Rena Rzayeva & Rui Martins (Azerbaijani & Portuguese)
“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’