BREAKFAST AND BANTER
I like to cook for family and friends as I don’t enjoy eating alone. On weekends, I catch up with them over breakfast at my home in Business Bay. Having people over for food makes a space feel like home. You’ll always find vine leaves on my dining table.
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is one of my favourite books. I’m currently rereading it.
ONE OF A KIND
I love Dubai. It is the most cosmopolitan city I know and it is this diversity that makes it so unique. And this varied nature reflects in its food scene too. Some of my favourite places to grab a bite are Ostadi, Ravi and Elia Greek.
I’m not particularly crazy about hi-tech stuff, except my phone, which I can’t live without. But over the weekend my laptop died on me, so I went to the mall and bought an iMac.
212 by Carolina Herrera will forever be my favourite perfume.
I look up to my father Bashar and brother Rami. I love spending time with them outside of work too. My dad had faith that my family and I would take the brand in the direction it deserves to be going.
LET’S GO OUTSIDE
Outdoor activities are a must for me on a weekend or a day off, otherwise I feel like I’ve lost a day. I like to go camping every chance I get, just to be outdoors with nature and great company. I like anything to do with water: jet-skiing, white-water rafting and most importantly deep sea diving.
Even if it’s just for a weekend, travel is my ultimate way to let go and unwind. Machu Picchu in Peru has been on my bucket list for a long time. On the other hand, the place that I never get tired of visiting is the Taylors Hill resort in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It’s an old colonial house surrounded by stunning landscape, fireflies and tea plantations. You feel like you’re in a scene from Avatar.
I’m really passionate about art and photography and minored in photography while studying at the University of Sharjah. I love taking photographs, mostly of people. My favourite place to do that during days off is Bastakiya in Old Dubai. There is always something enticing about that place.
My most prized possession is a necklace that I always wear. It’s the Eternal Knot, also known as the Samsara, representing the circle of life. It was given to me by someone I encountered in India and holds a very special place in my life.