It was 18 years ago that Julie Richards stepped into an Abu Dhabi classroom. Since then she has won accolades for her work at the blackboard and in the boardroom. Plaudits from those in the UAE have been matched by an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List. Laura Collins reports.
Eighteen years ago Julie Richards stepped off a flight from London into an Abu Dhabi night.
Barely six hours later she was standing in the front room of a converted villa. Behind her was a blackboard and some chalk; before her a class of 20 boys – some Emirati, some Syrian, some Egyptian.