I always tell those interested in going to the Gulf for work or tourism that “I love Dubai!” Dubai is special because it was my first job outside of Syria and the first time that I had traveled outside of the country. I spent 7 months there from January 2007 to August 2007. It was a great experience and I met so many interesting people. When I went back in April 2010 for vacation, it was totally new to me. There were so many new building and shopping centers. Dubai is really the New York of the Middle East. It is a melting pot where east meets west.