A few days before Christmas in 2010, when Sherine met Alex at Tokyo@thetowers in Jumeirah Emirates Towers for their date, it was just another comfortable dinner with her partner of many years.
The restaurant was the scene of their first date and held many fond memories, as did the hotel, which was also, incidentally, where they had first met. Since then, Jumeirah Emirates Towers has been a favourite haunt for the couple. That night, as Sherine unsuspectingly tucked in to her Teppenyaki, Alex seemed a bit preoccupied, merely nibbling away at his dinner. After their meal, they walked around The Boulevard, admiring the festive displays, and as they rounded the penguins outside the traditional grotto, Sherine found herself being blindfolded. She was carefully guided up a set of stairs, to the rooftop overlooking the pool.
As her blindfold was lifted, Sherine was overwhelmed to see what seemed like thousands of candles arranged to form the words “will you marry me”, with Alex smiling broadly on bended knee.