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Dubai Expat Interview – Nasim

This week’s Into-yous features Iranian expat Nasim.

Tell us a little about yourself
We moved to Dubai about 6 years ago. In the beginning I was working, but after the birth of my son I preferred to quit my job and stay with him. That was when I got the time to pursue my passion for art. I hold an MBA, but since childhood I have attended extensive courses taught by masters of art and have been painting professionally. When my son turned 3 I knew it was time to go back to work and social life. But this time I utilised my skills to start a business that I truly love and believe in it. With the support of my husband we founded Mirath Art Center in Jumeirah Beach Residence. A centre that offers art courses to all age groups above 4, delivered by educated Art instructors.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
Six years ago because of my husband’s job.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
Yes in Cyprus.

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai
After moving to Dubai you have to get out, try to meet people and other women in different groups to overcome the feeling of loneliness. Don’t sit at home.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
How different people from so many cultures and nationalities live together, peacefully and form amazing friendships.

What area do you live in?
Jumeirah Beach Residence.

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
Emirates Hills.

Your favourite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far
Sabah el noor.

Your least favourite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
I have great memories, but the best one was the birth of my son.

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Somewhere very calm with beautiful nature and where we can walk a lot.

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
My parents.

What is your favourite restaurant in Dubai?
La Petite Maison.

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
Not much, maybe some fresh fruits that have been picked a few hours ago.

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
We take them to the beach, restaurants and old souqs, but we absolutely take them to The Dubai Mall and Souk al Bahar.
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