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Sula Powell: The end is near
February 19, 2016
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This week I had to do something I knew was always coming, but never actually thought the time would ever come around, or most definitely not as rapidly as this. Possibly, if I am honest, in some ways I was completely dreading it. Some days I am just kicking myself, wishing I had done it all a lot sooner than now. Naturally, it all purely depends on my emotions that day and what dramas have arisen. I have been in the process of filling out the transfer forms so I can finish my last two university years back home at the Heriot Watt Edinburgh Campus.

I have been here for almost two whole years, which of course was only supposed to be one. However, I was so enchanted by the different way of living in the UAE that I never left! Increasingly, I think I am going mad and need back to normality but I know I just cannot accept or imagine life not in Dubai anymore. It is actually all very emotional, or maybe I am too sensitive and soppy!

Speaking of sensitive, the whole process was, for some reason, annoyingly and unnecessarily overcomplicated and the staff were looking at me as if I were an alien. Apparently, according to their perplexed facial expressions, no students, ever in the history of this university have transferred. Yes that day I was sensitive, my patience was tested, again, and I did cry (a lot). I also drank or somewhat unsophisticatedly downed a bottle of my confidence and calming oil.

I decided I was in no frame of mind or fit state to cook so I ordered hummus and a wrap to my room. My brother was mocking me, saying I am spoilt and lazy, but he also could not believe a company would deliver just two tiny portions of food, especially when the restaurant is a mere ten minutes away!

One student from the Edinburgh Campus transferred over in January so we have a new friend to add to our little clan. We all went to Pier 7 in the Marina, which I have been desperate to visit for a long time. Asia Asia was my absolute favourite place, the entrance all perfectly lined with gold Buddha statues and floating water candles is exactly what I want and need in my house! The view was also spectacular. I am not so overwhelmed by the surrounding yachts (potentially deep down a little, tiny bit jealous none of them are mine) but all the skyscrapers and their shiny diamond-like lights are lovely to see, particularly at nighttime.

I have had some more company this month again, my friend’s mother was out visiting her husband and she always kindly takes time to see me as well; I like to call her my Dubai mum! She is also like myself, a rather big fan of PF Chang’s Dynamite Shrimp, so we absolutely have to ensure we give it a visit at least once whilst she is here.

After rolling out of ‘Chang’s’ we decided to have a look in the pop up Hermès Wanderland Exhibition. I would describe the experience like being in Alice in Wonderland, full of strange yet mesmerising happenings, and moving tables and lights. From beginning to end it was full of surprises, the attention to detail and the effort to make everything look and feel realistic was incredible! However, all throughout the experience I was just optimistically hoping for a freebie at the end, perhaps a nice handbag or a pair of the ‘Oran’ sandals I have been obsessing over for too long!

To round everything off one of my old friends has arrived in Dubai, this time on a more permanent note. Very typical though, that just as I am approaching the end of my time here she manages to secure a job. It was nice to help a newbie and kindly tell them all the things people did not tell me when I first arrived. To be concise: Do not call a taxi at certain times (it will not arrive quick or at all) and stay clear from popular areas on a Thursday night — specifically Dubai Mall.
Sula Powell is a Scottish/Jamaican business student at
Heriot Watt University in Dubai. Sula is a keen horse rider
and a part time model holding a number of prestigious titles
including Europe’s Perfect Junior Teen. For the remainder
of her journey in the UAE, Sula will be sharing her experiences
on the ups and downs of student life.

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