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Q&A | SARA CODNER

Area Director of Spa & Wellness, Middle East with Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

How long have you lived in Dubai and what is your role at Mandarin Oriental?

I have lived in Dubai almost 6 years now, I arrived from Tokyo in March 2018. I am the Area Director of Spa & Wellness, Middle East with Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Currently working on our latest project, Mandarin Oriental Downtown Dubai. I have also been responsible for sustainability for the last 5 years at our Jumeira property where I worked on various amazing projects including the signature print for Love Brand & Co.

What’s Dubai famous for?

Famous for many things, the rich culture, there’s an extremely diverse population, of course there’s so much to do. Famous for it’s beaches, the abundance of hotels, the shopping, the restaurants, the people are genuinely friendly. I think mostly it’s famous from my perspective in being very innovative.

and what you love Dubai for…

All the above, as well as it being very safe. I love it for the opportunities that Dubai offers, I am heavily into Fitness and Dubai has everything and more to offer, they don’t do anything half hearted and go all out which is amazing. It makes me want to do the same not only in my personal life but also at work. Dubai encourages you to be the best version of yourself and has an energy that is beyond anything I have ever experienced.

Best time of year in Dubai?

I love winters in Dubai, the weather is fabulous.

Underrated things to do in Dubai?

There’s a perception that all Dubai has to offer is shopping, beaches and hotels; there’s way much more to Dubai than that, there’s amazing hiking in Hatta, a beautiful bird sanctuary in Ras al Khor just outside the city. There’s endless things to do here.

Do NOT…

Underestimate how hot it can get.

Your one piece of advice is...

Come and visit, if you’ve never been before, Dubai surpasses all expectations.

Image Credits

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/en/dubai/jumeira-beach/stay/kind-by-mo

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/en/dubai/jumeira-beach/gallery#/

https://gulfnews.com/uae/environment/new-hiking-biking-trails-open-in-hatta-1.2011700

https://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/The-Landmark-Mandarin-Oriental-offers-in-house-bot#:~:text=Nordaq's%20patented%20filtration%20system%20removes,sparkling%22%20in%20reusable%20glass%20bottles.

https://www.desert-safari-dxb.com/dubai-desert-safari-location/

https://www.timeoutdubai.com/

https://www.hattakayaktours.com/hatta-hiking.html

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