I’m 37 years old, I moved to Dubai when I was 23 with the plan to stay for a year and 13 years later, I’m still here!! I met my husband James in Dubai at the Rugby 7’s 11 years ago! We got married in 2016 and exactly two years later, on our wedding anniversary we delivered our little boy baby James. I am a full-time working mum – which I find very challenging! Since having my son, I have a newfound respect for mums – we really are superhero’s! How we do what we do every day and keep going – A woman’s work never stops!
WHERE IS HOME?
I’ve lived here for several years now so Dubai very much feels like my home. My hometown is Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire but I have to say I was born in Sheffield not sunny scunny! :))
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
A singer, Madonna actually – even though I’m tone deaf! Then I wanted to be a Spice Girl, of course!!!!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a facial therapist specializing in skin and I’ve worked as a beauty therapist for 17 years. I own Essa Beauty in JLT, which I opened 8 years ago, winning several awards for best facial therapist of the year and one of the top 10 salons in Dubai from Dubai Municipality, which I am super proud of. I feel blessed to have found my passion – I absolutely love my job and helping my clients achieve their best skin :))
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
Kiss attacks and now play wrestling. Ever since my son was a baby I’d kiss his bare tummy all over and he would laugh his head off! We still do it every day before bath time – my ABSOLUTE favourite time of the day :)))
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Spending time with my son and husband, relaxing at home most weekends as during the week I feel we never get any downtime so it’s actually nice to do nothing and make no plans.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
That’s a really difficult question as there are sooooo many. I love true stories, a good comedy, chick flick or tearjerker. I’ll never forget I went to watch PS I love you at the cinema and cried from start to finish, literally! – I came out looking like a lizard and feeling like I’d had an excellent therapy session, haha!
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My mum’s Sunday Roast with lots and lots of gravy!
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Don’t judge me but eating a KFC family bucket meal in bed watching a movie followed by a Pinkberry.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
That’s a difficult one. I can think of many….To be a time traveller – go back and forth in time.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
Again, there are so many things I love about Dubai – the sunshine, the safety aspect, meeting people from all walks of life! And the lovely restaurants here.