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5 Minute Interviews with Expats Living in Dubai

Meeting new people can be one of the most daunting yet rewarding ventures you undertake when moving to Dubai. The team at Expat Echo Dubai looks forward to meeting as many expats as possible and would like to feature you in our Into-yous section. Please complete our 5 minute interview and submit your answers along with a profile picture (in JPEG format).

decluttr-me-shelinaThis week’s Into-yous features British expat Shelina Jokhiya

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am the owner of the professional organizing business, Decluttr Me. Since 2013, I have been working within homes and offices, providing focused, calm and practical advice, helping clients to achieve the correct organisation balance and clutter free space for their needs.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I moved here in 2005 and worked in the Legal Department as a lawyer at Emirates.
I just applied, got the job and moved here. I had come here on holiday in 2002 so knew what to expect (sort of) 🙂 Read more

jennaThis week’s Into-yous features British expat Jenna Mercer

Tell us a little about yourself:

I love to travel, fitness is my passion and my life and I love the outdoors. So Dubai is a perfect location for me. I can work outside most months of the year. I also love to socialise and Dubai is a fantastic hub for that.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I moved to Dubai in June 2012 to work as a personal trainer for Jumeirah Beach Hotel. I had the most spectacular views from my ”office” and my day to day job was everything that I love. Fitness, fun and playing around to create new and imaginative exercises. However, I realised that as much as I love going to the gym, I just didn’t want to work in one all day every day. I preferred training clients outside where I could challenge them in ways they didn’t expect. Plus let’s face it, for 8 months of the year the weather outside is fantastic for outdoor training. So I established a personal training company (Born 2 Perform) with my business partner, Katherine. We provide 1 on 1, partnered and small group personal training, Pilates and boot camp classes, as well as more specialised training programming for those with sport specific requirements and those with injuries. Check us out at Read more

dave-charnleyThis week’s Into-yous features English expat Dave Charnley

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a 53 year old married man with two children – Mia, 25 Doctor in UK, Samuel, Head of Schools Curriculum for Cricket at the ICC Academy Dubai.
I love all sports, outdoor life and Sunshine. I am having a second lease of life here in Dubai feeling 23 not 53.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I moved here 9 weeks ago and the reason for moving to Dubai apart from being closer to my son is to have a real blast in a new environment in a new field of work in a new country. I feel like I have a good 10 years ahead of me and wanted to go back to the beginning and start again – and I love it !! Read more

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