Hot 100 2011 - Accalia Hipwood Clarke and Florian Mandet

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Hot 100 2011 - Accalia Hipwood Clarke and Florian Mandet
Accalia Hipwood Clarke and Florian Mandet

I’ve always loved William W Purkey’s quote: ‘You’ve gotta dance like no one’s watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s no one listening and live like it’s heaven on earth,’” says the chilled but cheeky Accalia who is best known for presenting Radio 2’s hit morning show.

Having come to Dubai four years ago with her husband Oliver, Accalia admits that some people get the wrong idea about the region. “People think that’s it’s really strict with no tolerance. We all need to spread the word that it’s really not like that here… oh, and the fact that we don’t all live in tents and ride camels to work!”

And Accalia’s colleague Florian, who is producer and presenter of The One Breakfast Show on Radio 1, couldn’t agree more. “I came to Dubai six years ago and people were asking me if I had running water

For this young 21-year-old Frenchman, Dubai is the land of opportunity, especially where work is concerned. Up at 4am everyday to present the breakfast show, he also is fully immersed in his role as a producer. “I’ve been so lucky. It’s such an interesting job and so much fun. Even though I’m up at the crack of dawn, the job gives me so much energy.” And despite his early start, Florian says his perfect day would end “with a perfect UAE night in the middle of the desert, lying on the warm sand, feeling the cool wind and watching the incredible starlit sky.”