Aida Al Busaidy
Posted on August 28, 2015
I had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Aida Al Busaidy. Her boys are so gorgeous mashallah!
Aida works for Dubai Tourism as Senior Communications Manager. She is also a part of the #MyDubai initiative.
Please tell us a bit about what you do?
Tell us something people don’t know about Aida?
In another universe, I would have been a singer and had 5 children (the 5 children is still attainable)
My family (always comes first)
What was your main inspiration to be a working mum?
I believe everyone has a reason to be here. Working came to be first and I saw that I was good at some things whilst developing other areas and I feel at some point I should dictate my own working hours but for now at this time in my life, I am better at being part of something larger than me and I am able to give back in so many ways so long as it doesn’t affect my time with my family and kids
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment
So many … I don’t even know where to begin or what qualifies as great because there are quite a lot.
The challenges vary from place to place and people to people.
What are the rewards?
The rewards are having a voice – a voice to speak out for what changes are needed to pave the way for a better tomorrow for other women. Young girls who will hold the positions we have and more.
Who is you biggest role model in the business world and why?
Lubna Qassim – I see her more of an unseen role model although she makes headlines but she is also a working mother and has accomplished so much. She inspires, develops and teaches.
How do you manage being a working mother and spending time with your kids & family?
It’s all about priorities -my children and my family will always be first and then everything else is secondary.
I know this is cliche but “be you” is the best advice I’ve ever received and i get it from everyone, don’t change Aida. You are unique as you are.
Watch movies, Read, Sleeping ( I need that), go out for lunches/dinners and I go boxing
And finally take me through a day in Aida’s life
My work week (Sun – Thurs) is usually comprised of waking up at 5.30/6
After work, i pick up my kids, feed them dinner, 30 minutes of play time, bathtime and then it’s sleep time by 730 pm .
Then it’s me time – I go boxing twice or 3 times a week, sometimes I just relax and watch a movie or maybe do a dinner night with friends of my husband.
Thursdays after work is my inlaws day and Friday afternoons are my family’s family day.
Weekends, I spend all day with my boys, take them for play dates. I also groom on weekends, massages, mani/pedis – my day starts at 630/7 with the kids so i fill it up and then ends by 730 with them. So I am free after that and if i haven’t had a crazy week, I’ll stay up late and watch movies, or go to the movies, dinners.
I rarely go to weddings – not my thing. I also try to experience new places or activities or new restaurants at least every week or every other week.