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While in Dubai for the UAE’s first Arab Women Leadership Forum, 34-year-old TV-show host Muna Abu Sulayman met with Monocle for her ‘last meal’. The Saudi citizen chose Saladicious, a restaurant in the Jumeirah district.
Also known as Geppetto by the regular visitors, 56-year-old Aldo Sbruzzi not only resembles the animated character (Pinocchio’s father) for wearing his glasses at the tip of his nose but also for his kind service and paternal ways; like most of the staff at Balcão, he greets customers by name. His charm has even set off long-term relationships. “One time a client congratulated me, the guy sitting next to her agreed and thus began a conversation. Today they are married,” says Sbruzzi.
When Francis Scott Key penned the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” and coined his country as “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, he certainly hadn’t envisaged how his fellow Americans would be travelling…