The Company That Is Transforming Dubai Homes into Bohemian Havens

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The Native Bohemians Alamira Reem Bani Hashim
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Meet Alamira Reem Bani Hashim and Arsalan Al Hashimi, two halves of the husband-and-wife team that is bringing eclectic bohemian flair into the city’s homes and spaces. Their love for life is contagious. And their taste in interior decoration? Impeccable.

While you wouldn’t expect an Ironman triathlete and a doctor in urban planning to be behind one of the city’s coolest interiors concepts, Bani Hashim and Al Hashimi’s shared personal passion for beautiful, comfortable homes led to the launch of The Native Bohemians earlier this year. 

“When we got married, we started working on our apartment together and discovered that we were both passionate about interiors and making homes beautiful, livable, and functional. We are such homebodies, so we wanted to create a space that was our haven, as one would,” says Bani Hashim. Today, she shares the creative process with her husband, whom she insists plays a crucial role in balancing out her aesthetic with a more masculine touch.

The Native Bohemians Alamira Reem Bani Hashim
Photo by Anna Shtraus for Savoir Flair

What started out as a personal project quickly began to capture people’s attention, laying the groundwork for what was to become a full-fledged business. “The Native Bohemians grew organically through a few projects that we did for family and friends in 2014 and 2015, and then, we started to gain traction slowly through references and word of mouth,” they share. The Native Bohemians now offers services ranging from interior consultation and styling to furniture selection, customization, and upcycling (the duo doesn’t believe in waste and advocates the creative reusing of existing pieces of furniture).

When asked about their company’s name, Bani Hashim explains that they simply juxtaposed two words that reflected how they perceived themselves in the universe. “It’s about a feeling of rootedness, but also wanderlust and a love for travel. It’s about being grounded, but also spiritual gypsy souls. It’s about being from here, but also from everywhere else, carrying with us all the different cultures and places in the world that we have been to,” she tells Savoir Flair.

It’s about being grounded, but also spiritual gypsy souls. It’s about being from here, but also from everywhere else.

The beauty of working with a home-grown boutique company is very often the fact that the owners’ own philosophies and values seep into the business to create a personal experience unlike any other, and it is this very fact that makes this company so unique. The result is a very holistic view on life and the importance of the home in particular. “We believe that spaces have a real impact on how people feel – our well-being is very much affected by our physical surroundings. Our ultimate goal is to use the transformative qualities of design to elicit feelings of happiness and comfort and promote a sense of peace,” they explain.

Thinking of giving your home the upgrade it deserves? Contact The Native Bohemians at connect@thenativebohemians.com.


Browse through the gallery below to follow Bani Hashim and Al Hashimi into their beautiful home.

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