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Dubai Expat Interviews – Emily Lidén

This week’s Into-yous features French expat Emily Lidén.

Tell us a little about yourself
I grew up in France and moved to Dubai in 1995 with my parents. I was 17 and absolutely loved Dubai. After two years I moved back to Paris and then NYC for 6 years, where I graduated, got my bachelor of Communication Design and worked in the cosmetic industry. In 2005, I moved back to Dubai with my Swedish husband to start our company. I am now a full time maman of our 2 year old daughter. I love being a mother, I also started a blog, Dubai our Sandbox, to connect with other mums. I feel very blessed.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here
First in 1995 as an expat kid then full circle 10 years later with my husband and our new dreams…

Have you been an expat elsewhere and if so, where
New York

The best advice you were given to prepare you for life in Dubai
You are a guest here. Respect it.

What surprised you most about Dubai
All different cultures, nationalities, races living here… despite the inequalities

If money were no object, where would you most like to live in Dubai
Jumeirah area, a house right on the beach…

Your favorite Arabic word or phrase you have learned so far
Ma’a as salaama (it sounds pretty to my ears)

Your least favorite word or phrase you have adopted since moving to Dubai
Same same but different!

What has been your best experience in Dubai to date
Meeting one of my best friend who became my husband and the birth of my daughter.

Where do you hope to spend your next holiday
We will be in Europe this summer, Sweden and France, with a little detour to NY to visit friends. Can’t wait!

Who is the person you most miss when you are in Dubai
My family

What is your favorite restaurant in Dubai
Love the food at Okku and love take away from Ravi’s in Satwa

What grocery item do you most miss from your home country
Miss the local market with fresh produce.

When friends and family visit you in Dubai where will you absolutely take them
Desert!

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I grew up in France and moved to Dubai in 1995 with my parents. I was 17 and absolutely loved Dubai. After two years I moved back to Paris and then NYC for 6 years, where I graduated, got my bachelor of Communication Design and worked in the cosmetic industry. In 2005 I moved back to Dubai with my Swedish husband to start our company. I am now a full time maman of our 2 year old daughter. I love being a mother, I also started a blog, www.DubaiourSandBox.blogspot.com to connect with other mums. I feel very blessed.



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