The opportunity for our clients is enormous, but it doesn't happen by magic. Meet the hard-working, professional and innovative team behind Sama Sama!


Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Catherine Ridley ACA, Founder & CEO

Catherine moved to Dubai over two years ago from working as a Associate Chartered Accountant and Project Manager in London.

She has had over ten years' experience working in multinational organisations across London and Europe, five of which have been focused within the Hospitality and Leisure industries.

Catherine's favourite things about Dubai are the long desert roads, the view from her balcony, and the Creek at sunset.


Dannika Mananquil, Operations Manager

Dannika is our Sama Sama ninja. She joins the team with an extensive background in customer service and operations. She is young, but she is a rock star, and will have a really bright future with the company.

Dani's role includes building and maintaining excellent relationships with our guests, organising reservations across our portfolio, and generally being all over everything.

The things Dani loves the most about Dubai are the beaches, the diversity and the scenic views wherever you go.


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Jhesselle Amaya, Guest Relations

Jhesselle is our Hostess with the Mostess, and leads the Guest Relations team. She represents Sama Sama to our network of global visitors and delivers on our promises to ensure they have a relaxing and enjoyable time while staying in our properties.

She has been working on office clerical occupation, customer relations and information technology.

What Jhesselle likes the most about Dubai are the beaches, parks, unique architecture, business industry and impressive innovations.


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Lyn Fransisco, Admin Support

Lyn plays a key support role within Sama Sama and her contribution to the success of the business is growing day by day. Working remotely from Abu Dhabi, she performs critical daily, weekly and monthly tasks, and one-off projects.

Lyn holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering and is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Lyn’s favourite things about Dubai are the exquisite beaches, stunning marinas and sunset cocktails.


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Sarah Evans, Photographer

Sarah is Sama Sama's official photographer, and works her magic to showcase our beautiful properties to our fabulous guests. 

She has been based in Dubai for ten years, and her wide range of photography skills have allowed her to turn her passion into a profession. 

The things that Sarah loves the most about Dubai are the beautiful architecture, shopping malls and the diverse opportunities it provides.