Today was definitely one of those “this is so strange yet interesting” experiences, one of many I’m sure to experience in a new culture. In order to become a fully fledge resident of the United Arab Emirates, all expat adults have to undergo a thorough medical check. Whilst in the process of arranging my new classroom, I was quickly whisked away into a school bus that took 15 of us to a location not far from school. When we arrived at the medical centre, the ladies were shown to a “Ladies only waiting room” (something you soon become accustomed too). We were directed by our ever so friendly bus driver, who I have to commend for his logistical rigour…
The first room was for the biometrics and I really hadn’t realised how many different prints existed on my hand! We were asked to take a photograph, of which I was told not to smile, after my first take. Our driver then showed us to another smaller room, where each of us were interviewed for about 2 minutes; I was asked if I’m married (hopefully soon and very soon). The herd of expatriate sheep were then herded to the bloods room for a blood test. Hats off to the ladies there who get through people very quickly and with minimal pain! Having had a pint of blood taken (hyperbole at its finest) we were then taken to an x-ray room for our chest scan. Again, the ladies only waiting area was about the size of a shoe box and we were directed to remove our blouses and bras and to fashion an appealing x-ray gown.
“Deep breath in and hold madam”
Back to the shoe box to change and then out into the sweltering corridors to join the rest of my group. All in all, I have never seen a medical screening happen so efficiently and in such detail. Like I said it was a strange yet interesting experience but I am excited to know that my Emirates ID should shortly be on its way!
P.s. Good news is the children don’t have to do a medical, as they would need an army to get Ri’s bloods!!
Kym & Arianna