Zohara Hirji was born in London, England, and moved to the UAE in 2003, where she cofounded grapeshisha.com with her husband. For the early part of her career, she project managed technology projects at the BBC. Her first book is the Abu Dhabi Travel Guide and is based on the extensive research undertaken over many years to create the grapeshisha site. Zohara is as comfortable in Meena Bazaar in Dubai as she is at Etoiles in Emirates Palace. She can bargain and party, but not at the same time. She now runs grapeshisha from home while caring for her two daughters.