Rena Rza­yeva & Rui Martins (Azer­bai­jani & Por­tuguese)

Khaleej Times - City Times - - COVER - As told to Michael Gomes (michael@khalee­j­times.com)

“We first met in Dubai in 2002 at the French Con­nec­tion Cafe on Sheikh Zayed Road and now we are cel­e­brat­ing our 15th wed­ding an­niver­sary next month! We were in­tro­duced to each other by a com­mon friend and what started as a nor­mal meet­ing led to a solid bond that cul­mi­nated in us tak­ing our mar­riage vows. Be­fore com­ing to Dubai we had never ever met any­one from each other’s re­spec­tive coun­tries be­fore, so it seems that Dubai, in some ways, played cupid for us! We don’t think we would have met each other if it wasn’t for Dubai.

Among the things that we love to do in the city is to go to Jumeirah Beach be­cause this place holds many sweet mem­o­ries for us and we also take our 7-year-old son, Ti­ago, who was born in Dubai, along with us to share those pleas­ant mem­o­ries. We also like to visit a shawarma joint in Satwa which used to be a reg­u­lar hang­out for us. It’s called Al Mal­lah. And once in a while, we also take an abra ride across the Dubai Creek to the Spice Mar­ket.

Love means dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but for us, it’s about two souls trust­ing each other, it’s about a long life jour­ney filled with lots of ad­ven­tures that is fun to ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether.

This Valen­tine’s Day we plan to cel­e­brate at home. Rui is threat­en­ing to cook a ro­man­tic din­ner! Hope­fully, we will not have to call the fire­fight­ers or or­der din­ner from a res­tau­rant!”

‘Dubai played cupid for us’

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