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Sasha Ray has made quite a bit out of her time on this earth. Singer, model, restaurateur and entrepreneur Sasha Ray has worked her way from Ukraine to Dubai, founding a series of successful businesses and brands along the way. Now based in the city of Dubai, Sasha hopes to leverage her influencer status while revamping successful ventures in music and hospitality.
Sasha’s journey began soon after she finished her first Master’s degree in international business in Kiev National Economic University. Discovering her passion in hospitality, the young entrepreneur decided to pursue a second Master’s degree and traveled abroad to study luxury management at the EM Lyon Business school and at the Institute Paul Bocuse and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. She also completed a semester in China East Normal University, before pursuing internships in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, including the Burj Al Arab and London’s Berkeley Hotel.
Now, however, Sasha’s career has expanded far past her early dreams of being a singer. Soon after completing her second Master’s degree in hospitality, Sasha moved to Dubai to pursue her passion for business full-time. It was in Dubai that Sasha created her first restaurant brand, Vesna (which translates to “Spring”). The restaurant blended Ukrainian, Russian, and contemporary themes, offering a full service of amazing food and entertainment. Catering to travelers from the former Soviet bloc and locals alike, Vesna was one of the first restaurants in Dubai with karaoke.
Maison Rouge proved to be a huge success and has since brought Sasha a huge amount of influence and followers in the Russian and Ukrainian media, as well as internationally. Sasha now considers herself a full-time influencer, as well as entrepreneur. Being involved in such a highly social business helped her build up a social media following of at least 1.5 million and she now works with some of the top brands worldwide and is often invited to highly rated events.
Sasha keeps her future plans largely shrouded in mystery, although she has alluded to “future pursuits in the fashion industry, as well as new music releases and other developments within my music project.” For the time being, however, Ukraine’s woman in Dubai offers this bit of advice to hopeful entrepreneurs: “Be curious! Learn as much as you can, talk to people, meet new people, build right connections. If you are willing to build partnerships for your business you are willing to succeed!”