UAE’s First Mass Wedding Would Include Non-Emiratis

In Abu Dhabi’s first mass wedding ceremony, it would include non-Emiratis for the first time. The mass wedding would be held in Abu Dhabi this week.

On Wednesday, 10 couples would be wedded in a mass ceremony. The wedding has been arranged by the General Women’s Union (GWU). All of the wedding expenses would be covered by sponsors.

Mass weddings are often held in this nation, in order to help Emiratis or Emirati couples cut down the costs. So this week’s wedding would witness Emiratis getting married without worrying about the expenses.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the GWU, is “enthusiastic to make both citizens and residents happy” by reassuring them to marry and live stable lives.

On Monday, Noura Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GWU, stated that the union’s first mass wedding in Al Mirfa, Al Dhafra, is part of H.H Sheikha Fatima’s order to bring about the “national priority of creating a close-knit community”. Moreover, the mass wedding would be in accordance with H.H Sheikha Fatima’s vision of supporting happiness, bolstering family ties and motivating young people to get married and form a healthy and stable family.

Also, for the first time a mass wedding will consist of two ceremonies, with brides and grooms each due to have their own event on the same day. Emirati weddings, especially in the Arabian Gulf, are traditionally isolated and, earlier, mass weddings used to involve a ceremony for the grooms.

The two ceremonies would be held under the aegis of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed, and who is affectionately known as the Mother of the Nation. She is also Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women’s Union, and Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council.

The wedding ceremony for the grooms would be held from 4pm to 6pm; whereas the women will have their event from 8pm. Mass weddings are usually held to lift the burden of wedding expenses on young Emirati couples.