After that last post I get this from an internal auditor from the home office of one of our clients.
This person is not based in Dubai - he was just here to audit the business here.
This was his e-mail to me (after I answered his questions regarding regulatory requirements in this jurisdiction):
"it is very nice to meet you, you are the smartest, the sweetest person i have ever met there."
No English is not his first language - but he is a smart gentleman - he asked actual honest to God real business questions of me.
What a refreshing change from the questions I usually get like - "why do I have to have a signed agreement?" (doesn't one usually need signed agreements with clients?!) and "I've known him forever, why do I have to gather due diligence on him?" (how many times exactly do I have to explain to you that it's REQUIRED by the DFSA regulations?!)
Anyway this e-mail lifted my day. He called me smart.