Covid is keeping me away from Dubai, my home

Daniel Varghese
Filed on June 27, 2020

It is a general perception that the 90s kids who were born and raised in the Gulf have more affection towards the respective countries. It's true. I am one among this lot and I have seen Dubai as my first home despite being an Indian by passport. The lockdown and flying restrictions have made our bond stronger. 

It has been over a year since I moved to Europe with my wife. We were building our life here but our hearts continued to be in the UAE, and our plan was to visit the emirates every six months. Travel from Europe to the UAE is easy, or shall I say used to be in the pre-Covid period. There were always good offers on flight tickets. However, our plans, like that of many others, were dashed because of pandemic. 

We now rely on apps to be in touch with friends and family residing in the emirates. But we still long to be there. Life in Dubai was exciting. The night life, restaurants, cruises, malls, etc. are just a few of the many things that we miss. 

We have been blessed with a son in May this year. He is healthy and medically fit to travel, but the current situation doesn't give us confidence to fly with the little one. Even if this viral infection is brought under control, the possibilities of immediate travel has to be thought over again. I hope normalcy returns soon and opens possibilities for us to continue visiting the UAE as previously thought. -Daniel Varghese, Germany


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