Hot 100 2011 - Leena Alsulaiman and Zainab Alsalih
It’s quite unusual to mix business with friendship, but for this mother-of-three, who set up the successful wedding planners, Carousel, with her best friend Zainab, there’s always an exception to the rule.
“We started working together on high profile events for the likes of Italian luxury brand, Poltrana Frau and the launch of Trump Towers Dubai for Donald Trump, then we were approached by a bride to do her wedding and we’ve never looked back.”
Leena (bottom) arrived in Dubai 10 years ago and hopes to build on Carousel’s success even further. “We love educating brides in how we can assist them in making their special day totally stress and glitch free.” And with a diary already booked up for 2011, Leena admits there’s more reward in creating the beautiful events then taking home the pay cheque. “Whoopi Goldberg once said, ‘I use my imagination to make the grass whatever colour I want it to be’… and that’s what I believe.”
Like her best friend Leena, Zainab is also a mother-of-three and possesses a great passion for life, beauty and a deep desire to give brides their best memories ever.
“Dubai has become such a great place to have amazing weddings. The hotels, the beaches, the weather and the quality of services are truly world class,” says Zainab (top) who relishes in the role she’s “always ever wanted.”
“Being a wedding planner allows me to combine my artistic falir along with my ability to make people feel at ease. The biggest challenge is balancing my duties as a mother and wife, with the demands of what I do.”
Having spent 22 years in Dubai, Zainab is very much at home in the UAE sands and cannot wait to continue creating beautiful events in the country in 2011 – “My goal is to create 12 memorable weddings with passion, persistence and performance.”