10 questions for… Kelly Lundberg

Fashionista, stylist, author, business woman and Scottish expat, , wears many different hats. Of course, all of them are designer.

As well as working on huge events such as The BRIT Awards, The Grammys and The Dubai Film Festival, she’s an ambassador for brand-of-the-moment, Lulu Guinness. When she’s not scouring the malls in five inch heels, you’ll find her scouring the streets for a taxi.

How long have you been in Dubai… and, in ten words or less, how would you sum up your time here?
Oh wow that’s tough. hot, hot, hot, hot……  no seriously though its been; unexpected, abundant opportunities, adventurous, hard work, frustrating but hugely rewarding. I can’t wait to experience the next 10 years.

What’s your favourite restaurant… and favourite dish?
It’s an oldie but a classic, Butter Chicken at Teatros…

Which takeaway do you have on speed dial?
With my guilty secret exposed, speed dial  …. Dominos!

Thursday night means… 
A night out with my husband. In my line of work as a personal stylist I work most Saturdays. I find that I can relax best on Thursday evening knowing that the next day I don’t have to go anywhere.

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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.

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