Dareen Barbar is a Lebanese athlete and motivational speaker. She’s a mother-of-two and has lived in Dubai for eleven years.

“As a young couple my husband I and dreamed of a better life outside our country because Lebanon was passing through a hard time. In 2006 we decided to get married and move to Dubai and start a family here.”

“I lost my leg when I was 15 to bone cancer. It turned my life upside down. It was not easy. After I met my husband and got married and moved to Dubai I had another accident in 2013 that changed my life. I broke my hip. That’s when I decided to get fit and get real and to really love myself.”

“I tell people - be satisfied, be grateful with what you have and don’t focus on what you don’t have.”

Discover more of Dareen’s amazing journey and the people she’s helped in today’s Hi Dubai.