In 2017, graphic designer Ghada Wali gave a TED Talk that went viral. In the video, the graphic designer, who hails from Egypt, described an incident that occurred when she was studying for her masters in Italy; she had been missing her native language, Arabic, and decided to visit the local library to find books in the language. What she didn't expect to find was that the 'Arabic and Middle East' section of the library held only books on topics such as terror organisations.
"Being appropriately dressed at the workplace is a worldwide practice - and the UAE is no different," says Sukrit Ganguly, principal consultant, MBR Headhunters, Dubai. "Most companies include a clause about dress code within the employment offer letter and contract. There's a good reason for it too. We work in a multicultural environment and need to be inclusive of cultural attitudes and sensitivities. Adhering to a dress code ensures that."
Emma Norstrom & Alex Dunn
She's a Swedish communication and marketing director while he's the co-founder of Drawdeck.com and hails from England. Romance blossomed while working together and they got engaged just last year. PHOTO CREDIT: Neeraj Murali
How did you first meet? Emma: When I arrived in Dubai, I got a job working with the marketing agency Havas. Alex was already there working as a strategic planner, so we met for the first time in that office.