25 Things All Irish People Miss When They Move To Dubai
It may be a small country but that does not mean Ireland doesn't have a lot to offer.
As every Irish expat knows there are certain things that are unique to the little island and as much as you may love the UAE there are some things that you will always miss.
Of course everyone misses their family and friends but what about all the other things that make Ireland home?
Surprisingly, to those not lucky enough to come from the Emerald Isle, it's a lot more than shamrocks and leprechauns.
The jambons. Sausage rolls. Wedges.
There isn't a greater sight in the world than a deli counter full of these delicious creations.
Me after eating a sausage roll and jambon. pic.twitter.com/C0yiv8RtOv— Seán Óg (@SeanJamesFitz) January 11, 2018
Said to cure any ailment Lucozade has magical revival properties.
It may have received some hate recently because of a recipe change but we won't hold that against you forever.
You were always there when we needed you the most, mostly after a rough night, and for that we will be eternally grateful.
(P.S Original is the only one worth drinking)
There is no crisp in the world that can compete with Tayto.
Two slices of bread and a bag of Tayto et voila, a classic Irish dish.
And the fact that it has it's own park is proof enough of how important Taytos are to us Irish.
4. Taxi Drivers
If you've never gotten into a taxi and asked "Busy tonight?" then you aren't truly Irish.
Irish taxi drivers are a unique bunch, with tales to tell and wise words to share, you never really know what you're going to end up talking about.
You just can't get the same banter from the RTA or Careem drivers here.
I love when my Irish taxi drivers give me history lessons as they drive me around town— Megan Weldon (@mcweldon3) September 17, 2017
5. Chinese food
Like most things, the Irish have taken Chinese food and adapted it to their own liking.
You cannot get a 3-in-1 here in Dubai, although many have tried.
After a long week one might choose to relax with an Irish 3in1. #changedmylife#chipseggfriedricecurrysauce pic.twitter.com/B8n5lEOx3g— Shauna Macdonald (@shaunamacd0nald) November 2, 2015
6. Chicken Fillet Rolls
An Irish delicacy that, unfortunately, cannot be recreated outside of an Irish deli.
Butter or mayo?
Spicy or plain?
Will I cut it in half?
Sudden craving for a bag of Taytos and a chicken fillet roll with tomato relish pic.twitter.com/4F4iXMOz7k— frank (@caniculee) October 14, 2017
No-one knows how to make a decent cup of tea like the Irish and there isn't a problem that can't be solved over a cup of tea.
Rumour has it you'll be kicked out of the country if you refuse a cup.
And of course there are only two choices of tea, Barrys or Lyons. The debate has raged on for generations passed, and will continue for many more.
In matters of tea, there are very clear battle lines drawn for Irish families. You are a Lyons family OR a Barrys family but Lyons rules!— Claire Murray (@drclairemurray) July 3, 2017
You go in for a pair of socks and you leave with seven bags of happiness and it only cost you €20.
9. The local papers
Where else are you going to find out all the local news?
Sitting down with your cup of tea and having a look to see who you might know.
Grabbing the Sunday paper after mass was a ritual.
10. Your mom's dinners
It's simple, no one cooks a dinner like an Irish mother, especially your mam.
11. Irish radio
As much as we love Kris Fade and the gang or Harry & Pricey and all the other brilliant radio hosts in Dubai, you can't beat the likes of Ray D'Arcy and Ian Dempsey.
12. Spice bag
Another Irish delicacy, the famous spice bag.
Yet to be recreated in the Middle East, everyone is missing out.
13. The village gossip
Something you claim to hate but at the same time you want to know exactly what happened between Mary from down the road and Tom from the post office.
While you may love being away from it because you can't be the subject of the gossip, your mam still fills you in during her weekly calls.
14. Fresh air
The heat is nice and all but nothing beats stepping off the plane in Ireland and taking that first deep breath, filling your lungs with clean fresh, albeit cold, air.
15. Brown bread
Anything to be said for a bit of brown soda bread?
Bitta butter? Some jam?
16. The chipper
We've searched Dubai for the ultimate chipper and while some come close there are none that can replicate the taste of an Irish chipper.
Who knew you could get chips so wrong?
17. The accent
Yes, there are Irish people in Dubai, but you're not surrounded by the Irish accent all of the time.
There's a reason it's constantly voted as people's favourite accent.
Although, the stronger accents, like this poor farmer who lost his sheep, might not be missed as much.
18. The local pub
While McGettigans and Fibbers come close they're not the exact same as your local Irish pub.
19. Cadburys chocolate
Yes, it's here in Dubai.
No, it is definitely not the same.
20. The fire
There's a level of cosiness that can only be achieved by an open fire/stove.
Swapping it for air conditioning is tough transition.
21. The Late Late Show
Friday night, fire lit, Chinese takeaway en route, penneys finest pyjamas and the main man Ryan Tubridy on the tv.
What's not to love?
22. Small talk
The Irish love small talk.
With the shopkeeper, the postman, the neighbour, at the school gates. Whoever you meet you're likely to strike up a short conversation.
Usually about the weather.
Everything here is beige.
You've swapped green fields, wild flowers and rugged coastlines for sand, sand and more sand.
24. Everyone understanding your name
If you are blessed with a beautiful Irish name, then be prepared to hear it in every pronunciation possible and rarely correct.
You'll soon learn to adapt to an easier version of your name when ordering food and making reservations.
25. The craic
For those who do not know, the 'craic' is the unique Irish term used to define the fun or banter enjoyed by all.
The good thing about the craic is that it can be replicated around the world. Wherever you find a group of Irish people you can be sure to have the craic.