DUBAI EXPAT STORIES. Acaiholic? Ask Marcio Saboya about it!

Marcio Saboya, who worked as cabin crew at Emirates Airlines for more than six, prior of which he worked as waiter at a cruise ship, finally called it quits and opened The Acai Spot which offers food creations from the açai berry,  an inch-long, reddish and purple fruit. 

It comes from the açai palm (Euterpe Oleracea), which is a native tree from the Amazon Forest in Brazil. Açai, which grows in most parts of the Amazon,  has incredible health benefits, too.

“As CEO, I love working in Dubai because it is a safe place. I came from a country where you sometimes have security issues when you’re having a business. Here in Dubai, you won’t have that,” Marcio said.

“It’s a hub as well. Since you’re in Dubai, it is very ease for you to go to different countries.”

Which explains why The Acai Spot has branches in Kuwait and Hungary.

Asked what made him decide to open the restaurant, Marcio said: “I love acai. It’s a Brazilian thing. So, I struck the idea: Why don’t we open n acai place in Dubai? So, I started studying and saving money. It took nearly two years to come up with the business which was launched in 2015.”

“It’s a lot of commitment. In life, you have got to keep moving on. If you don’t do something, you are going to fall behind. I had no business background. I don’t have people to ask about how things are done. It was all about me researching, trying and learning, and it’s quite hard. You go through difficult times,” he said.

“And thank God, it’s been six years and we grew. I am happy to say that we’ve succeeded and we are opening in different countries as well.”

The Acai Spot is in Deira City Centre, DIFC, Dubai Marina, Me’aisem City Centre, Mirdiff City Centre, Sharjah and Umm Suqiem.


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