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A day in the life of Dounia Fadi

Spending a day with Dounia Fadi, the Managing Director of eXp Realty - an inspiring female in MENA real estate.

Asking Dounia about her career, life in Dubai and the launch of CityscapeWIRE.


Interviewer: Let’s get straight to it.

Interviewer: What gets you out of bed every morning?

Dounia: My kids and my passion for what I am doing.

Interviewer: One thing you do every morning.

Dounia: Coffee, every morning. No fail.

Interviewer: How do you start your day?

Dounia: With a great positive mindset and excitement for CityscapeWIRE.

Interviewer: What is your go to place for external meeting?

Dounia: I love many places in Dubai, but definitely DIFC is my number one.

Interviewer: What do you always have in your office bag?

Dounia: Notebook and a pen because I love taking notes.

Interviewer: What’s been taking up your days lately?

Dounia: My little one definitely and preparations for launching of the CityscapeWIRE and EXP Dubai coming soon.

Interviewer: What is number one thing that people can learn from you?

Dounia: That if I can do it, they can do it too.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to someone intimidated by the industry?

Dounia: Educate yourself and associate yourself with the right people to be able to succeed.

Interviewer: What was your first job?

Dounia: My first paid job was a consultant. Property consultants in the real estate.

Interviewer: Hey, what makes you happiest these days?

Dounia: Seeing my kids healthy and happy and succeeding in what I do. And my coffee!

Interviewer: What did you want to be growing up?

Dounia: Ah..wanted to become a pilot.

Interviewer: What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Dounia: Have fun because life gets serious in your 20s and 30s and God knows what happens after that.

Interviewer: What’s your favorite place to visit in the world?

Dounia: New York city. I love it.

Interviewer: Your must-see place in Dubai?

Dounia: When you come to Dubai you must visit old Dubai and specifically Al Bastakia.

Interviewer: Downtown or Marina?

Dounia: Marina

Interviewer: Your favorite landmark in Dubai?

Dounia: Museum of the Future.

Interviewer: And how would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Dounia: Hardworking, relentless and determined.

Interviewer: One thing you can’t live without?

Dounia: My kids. The only thing that matters in this life.

Interviewer: What do you have left on your bucket list?

Dounia: So many things, because having to run a business, take care of three kids and have a life it takes time to finish your bucket list.

Interviewer: If you had any superpower what it would be?

Dounia: Read minds, that will be great.

Interviewer: Tea or Coffee?

Dounia: Definitely coffee, no questions.

Interviewer: All-time favorite meal.

Dounia: Pepper clams from aprons and hammers specifically.

Interviewer: What ae you most excited about with CityscapeWIRE?

Dounia: Starting this initiative means a lot to me because having spent 18 years in this industry I think it’s about time we start giving back to the next wave of real estate female leaders.

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