I was born and raised in (a very different) Dubai during the 80s and 90s and lived here until I was 15. My parents were teachers and I attended DESS and Dubai College before moving back to Scotland, where I finished school and went to Strathclyde Uni in Glasgow. I moved back to Dubai in 2011 with my now-husband (who I knew from my time at DESS) and have since had my two girls. I play netball, enjoy spending time with my kids and friends and love nothing more than planning holidays!  

Where’s home? 

Home is Dubai. I’ve lived here most of my life. My family are in Scotland although my dad’s a scouser so I do have a soft spot for Liverpool.

What did you want to be when you were younger? 

The 6th Spice Girl!

What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?

My girls love dancing and singing so we stick on The Greatest Showman Soundtrack and have a boogie. It’s quite a sight.

How do you spend your weekends?

Generally with our group of friends – most of whom also grew up here. We all had kids around the same time, and we’re lucky they all get on. You’ll usually find us by a pool, teaching the kids to surf at the beach or having a games night! 

What’s your favourite movie?

Remember the Titans – I could watch that movie once a month easily!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Most of the menu from Sushi Art – it’s easily my fave takeaway! 

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Ryan Reynolds. Yes, he’s lovely to look at but he’s so so funny and that’s a winner for me!

Where is on your bucket list to visit?

Sooooo many places, but my top 3 at the moment are Lapland, Disney and Africa to do a safari. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Love Island and I do love a good cooking show.

If you could have a super power what would it be? 

I’d want to be able to teleport. Quickly pop back to the UK to be present at all those important family moments you miss living overseas.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Dubai?

I love that your friends become your family. I’m friends with people who I’ve met since having kids but also friends with people I’ve known since I was a toddler. You make the kind of friends in Dubai who you share Christmas’ with and who parent your kids as if they’re their own.