Fuad & Aisha Nazim (In­dian & Cana­dian)

Khaleej Times - City Times - - COVER - As told to Maán Jalal (maan@khalee­j­times.com)

‘Love is not an on and off switch. Love is some­thing that grows every day you are to­gether’

“We met in De­cem­ber 2006, sur­pris­ingly at 360 – Jumeirah Beach Ho­tel (my favourite hang­out dur­ing those years). Aisha had just moved to Dubai a cou­ple of months ear­lier from Canada, and I moved back to Dubai dur­ing the sum­mer of ’06.

Con­sid­er­ing the fact that we got mar­ried in six months, I would say that Dubai has played a spe­cial part in our story. My whole fam­ily lives here, so it was easy to in­tro­duce Aisha to all of them. Dubai is a very cos­mopoli­tan city, and it’s easy to be a new­comer here. The jit­ters of a new re­la­tion­ship were ironed out by hang­ing out in dif­fer­ent places in Dubai, get­ting reac­quainted with old friends, and mak­ing new ones too. Dubai is a melt­ing pot of East meets West, and now with four kids, its hon­estly the best place to raise a fam­ily. Pier Chic in Al Qasr is a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial place for us as that’s where we had our first date. Love is not an on and off switch. Love is some­thing that grows every day you are to­gether. Af­ter al­most 11 years of mar­riage and four amaz­ing kids, love is some­thing that you can just be your­self with your other half. Aisha and I are ex­act op­po­sites and I think that’s the strength of our re­la­tion­ship.

We’ve made a pact that we’d spend Valen­tine’s day with our kids at their favourite res­tau­rant, Farzi Café at City Walk. We couldn’t have it any other way.”

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