Jumeirah Jane : concert band
by Katy Abbott Kvasnica (2008)
The term Jumeirah Jane is a colloquial Dubai description of an expatriate women who accompanies her husband to Dubai and lives the high life in the lovely beach suburb of Jumeirah. In the intial stereotype, a JJ spends her days at the gym, cafe and ferrying her children to soccer and ballet lessons in between pedicures and organising her multiple staff. Further research on chat-sites (which can be quite heated and opinionated) suggests a JJ lives in Dubai with no understanding of her cultural environment nor inclination to learn.
This piece is a response to my initial observations of such women following my own move to Dubai and a cheeky play at seeing them strutt their stuff and demonstrate their superiority complex over people from other cultures who live in Dubai to support their family back home. Perhaps I was also a little fearful of being seen as a Jumeirah Jane myself - because really, pedicures are lovely, I love my coffee and I ferry my kids around. Perhaps I will have to learn how to only buy designer clothes and stop work to strutt my stuff at the shopping mall!
Instrumentation: Concert band.
Duration: 3 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to my god-daughter Issy-Belle in the knowledge that she will not become a Jumeirah Jane of Sydney!
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