Habiba arrived in Albert Square along with her sister, Iqra. The pair almost immediately spelt trouble, and soon settled into Walford life. The two sisters arrived in search of their uncle Masood and his half-owned restaurant Walford East. Little did they know upon their arrival that Masood was planning to leave the luxury life of Walford behind for a new life in Australia with his son Tamwar and his soon to be wife Nancy Carter.
Habiba and Iqra were stunned when they found out that Masood was giving up his half of the restaurant seeing as they had their plans for the business. After ducking and diving into devious tricks, the two girls persuaded Masood to let them look after his half of the company for them, and the two girls were left in charge as Masood jetted off for Australia.
After flirting with Adam, who was dating Honey at the time, the two begin the have an affair. Adam continually promises that he'll break things off with Honey to be with Habiba, however never follows through. After seeing them together at his 60th birthday, Billy informs Lola Pearce of the affari, who befriends Habiba under the guise of doing her nails, in order to get her to confess to the relationship. After several outings, and growing suspicion from Iqra, Habiba realises what Lola is doing.