“Ahlan wa sahlan!” (Welcome!)
And what a beautiful home it is!
High ceilings…warm cherry wood accents…exquisite Persian rugs…gleaming Syrian antiques…unlike compact Danish homes, Hamdan’s residence is reminiscent of a spacious, Homes & Estates Magazine luxury portfolio showcase.
She’s married to a prominent businessman and is, herself, a successful businesswoman and collector of valuable Middle Eastern works of art. She, like most working women of Dubai, also has “house help” – which includes drivers, and housemaids.
Dr. Hamdan explains to Oprah that most working women in Dubai do not cook. Unlike the large majority of American working women, the working women of Dubai don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner. There is a “central kitchen” in each family where a chef cooks enormous meal portions, to be distributed to the various extended families.
Holy kitchen sweat!
Wonder if I could get the best chef in my family to hop on board this ‘central kitchen’ plan?
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is called the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf,” rising like a gleaming bar of gold from the sands of what was once dessert. From its luxurious hotels to its hedonistic shopping malls, Dubai sweats money.
But, just as in the West, that sweat accumulates most heavily upon the backs of the working class.
Dr. Hamdan says she’s “very lucky” that her mother-in-law lives right across the street in an “Everybody Loves Raymond setup.” She affectionately adds, “It’s traditional to live very close to your in-laws, and I love it. I think it’s great to be able to see family every day.”
Apparently, her mother-in-law is nothing like Marie Barrone. 😐
“Is it different in Dubai?” Dr. Hamdan ponders this question. “I don’t think so at all. We’re all working moms, we all have the same priorities, we all face the same challenges, you know? How do I work and raise my kids, take them to soccer matches…but I think that because we have more help here, it’s a little bit easier.”
Did you start packing up for a move to Dubai midway through this post?
How does Dubai look to you as you view it through foreign eyes?