From Dubai to Dublin there are 7 hours in a plane, and a lot of logistics to take care of (I was grabbing any winter staff from my closet for). Yes I didn’t get flu and I have spent 2 amazing weeks in my first European destination ! (Well, Malta and Turkey are not really representative of Europe).
So, I had the chance to visit Dublin as part of my onboarding trainings, and I liked what I saw. At least I had my GameBoy collection of consoles and games finally !
Here are some facts:
“Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavors and kaleidoscopic colors” Lonely Planet
Dublin is really small
I am not used to small cities, but I was expecting Dublin to be bigger than what I saw, to host the operations centers for a lot of multinational companies. Literally 2 days hop on-hop off are more than enough to see most of Dublin’s wonders. But to know the bars, you may need a year.
“Even a short stay in Dublin is like walking into literary history, accompanied by music.” LATimes.com
Attractive for international young talents
I think this is because it is attracting lots of young talents to work for multinationals. So you see indians, british, arabs, north africans, nordics, ze french .. and of course Irish !
A destination for multinationals
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, SalesForce, SAP … Most of the IT Companies base their operations there, for lots of reasons (thank you D. Reagan !)
Very unique people putting the work-life balance first
Here are 16 rules to be a good dubliner (cliches alert!)
- you cycle to reach your workplace
- you run in the mornings / evenings (whenever it is not raining)
- you don’t come late in the morning, but you leave early at 4.30 or 5 pm
- you are probably sharing an apartment with 3 other people
- you probably eat a salad mainly at lunch, because you are 90% veggie
- you picnic with friends whenever the sun is out and you have time
- You grab a beer almost every night
- You love Guinness, but you usually order another brand
- You have a good big breakfast everyday
- You are lazy on Sundays, but you don’t miss St. Stephen’s on Saturday’s and Friday’s
- You make fun of the tourists that drink bottled spring water
- You don’t like it, but you cross the road when the light is red
- You have changed your job 3 times in the last 5 years (including internally)
- You are a welcoming person and you like to talk to new people
- You love Dublin, but you hate the taxes
- If you are not irish you would wonder why there still signs in Gaelic in every corner, and if you are Irish, you love Gaelic but you don’t use it.