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WATCH: Grass isn’t always greener on the other side as SA expat details life in the UAE


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For some of us, the dream is to relocate and live in a foreign country where we can provide a better quality of life for ourselves and our families, be it for safety or financial reasons.

But we often question the massive move after realising things aren’t much better or even worse when on the other side of the ocean.

A South African TikTokker who goes by the name Hempies and now resides in Dubai shared a different picture altogether since moving to the United Arab Emirates.

Speaking in Afrikaans about the cost of living in Dubai, Hempies asked when last did you pay R250 for a beer or R700 for a bottle of wine?

He also explained that if you happened to lose your job, you’d have to vacate the country within 30 days.

@the_hempies Replying to @charmainevanzyl56 soveel dinge wat ek nog nie eers ook genoem het nie! #afrikaans #afrikaanstok #afrikaanstiktok #satiktok #satok #southafricantok #southafricantiktok #leer #education ♬ Paper Birds (3 min) – Jordan Halpern Schwartz

“En dinge werk nie soes by die huise nie. Jy kan nie ‘n bietjie bly nie,” (Things don’t work like they do back home; you can’t stay for a little while) he said.

And if you think about having summer for eight months of the year is your kind of party, think again.

Hempies warned that temperatures can reach as high as 98ºF (about 36.6ºC).


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