Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, it was inevitable that I would have a deep infatuation with summer and the beach that I became a beach lifeguard. Moving to Dubai over two years ago, would cater to my ever growing itch of heading out into the water or relaxing poolside after a stressful week in office.
A city that truly live Summer All Year Long, I teamed up with the amazing team at Vilebrequin to curate what summer really means to me and how it has helped shape my life.
1. Favourite address in Dubai?
My favourite address in Dubai would have to be Kite Beach during the city’s beautiful sunny days. The beach is scattered with beachside activities such as beach volleyball, racket, cricket, as well as kite surfing. It is definitely the perfect place to kick back, relax and soak up the beautiful weather. I also visit the beach once the sun sets, as the weather is much cooler and the setting is perfect for an exercise session.
2. What Vilebrequin evokes for you?
Through the brands array colours, patterns and designs, it speaks differentiation. When wearing either a pair of Vilebrequin shorts or a beautifully cut linen shirt, you automatically stand out amongst the rest. Having originated from the South of France, Vilebrequin ensures you are always somehow connected to the beautiful French Riviera.
3. What is the secret to prolonging summer all year long?
Living in Dubai, prolonging summer all year long comes naturally. I am so lucky to be based in a country that thrives off the sun. During the summer months, June and July, temperatures can reach fifty degrees Celsius. While, on the other hand, during the later months of the year, what might seem as the “winter” months, Dubai’s climate pulls its socks up, and delivers beautiful breezy weather. Though, the climate is one thing. You need to physically prepare yourself for a year long of summer weather. An exotic durable pair of Vilebrequin shorts, linen short and an absorbent towel will do the trick. Also, maintain a regular exercise routine is key.
4. Does the sun have an important place in your local culture?
Being in the heart of the Middle East, it is very hard to escape the sweltering Arabian sun. Though, with the sun playing a major role all year round, I personally think it brings forth positive vibes amongst everyone. The majority of people here in Dubai, absolutely love the summer time along with a beach life. It is the perfect city for a brand like Vilebrequin. If the sun begins to become too strong, Europe is only a stone throw away. Though, who would want to leave a place like this?!
5. Other than your city, what is your favourite summer destination?
Other than Dubai, my favourite summer destination would definitely have to be Lebanon. A country that boasts with culture, scenery, beach-life, food and natural wonders, I can spend all summer long exploring the Lebanon’s beautiful coast. Predominantly known for it’s gorgeous coastline, Lebanon also offers some of the most delicious seafood in the Mediterranean.
Being part Lebanese, I tend to bring many friends with me on my short summer trips to Lebanon. From beach bar hopping to fresh seafood, some of the greatest memories are created in this small country, and soon becomes a paradise on Earth for most of us.
So get your summer on and head to your nearest Vilebrequin store (Dubai Mall, JBR, Atlantis, Festival City).