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Between three cultures

I think that I have been very lucky to get the chance to experience the best of both cultures, the Austrian and the Pakistani one, and so I am very open to discover and learn about other cultures (apart from these two) as well.

And since I've moved to Dubai in June 2006 I'm exploring a third culture too, which I'm very excited about.

Current Travel and Future Travel Plans

Currently I am in Dubai (UAE).

Planned Travel:

June 2010: Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Milan (Italy)
July 2010: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Murree (all Pakistan) and Vienna (Austria)

My name is Umer Khan

I was born in Vienna, Austria. However my parents are originally from Pakistan as well as my wife. Although I've spent almost all my live in Austria, I feel very close to Pakistan. In June 2006 I moved to Dubai, UAE with my wife and my son.

This picture shows me during our honeymoon at Pearl Continental Bhurban, Pakistan. A really awesome place to which I relate very positive memories. :)

My children

I'm the proud father of two wonderful children. My son Ziyan was born in July 2005 and my daughter Nabiha in December 2007.

Ziyan means ornamental or beauty in the Arabic language, but is a very rare name. In fact I don't know any other person with that name myself.

Nabiha means noble in Arabic and is also a very rare name.

My travel history

* Austria (lived there until 05/2006, visited several times from 2006 to 2010)
* UAE (living here since 06/2006, visited three times in 2006 before moving)
* Pakistan (1980/81, 1987, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001/02, 2002, 2003, 2003/04, 2004, twice in 2006, twice in 2007, twice in 2008, 2009, 2010)
* Switzerland (five times in 2005, three times in 2006)
* Saudi Arabia (2006, 2006/07, twice in 2007, twice in 2008, 2010)
* Slovakia (1989, 2001, 2002, three times in 2003, 2004)
* Czech Republic (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)
* Qatar (2006, three times in 2007, twice in 2010)
* Germany (1990, 2005, 2007, 2008, twice in 2010)
* Hungary (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006)
* England (1991, 1996, 2004, twice in 2009)
* Jordan (2006, twice in 2007, 2009)
* Italy (1995, 2004, 2009, 2010)
* Kuwait (2008, 2009, 2010)
* Belgium (2001, 2005)
* France (2004, 2007)
* Holland (2002, 2009)
* USA (2000, 2009)
* Oman (2006, 2010)
* Greece (1997)
* Canada (2000)
* Spain (2005)
* Bahrain (2008)
* Portugal (2008)
* Malaysia (2009)
* South Africa (2010)

I have not counted "airport transit stays" as real visits and so they don't appear on my travel pages. Those were:

On the way to Pakistan and back:

* Turkey (1999, 2002, twice in 2003)
* Denmark (1980)
* Russia (1987)
* France (1993)
* Germany (1997)
* Jordan (2001)
* UAE (2004)

On the way to USA and back:

* Italy (2000)

On the way to Jordan:

* Oman (2007)

On the way back from Jordan:

* Bahrain (2007)

Travelling Milestones

First trip to a country outside Austria: Pakistan - December 1980
First flight: Vienna-Copenhagen (airport transit)-Karachi - December 1980
First trip to a country outside Austria without my parents: England - April 1996
Most frequently flown flight route: Dubai-Vienna-Dubai
Most flights within a week: 6 (between 11th and 17th March 2006):
1) Vienna-Dubai - 11th March 2006
2) Dubai-Vienna - 13th March 2006
3) Vienna-Innsbruck - 16th March 2006
4) Innsbruck-Vienna - 16th March 2006
5) Vienna-Geneva - 17th March 2006
6) Geneva-Vienna - 17th March 2006

5th country visited: England (July 1991)
10th country visited: Czech Republic (April 2001)
15th country visited: Spain (January 2005)
20th country visited: Saudi Arabia (September 2006)
25th country visited: Malaysia (November 2009)

Reached Bronze Status on VT: Can't remember (around February 2006)
Reached Silver Status on VT: 29th May 2006

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  • maztek's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Happy Birthday

  • Penelope4's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Happy birthday!

  • besal's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Eid Mubarak to you and your family. Regards. Amir

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Hallo Umer, ich wünsche Dir alles Gute zum Geburtstag ! Hier in Wien ist es schrecklich kalt heute, ich hoffe es ist schön warm wo Du jetzt bist !

  • Rumi-fan's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Salam, wishing you a very happy birthday Umer. Enjoy the day with your lil family. How fast the baby has grown. It seems only a couple of weeks since I last sent b'day wishes.

  • Mozumbus's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Best wishes for your upcoming trip to Malaysia.

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Salam ‘Alaikum & Ramadhan Karim…May Allah Blessing & Forgiveness Be Upon Us!

  • a2lopes's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2009 at 6:33 AM

    Happy birthday Umer and many happy returns of the day in your life. Ggreetings from Lisbon

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Halloechen Umer... alles, alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Jess :-)

  • tabrez603's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 1:57 AM

    hi umer....wish u a happy birthday n advance....all your days brings happiness.....with love and respect from Tabrez-lahore pakistan

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