Their Story

Emirates Bride - - REAL-LIFE/WEDDING -

Sanober Bho­jani first met Zaamin So­mani when she was just 17 and ap­ply­ing to in­tern at a bank in Dubai. “It’s a bit like a movie,” she says. “He was 20 and al­ready work­ing there. He saw me while I was wait­ing my turn to be in­ter­viewed.” Be­fore even speak­ing to her, Zaamin con­fi­dently told col­leagues that she was the woman that he was go­ing to marry.

But it didn’t hap­pen so quickly. “I did end up get­ting the job, and we be­came friends,” says Sanober. “But we were young, and I had so much on my bucket list that I never re­ally thought of him in a ro­man­tic way, and he never ac­tu­ally said any­thing.” Over the years, the two kept in touch and there were signs that he was smit­ten. “I had a bak­ing stall at the Dubai Ladies Club, and he sent his friends to buy ev­ery­thing.” But still she ad­mits: “I had no idea that he was ro­man­ti­cally in­ter­ested or that I would be his wife some­day.”

Nine years later, Zaamin fi­nally sum­moned the courage to ask Sanober out. “We met for shee­sha and hit it off. He wasn’t a boy and he re­ally knew what he wanted. There was no turn­ing back for me from there,” says Sanober. “Within three months we were en­gaged.”

Zaamin for­mally asked his fu­ture bride’s fa­ther for her hand in mar­riage. When her fa­ther gave her his stamp of ap­proval, the groom-to-be bought her a di­a­mond heart pen­dant to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The two cel­e­brated their en­gage­ment with a for­mal tra­di­tional cer­e­mony with both their fam­i­lies. But they did get time to them­selves. “He whisked me off for an in­ti­mate pic­nic on the beach at 1am,” says Zaamin.

Hav­ing waited nine years to fi­nally make of­fi­cial what Zaamin al­ways knew, the cou­ple de­cided to get mar­ried within the year. “We in­cor­po­rated a lot of tra­di­tions,” says Sanober, de­scrib­ing the week­long cel­e­bra­tion, which in­cluded two big events, a colourful henna cer­e­mony, or mehndi, and a more for­mal wed­ding re­cep­tion.

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