THE DESERT DAILY

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Are you new to Dubai and looking for some off-the-beaten-path, affordable places to eat? Visit The Frugal Foodie DXB - a new blog penned by our very own Chief Marketing Officer of The Desert Daily, Ali Laila.
At The Frugal Foodie DXB you’ll learn about the best schwarmas in the city, the most delightful little Nepalese dumpling shop with a hipster vibe….and much more.
There’s no other blog like it, and it’s just what you’ll need as student on a budget in Dubai.
Check it out. Happy eating! 
- Andrea S.

Are you new to Dubai and looking for some off-the-beaten-path, affordable places to eat? Visit The Frugal Foodie DXB - a new blog penned by our very own Chief Marketing Officer of The Desert Daily, Ali Laila.

At The Frugal Foodie DXB you’ll learn about the best schwarmas in the city, the most delightful little Nepalese dumpling shop with a hipster vibe….and much more.

There’s no other blog like it, and it’s just what you’ll need as student on a budget in Dubai.

Check it out. Happy eating! 

- Andrea S.

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Ten Tips For Giving Effective Feedback

Giving feedback to team members can be very difficult, but it’s essential if you’re looking to build an effective team. Most people dread giving feedback because of the negative connation it carries. This negative connotation exists because so many people tend to give feedback recklessly, leaving others feeling devalued, misunderstood and unappreciated.

On the contrary if feedback is given constructively it can be a positive experience. After all, the primary purpose of feedback is to give someone the tools they need to improve.

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Eid Al-Fitr Around the World

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(Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai offered Eid Al Fitr prayers (2013) at the Grand Eid Musallah in Dubai. Source: Gulf News)

Many members of the expat population in Dubai view Eid as a few days of vacation time that can be used for travel and much-needed relaxation. 

A UAE expat recently told me, “religious festivals here offer a different perspective from what you see in places like Europe, the UK and the US. In other areas of the world, a religious festival like Christmas means that everything shuts down, contrary to what happens in the UAE”.

The same is true for Eid. Since Dubai offers so many non-denominational businesses, attractions and activities, many non-Muslims in Dubai have lived here for years and yet have never participated in Eid celebrations. 

Several Hult students have generously agreed to share their favorite Eid experiences and memories, which I’ve posted below. My hope is that this article inspires readers to get involved in Eid celebrations around Dubai.

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Hult Dubai Neighborhood Guide

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I remember my apartment search like it was yesterday. Almost three weeks of trolling through Dubizzle.com, racing through the summer heat to see the perfect two-bedroom furnished abode only to have it snatched from under my nose by a more experienced expat with her fat wad of cash in-hand.

As in any bustling metropolitan city, apartment hunting in Dubai requires the stealth of a snow leopard and a lot of patience, but with enough dedication and the right resources, you’ll land accommodations that are just right for you.

Whether you turn to Hult-approved real-estate agent Kasper Meijer for assistance or handle the hunt on your own, this guide will help you get a better idea of what it’s like to live in Hult students’ top 7 preferred neighborhoods.

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10 Time Management Tips for Module E Survival

As Hult’s Masters students toil their way past the Action Project “valley of despair” and juggle job applications with early-morning and all-day electives (in some cases, while trying to play “tourist” in a new town!), the issue of time management has undoubtedly taken center-stage during Module E. 

Our very own Alycia Griffin (MBA ’14, Dubai) has several tips to share with those of you looking to gain better control over your time and productivity during this hectic final stretch of your Hult experience.

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Alycia has had successful careers in Education, Professional and Personal Coaching. Not only is she a certified life coach and teacher, but she has traveled the world developing healthy work environments for companies such as the Walt Disney Company in Beijing, China and the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Georgia.

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A masterclass on happiness? Dope.

Earlier this month, Dr. Louise D’raven spoke at a Hult Dubai masterclass on taking positive psychology to work using the PERMA model. As a veteran masterclass attendee, I must say it was probably one of the most attended classes yet. The reasons for interest varied— and I know this because Dr. D’raven actually got everyone to state why they’d chosen to be in her class that night instead of hanging out at Barasti’s. She is a super cool lady.

I attended the workshop because I promised myself at the beginning of the program, I’d be the best version of myself yet at the end of it all. And this class, I believed will provide me with a toolkit that would help me not repeat some of the workplace mistakes I’d made in the past and it did.

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Learn more about the PERMA model by visiting the University of Pennsylvania’s positive psychology website. It all started there. 

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And what is happiness again? It’s being able to take a quick nap during the class break because you are jet-lagged. 

~Sarah M.

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Where did the month go? We are half way through June already! I have to apologize for the drought on here. I believe I speak for the team when I say there’s so much going on it’s been a bit difficult to carve out time to be creative.  However, we still have to do what we have to do so here goes:

June has not been as heavy as May, events-wise, because the Action Learning Project, electives that run late into the night and increased efforts to find jobs before graduation are keeping everyone extra busy. But I still had to show this awesome board of ours so. 

~Sarah M.

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Ramadan in Dubai: A Crash Course for Newcomers

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Having lived in the Middle East since I was 10 years old, I have experienced Ramadan quite a bit. I’ve also met many expats who have lived in the GCC for several years and still don’t fully understand what Ramadan is.  

So, for those of you gearing up for your first summer in Dubai, I thought a first-hand account of what to expect from June 28 - July 28 would be beneficial. 

Before I get into Ramadan’s rules, the dos and the don’ts, let me give you an idea about why this annual occasion is so significant.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting and abstinence. During this month, Muslims all over the world don’t eat, drink, smoke or participate in anything illicit or excessive from dawn until sunset (or Maghrib - the fourth prayer of the day). As one of the 5 Pillars of Islam, fasting seeks to educate Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality; and also gives us an opportunity to cleanse our souls and focus on Allah (SWT).

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Dubai This Week

Before it gets entirely too hot to party outdoors even at night, head to Media City’s premiere rooftop party this weekend for a night of intense dancing and seductive electronic beats.

Every Friday night, the Electric Days crew features special guest DJs atop the Radisson Blu Media City hotel at Tamanya Terrace. For a moment, you’ll feel you were transported to a secret California hipster hangout. There’s a 100 AED door cover for everyone and you must be on the door list (doorlist@electricdays.net) to get in.

Here are some other fun events coming up this week (click each one to learn more)…

~ Andrea S.

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Hult Dubai Student Profiles

Although the Kingdom of Morocco and the Arab Republic of Egypt both sit along the North African coastline, share several trade agreements and have closely interconnected political and economic histories, there are some surprising differences to behold in terms of cultural behaviors. 

What better way to explore these differences than by using the framework developed by every Hult student’s favorite Dutch social psychologist, Geert Hofstede.  

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As you’ll notice, Morocco is a more indulgent (impulsive), individualistic and masculine (driven by competition and success) society than Egypt, possibly due to its proximity to and influence from Europe and more stable political environment.

If you happen to run into repeat-Dean’s List scholar and HSA representative Moulay (MBA ‘14), or Oil & Gas Industry expert Rafik Sorial (EMBA ‘14), feel free to engage them in a conversation about societal norms and cultural behaviors in their home countries.

But first, here’s a little background information about them both…

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