Hot 100 2011 - Sonal Vara Gross
If there’s one person who’s got every A-lister on speed dial, it’s Sonal. Having worked in London and New York, this ambitious powerhouse has organised partes for Missy Elliot, Usher and 50 Cent, as well as weddings for Coldplay and Bollywood actor, Fardeen Khan.
Since arriving in Dubai five years ago, Sonal’s career has been nothing short of stellar. “My first event in Dubai was a New Year’s Eve party for Mos Def at Madinat Jumeirah and my biggest accomplishment was securing legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld to design 80 exclusive homes for Isla Moda. Working with Donna Karen [who attended Sonal’s wedding] and Victoria Beckham was also very exciting.”
Just a couple of months back, Sonal took on the role of Events Manager at Meydan. “I’m working with Meydan to manage their Special Events Department. It’s a vibrant and dynamic role which will allow me to explore a whole new dimension within the incredible state-of-the-art facilities at Meydan. It’s every event planner and concert promoter’s dream. I’m so excited to enter this new chapter in my career.”
Having lived an extremely colourful life thus far, Sonal puts her biggest life lesson down to the words of Lagerfeld: “He taught me to never stop learning and absorbing the world.”