My name is Debbie, 43 years old, going on 21! I was born and breed in Manchester. I have 2 amazing daughters, Isabella and Rebecca and an equally amazing husband of 13 years. I did my Degree at Liverpool University in Geology and Geophysics, and have been working full time as a Petroleum Engineer ever since.
I have traveled all round the word with my job, lived on Oil Rigs for over 15 years, have survived a near kidnapping in West Africa, a Helicopter ditching in the North Sea and recovered from too many tropical diseases! I have 10 rescued cats, 3 rescued dogs and 2 beautiful horses to make up our crazy family.
Even though I work full time, I have set myself up with a couple of licensed businesses. The main reason I do this is to help the recuse dog center in Umm Al Qwain, as I sponsor 3 doggies per month there. I also rescue the street cats of Dubai. I have rescued and fostered so many over the years, from 1 day old kittens to 12 year old grumpy cats who have been in appalling conditions. I nurse them back to health, vaccinate and neuter them, love them lots and eventually find loving homes for them. So my crafting business Décor Galore, helps to fuel this, since we all know vets are not cheap here in Dubai – I am totally self-taught and can literally do anything from funky Pet Tags to personalized items such as Cushions, Mugs, Tea Towels etc.
I also run a very successful Slime business with my Daughter Isabella, called Slimetime Dubai. This started by chance, when a Mum in our neighborhood had advertised looking for a teen to help with a slime party. My daughter had been having a very tough time at school through bullying and had lost all her confidence and social skills – so I took this as an opportunity to help her, as she would have to put herself out there. It could have gone either way. Thankfully it gave her a little spark, and from that point I set up the business. So this was never about me, it was to help her. Now she oozes confidence and knows all about balance sheets, managing money and equally how to give kids the best party ever!
WHERE IS HOME?
Home is Dubai and has been for 12 years now – I’m originally from Manchester.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
A vet or an engineer.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
Scuba diving and roller coaster rides
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Sleeping, crafting, making slime and horse riding.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
City Slickers followed by a Knights Tale.
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
Jake Gyllenhaal and Owen Wilson, ’cause he is just brilliant!
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
Antarctica, French Polynesia and Costa Rica.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Liquorice, the saltier the better.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
That I could sleep for 1 hour and wake up feeling ready to go. Bit like a being plugged in to re-charge!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
The weather – apart from the 3 months of summer!