Monday, February 11, 2013

... Signed, sealed, delivered!


Well! Jason is approaching the end is his schooling and has officially signed a 3 year contract to teach at a university in....


 DUBAI


 Yes, I know! It's wild! And we are oh so excited to finally have the offer and contract worked out! It's been a dream to take a job living overseas and it seemed far away, but now it's much closer! Hooray! 




But questions, everyone has questions! Feel free to drop me more, while I try to answer some of the common queries.

1. Where is Dubai? Will you have to learn another language? 

Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates, on the Arabian peninsula. They speak arabic, and while I have my heart set on learning some, speaking english is just fine. Jason will be teaching in english. The country actually has more foreigners that natives, so it's a big mixing pot of lots of different cultures, which is one of the reasons we find it so exciting.

2. Isn't that an arab country? Do you have to wear a head covering?

Yes, it's an arab country and Islam is the order of the day, but no, it is not required for women to wear head scarves. As you can see by this sign in the mall, they do have more conservative dress standards, but so do we mormons so this really isn't at all a stretch. Don't wear tank tops or short shorts? Easy peasy.


3. What about church?

Well, depending on which part of dubai the university houses us, there are THREE different wards (church units) we could belong to. And just a hop skip and a jump away in Abu Dhabi, they are about to finish what is to be the first new LDS church building in the area. Pretty Exciting! The temple district is a little broader, and the nearest temple is Frankfurt, Germany. Won't that be a fun temple trip!

4. What about your medical care? 

Don't worry, of course this was one of our first questions! Yes we will all be covered with good medical insurance, and they have plenty of quality medical care. And guess what? My medicine will actually be cheaper there than it is here in the States. Lucky!  

Misc. 

Here's another interesting tidbit! Because of the more conservative culture, kissing or even holding hands in public is off limits! That might be the hardest thing to remember, since I sure love stealing kisses from my one and only. 

Also, I will have to get the "Keep your hands to yourself" song from Yo Gabba imbedded in my psyche! 
Well, that was easy. It will be stuck there for at least a month now. 





... hands to yourself, keep your hands to yourself!  Hands to yourself, keep your hands to yourself... 

18 comments:

Potatoes said...

AWESOME!!!!!! I am so excited for your grand adventure!

tzennibah said...

That must mean the Visa came through!!

Potatoes said...

awesome!

Amy said...

Yay!!!! I want to visit you next year! It's on my 'places to visit list'

Lisa said...

Wow! Congrats!

Fernanda said...

That is just sooooo exciting! Once you are there you have to tell us all about it...this is definitely an amazing experience for all of you!!! Congrats on the new job!

West Family said...

Exciting! Well, you better keep up with your blog so we can see how you are doing over there!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I hope that you have fun. Are you going to home school?

Alison A.

Lucia- insert creative nickname said...

We might, the K-12 homeschool curriculum has a great set up out there, that's where their international headquarters are actually. But there are also tons of private american/international schools to choose from and the university will reimburse us for private school tuition up to a certain amount.

Lauren said...

So cool! One of my good friends in high school lived in Dubai for a time, and she loved it! It's definitely a different experience though, but she had lots of good memories! P.S. Those books you asked about on my blog my mom got for us from Barnes and Noble. =)

Amanda said...

Congratulations! This is so exciting! Good luck to you and your fam.

Amanda said...

Congratulations! This is so cool! Good luck to you and your fam.

Amanda said...

Congrats! That is so cool! Good luck to you and your fam.

Nassari Zarin said...

I am so happy for you guys! what an exciting adventure!!! best wishes!

Blonski fam said...

How exciting for you all! We will definitely need to meet up sometime while you are on this side of the world :)

Blonski fam said...

How exciting! We will need toe meet up sometime while we are on the same side of the world.... You are going to have a great time! Congrats.

Leisa Hokanson said...

Wow! Good luck to you! Keep in touch with your blog, we would love to know how it is going for you!

garcias said...

So cool. I loved living outside the US. I would go too, if I could. I am sure it is much better than TX. Good luck

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