I’m Juliette and have been here 6 months. I’ve just celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary with my husband, Mark. We have 2 children, Lauren, 26, and Joe, 20. We also became grandparents to Archie a few weeks before we moved here. Prior to Dubai we lived in the Netherlands for 16 years. I’m lucky enough to not work, but I spend my time either playing golf or sewing, as well as looking after the home. I sew for myself, my grandson and also for charity, most recently the amazing Rags to Riches, making headbands for hero’s and mask mates.
WHERE IS HOME?
Home is where I lay my hat! I am a gypsy really, as I’ve moved around a lot – initially for my work and then for my husband’s. Although we are a British family, we moved to the Netherlands for my husband’s job. We agreed to give it a year and if it doesn’t work out it will be a life experience for us and the kids. We never looked back! So, when our Dubai experience is over we’ll head back to our kids and grandson in the Netherlands.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I really wanted to be an architect, but bad career advice left me with the wrong qualifications. As it turned out, this was the best thing that could have happened, otherwise I would never have met my husband!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
By profession I am a quantity surveyor, but haven’t worked much since 2003 as we made the decision when we moved to the Netherlands that it was important for me to be there for the children. As the children got older and needed me less, I developed my creative side by concentrating on sewing and improving my golf swing….not sure if this has been time well spent, though!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
Now that they’re older, a nice meal, a nice bottle of wine (or beer) and just spending time together.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Generally playing golf, eating good food and drinking good wine (note that I didn’t say playing good golf 🤣)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
It has to be Notting Hill, but followed very closely by A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper & Lady Gage version).
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ooh, difficult one. I think it has to be Steak Frites.
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
Daniel Craig (swoon!)
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
Singapore, Bali and Vietnam.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Spending too much time on social media.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
What do you mean “if” I could have a super power? I have one and so do all you amazing mums, and that’s it….we’re all amazing mums!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
That’s a difficult one given the current situation, but I guess it’s the fact that everything is available somewhere here … and the great mum’s usually know where.