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Dubai Expat Interview – Tiffany Schultz

tiff5.MOV.Still001-2This week’s Into-yous features South African expat Tiffany Schultz

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a professional photographer turned theatre owner! My husband and I have recently opened a one-of-a-kind theatre space in Al Quoz: The Courtyard Playhouse.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
2007 I came to work and pay off study loans.

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where?
No

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai:
You have to actively seek out like-minded people by joining clubs and groups. There are lots of interesting things happening culturally, in the city, but you have to look to find them.

What surprised you most about Dubai?
How many great people there really are in Dubai. At first it seems really superficial and commercial, but scratch the surface and there are a lot of young, unpretentious, artistic and enthusiastic people here.

What area do you live in?
Al Quoz 4

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai?
Umm Suqueim on the beach.

Your favourite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far:
Khallas

Your least favourite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai:
”Only in Dubai”

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date?
Opening my theatre!

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
UK

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai?
Used to be my mom, but she’s here now too!

What is your favourite restaurant in Dubai?
Tom and Serge

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country?
Provitas

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them?
Camping



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