We can all agree that feeling “at home” has got very little to do with four walls and a street address but a lot to do with the emotions a place invokes. Safety, comfort, and love are the quintessential legs that make a country, city, or even an apartment feel like home. While some of us know exactly what or where our “home” is, it is a deep desire for others – a longing some people spend a lifetime attempting to fulfill. The UAE, however, rather effortlessly continues to make an enormous expat population – covering over 200 nationalities – feel at home. As we celebrate the 49th UAE National Day, the Savoir Flair team reflects on what makes the UAE home to them.
Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Fashion and Beauty Director
Head of Sales
Head of Production
Never in a thousand years did I think that I would call Dubai home. It was an unlikely but overpowering love that brought me here. But I discovered so much more along the way. I call Dubai home because that’s where I do what I love. It’s the place that enabled me to thrive and create. It’s the place where I have grown into my own skin, evolved, and matured. The place where I feel safe and hopeful. The place where I met incredible humans; humans who will be a part of my journey for years to come – and maybe even longer. For these reasons and a million more, Dubai is home.
Head of Social and Digital Marketing
Unlike many, what initially drew me to the UAE was not the never-ending superlatives that people often associate with it. For me, moving to Dubai came out of very practical and logical reasons. In just a span of a few decades, the country has built an enviably modern social fabric and infrastructure. In effect, it has managed to attract some of the world’s biggest talents. It’s the fastest-growing city on earth, so as a young adult, there was no better place to be.
My initial plan of staying for “only” three to five years turned into six, then seven — and before I know it, it’s been 11 years. Over those years, I have built a solid career, had a family, and enjoyed the multicultural vibe the city has to offer. It has been an incredible experience to raise a Third-Culture Kid in a diverse city like Dubai. I believe this is a good training ground for my child into becoming a global citizen and polyglot, armed with unique adventures she would never have anywhere else.
Business Development Manager
I was lucky enough to call Dubai home for four-and-a-half years, and although I’m now back in my original hometown of London, Dubai will always be my second home — not just because I’m back and forth a lot to see the Savoir Flair team and the many amazing friends I made along the way, but because every time I land to that view of the city skyline, the twinkling Burj Khalifa, and the outline of the Palm imprinted on the sea, everything feels familiar and new all at once. I mean, where else in the world does a new restaurant pop up on a daily basis, is the biggest mall/skyscraper/giant frame in the world built, or can you go from a swanky, shiny seven-star hotel to a bustling souk or the desert dunes in a matter of minutes? Not forgetting Freedom Pizza. What I wouldn’t do to get a slice of that heaven sent over right now.
Growing up immersed in the UAE’s multicultural heritage has been a blessing, to say the least. What makes me rather proudly call the UAE my first and forever home is that it is a huge part of who I am. Spending the most impressionable years of my life in Dubai – witnessing the city’s evolution – has largely influenced who I am today. This city is what taught me to think big and never to limit my dreams. From ski slopes in the desert to man-made islands, Dubai taught me that nothing, absolutely nothing is unachievable if you set your mind to it.
With its streets lined with incredibly tall skyscrapers, opulent malls, and luxe hotels, the UAE today is a global symbol of innovation, futurism, and the epitome of luxury. Like a traditional dhow parked next to a swanky yacht, this country is a thriving example of embracing modernity while being rooted in its cultural heritage. What I love the most about this nation is the fact that it blurs the imaginary boundaries that often divide us human beings, allowing people the world over to reside here harmoniously — all bound by the common thread of feeling at home.