5 weeks after giving birth to my first child, I received a surreal call from the Emirates Woman magazine team saying that I’d been nominated for the Emirates Woman of the Year award in the Achiever category, which celebrated women who have made strides in the business world. Emirates Woman magazine hosted these awards annually as a way of recognising the work of special women in different walks of life and nominates 5 women in each of the following categories: The Visionary, The Humanitarian, The Achiever, and the Artist. As I was currently feeling immensely overwhelmed with being a new mother, the call was both shocking and needed to remind me of my job roles other than mommy (which is more tiring than a full time job!).
The other nominees in the category were Becky Balderstone of Ripe Market, Mona Mirza of Biolite Clinic, Susan Gorman of SARUM, and Sophie Toh of Toh PR so I was definitely honored among such high caliber company. After an open voting process throughout September and October 2014, the exciting experience culminated in a gala event at The Address Montgomerie on November 5, 2014. Due to the immense voting support of my network of friends, family, and fans of The Curve I was named as the winner of the Achiever category! I am so thankful for this experience and award as it is community support and recognition that really make the path of an entrepreneur a rewarding one.
In May we received an email from Good Magazine’s editorial team that really blew us away. In all honesty, we had to read it a few times to make sure we understood properly! In the email, we were being asked to feature in Good’s anniversary issue as part of a feature called Home Grown Heroes that aimed to “celebrate some of the UAE’s most exciting people and small companies.” Without a moment’s hesitation we confirmed and are so delighted with the outcome of the feature. Not only do the photos look fabulous, but we are also so humbled to be featured alongside other great tech startups like Careem, Lime & Tonic, Little Majlis, and more!
Growing a startup is a tough and often dark road, so acknowledgements like this are the little beacons of light that keep us going. Big thank you to Helen, Cherith, and the rest of the Good team for including us, and we’re so proud to be a part of your Home Grown Heroes!
Oops, we’re a little late in uploading this one! Had a great time chatting with Anita Buys from MyDubaiMyCity.com about The Curve, our story, and why we believe that lifelong learning is essential. We love that she even attended one of our workshops! Thanks Anita!
When I received a call from Al Jazeera’s production team asking me to be a guest on their family channel Jeem TV, I was a little taken aback. It was a bit surreal and very flattering to hear that news of The Curve had reached the Qatar based channel and that they were actually interested to feature our story!
The show that I appeared on was Noun, and it is a weekly live show conducted totally in Arabic and targeted at families and young girls in specific. The segment showcased female entrepreneurial stories from around the region in an effort to encourage young girls to dream big and work hard to make their dreams come true. I was really happy to be a part of such a show, because I believe that women are as capable as men to achieve success in any field they desire if they put in the work and believe in themselves.
Here is the clip of the interview and some pictures from backstage! A big thanks to the Jeem TV team for the opportunity and for their amazing hospitality.
My husband Ghassan and I started this journey on The Curve together, and it’s a partnership that has definitely been one of the success factors in getting as far as we have to date. You can read about our journey in this OK Magazine feature!
I had the honour of being interviewed by Gheir.com, a female digital magazine covering everything that speaks luxury in October about being a female entrepreneur in the Arab world. It my first Arabic interview ever and was such a wonderful experience! Thanks to the Gheir.com team and for Fraiche Cafe and Bistro for hosting us.