Nadiya Albishchenko is a UAE-based entrepreneur.
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DUBAI – She has a degree in Business Management, a master’s degree in International Business, an advanced diploma in Marketing and a degree in Genetic Engineering, but now entrepreneur Nadiya Albishchenko is eyeing another feather to her cap: to win in Being She, a UAE beauty pageant and international platform for women empowerment.
The 37-year-old Ukranian business owner of INAS Exim recently sat down with Expatmedia.net for an interview at our Downtown Dubai office. Watch the video
Albishchenko, a mother of two, told Expatmedia.net she hopes her experience in Dubai will help inspire people.
“I sent my application just out of curiousity and never expected I would be selected as a finalist for Being She,” she said. Albishchenko is competing against 17 other women in the pageant which will be held on November 20 at Sofitel the Palm, Dubai. Being She is founded by Mrs. India Globe 2018 winner Aparna Bhajpai.
Albishchenko is no stranger to taking bold steps in life. She was 24 when she first arrived in Dubai nearly 15 years ago. The self-proclaimed provincial girl said she brought nothing but big dreams when she arrived in the emirate.
“I came here to look for opportunities because all my life I dreamt of big things. I want to have a big car. I want to have a big house. I want to live in a nice place. And it was like Dubai was the place for dreams. In fact, I fell in love with Dubai,” she said.
The hopeful dreamer wasted no time going on a job hunt.
“That time I was reading the newspaper for job postings every day. The newspaper cost Dh2. That time there was no smartphone, no social media, so I was going to the internet café to post my CV,” she said.
With her towering height and determination, Albishchenko found a job right away. She first worked in a tourism agency before moving to a trading company as a sales agent.
“I struggled a lot. Travelled by bus. Travelled by carlift until I got my driving license. Can you imagine doing sales and traveling by public transport?” she said with a grin.
Then she found an opportunity to work for a multinational company that inspired her to put up her own business.
All the while, Albishchenko was working on improving her English communication skills and getting a degree.
“When I arrived here my skills were very minimal. I couldn’t write business letters in English, so I decided to study while working. I also had a passion for Genetic Engineering and pursued my education for it. It helped me develop myself and move forward,” she said.
She worked during the day and studied at night. Commuting from Sharjah where she lived in an apartment that she could afford while working in Dubai. “The long commute was a challenge specially at times when I did my educational assignments until 3am,” she said.
“It was hard. Sometimes, I would park my car and catch a nap for a few minutes,” she said.
Albishchenko said all her hard work paid off. She now enjoys managing her growing business in Dubai but still aims for the stars!
“You have to always be positive in your life. We have a proverb in my country that says if you need something, space is not the limit,” she said.
She hopes to make it through Being She and promote her advocacy of a “cleaner planet and equal Earth”. PIA/Expat Media
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