Tears of joy for hello.
Tears of sadness for goodbye.
There is also lots of coffee as you sit and wait for your family and friends to arrive.
Expats don't need to programme the airport into their GPS/Sat Nav.
Their car takes them there, like your car does the school run or the journey to work.
Expats know the best parking.
Expats always have the right change for the fees.
Expats spend so much time at the airport that their phones and laptops automatically connect to the wifi, just like it does when they walk through their front door at at home.
This morning at 5am I've dropped hubby at T1 Dubai Airports, he's off to Turkey with work for the week.
We never drop and run, we always park up and say a proper goodbye.
I have 2 hours on my ticket, I wait at the airport until he's at the gate, I sit and have a coffee, he calls me, I go home. Track his flight, he messages when he arrives at the airport and again at the hotel.
Then we both get on with the week and we do the same in reverse on Friday when he comes home.