Carmen lived in Dubai for 8 years, from 2007 to 2015. Her career grew from cabin crew to SFS and until she joined the recruitment team.
Those famous Open Days around the world, she was part of them.
Here’s her story about her journey and living in Dubai – and what to expect next.
How would you feel if after escaping from the ‘golden cage of Dubai’ you didn’t know where home was anymore?
Life After Dubai
Living in Dubai has been the most incredible experience I have ever lived by far in a personal and professional way.
I was twenty-six years old when I decided to move there, and my dad having only passed away a few months before that. At that time, I was unemployed, and I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life.
Before Dubai I had a few jobs in Barcelona after moving back from London, but I could barely reach the end of the month and the everyday routine was killing me.
I was feeling lost. So, when the opportunity of having a completely brand-new life, far away from home came, I didn’t doubt it for a second.
I was living the best life in Dubai: I was working as a Flight Attendant for one of the world’s best airlines and I was living in the most comfortable city in the world.
But as they say, it’s not gold everything that shines, so it didn’t take me too long to understand the toll and price I had to pay, in exchange for this luxury life-style.
After eight years living in a spiral of non-stop travelling alone, paired with the downsides of living in a Muslim country. I started to fall apart.
Even though the economic situation in Spain was terrible at that time, I was determined to go back home.
My surprise was that when I finally managed to escape from the golden cage, when I got back home, I did not recognize ‘home’ as such, as I was feeling more like a tourist in my own city.
Everything and everyone were different and had changed a lot. But maybe, I was the one that changed.
I invite you to read my story, because in order to understand how my life after Dubai is, you must understand how it was before.
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Also in Spanish.