By Khaled H.
Once again it is Sunday morning and I find myself in the plane on my way to work. Dubai is just a weekend place for me as I spend the whole working week travelling the GCC. I am far from being alone as I see the same faces on the trip departing Dubai and many of the same faces as I return on Thursday evening. While I am very successful in my career, I am not as a husband and as a father.
The dilemma that many face by doing this weekly business travel weighs heavily on the social setting one should enjoy. I bring in the dough, and lot of it, but I miss many of the precious moments in the life of my family. Yes I am what you call a part time father and a part time husband, but a full time career person.
While many articles were written about the downside of not being around the family, to which I largely tend to agree with, yet I see things differently. I am providing my family with the opportunities they deserve. Great education, great life style and hopefully a better future. I also believe that the weekend days I spend with my family are jam-packed with quality time. For how long will this continue? I don’t know but as long as the situation continues I will try to make the most out of it.
Finally, if my wife or my daughters are asked if they prefer to see me with them 7 days/week, the answer will be absolutely. So till the time comes where I can enjoy career success and be next to my family longer, I remain a weekend husband and a weekend dad.
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