Al Anoud Ghazzawi is from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Married at 17, she says it was young but good because she got to experience life at a very young age. Al Anoud has four children which “is the best thing to ever happen to me. All of them are my best friends.”

Al Anoud studied and lived in the US – where her mother is from – and she had three of her children there. Stays in Saudi and London followed, before she settled here in Dubai.

“I chose Dubai [for my children] because it will give them more of a chance to explore themselves, yet keep some of the culture of where we’re from”, says Al Anoud. “It’s so good to know your kid can go out and it’s safe. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made, Dubai has developed them to what they want to be. I’m very grateful.”

Find out more about being a mother, a Saudi woman and raising a family in the UAE in today’s episode of Hi Dubai – and discover Al Anoud’s career as a fashion designer here in the emirates too.