Expat Stories – Neil Thomson

Neil Thomson works as a Telemarketing Associate at Cigna Global IPMI’s office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Moving to Dubai

Neil moved from Glasgow to Dubai last year.

This is his expat story.

Tell us about your expat move. 

I moved from Glasgow to Dubai last October. For the first month, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza, which was quite nice! I’ve now got my own place in the Dubai Marina. It all happened very quickly, and I found Dubai to be very different, but the fun of adjusting to the changes is what expat living is all about.

What have been some of the biggest highlights from your expat journey so far?

I’ve been enjoying socialising with friends of mine from work. The climate here is also a big highlight. Apart from those, I would say my biggest highlights here have been settling into life in Dubai and playing golf. The expat experience throws you in to situations and scenarios with people that you just wouldn’t have been involved in at home, so I’m grateful for that.  

What have been some of the biggest challenges so far?

Missing family and friends is obviously the biggest challenge that comes with being so far away from home.

What do you miss about your home country?

It might sound like a cliché, but I must admit that I’m missing Irn-Bru (a popular Scottish soft drink) from back in Scotland. Also, the fresh Scottish air is something that a miss. As you can imagine, the air is a bit different here in Dubai!

How much do you enjoy your role in Cigna?

My role here at Cigna is very enjoyable, especially when the sales are going well. Being an expat myself, I have a new found appreciation and understanding of the service we’re providing to our customers.

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

I would advise expats to get out and go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

It can be hard at the start but once you settle in you will be sure to enjoy the Dubai life.

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

Amazing highs and some lows. A rollercoaster of emotions.

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