It might surprise you (as it did me) that the majority of schooling in UAE is in English, and I’m talking from primary right up to university level here. So hanging in the caff at AUS didn’t feel all that different from chillin’ at the (Melbourne) Uni Lounge back in the day…
Sharjah Fine Art Uni
My guide for Sharjah Fine Art Uni was my driver, Mohannad, and his brother, who works there. (Did I mention that I have a driver? And that he is ACE?)
American University Sharjah (AUS)
My guide for AUS was a totally spunky amazing 21yo old chick Amna, who blew me away with how cool and punk and smart she is. She talked a lot about what it’s like to be an individual in a collective culture and man, she totally rocks it, hijab and all. AND she can bench 40kgs – TOTAL SUPERSTAR.