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.