Asad Raza Khan, actor, wearing Emperor 1668
Asad is an actor, producer and director based in Dubai. Away from his thespian life, Asad works as a business leader for Prestige Male Grooming, but acting is his passion. Catch the second volume of Shakespeare in the Sand, a screening of films of the Bard’s plays, at The Junction, from Dec 1-3 – his collaboration with London’s Globe Theatre; Asad’s own play, Howzat, set in Dubai, is showing at The Junction from Dec 15-17. When he’s not managing two jobs, Asad likes to chill out in Dubai. We met him at one of the city’s gorgeous beaches for this shoot. How do you feel being in the UAE has helped you build your business? The country has a growing scene that focuses both on local grassroots and international talent, which is great for me as an artist. The people of the UAE are slowly embracing the arts and supporting it. This makes for more festivals, music, theatre, art exhibitions, which have helped many explore their true calling. It’s given us a voice. What do you love most about the UAE? The diversity. Where else can you find so many different people living and working together in complete harmony? I feel at home here and encouraged to pursue my interests. What does the future hold for you? I’d like to play a pivotal role in elevating arts, entertainment and cinema both in Dubai and back home in Pakistan.