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Dubai Expat Interview – Esha Nag

This week’s Into-yous features Indian expat Esha Nag.

Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a writer and an editor, a new mom, a day dreamer and a worry bug.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here?
Moved here in September 2006. I came here to be with my husband who was part of Du’s launch team.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
I’ve lived briefly in Singapore and Europe.

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai
Get some really good sun screen and drink loads of water.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
The glamour, I didn’t expect it to be as glamorous as it is, so beautiful and so full of life.

What area do you live in?
Sheikh Zayed Road

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
I would love to own an apartment at the Burj Khalifa

Your favorite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far
Yalla Walk!

Your least favorite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai
Khallas, I don’t like the sound of it.

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
The last six years of my life have been chapters straight out of a 1001 Arabian Nights. I am just as lucky as Sheherazade living the life
of a queen on the 29th floor of a building, overlooking the sea, and every time I have stepped out I have experienced moments of wonder and
joy. There is not one incident or experience I can single out.

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
I am planning New York in summer with my 18 month old. Now if that’s not a challenge, what is?

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
My mom. We are in constant touch but I miss her physical presence. There’s nothing like having mommy pottering around in the kitchen busy
making my favourite curry.

What is your favorite restaurant in Dubai?
Zen, sadly they are relocating to Business Bay right now and closed for a while.

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
Khus khus. We have some amazing dishes made out of khus khus in our country. Sadly it is banned here.

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Aprons and Hammers for a great view of the Marina and a yummy meal of crabs, prawns and mussels.
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