ELLE (Canada) - - Escape -

My first im­pres­sion of Dubai was that it’s Ve­gas with­out the neon. But this, like most su­per­fi­cial as­sump­tions one makes while trav­el­ling, was in­cor­rect. Af­ter meet­ing with Kate Barry, a fash­ion­able trans­planted New Yorker, I sensed a gen­uine ca­ma­raderie that has its own charm­ing al­lure. “Dubai is happy camp,” ex­plained Barry, whose day gig is be­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Fendi, Mid­dle East. “In ma­jor cities in the West, guests don’t just pop in for a cof­fee—it’s per­ceived as in­va­sive or in­con­ve­nient. In Dubai, it’s nor­mal. In New York, I felt like people thought be­ing jaded or stressed was just what you had to do in or­der to ‘be a New Yorker.’ There’s a dy­namic, pos­i­tive en­ergy here. It’s a city full of pi­o­neers. I al­ways speak of Dubai with a big smile on my face.”

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