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I met one woman less than a month after arriving in Dubai. She had been there 13 yrs at the time and had one very young son, maybe 20 months old. I met her at a mother and toddler group and she also had her maid there. I was horrified to see her literally snap her fingers at the maid to attend her son if he was upset about anything. "I come here for the coffee and adult conversation, " she said...not even checking that her son was OK. It was a very interesting introduction to Dubai for me!
Thank goodness, in five years there she was literally the only woman I ever met who behaved this way. Maybe I only surrounded myself with like-minded women who treated all around them with respect and had children because they wanted to raise children.