In 21 days, I will leave Dubai. Maybe forever.
We’ve been here for more than two years, Tom and I, escaping to this modern, clean, ultra-safe city from two years in Kabul. And now we are moving to Dili, Timor-Leste, for something less than a year.
Our current plan is to return to Dubai by the end of 2007, but I have some doubts. The volatile situation in the region right now offers any number of possible scenarious for the start of World War III – even for non-apocalyptic thinkers. The rents in Dubai are so high that we were going to move anyhow, to another one of the UAE’s seven emirates, before Tom got this job in East Timor.
And you just never know. Timor will be completely different from Dubai, and it seems possible that something in that experience will change us in a way that we need to move somewhere else.
So for the past month I have been mulling the question: How do I leave Dubai?
My friend Carrie, who is a world-class tarot reader (as well as a fabulous artist and writing coach), pulled a card for me the other day to help me answer that question. It was the Chariot, reversed. The chariot is a card of movement, of course, but also of “victory, will, self-assertion, and hard control.”
Carrie said: ‘Pick something to do every day, from now until you leave, that you enjoy about Dubai. Every day, appreciate something about Dubai by doing it.’
So I’m doing that. It’s good advice for any situation, but especially so when you are feeling the loss of a place even before you’re gone. Instead of dwelling on the feeling of loss, immerse in the feelings of enjoyment and fun.
This blog will be my way of forcing myself to document what I love about Dubai – before those feelings are buried in the love of a new place.