The recent rise in prominence of Abu Dhabi and its growing status as an international finance hub will not diminish Dubai, Lord says. “Essentially they both need each other. Dubai is more well known because of its glitz and glamour. But, putting it crudely, Abu Dhabi has the money.
“From a regulatory and financial services perspective we have definitely seen Abu Dhabi trying to flex its muscles during the past couple of years. But until there is a more joined-up approach to regulation and licensing, I think they are going to continue to co-exist.
“With all of the development that both emirates are putting in, and Dubai airport sitting right between them, it will probably be all merged into one in 15 or 20 years’ time,” Lord says.
Far from letting the grass grow under her feet, Lord is already planning her next challenge to raise more money for charity, with skiing the equivalent of a marathon possibly on the cards in the next couple of years.
Lord says: “Personal fitness is very important to me. It is not only about finding a work/life balance with the children but also about making sure that I have got plenty of time for my own fitness.
“I really do believe that a healthy mind helps productivity.”