THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 11 Former kitchen helper now head barista of leading enterprise...

Former kitchen helper now head barista of leading enterprise in Dubai


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Marte Salagan Carlos recalled when he arrived in Dubai in March 2007 with no relatives or acquaintances. He fought alone for his destiny the way he could to survive overseas. 

Just like many overseas Filipino workers, Carlos opted to work abroad in the hope to lift his family out of poverty, thinking he’d reciprocate his parents’ sufferings. “Finding a job abroad has difficulties, it forces you to leave your comfort zone. There are many reasons why I work abroad that benefit my personal and professional career,” he said. 

He has first worked as a kitchen helper for an Italian restaurant in the emirate and as a determined individual, he was promoted as an assistant cook. Carlos, who is also a great cook, develops his talent in cooking while working in the restaurant. He also worked as a barista in a cafe inside the Dubai Mall wherein he was able to share his knowledge about the work with his colleagues. 

Several years after, after getting the right formula in life, he’s hired as the head barista of Al Abbar Enterprises wherein he’s tasked to create his own drinks recipe, among others. “I enjoy researching the latest trends and experimenting with new ideas,” he added. 

When asked about what he enjoys the most with his current job, Carlos is it’s the ability to try new ideas in a fast-paced nature, building relationships with clients to meet their objectives. 

“Dubai offers the best quality of life and job opportunities. You come across various nationalities, learn their language, culture, and religion,” he added. 

Carlos, who has been living and working abroad for 13 years now, hopes to perfect his skills as a drink specialist to create a new menu of drinks and start a business related to F&B. 

This story has been featured on the 11th issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at

The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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