Salwan Al Shaibani’s Haute Secrets: The Best of The Best in Dubai

Salwan Al Shaibani

Whether pioneering the path for professional women in the UAE or conquering mountains, Salwan Al Shaibani tackles her goals with a clear vision, intelligence and perseverance.

After graduating with honors from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Salwan began her career at Citigroup as an intern, where she rose through the ranks to eventually Manage the Credit Administration Department. In her leadership position at Citigroup, Salwan Al Shaibani played a critical role among the firms management as she monitored credit risks, conducted financial analysis and reported exposures to industry regulators.

Upon recognizing budding opportunities within the media and advertising field, Salwan was compelled to branch her wings and soar into the industry by founding Spellbound, a firm dedicated of two business units: Advertising and General Trading. A perfect marriage of Salwan Al Shaibani’s knowledge of the financial realm and her creative and innovative visions, the divisions of Spellbound work in tandem, collaborating to strategically position commodities and merchandise in niche markets.

Never daunted by challenges, some of Salwan’s favorite endeavors include climbing Mount Fuji and hiking through Austria to challenge the perception of women in the UAE. When she isn’t blazing trails or quite literally conquering mountains, what does Salwan Al Shaibani favor the most in Dubai? She shares her Haute Secrets in this personal interview.

Where were you born? Dubai

How long have you been in the Middle EastAll my life

Neighborhood: Jumeirah

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Favorite Restaurant: Tough one, but I will go with Zuma!

Best SushiOrigami

Best ItalianEatly

Best DessertA tie between anything dark chocolate and saffron

Best place for a romantic date: Pink sand desert, bonfire and a full moon

Best Sunday brunchAnise, Intercontinental Hotel Festival City

Best place for a power business meetingAlSerkal Avenues

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommendEither Anantara the Palms or The Address Downtown

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Dubai Mall / everything along the Fashion Avenue

Best SpaTalise Ottoman Spa

Favorite Cultural Event: Qasr Alhosn Festival – Abu Dhabi

Favorite Cultural InstitutionArt Dubai

Best Steakhouse: Prime 68

Best Pizza: Capri Italian Grill

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Talise fitness

Describe your city in three words: Dynamic, Innovative, smart

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:  Heritage Area of AlFahidi/ AlBastakia

All-around favorite spot in Dubai: Creek Side on an Abra Ride

Best Aspect of AD/UAE/Dubai/Middle East: Embedded culture, world class, adaptable