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Satellite Voices Worldwide: Kate Hazell

January 6, 2012

A round robin interview with our local editors pitching questions to each other from around the globe

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Meet Kate Hazell, our Dubai-based City Editor and senior fashion and beauty writer on Harpers Bazaar Arabia magazine. We asked all our editors to put their questions into the proverbial hat...

Christine Bierhals (Munich): What was the most amazing event for you personally in your city 2011?
Kate Hazell: For me it had to be Janet Jackson playing a gig just up the road in Abu Dhabi and getting the chance to do a photoshoot with her. I got to spend the day with her on the F1 track dressing her in Tom Ford - it was a dream come true. I never expected someone of her caliber to make it over here.

Emi Kameoka (Tokyo): Where is the best coffee shop in your city and why?
Kate Hazell: You can’t beat Burts Café in The Greens. They do an amazing egg-white omlette and the worn-in leather sofas and small library means you can stay there all afternoon ordering more and more tea. I find it hard to leave when I go to Burts.

Luca Lo Pinto (Rome): What are you wearing when you answer this question?
Kate Hazell: I am wearing Top Shop jeans, Monki striped tee, Maison Martin Margiela blazer, Chanel ballet pumps, and a vintage Chanel chain necklace – Dubai all over.

Nico Castro (Santiago): If someone was to come to your city for the first time, what would be the best place to start?
Kate Hazell: I’d start in old Dubai – Deira and by the Creek. Wander around the old souks and material and spice markets, get an abra across the water and dine in some delicious yet super cheap backstreet Arabic and Lebanese restaurants. Then make your way up to the high rises, mega malls and five-star beach clubs. You’ll get a good idea an how diverse and contradictory the city is.

Josh Atkin (Shanghai): What's the most spoken urban slang in your city and what does it mean?
Kate Hazell: Yalla! It means hurry up in Arabic and is very satisfying to say in an Arabic drawl.

Antonia Wille (Munich):What’s the perfect place for a first date in your city?
Kate Hazell: I’d say Smiling BKK in Jumeirah. It’s tucked away behind some residential villas and isn’t licensed but the cosy, unique restaurant (which plays 80s pop videos while you dine) does incredible Thai food for next-to-nothing and then if you decide your date is going well and they’re not a weirdo, you can go onto Sho Cho’s in Dubai Marina for some alcohol-infused dancing.

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