As part of The Huntr’s larger #ThePeopleOfTheUAE storytelling series, this month we bring 5 fresh faces who all share one common theme: They are creative hustlers. Meet our special segment: #TheCreativesOfTheUAE.
In the last five years or so, Dubai and the UAE’s cultural and creative scene has changed and grown at a staggering rate. There are
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Akira Kyle Micu, Filmmaker
Akira Kyle, the moniker he goes by, is an 18-year-old freelance filmmaker and creative director. Born in the Philippines and raised in Dubai, he says “I’ve been here, pretty much all my life. I’ve seen the city grow.”
He takes a lot of inspiration from Nowness and the various other creative platforms online, “I try to emulate it and add a few touches, in order for it to be called my own.” Inspired by the fast-paced nature of the city, Akira develops his creativity and personal growth by “staying true to my own roots, adjusting with the times, sticking to my own own style, and keep creating.” For him, being a creative means “self-expression because it’s very liberating. It’s an escape.“
He speaks fondly of his filmmaking heroes and inspirations, his top three are “David Ayer, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson,” he’d also love to have dinner with “Tupac, Chris Paul, and Virgil Abloh.”
You can usually find Akira hanging around the Dubai Design District (d3) – he likes to get coffee from General 3am, Starbucks, and Frame. When eating out, he likes to explore the cafeterias in Satwa or Deira, otherwise, he picks up food from fast-food chains as his go-to. For leisure, he plays basketball: “The best place to play, in my opinion, is in JBR but most people would say Satwa or the hard streets, but I’m not into that.“
Find Akira on Instagram @akira.kyle
Dee Mohamud, Content Creator
Dee Mohamud is a Somali model, content creator, and YouTuber. Gracing fashion events with her unique style and actively posting collaborations, outfits, beauty looks on her Instagram, Dee aims to stand out from the crowd.
Born and raised in Dubai, she treats the city as her playground. On the daily, Dee manages a few brands’ social media accounts. Her love for creating content “Initially started with my love for fashion, so I would research inspiration and ideas from magazines and Instagram and eventually make my own.”
The internet, as we know, offers a plethora of inspiration and this Instagram-savvy millennial’s creative ideas are “inspired by the creatives in London, Japan, and Europe. And then I add my own Afro-Arab flavour.” Through Instagram, Dee met her first client. Their collaboration then sparked many other opportunities, which led to her quitting her corporate job as a social media manager.
“Being a creative means stepping out of the box and standing for something. You cannot just create pretty things, you have to send out a message and be passionate about it.” The greatest advice that Dee would give to her fellow creatives is: “don’t be hard on yourself.“
As a freelancer, she likes working from Le Pain Quotidien — where she orders breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more casual lunches, she goes to Operation Falafel. During her
Find Dee on Instagram @deemohamud
Gweys Soriano, Fashion Stylist
Gweys Soriano is a Filipina, a mother, and a self-proclaimed “crazy fashion stylist.”
Prior to living in Dubai, she was based in the U.S. while working as a port shopping ambassador. “I used to travel to different countries to look for pieces for guests.” It has been four years since she arrived in the Emirate and her first job was a personal assistant to
Find Gweys on Instagram @gweyssoriano
Hasoon, Fashion Designer
Fashion designer Hasoon’s most recent exhibition was held under the wing of General
The inspiration traced back to a conversation with a friend, who told him that: “deconstruction is art itself, so you don’t have to show only your clothes.“
Pakistani Hasoon has only visited Pakistan “once, seven years ago.” His family came to Dubai 50 years ago: “My dad tried to find work in a garage, and then eventually he opened his own garage.” The family settled in and he is now accustomed to calling Dubai his home.
It’s been a year and a half since he started designing clothes, which he sells on Instagram and at General 3am in d3. Some days, he does freelance “promotion and stuff.” And in the long run, he dreams of going to university and studying fashion design.
Find Hasoon on Instagram @itsmehasoon
Moylin Yuan, Artist and Graphic Designer
Moylin was “born a free baby in Dubai,” and has been living in the city all her life. She doesn’t really go anywhere specific for inspiration: “If I feel a block coming on, I switch projects or change the music or go for an aimless walk around. Or water my recently acquired plants.”
When asked who she admires the most, she said she has massive respect for her parents “who are always juggling, with no end in sight.” They always told her to “never assume – golden life-saving advice.”
Find Moylin on Instagram @thisismoy
Romina Chiara Torres, Digital Marketer and Fashion Entrepreneur
Born and raised in Australia, Romina found herself moving to Dubai half a decade ago, after working on music and other creative pursuits in the UK. She travelled to the UAE to work as a digital marketer: “I’m a marketer at heart that just loves music, fashion, and culture.”
A year ago, during a mundane day at work, she found herself “looking for a shirt to buy at a decent price, but I couldn’t find anything. I was pretty much broke and I’m like: ‘That’s it! I’m going to create my own brand and it’s going to be affordable and cool.’” And what started with a simple thought grew to become Romina’s latest passion project.
Named ‘Broke Club Official‘, Romina’s first collection features streetwear staples such as caps, hoodies, shirts, and windbreakers, aptly titled and dedicated to the “Grindin’ Class,” which are available at General
Romina works in d3 and finds comfort in rotating favourites such as “having coffee at General
When asked what being
Find Romina on Instagram @rominathefirst
Photography and interviews by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr