Zayan Ghandour has a lot of responsibilities being the co-owner, creative director, and head buyer of homegrown fashion and lifestyle boutique, S*uce. It has now developed into one of the UAE’s popular fashion boutiques. Growing from a small high-end retail destination in the Village Mall in 2004, it is now in five locations in the UAE. Zayan also works with local and international fashion designers every March to coincide with Art Dubai. Some of the artists she has worked with are Fafi, French graffiti artist, local artist Lema Alireza, and Boston-based Polly Becker. S*uce has been featured in several international publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, FT, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, and American Vogue.
Where were you born ?
How long in Dubai:
Co-owner, Creative Director and Head Buyer of Regional Fashion and Lifestyle Concept, S*uce
La Petite Maison
Sushi at the Fairmont
Best Ethnic Food:
XVA Cafe in Bastakiya (for traditional vegetarian Arabic food)
Best place for late night dining:
Al Reef Bakery
Shakespeare & Co.
Best place for a romantic date:
Anywhere in the Royal Mirage
Best Sunday brunch:
An old faorite, Al Qasr
All-around favorite spot in Dubai:
Deira is a fantastic place. It is in the heart of old Dubai and is the best place to source textiles, baubles, trimmings, and trinkets!
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The newly opened Royal Mirage on the Palm or Atlantis if they would like to swim with the dolphins!
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I may be biased but I have to say S*uce again.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Can't pick just one. I must list a few: XVA Gallery in Bastakiya, The Pavilion in Downtown Dubai, The Jam Jar, The Third Line Art Gallery, and Traffic.
Best Aspect of Dubai:
The sunshine, which we get all year-round.
Circle Cafe in Jumeirah
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Bastakiya area around the Dubai Creek.