Credit By: Khaleej Times
In the vibrant culinary landscape of Dubai, Nadia Shah has emerged as a notable figure, leaving an indelible mark with her venture, Drip Burgers. Hailing from Irish and Pakistani descent and with a background in art, Nadia’s journey into the culinary world was inspired by a quest for a specialty burger that aligned with her discerning taste. The story unfolds as Nadia transforms a casual craving into a thriving business venture.
1. The Burger Epiphany at Mall of the Emirates
Nadia’s Culinary Background:
Growing up in Ireland with a palate attuned to handcrafted burgers, Nadia found the fast-food options in Dubai needed improvement. This realization sparked the idea for a specialty burger joint that could capture the essence of the handcrafted burgers she cherished.
The Midnight Revelation:
Unable to shake off the idea, Nadia, of Irish and Pakistani descent, had a midnight epiphany, leading her to jot down a logo and a name for what would later become Drip Burgers.
2. Entrepreneurial Spirit in Challenging Times
Amid the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nadia and her business partner seized the opportunity to experiment with recipes and techniques from a ghost kitchen in Arjan, Barsha. The absence of dine-in customers allowed them to refine their offerings.
With an art degree, Nadia merged her creative experimentation with entrepreneurial instincts, giving birth to Drip Burgers in the summer of 2021.
3. Motherhood and Professional Resilience
Running Drip Burgers full-time, Nadia faced the added challenge of motherhood, becoming pregnant during the venture’s early days.
Resilience and Perseverance:
Despite skepticism and caution from some, Nadia’s resilience and composure shone through. She attended events just days before giving birth, embodying a mindset that defied conventional expectations.
4. Lessons from Childhood and Personal Success
Nadia attributes her entrepreneurial spirit to her father, a successful entrepreneur, and her independence to her mother, who instilled the value of earning one’s own money.
Experiences of alternating between affluent living with her father and modest circumstances with her mother shaped Nadia’s understanding that her success was to be self-earned.
5. Drip Burgers: Voted the ‘Best Burger’ in UAE
In February 2023, Drip Burgers clinched the ‘Best Burger’ title in the UAE through a radio show vote, showcasing the establishment’s popularity and the community’s support.
6. Community Engagement and Support
Nadia is dedicated to giving back to the community by hosting events for other food and beverage businesses, creating a supportive network.
Collaborations and Vision:
Collaborating with organizations like WCGA (Women’s Career Goals and Aspirations), Nadia aims to build a community where ideas are shared, networks are formed, and mutual support thrives.
Nadia Shah’s journey from a casual craving at a mall to the creator of the ‘Best Burger’ in the UAE exemplifies resilience, creativity, and a commitment to culinary community-building.
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