Malika Nur – An Adventurous Life
By the time Malika arrived in the UAE at the age of 21, with her five-year-old son, speaking nothing but Russian and with no friends, she had already lived an adventurous life. Born in the Uzbekistan city of Bukhara, by age two, Malika’s mother took her to live in Kazan city, where she grew up. By the age of 7, she had already decided she wanted a ‘bigger’ life than the one her mother was accustomed to. “Since childhood,” says Malika, I was always looking at beautiful women and thinking they are Goddesses! Their beauty hypnotized me…” ”In Grade 3, I had a teacher, a very beautiful teacher, her eyelashes were endless. I was always looking at her and thinking ‘how can I have such lashes???’” By the age of 12, she was wearing makeup and wearing her first ‘fashionable’ clothes, including ‘bright blue leggings’. ”I remember going to school with makeup for the first time, and my teacher ordering me to come out to the front of the class where everybody could judge my appearance. And she immediately sent me to wash my face and get changed into ‘ordinary’ clothes!” But it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of this adventurous girl. By 13, she found summer work, selling, of all things, bananas. She was good at it. ”My first day of work, I made as much money as many people earned in a whole month!” she says. “I felt like I had won a million dollars, and immediately bought my first CD player.”
Three years later at just 16, Malika married the man who gave her her first job, and gave birth to her son. But married life for a young teenage girl with ambition to success wasn’t all ‘plain sailing’. With her husband spending most of the money Malika was earning in her sales jobs, she decided enough was enough. Divorce followed, and Malika made plans to get out of Russia with her son. ”My former mother-in-law helped me with the paperwork, and my son and I were on the plane to the UAE, where I had a very distant relative. No English language, no idea what it would be like, I had never fore left Russia. But I was determined to succeed. I found a job in Dubai as a cash desk clerk at Kenny Rogers’ restaurant. I did everything, cleaned floors, serve customers, ordered the staff around.” Then she met her second husband, a year older, and fell in love. “He had a dream to have his own company. And that is what he did, becoming wealthy very quickly. Faster than we could imagine. Neither of us had ever seen that much money before. But over the 6 years of our marriage, we began to grow apart. He would pray 5 times a day, while I started shopping. And partying,” says Malika. They decided it was better to live separate lives, and divorced. Malika continued partying and shopping, until one day she woke up with the realization that “…this was not the life I had dreamed of, not what I wanted my life to be.” Remembering her dreams as a young child, she decided to go into the beauty business. “I decided to open a salon, I had very clear ideas of what I wanted it to be, but I couldn’t find the right location here in Dubai. Then one day I was at dinner with friends, one of them a man called Mohammed Al Habtoor, who said “I have just the place you’re looking for Malika!” The next day, he took her to a beautiful building, it was only 800 sq ft but “…it had a beautiful terrace. I decided then and there to take it, and created my first salon with 9 beauty stations, 3 pedicure stations, 2 manicure stations, a cosmetology room, a massage room and 2 hair stations.”
With Malika’s experience in sales since the age of 13, the business grew so fast that “in 2 years we had to find bigger premises, so I started looking around.” She remembered, years before, driving down Jumeirah Beach Road and seeing a stunning villa, which with gold flowers on it. “I had a thought, what a beautiful villa”. She drove back along Jumeirah Beach Road, and there, almost miraculously, was the same villa, with a FOR RENT sign. Two months later, Malika’s Famous Day Spa opened for business in her new, magnificent premises after a complete interior makeover which has made it the most beautiful and lavishly-equipped spa in all of Dubai. Mission Above all we are committed to the care recognition to this commitment, we strive to deliver high quality, cost effective care in the community we serve. Vision To be known as Famous Beauty Salon and Spa facility that’s providing high quality, client focused employee and DR, satisfaction while being known for education, innovation and research.
- We recognize and affirm the unique and intrinsic worth of each individual.
- We treat all those we serve with compassion and kindness.
- We act with absolute honesty, integrity and fairness in the way we conduct our business and the l way we live our lives.
- We trust our colleagues as valuable member of our team and pledge to treat one another with loyalty, respect and dignity.
About the team
|KristinaHairStylistExperience 10 years, Stylist/ certified in advanced technology||MichelleEyelashTechnicianExperience 4 years, Famous Eye lashTechnician.|
|Ekaterina Body sculptingExperience 7 years,, Certified Therapist in Body sculpting||EloisaEyelash TechnicianExperience 7 years,Famous body therapist|
|LaarniNail TechnicianExperience 6 years, certified stylist / Nail Technician||AnalynFoot Spa TherapistExperience 5 years, Famous Foot spa therapist|
|Dra. MargaritaDermatologistSpecialized in Dermatovenerology, Medical Cosmetology, Laser therapy||Natalia MilnerManager 15 years of Experience in Salon and Spa Industries|
|BrendaAdministrative AssistantA top notch admin who takes her job very seriously||YuliyaFamous HairstylistYuliya has 14 years experience in Salon Industry|