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10 questions for… Salina Handa
Friday afternoon means…
Sundowners with friends. You will find me at the Fairmont on the Palm – it’s my local.
Guests have flown in to see you for a weekend and they’ve never been here before. What three things do you do?
You just need to ask my family and friends and they will tell you that I will always have a top list of things to do when they step off the plane. With so much choice I would make it…
- Brunch. Everyone has to try TOY at China Grill they are always coming up with new concepts, the staff are amazing and it’s a great party atmosphere.
- Dinner would be a restaurant overlooking the Dubai fountains.
- One day has to be a pool day – either Sofitel or Anantara on The Palm. Anantara has a gorgeous pool with a great beach front, and you can even have a massage or a facial.
Where do you go to get a taste of home?
Once a year in Dubai there’s always a traditional touch of home with the annual St Andrew’s ball. A gathering of familiar Scottish faces, ceilidh dancing and a takeaway bag of goodies with tablet, tunnocks teacakes, shortbread and Iron Bru.
What one thing could they introduce to Dubai that would immeasurably improve the quality of your life?
More available taxis or at least a more reliable booking structure, peak times are really challenging for me, as I work all hours and I hate turning up late because a taxi hasn’t turned up or there are no available Ubers.
If you had to spend AED100,000 in a single Dubai shop, which one would you choose and what would you buy?
An investment piece of jewellery or a nice watch that I know I would wear a lot.
What do you do in Dubai that you never do anywhere else in the world?
Shop all day in high heels. Fortunately, the polished marble floors, smooth pavements and warm climate are so much kinder to my designer shoe collection than where I shopped before I moved here – Edinburgh. The weather and the pavements are a little more testing.