About Us


Catherine Ridley,  ACA
CEO and Founder

Passionate about traveling, the move to Dubai and the starting up of a homes company was a natural fit. Catherine Ridley is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Deloitte in London.

Since then she has spent her career in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Leisure sectors and has had a number of varying roles in companies that have varied from start-ups to FTSE 100s.

As well as Dubai she has lived and worked in London, Paris, Egypt and Switzerland. She speaks French and can get by in Spanish.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Catherine’s hobbies include diving, windsurfing, sailing, skiing, photography, exploring, music and reading. She is an avid environmentalist, a Dive Master and a Windsurf Instructor.



Dannika Mananquil
Operations Manager

Dannika joins the team with an extensive background in customer service and operations. She is young, but she is a rock star, and is the eyes and ears of the business on the field.

Danni’s role includes overseeing all operations including monitoring all guest stays, managing the partners who support us, and maintaining excellent relationships with our property owners.

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



Leizyl Postrero
Guest Relations Executive

Leizyl is the walking talking brand representative of Sama Sama. In her current role, she is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure our customers’ needs are met by understanding their requirements so that our guests have a memorable stay in our properties.

She comes with immense customer service experience with lead roles in domain expertise within the e-commerce industry.

Leizyl loves Dubai for the immaculate architectural beauty and serenity it offers to people from across the globe and the opportunity it offers to connect with people from all walks of life.



Sheen Salcedo
Office Chief

With over ten years of work experience in business administration, customer service and operations, Sheen plays a key role in maintaining order at our HQ.

With strong attention to detail and exceptional organisation skills, she keeps the team in check and ensures we operate effectively and efficiently everyday.

Sheen loves Dubai’s diversity, security, vast infrastructures, the laid-back coastal vibe and the idea that in Dubai, anything is possible.




Sarah Evans

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.




Gilda Castro Rios
Graphic Designer

Gilda is an experienced Art Director with over twelve years’ experience of working in both corporate and freelance environments, often managing multiple different brands and projects simultaneously.

At Sama Sama, Gilda ensures that the style of our communication matches the strong and trustworthy brand we work hard to promote. Originally from Perú, she has been living and working in Dubai for nine years in different areas of design such as editorial, museums spaces, packaging and websites.



Sandy Norman
Interior Designer



Ashwini Gogate


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