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Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights

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When Jillian Schedneck takes up a position teaching English to a classroom of UAE students in Abu Dhabi, her culture shock is quickly replaced with the rush of a new life shuttling between the conservative society of the Emirates, and the party lifestyle of glittering Dubai just over the border. As she grows into herself among these shifting worlds, her sheltered students ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Macmillan Australia
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Jul 07, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an ok book. I've been reading a lot of books about life as a middle east expat...memoirs and fiction. This was a good read, but not the best I've read. Her story was interesting, but the heavy focus on her dating life detracted from the really interesting parts of the story.
There seems to be a spate of new writing set in or around the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It may be that the success of novels like Linda Davies’ Djinn Quintet books, Garry Craig Powells’ Stoning the Devil, and Ameera Al Hakawati’s Desperate in Dubai, are indicative of a growing desire for not only understanding about the UAE, but for a sense of what it's really like to live there. Jillian Schedneck’s Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights is a travelogue/memoir that explores Abu Dhabi and Dubai separatel ...more
Helen Goltz
I enjoyed this book for its insight into the lives of men and women in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the expectations that they place on themselves in work, love and life. I enjoyed Jillian's journey of adapting and growing. The only disappointment for me was that I felt it focused too much on her relationships, particularly towards the end of the novel, when I was hoping for some insight to how the change in culture affected Jillian or her thinking. She has a lovely writing style and it is an enjoyab ...more
I was interested in finding out what life is like for a woman in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and it would seem that the answer is precarious. The impression I got from this book, even though the author saw a number of positive in living there, is that it sounds like a place that would be better to visit than to live in.
Aug 11, 2012 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book for bookclub, but found it a bit disappointing, particularly the focus of the book on her lovelife.
Dec 29, 2015 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the autobiographical memoir of the author’s two years spent living & teaching in the UAE in both Abu Dhabi & Dubai. The contrasts she draws between the two competing cities are interesting, as are her interactions with the wide diversity of students she teaches. There is too much emphasis on her own personal relationships but overall a fairly good read.
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
An interesting insight into life in the UAE, but what let the story down was the author’s constant whining about her love life. This could have been so much better had the author not come across so immature and self-centred.
Aug 04, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
I liked this book as I have been to Dubai and it was so well discribed i felt i was there again. i loved it the first time and re living it this time.
Feb 12, 2013 Alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it, yes it was about her but to know the lifestyle in UAE you need to hear how someone lived daily & I think she did this well.
Jul 13, 2013 Janine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Interesting in parts but a bit of a distraction with her meeting a guy just prior to moving so that became the focus.
Jenny Sharp
Aug 10, 2013 Jenny Sharp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
enjoyable, she writes well and provided many insights into life in the emirates.
David Lewis
Mar 13, 2013 David Lewis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a dull poorly written book managed 80 pages then realised life is too short
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Jillian Schedneck was born in New Jersey. After graduating from Boston College in 2002, she moved to London to work as an editorial assistant. She received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from West Virginia University in 2006, and then moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach English literature and creative writing. She lived in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for two years, where she worked at Ab ...more
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