I just completing a flying trip through Europe and, mundane as it may sound, I have to comment on the weather.
I love living in Dubai. It is a safe and clean modern city with sunshine 365 days a year. I'm quite happy to accept the scorching peak summer months (mainly because we escape for most of that period), but also because the other 8-9 months of the year easily out weigh those "difficult"months.
But being in Europe (London and Moscow) last week shows me and reminds me of what a real treat it is to be in Europe in the summer months and enjoy their hottest season.
Even in Dubai's most pleasant months (which are quite spectacular climate wise), it somehow doesn't match the "freshness" that you find in Europe.
You can walk in the vibrant streets and enjoy the long days. There is always a cosmopolitan buzz around and people exude happiness and a love for life.
Maybe it's the arid desert versus the more lush continental environment that makes the difference, but it is at these brief moments in time that I miss living there.
I only have to console myself by remembering that these days and inconsistent and represent only a brief moment in time out of the whole year.
On balance, I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to live in Dubai and get regular and frequent doses of other places on my travels ... truly the best of both worlds!