Angela Cid - From Marbella to Dubai!14-01-2013
The beautiful Angela Cid, who is originally from Barcelona, has been living all over the world, starting from London to Tokyo and now after living in sunny Marbella she moved to the Emirates. To be more specific, to Dubai! i-Marbella decided to find out more about the life in this fascinating city and the cultural differences Angela has experienced living there for over five months now!
1. When and why did you move to Dubai?
I moved to Dubai five months ago, but I have being visiting the Emirates since 2005. We had a property here and we had always come for sunny holidays while winter in Spain. I have decided to move to Dubai mainly for family and business reasons, but also to get the chance to live other experiences. I knew where I was going with its positive and negative from my previous trips to Dubai, but living every day life here is different, lots of new surprises and new experiences, but this is the exciting side of life.
2. Where else have you lived?
Luckily in many different places! I am originally from Barcelona, and my big first move was Tokyo, in Japan, for 4 years while I was modeling. I kept traveling during this period going back and forward into Europe, I also spent periods of time in Germany, Italy and France. I have traveled everywhere for shootings like South Africa, Morocco Turkey, Greece, and different cities in the U.S among others, until I decided to make base in London again, where I remained for 5 years. In the U.K I keep working as a model but I was combining my job with my studies doing my Travel and Tourism Management degree. Thanks to my modeling years I have learnt to adapt quickly into new environments with ease, that´s why Dubai will no be a different challenge.. or at least that´s what I thought.
3. What do you think of Dubai? How different is it from Marbella?
Dubai is a great temporary experience and Marbella is my home. I cannot compare them, I just have to feel privileged for having both. Dubai is a cultural shock in the first place but slowly you appreciate the good sides of it, like respect, security and international environment. Marbella, is where I have my best friends, where I still can feel a rush of my Spanish culture, where I feel comfortable and where I feel at home.
4. What do you like and dislike about the country/city?
I love the way I feel secure in Dubai, I can live the car open, my handbag inside, I am not worried to have my wallet stolen like in Europe, and I feel my kids very safe in a country without drugs, alcohol restrictions, or hardly any crime rates. I also like the services in Dubai, you tend to feel very spoiled, never get out of the car to fill it up with petrol, in the supermarket always somebody puts your groceries into your bags and even brings them into your car for a very small tip. Maids and drivers are very affordable. Simple things that helps you having a daily quality of life for a low cost. I also love the feel of the big city, the nice restaurants and lounges to go for a meal or hang around, always people out any day of the week and I love its energy. It is such a multicultural ambiance, a great experience for my kids and I just like to take the positive out of everyday here, that´s why I never focused on the negative so I won´t mention any dislikes.
5. What do you do there?
Since I arrived I had very clear that I needed to be busy in Dubai otherwise I will not enjoy it as much. Through my online business www.model-factor.com I´ve got in contact with the modeling industry in here and surprisingly I ended up going back into modeling in a city where age or ethnic is not important as long as you still look good. I have being behind the scenes for a few years, advising and managing models to get into the modeling business but I did not expect to actually do it myself again. Since I arrived I have being part of a great production team, shooting along different resorts around the emirates, and this experience has being priceless.
Right now I have an offer to run a TV segment about fashion and beauty in a digital platform, and I am having also the opportunity to bring a big project into Dubai that will require a lot of work and effort, Dubai has all the options and all are very exciting.
6. Is it easy to get a job over there?
It depends on what you are doing. I will say yes it is easy to get a job in Dubai, let´s say there is more options than in Spain for sure, more opportunities, but I see also people working very hard, long hours and not getting anything for free.
7. How do you spend your free time there?
I always dedicate my free time to my kids, as much as I can, Dubai offers a wide range of kids activities and the warm weather allow us to spend time outdoors, rather by the beach, aqua parks, horse riding, sports etc... I am also taking the best of it by going out and enjoy the amount of events and social meetings that the city is offering. I am not sure how long I will be here so I am trying to do as much as I can having the opportunity to meet so many interesting new people.
8. What do you miss from Marbella?
My friends.. I have very good friends in Marbella, feel very fortunate for having them. They have being very supportive in this new chapter of my life and I miss them terribly. Somebody said once that you only enjoy Dubai depending on what you left behind ... and for me is being tough for all the good friends I have left behind. Having said that, I am still very lucky because I have one of my long-time friends living in Dubai, my friend Joanna, and we share most of our day by day life, she is a great support here.
9. How long will you stay in Dubai?
I am not sure yet. I have days where I love it here and other days where I feel very homesick. I am just happy because I can choose, any time I can go back and therefore I feel I have to enjoy this experience to its full potential while I am here . Might be a year, 2 or 3. Life is unpredictable, you never know.
10. What are your plans for this year and this summer?
My plans for the next months are to take the best out of everyday in Dubai. To try to see as much as interesting places in this part of the world while I will be here, to enjoy all the nice new people that I am meeting, and take advantage of all the business opportunities that I am finding here.
The summer will be definitely in my beloved Marbella as much as I can, enjoying my friends, my food and my culture ... Marbella has it all! Can't wait!
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