Service sector employees- sales gals, cable guys and so on- might live in more low rise apartment buildings or even one story units that aren't exactly apartments or villas in tightly packed neighborhoods near the older part of the city.
The guys who labor on road crews and in construction are housed by their companies in rough barracks with shared facilities.
Emirati families- from what I can tell- tend to have compounds in neighborhoods where two or more generations might live. Some in the same suburban neighborhoods as ex-pats though there doesn't tend to be a whole lot of hanging out in the neighborhood if you're a National. Chances are you've already got a pretty busy social life with hordes of cousins coming and going at the house. Good fences (or tall cement walls) make good neighbors as the saying goes.
|standing in living room looking back toward front door|
|kitchen is a separate room- no open plan here|
|master bedroom. standing by the built-in closets/shelves|
|on the tattoo couch with the "bedroom" past the wardrobe|
Like any city, the range and nature of the accommodations is pretty broad. I am ever grateful that ZU set me up with a really great place. Visiting a very different kind of situation was a really good opportunity. I hope I have the chance, in time, to visit others in their homes and to experience the whole spectrum. Here are some random neighborhood shots.
|an example of a kind of compound for a large family|
|probably an Emirati family home|
|one of the low rise apt cluster areas|
|in the older part of Dubai|