Tobias Gibreel

A Sudanese-German florist plants new roots in Dubai


Rima Alsammarae


Debbie Fortes


‘Ikebana? I appreciate it,’ says Tobias Gibreel, founder of Volet, a small flower shop in Dubai’s Al Wasl locality. ‘I’ve taken influences from Ikebana, like the gentile side of it.’

It’s a warm, sunny day common for the UAE, and Gibreel is sitting on the balcony of his high-rise apartment enjoying a morning cup of coffee. Behind him, leaning against the wall, a wooden plant rack provides support for a leafy vine while a pink bougainvillea in the corner flows over the edge of the glass-panelled railing. Between sips, he checks his phone for incoming orders.


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A Sudanese-German florist plants new roots in Dubai
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