Ju­mana Al Dar­wish, co-founder, The Happy Box, at home with her daugh­ter, Ayla, both wear­ing Mochi

Friday - - Achiever -

Ju­mana founded her busi­ness, The Happy Box, in 2014. In­spired by her daugh­ter Ayla, Ju­mana ‘spreads hap­pi­ness’ with her hand-de­liv­ered arts and crafts ac­tiv­ity boxes. Orig­i­nally from Jor­dan, she’s been in the UAE for 10 years. How do you feel be­ing in the UAE in par­tic­u­lar has helped you build your busi­ness? Prior to es­tab­lish­ing The Happy Box, I worked for the govern­ment in Dubai and the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship of the UAE in­spired me to be­lieve that any­thing can be made pos­si­ble with hard work and per­se­ver­ance. With this in mind, I es­tab­lished The Happy Box. I’ve seen my com­pany pros­per in ways I never en­vi­sioned could be pos­si­ble within such a short time span. I don’t be­lieve it would have grown to this ex­tent or been in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised had it been es­tab­lished any­where else. What do you love most about the UAE? The UAE is cul­tur­ally en­rich­ing. I’m able to con­nect with peo­ple from all walks of life. I also love the fact that it is a safe coun­try and be­ing a par­ent, I want to raise my child as a global ci­ti­zen in a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment – that is what the UAE pro­vides me with. What does the fu­ture hold for you? I hope to be able to con­tinue to change lives and im­pact those around me both di­rectly and in­di­rectly. Hap­pi­ness for me is cre­at­ing pos­i­tive change and my mis­sion in life is to do just that.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY STE­FAN LIN­D­EQUE. STYLING AND WORDS BY LINDSAY JUDGE. ART DIREC­TION BY VE­RINA DURAND

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