I moved to Dubai when I was 9 years old in 2006 because of the reason all kids end up here, our parents new jobs. This had been the first time we had ever left Pakistan as a family and the memory of landing in Dubai airport in complete amazement of the glass panels separating arrivals and departures as we made our way down to immigration will always be incredibly close to my heart. Between 2006 to 2016 I studied in the British schooling system here focusing on psychology and business after which I took a gap year where I explored the working word as a free-lance artist, at one point even working with IKEA interning in their graphic design department. During this time I gave a lot of time to my hobbies which included computer gaming, painting, writing poetry and making music. As late 2017 approached I flew to the United Kingdom to partake in a year long course revolving around understanding the human mind to return to Dubai a very changed person.
At 20 I decided to move out of my parents home after understanding the importance of independence after I got my first job as a part of a front-house operations team for a recreational playground. During this time I began to understand the value of money, began to learn how to budget and manage my time with 54 hour weeks where I had little control of what time my shift may start, continuing to create art on the side to manage my costs. This job offered less that what I would consider minimum wage in a city like this so most days I would have to get creative on how I would get to work, one of these methods being skateboarding, just to save as much money as possible. During one of my breaks I took the time to skate after eating around the area where my workplace was located, this is when I meet Romaa’l Patel, my current boss. When she began expanding her team she got in touch with me offering me the opportunity of a life time to work and learn under her.
I began working at Provident sometime late February, since starting I have felt the change in myself the feeling that comes with succeeding at your job and having the opportunity to grow. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have come and will come my way from the real estate and property management sector here in the UAE.