Working in a country like the UAE has its ups and downs. It's frustrating sometimes, people don't give you straight answers, they can even tell you a lie to avoid an uncomfortable truth... I have learned that this is a cultural thing. And it's nothing you can do about it, apart from keep asking again and again and eventually, hopefully, the "real" truth will reveal itself.
A positive side is all the different people you meet, from all sorts of different countries and cultures. During our lunch half hour, we have girls from India, Yemen, Russian, US, Philippines and Sweden around the table. We take curious looks in each others lunch boxes, Swedish potatoes and Filipino Sinegan or Adobo, Indian curries and Russian pelmeni, all in one table. We taste, make comments (the main thing is wheather it's very spicy or absolutely tasteless). Indian food is very spicy and my boiled potatoes seem very bland to an Indian. We laugh, talk about cultural differences, mothers, boys and marriages. And we realize that we are not that different after all.