Zed Dhalla and Shabbir Dhalla are a Father and Son team on The Amazing Race Canada 5.

They started off as one of the stronger teams, finishing pretty high in almost every leg until Bangkok where their failure to read the whole clue during the puppet Roadblock ended with them too far behind to catch up. Things looked hopeful when they took the surfing Detour and Zed was doing well, but Shabbir didn't and ended up forcing them to switch detours. At this point, they were too far behind to catch up eliminating them in 7th.


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Age: 27
Occupation: Vice President Sales - Healthcare
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Squamish, BC
Strengths: Drive, quick learner, leadership
Fears/Phobia: Fish
Favourite Travel Destination: Thailand
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Gets frustrated and irritated easily.


Age: 57
Occupation: Self-employed
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Katwa, Congo
Strengths: Kindness, Leadership, Organization
Fears/Phobia: Heights, snakes and letting his son down
Favourite Travel Destination: Zanzibar
Pet Peeve about Teammate: Stubborn, he thinks he knows it all.

Team Bio

Zed and Shabbir are a fiercely competitive father/son duo that love to bicker and tease each other. They have a deep respect and love for each other, but are both stubborn, which can create conflict between them. However, what bonds them together is their drive and motivation to succeed in life.

Shabbir had a challenging upbringing, living in Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, and Ghana, while his mom worked for the UN. Eventually his parents immigrated to Canada, a country that he loves with all his heart. In 2009, Shabbir was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon cancer and given a 50/50 chance to live. By focusing on the positive, and making healthy choices and changes to his lifestyle, Shabbir overcame cancer and has since been in remission. While it was a hard experience for their family, it has brought them all closer together. Shabbir, thankful to be alive and with a new lease of life, looks forward to tackling THE AMAZING RACE CANADA with his son.

Zed is a very driven individual with a successful career in medical device sales. Shabbir says that when Zed sets his mind on something, he goes for it 100%. Zed's approach is tackling problems head-on while Shabbir prefers to take the time to asses situations. Together they think they are the perfect combination of wisdom and strength and are ready to give THE AMAZING RACE CANADA their best shot.

Fun Facts

Motto: "Zed: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up" (Babe Ruth) | Shabbir: "Fear is a natural reaction, courage is a choice" If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? Painfully Average
Walk on Song:

Zed: "Bring 'Em Out" by T.I. | Shabbir: "Are you Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz

Team they most associate with from previous seasons: Simi and Ope
If you could be an animal what would you be?

Zed: Cheetah | Shabbir: Lion

The Amazing Race Canada 5

Race History

Zed & Shabbir's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Newfoundland and Labrador → British Columbia Pedal / Paddle Shabbir 5 of 10
2 2 British Columbia → Alberta Pump It / Pull It Shabbir 6 of 9
3 3 Alberta → British Columbia Strike It / Throw It Zed 1 of 8
4 4 British Columbia → China In Sync / In Line Shabbir 2 of 7
5 5 China → Thailand Bling It / Shred It No Roadblock 7 of 7
Average 4.20
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
~ The team that lost the Double Battle.

Post Race


External links


  • Mark Daniell at Toronto Sun (08/02/2017): "Fan Faves Shabbir and Zed wish they had quit surfing challenge earlier"
  • Amber Dowling at The Loop (08/02/2017): "Duo reveals what made them physically fall apart"

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