I know the feeling.. I lived in the States as a kid before 9/11 and had the best time of my life. It was wonderful. I have the opportunity to return but very hesitant to take that step as I have very fond memories and after watching how my friends from back then are still struggling, I definitely don't want to change my opinion.
You might be surprised to hear me say this, but I think you should move to U.A.E. if you can. The place is wonderful. The economy is still blooming. I prefer Abu Dhabi to Dubai but if yo're into the partying, then Dubai is it.