonderful Indian people are. Then you learn to appreciate how they are in fact no different than you. 
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8. You realize all your fantasies about ‘foreigners’ were skewed because of movies and well, desi is the best. 
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9. When someone…

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