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10 questions for… Stef Burgon



Stef Burgon was a fixture on breakfast radio for the better part of a decade, where as Geordie Bird she partnered Catboy on Dubai 92 and provided a soundtrack to a million morning commutes. This April, she traded mornings for mid-afternoons and is now alongside Mark Lloyd on DubaiEye’s travel show The Ticket – which, of course, is where you can hear ShortList’s era-defining, trend-setting and maybe even record-breading Chosen Few segment every Thursday at 3pm.

1. How long have you been in Dubai… and how would you sum it up?
I’ve been in Dubai for 10 years. My time here has been hot, emotional, tiring, exciting, overwhelming, educational, sad and rewarding all at once.

2. What’s your favourite restaurant… and favourite dish?
I go through fazes with favourite restaurants. Right now I’m in a Manvaar phase. It’s an Indian restaurant in Karama. They do a lot of vegetarian dishes and I can’t get enough of the place.

3. Which takeaway do you have on speed dial?
I don’t really like takeaways. If I had to choose one it would be Pizza Guys in Business Bay. They do some really unusual pizzas and there bases are great. I wish they would put some pineapple on their pepperoni though.

4. Thursday night means…
Usually a night in front of some great TV after a flat-out week at work.

5. Friday afternoon means…
Lazing on the grass after eating my body weight in chicken sausage sarnies at The Framers Market On The Terrace at Emirates Towers.

6. Guests have flown in to see you for a weekend and they’ve never been here before. What three things do you do?
Creekside for breakfast so they get to experience the walk through Temple Street and the Abras on The Creek; The Greek restaurant above the Music Room because it’s great; and sandboarding if it’s not too hot. It’s a good way to tire them out.

7. Where do you go to get a taste of home?
Y’know, this is home now because I really feel like I did my growing up here. For a taste of the UK, I’d definitely head to The Rivington, though.

8. What one thing could they introduce to Dubai that would immeasurably improve the quality of your life?
A metro line that goes out to Studio City, where I work. I’d rather spend my half-hour commute reading a book or doing some work than driving.

9. If you had to spend AED100,000 in a single Dubai shop, which shop would you choose?
Comptoir 102. They have a velvet sofa I’m in love with right now and some beautiful brass-framed mirrors. Everything in there is displayed so beautifully, it’s hard to resist.

10. What do you do in Dubai that you never do anywhere else in the world?
Sandboarding. My fiancé is the man behind Above Sandboards so we get out to the dunes quite a lot. It’s seriously fun!

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