IKEA Dubai and IKEA Flashback Syndrome
IKEA, I wish I knew how to quit you.
You are my Achilles Heel, my Death Star weakness. My very own Brokeback Mountain. You were a big part of that void I was trying to fill back in Calgary. What with your fine Scandinavian lines, your frugal-meets-practical fashionability, and of course, your come-hither As-Is section. You were easy to succumb to.
You made sense. In a time-wasting, material-accumulating sort of way.
I thought I was over you, and away from your icy tight Allen-wrench grip when I escaped my cubicle. But no, you had other plans. They say that revenge is a dish best served cold. I did not know it also meant served in a desert Gulf city-state as well.
IKEA Dubai, you got me.
The truth is, I was the one that came skulking back to you. Sadly, Oman does not have an IKEA. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia has three of them (but no women in the Saudi version of the IKEA catalogue.) Since other half and I had a four-bedroom apartment to fill, and we didn’t quite want furniture that looked like this…
The IKEA Dubai Shopping Experience
Pretty much any IKEA is the same. Unpronounceable product names and crowds as maddening as the layout that corrals you through the display section upstairs before you can make your way to the warehouse below. This one is no different.Okay so maybe this one is a little different. I don’t see many dudes like this stocking up on BJÖRNLOKA throws back home.Or ladies like this debating the merits of a GRUNDTAL over the door hook.But the goods are pretty much the same.And the cafeteria at IKEA Dubai is pretty much the same. (Except at this one, three Emirati men kicked the living daylights out of a pregnant Canadian woman. Her crime? Sitting at their table. Read the full story here.)And the signs are pretty much the same.Although sometimes we had no idea what was being sold, or even how much it was.It was pretty much the same old IKEA experience.
Including my beloved As-Is section.But the all that sameness came to a halt at the snack stand. In the form of Chicken shawarma. Chicken shawarma? At IKEA???Surely the hot dog (my second favourite thing at IKEA), would bring back that feeling of familiarity.
It was only after I ordered it did I see the small print that read “Arabic” – in this case, it meant chicken.Animals. Don’t they know what’s in a hot dog?
Still, we managed to walk away with over $300 in cheaply manufactured, functional furnishings – including lamps, a kitchen table and chairs, a desk, and a wardrobe. And regrettably, the bitter taste of chicken dog.
IKEA, I think I’ve finally managed to quit you.
IKEA Dubai store — Address: Dubai Festival City, Al Rebat Road; Opening hours: Sun – Wed 10:00am – 11:00pm, Thurs – Sat 10:00am – Midnight