Expat Stories – Bibin Ravikumar
May 2019   EXPAT STORIES

Expat Stories – Bibin Ravikumar

Bibin Ravikumar is a Telemarketing Senior Representative at Cigna Global IPMI.
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This is his expat story.

Tell us about your expat move.

I made the move to Dubai in 2010 and it was my first time ever in a foreign country. It was a little difficult in the beginning, moving away from my family and friends.

A few of my friends from back home were also living in Dubai so I connected with them and that made things a little easier for me after that. I really enjoy living here and it now feels like my second home!

What have been your top highlights so far?

It was really interesting for me moving from India to Dubai. I have a lot of friends who I’ve known since I moved here and it really helps to see a lot of familiar places around the place.

It’s also been very exciting here mixing in with people from all the different countries. That’s something that doesn’t happen much back in India where you hardly find anyone who is from a different background. It’s definitely been very interesting in Dubai.

What do you miss about your home country?

I miss India a lot to be honest. Especially my friends and the festivals that take place there.

Leaving my folks back home was also little bit of challenge for me due to their age and I do miss being around them.

What advice would you give to those who are considering making a move?

I would absolutely recommend the expat journey. It was obviously a new experience for me moving to a new place with different nationalities and lots of diversity.

It’s been really interesting for me being here. You can walk around and easily find a group of 10 people all from different countries.

I would advise anyone who is considering a move to get to know the local culture wherever you go. Especially in Dubai, culture is very important here.

It’s brilliant to see people from different nationalities trying to gel with the local culture here.

I really didn’t know much about it when I first arrived here and it was a real challenge for me early on. I’ve found everyone I’ve met here to be really friendly when you get to know them.

How much do you enjoy your role in Cigna?

I really enjoy working here because the office is huge and full of diverse people.

People come from different backgrounds outside of just health insurance, like finance, law, marketing, etc. so it’s a real mix of skills and experience.

I’ve very happy working here!

Finally, how would you describe your expat journey in 10 words or less?

Ups and downs, challenges, fun, learning, adventurous and fortune!

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