Ms. Ashley, 28, converted in 2007 after she noticed her colleagues praying at work and began to ask questions about Islam.
One of her co-workers told her to Google the most influential person in the world, and the search results came back with pages on the Prophet Mohammed.
"I am spending Eid with Muslim girlfriends, taking a road trip or traveling somewhere," says Ms. Ashley, who works for the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and volunteers for the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund.
Growing up in a ski resort town in Canada meant she had little knowledge of Islam before she arrived in Dubai in 2006.
"Many thought I was crazy because they had negative images of the Middle East but I didn't listen," Ms. Ashley says.
"Islam is a simple way of life for all mankind and not just for Arabs. I want people to know how wonderfully women are treated and many other positive things."