TV Producer Jeff Johns shares his travel tips for Dubai

Posted: 19-Aug-16 11:14

Television producer Jeff Johns from Washington D.C in the United States moved to Dubai in 2014 for a new job opportunity. Since then, he has travelled to76 destinations across the world with his girlfriend, documenting his journey on a travel blog. Jeff talks to Business Insider about life as an expat in Dubai, and the perks of living in the vibrant United Arab Emirate.

TV Producer Jeff Johns shares his travel tips for Dubai

Dubai is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers, and now more people are choosing to move to the emirate to enjoy its all-year-round sunshine and luxury offerings. American TV producer Jeff Johns moved to Dubai in 2014 for a new job, and since then he has used the city as his base as he explores the rest of the world. Originally from Washington D.C, Jeff has visited 76 global destinations with his girlfriend Anne Mugnier, and they document their voyages via a travel blog.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Jeff talks about life as an expat in Dubai. According to the producer, most expats head to Dubai for the money initially, but it is often the luxury lifestyle and central location for travel opportunities that keep them there. With a regular working week running from Sunday to Thursday, many people will spend 12 or 14 hours day in an office, Jeff explains:

"People work hard in Dubai. That's just part of the culture."

He acknowledge that when it comes to the weekends, many expats will take advantage of the “all you can drink” promotions at licenced premises. While drinking alcohol is not generally legal in Dubai, especially in public spaces, there are many bars in hotels and specific zones. To drink at home, however, a special personal liquor licence is required.

High temperatures and the sunny weather is also another attraction for expats, but when it reaches figures as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit in July, most people stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings or head to cooler destinations. One of the best times to enjoy Dubai is between October and April when the temperature is slightly cooler.

Another great reason to travel to the United Arab Emirate is its close proximity to other destinations, such as the Maldives, which is just a short flight away. Jeff commented:

"Weekend trips for me used to mean driving from LA to Vegas. Now they mean visiting some of the most exotic beaches on earth, and for very cheap."

The couple continue to travel the world from Dubai, visiting destinations such as Beirut, Zanzibar, Iceland, and Tajikistan for their travel blog and TV projects. Like any true nomad, Jeff has yet to decide where to settle down permanently, and he is considering moving onto a new destination like Thailand or Singapore in the near future, but he won’t forget his time in Dubai in a hurry.

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