I always wondered where the “Emiratis are slackers” stereotype came from, and why? There are many Emiratis out there that radiate passion, and are quite hardworking.
Let me tell you a story of where it all began.
She was a fresh graduate ready to take on the world, she’s been waiting for this moment since she set foot at university four years ago. Landing a job at one of the biggest companies in the country, a place that is shaping the future of this city, what better way to leave your mark?
“Beware the vultures, for they are vicious and unkind.” That’s what people kept telling her about the workplace, but she believed that if you had a positive mindset and were persistent enough you’ll make it out alright. She should’ve known better.
Because the vultures she encounters don’t have claws, they have nice suits and beautiful smiles. They rip away every opportunity that comes her way “for the greater good”. They’ve cornered her, so where to go to? Who to turn to?
The Emiratisation! For stories have been passed down to generations, of how the Emiratisation is meant to protect you from all things that are evil.
There she went, seeking refuge. “Welcome to the real world sweetheart! We’re not the savior.” is all she got, so if the Emiratisation was not going to support its fellow Emirati, then who will?
It finally dawned on her that she is completely and utterly on her own. So be a good doll, sit in the corner and occupy your seat until it’s time to go home, is what she kept telling herself.
Don’t forget you must do that every single day, as long as you’re here. How else is the zombie transformation supposed to work?
Here comes a new fresh graduate eager to learn and bring change! Give it a couple of months, until they are infected.
You’ve got to feed the stereotype somehow, right?