Romantic tales from couples that met and fell in love in Dubai
Becky Lucas and Vinny Maddage
Ed, 29, and Sonali, 30, from Australia and the UK
Sonali: We initially met at a mutual friend’s house. We went out that night as a group to 400 Club at The Fairmont and briefly spoke. For me, it wasn’t love at first sight, though I thought he was a good person.
Ed: I had a lot of work to do before we became an item! Our friend in common left the country, so I had to create ways to see her. My most creative effort was when I offered to come to her villa to inspect a water leak.
Sonali: I was touched that he came round to help with the leak, and thought he was cute. As time went on, we became closer…
Ed: We were able to chat for hours without realising. Sonali: He proposed in the desert, one of our favourite places. Ed: Right on sunset!
Sonali: The future? We plan to stay in Dubai for a few years before moving to Sydney.
Phil, 34, and Aoife, 31, from the UK and Ireland
Phil: We met at a joint birthday party for mutual friends at The Terrace at Le Méridien Dubai in Garhoud, but were both seeing other people at the time. She certainly did catch my eye.
Aoife: I thought Phil was cute, and he impressed me with his breakdancing!
Phil: After that, we started to spend more and more time together with our group of friends.
Aoife: When we broke up with our respective partners, we were the last two standing at the party on a number of occasions. Eventually, we became an item, but it was a gradual process.
Phil: We then went on holiday to the Maldives, a year to the day that we first got together. There couldn’t have been a more beautiful location to pop the question – I had the ring engraved with the date on the inside. Luckily she said yes!
Aoife: Now we have an ongoing debate about where we’ll go after Dubai. Phil wants to return to London, whereas I ultimately want to head back to Belfast. So we’ve compromised – and agreed to settle in Belfast!
Nadim, 30, and Laura, 28, from Lebanon
Nadim: We both worked in the same advertising agency in Dubai for about two years before anything happened: the relationship really started when I moved jobs.
Laura: It was a long love at first sight.
Nadim: I was interested, but tried to play it cool. It didn’t work in my favour: I’d played it so cool that she had a terrible first impression of me – it took two years to fix.
Laura: The proposal happened two years after we’d started dating. He gave me a personalised album with all the best moments we’d shared together. At the end there was a photo of him on one knee, and the ring attached.
Nadim: I travel a lot in my current job, so any time I spend in Dubai I like to spend with her.
Laura: We’re enjoying our married life and want to discover new places together – we often think about our future together as a family.
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anjana anjane Feb 11, 2012 10:54 am
i have a story we met i a passenger transport bus- hesaw me he fell in love with me - i ignored and was living my life he proposed me i rejected him - and then after 4 years he came back in to my life in these 4yers we didn not talk to each other and we were no knowing about each other - he proposed me bavk again and at this time every thing was changed - so i agreed and we got engaged on 21 of june 2007 and got married in 10 april 2008 and now i have 2 very cute babies boy and girl - we are livigng very happy married life he loves nme a lot abnd i love him a lot
he is 31 years and i m 28 years
me Jan 23, 2012 09:04 am
lovely stories!!! i have something to sahre as i feel its right place to..
i changed my job in 2007 September and moved to other company and they send me to 1 of their branch for time being, saw one guy and felt something but i just ignored... later went back to pak(where i belong) for 15 days and I remember those beautiful n bright eyes n smile (was wondering why...) after i back life was normal n i can see that guy approach me, he from Syria at first he thought I’m from his country
later after month I move to other branch n he changed his company… but we stay connected can’t resist …and realized yess ..it’s our destiny that we met … did our best to say yess and approve and agree for our relation- by End of 2008 we get engaged April 2009 we married and now we have 1 21 month old girl and 8 month old boy- and I still think …I love him and life is too short to spend with him… we still live is Dubai and that’s the reason I love Dubai where I met my soul mate …
Sonali Bahri Feb 17, 2011 03:45 pm
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Love you bro xxx
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christina Feb 12, 2011 05:49 am
its sooo romantic &lovely storie i wish we was continue our relashionship between me & my love Ali,we r from different country,different religions,different traditionel,but in love we r not,we are 1pers,we met in dubai for 1 year in half ,he moved to Qatar ,i follow him we are together now but still z same storie,there family they choose 4him a wife & his engaged now but we still love each other.im so upset donno what should i do,i feel happy & jalous from those love stories,