Beachroad Magazine meet up with Brocanteur Jerome Dhulst who lives in Jumeirah 3 "I love the easy & quick access to the beach…and fresher air than in the desert"! This area is bustling with great places to eat, drink and shop.. We go to the French Bakery on the corner of Um al Sheif Steet and Beach Road.., Maria Bonita for tapas and Hampton's for the view and the British ambience, Seaview to feel like we are in the Mediterranean Sea side, …Bait al Bahar to get an espresso on the beach and Bikers Cafe for a breakfast with the kids, and so many other spots…
NAME? // Jerome Dhulst.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // I Sold cars, trucks, bulldozers & motorcycles in Burkina Faso Africa.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // I am a "Brocanteur" as French people says… Antique dealer my dear.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Severine my girlfriend.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Lack of water.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // At 3 years old sitting at a bar corner on a boat cruise with my parents! Sipping a strawberry sirup lemonade.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Mother Teresa because I will never be able to catch up with even a small percentage of her huge humanity power! Spreading love, compassion & courage all over…and dedicating her entire life to help others without expecting anything in return.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A beautiful painting done by special needs people that I bought from a gallery in Al Fahidi area in Bur Dubai….and offer to my sunny Valentine, Severine.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // If I was 80 years old my children would be not less than 48years old!!! So I would advise them to keep working hard to pay their father pension so he can enjoy drinking good wine on a sunny afternoon in his old barn south of France.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Selfish attitude.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Inappropriate Superiority!
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Jack Nicholson 20 years ago.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Jazz.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Compay Secundo, Cuban Afro music.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Penthouse Magazine and since I cannot find it in UAE, I guess one of my favourite is "The White Tiger"
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // "OSWALD my Uncle" from Roald Dahl.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Paragliding accident! Motorbike accident! A Ski fall when I was young …and so on and so far.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // On a regular base, Linchere, a three inhabitants hamlet lost in Ardèche, South of France! And on a professional side, Jodhpur, the blue city in Rajasthan.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Dubai Mall.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Reading books and listening to cool jazz sipping a glass of wine, my girl close to me…but not too close.
WHY DUBAI? // Because I felt more freedom here when I decided to settle down 12 years ago.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // No.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Both independently, but preference for the magnificent of the dunes.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural spirit in a urban environment.
CATS OR DOGS? // None.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Americano in the morning, expresso after lunch and Chai at tea time.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Faces sometimes, politics all the time!
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Hungry children.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Eat when you are hungry! No just kidding…. Believe in what make you feel really good.