In 2016, we entertained many heads of state and celebrities at my resort, Zaya Nurai Island and we expanded the brand to open Zaya Early Learning, a Waldorf Education-inspired nursery, in Dubai.
I think my secret weapon is the support of my husband, Kabir – he’s my rock. I’ve also been spending more time tuning-in to my female energy. I’ve found this makes success flow a lot better than pushing things, which is much more of a male approach.
Above all, I’m a mother but also I run Zaya, so I’m a developer, a hotelier and more recently, an educator. We’re currently working on a new development, Zaya Hameni in Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai.
Remember that everyone is human and making mistakes is part of the path to success, so don’t be afraid to try. Mentoring my staff is so rewarding; I’ve enjoyed watching as my management team has become more empowered.