Welcome to the forum, Marc. I bet it was quite a change moving from the Philippines to the UAE. I hope you can find some fellow BMW riders there to ride with. The GS800 is a great all-around bike for just about any type of riding. If you travel to any interesting locations, take some photos and post them here: So, where did you ride your F800 today? :). I am sure we would all be interested in seeing what it is like in the UAE.