Ok, so I will start from today and work my way backwards. It’s safe to say that the last 10 days have been a whirlwind of deadlines, events and bubbles, all topped off with a little bit of dancing.

I have lived in Dubai for almost 12 years now, and have always wished to stay just one night at the Burj Al Arab. On the occasion of my wedding anniversary, this weekend, my wish came true.

I have been to the hotel for events and parties, but never stayed overnight. Let me tell you, the wait was worth it! It’s all true: the out-of-this-world double-storey suites, enough Hermès products to pamper yourself in (for weeks on end), and seven-star staff and service that are second to none. No request is too small (or too big), and ‘no’ is not in the vocabulary of Burj Al Arab staff.

The breathtaking views, private beach (with cool water, towels and fruit provided) and poolside breakfast are just some of the amazing add-ons at the Burj…

Unknown-1Room service anyone?

DSCN0341Sunning it…

No Dubai February is complete without some tennis, so the next stop was the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as a guest of Lacoste. I was lucky enough to watch my two favourite players, Roger and Novak, whilst munching on these Lacoste crocodile sweets – how cool are they!




Next on the agenda was one of my favourite parts of the job, which is talking about what I do.

I have been known to speak at a few career nights in my time, and last week saw me chatting with the Year 9s (and their parents) at Jumeirah College.


In order to keep me sane in such a busy time, the only thing that really clears my mind is a spot of exercise – so I hightailed it to my favourite fitness haunt, Flywheel. Here I am with Barry, one of the fabulous instructors (my favourite) at my FlyBarre class. I may be smiling, but I am feeling the burn!



Next was a party at the Touranis’, which is always a highlight of the social season. Here I am with the hostess, the wonderfully charming Rekha, who really knows how to throw the most fabulous parties in town.


IMG_5182Me with the lovely Rashmi Sahar Ahmad

IMG_5220Rosemin Manji, who never gets it wrong in the style stakes

There was no rest, as next on the agenda was the hottest ticket in town – the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge. Here I watched some pretty ponies, caught up with friends as well as checking out some serious fashion…


5G0B4663The lovely Nayla Kanaan from Ralph Lauren – in Ralph Lauren, of course

5G0B0243My favourite, Dina Karam Fekih in Lanvin 

5G0B0518The stunning Sammans

cartierIt’s all in the wrist

Hope you have a great week and enjoy our special-edition issues of Emirates Woman and Emirates Bride.

Until next time,


Senior Editor