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Dubai Expat Interview – Julie Snodgrass

into-youThis week’s Into-yous features Australian expat Julie Snodgrass

Tell us a little about yourself:
Mother of 2, and business owner of Topszy . I created Topszy to cover up when nursing a baby, and to keep cool. Topszy is a great travelling item for on planes as it doubles as a scarf and over blanket! Now enjoys helping other mums with maternity styling & having coffee in the morning to start her day.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
Moved in 2008, like most came to Dubai for my husbands work & was not sure what to expect and loved it and here I am.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai:
Join support groups like Expat Echo Dubai and mothers groups so you do not feel isolated as it is hard to move away from friends & family. Soon you will meet many other wonderful people from around the world.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
The spectacle nightlife and world wide cuisine!

What area do you live in?
Dubai Marina

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
I am delighted to live at marina, it presents a spectacle background,
covering all aspects of Dubai the beach, shopping mall, boats,
culture, style, cuisine and the people are so friendly and family

Your favourite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far:
Habibi means friend! i often use when calling someone a friend.

Your least favorite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai:
Can’t say I have one, but have incorporated new words that mean the same. eg traffic lights are signals here, serviettes are called napkins …etc

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
The Dubai Mall, overlooks the Dubai Fountains, fashion labels, Address Hotel, Souk Al Bahar, & Burj Khalifa are remarkable attractions and all walking distance. Plus, lots of cafes for coffee

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Europe, to spend time with my family & see some magnificent scenery, find inspirtaion, & see fine art….

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
My loving mother and miss sharing my children’s milestones with her

What is your favorite restaurant in Dubai?
Wavebreaker JBR hilton for family relaxed dining BBQ and date night love Meydan Beach Giannino every bite is impressive!

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
None, Dubai has so much to offer and even sell vegemite the Australian favorite!

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Jumeriah Madinat & traditional afternoon tea at Al Qasr

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