By Becky Lucas http://www.telegraph.co.uk
A Brit by birth, I’ve lived the expat whirl in New York and Dubai and loved and loathed facets of each. One consistency I noticed in both, however, is the power of public transport, in particular the trains, to shape one’s view of city life.
Take Dubai’s metro: the UAE show-pony’s regard for order and pristine presentation is summed up by its “no food and drink”law. Even chewing gum is an offence, as one Filipino stranger told me. “You will be fined Dhs100 (£16.50)” he squeaked with urgency, displaying another local trait: expat subordination.