I’ve met Omaira at lots of events and really warmed to her colourful, warm energy. She’s always stylish and clearly enjoys fashion and socialising, especially supporting other women in Dubai. Emiratii, but California born and raised, the mum of three girls has a contagious energy that’s won her many friends all over her family’s home land.
But it has been utilising her PHD and US criminology background, working with the UAE police and other government organisations for sixteen years and the Emiratisation support and coaching consultancy she subsequently established in 2011, that has won her respect throughout the UAE’s public private sector.
Her home truly reflects her sunny disposition and is a riot of colour and interior styles. It’s eclectic and inventive - particularly where her three daughters are concerned. Their pink dorm like bedroom, complete with a trio of shower cubicles and a play room with bespoke house shaped toy cabinets are scenes to behold. Bathrooms are decorated with lovingly edited tile collections from Global Village and suitcase drawer cabinets. The kitchen is a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll as red as I've seen.
Omaira’s giggly sense of humour and joie de vivre, might bely her strength. The Professer's (!) previous career in criminology points to her substance and guts. And Omaira has had challenging personal times, which she’s also conquered, including leaving her first husband whilst pregnant with her third daughter (Sara 6) and raising toddler twins (Alia and Iman 7).
It’s not something she talks about often, but she’s also not afraid to discuss some of fear-mongering resistance from more traditional sides of the family she experienced, how proud she obviously is for making the right call for the whole family and how happy she is with her new husband.
“For myself, as a parent, I had to do what made me happy, made me sane. The children get to grow up around happy parents and step parents as a result of the move, rather than in a sad and angry household. It’s a hard call to make, but sometimes moving on is the best thing when it comes to the well being of a child in my opinion.”
On raising her girls
My girls represent a new generation of strong, increasingly independent Arab, Emiratii women. It’s crucial for me that they can live in an environment of choice. They need to be able to make the decisions based on well thought out opinions and their well being.
“I am so proud of young Emiratii women now, who are becoming respected leaders and challenging themselves physically and mentally. Campaigns like Nike Arab Women story are so inspiring and show the nation’s daughters wonderful role models.” - Omaira
“The most important thing I want the girls to learn from me is that if at first they don't succeed, they must try and try again. And then try some more.
“The worst thing I want them to ever feel is sorry for themselves. My daughters must hold their heads up high and no matter what happens to them, to keep trying again, and never feel scared about making changes.” - Omaira
On the home
“Like me, the house is definitely quirky. I’m surrounded by things I love and collect on my travels and I’m not afraid to take risks and break a few rules.
“I think our interior reflects my personality, I always try to be positive and always look on the brighter side of life. Even on days when I just can't seem to find that silver lining, I just go sit in the conservatory, stare at the sky, find my centre again and cheer up.” - Omaira
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