My name is Aileen Mc Alister, and I am 28 years old. I come from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim which is a small town inland from the North Coast of Ireland. My mum is from Glencolumbcille Gaeltacht Co. Donegal, and I fondly spend the holidays visiting my grandparents and relations there. I am so pleased and privileged to represent Dubai, UAE in the Rose of Tralee Festival 2022. I moved to Dubai in August 2019, as a primary teacher happily embracing every opportunity that comes my way. I have a passion for connecting others through my love of Irish dancing, music and exercise. I bring a taste of home to Dubai and have grown a community by introducing an Irish Dance fitness class called ‘ReelRobics’ to the UAE. I love helping others and was fortunate to lead Living Youth Teams on humanitarian trips to Ethiopia and Romania on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, both unique yet unforgettable experiences. I hope to revisit these projects again one day. I have lots of interests such as netball, boxing, Gaelic football, travelling, singing and playing music.