I’m Emily, married to an Irishman and mummy to two gorgeous girls. Saoirse who will be 5 in September and Sienna who is 18 months old. I’ve lived in Dubai since I was 13 when I moved over with my parents and went to DESC and Emirates Aviation college. I didn’t go to university and got a job instead. I’m the only one left here out of all of us now which is a weird feeling as I’d always had family here in Dubai.
WHERE IS HOME?
Shropshire is home in the U.K. but all my family have moved up to Warrington in the past few years so our family home is now up there. With my husband being Irish, we spend a lot of time in Ireland and I do feel so at home when we go there too.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I always wanted to be a ballet teacher! I danced in the UK from the age of 3 and did competitions and shows all over the country! I was a Royal Ballet Junior Associate which was very exciting and qualified as a RAD ballet teacher in 2017 just after Saoirse was born.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Since becoming a mum, I’ve had a slight career change. Earlier this year I took over as the Dubai Manager of Music Monkeys which is a music and movement company based in Dubai, RAK and Abu Dhabi. Last summer my best friend and I started an embroidery business together called Bee Yourself Habibi which has been such an exciting experience!
WHAR IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
We are loving Privilee this summer, spending as much time outside as we can as a family. We also love adventures, so throwing a picnic into the boot and going for a drive is something we absolutely love. I’m not one to complain about a movie/pyjama/ popcorn day inside either though, especially in this heat!!
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Weekends are about family and seeing friends, we’re a very social family. We love long lunches, cinema trips, adventures, trips to the beach or just lazy days in the garden.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
The Holiday! Or Mama Mia! I could watch both of those on repeat, they are just such feel good movies!!
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Macaroni cheese- I lived on this whilst pregnant with Sienna and the obsession hasn’t gone.
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
James Cordon haha! I just think he’s so so funny.
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
We love Bali and are desperate to take the girls so stay tuned for some adventures next summer! I’d also love to visit New Zealand, Tanzania and Vietnam.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Online shopping! I’m a sucker for a quick shop during the middle of the night. The amount of things I order and forget about is awful, then when they arrive, it’s like Christmas haha!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d love to time travel! There are so many moments in time I’d like to re-live and people I’d love to have conversations with again.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
The opportunities our family gets over here are incredible, and the life that our girls live is far better than what they would in the UK or Ireland. We feel very grateful to call Dubai home.