A journalist and writer on the environment. His weekly page in the daily, "Haveeru", has been published for four years, generating environmental awareness in the public and government. Mr. Zahir has brought to the attention of government the alarming coral reefs base crack which led to an investigation by experts. He is a member of VESHI, an NGO committed to sustainable development and the stopping of environmental degradation. Mr. Zahir was honoured with the National Award of Encouragement in 1989 for his outstanding services to the environment.