The Royal Wedding Reception: Here’s What We Know So Far

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
The Royal Wedding Reception: Here’s What We Know So Far

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The Royal wedding reception is happening this evening at the World Trade Centre and here’s all that we know so far about the lavish party!

What’s It?

The Royal wedding reception of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s sons is set to happen today at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Dubai Palace has been lit up and preparations are in full swing for this evening’s grand reception. Here’s all that we know so far.

Which Royals are getting married?

Sheikh Hamdan is married to Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is married to Sheikha Maryam bint Butti Al Maktoum

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is married to Sheikha Midya bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum

What are the ceremonies?

The Proposal

An Emirati wedding is a seven-day royal affair, kicked off with a grand engagement or the Proposal.

The Melcha

This is then followed by the signing of a marriage contract or the Melcha through a court, an imam or a sheikh. The men-only ceremony is attended by  the fathers of the groom and the bride, cousins, uncles and any other male member in both families. The time gives both families an opportunity to get to know each other.

The Dazza

It is during this phase that the bride and the groom will get to know each other, the family habits and the routines. The groom’s family prepares the Dazza, a grand packaging of all things expensive including jewellery, perfumes, prayer mat, Quran, mehr and an exquisite wedding troussea.

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نرفع أسمى آيات التهاني والتبريكات إلى مقام صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي رعاه الله وإلى انجاله الكرام سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد آل مكتوم وإلى سمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد آل مكتوم وإلى سمو الشيخ أحمد بن محمد آل مكتوم على عقد قرانهم .. اقامة فن المالد الإماراتي بهذه المناسبة السعيدة #زايد_الخير @emarati_nation #عام_زايد #عام_التسامح #خليفة_بن_زايد #الشيخ_زايد الشيخ #محمد_بن_زايد #الامارات #أبوظبي #abudhabi #dubai #دبي #الشارقة #عجمان #أم_القيوين #رأس_الخيمة #الفجيرة #العين الشيخ #محمد_بن_راشد #اكسبلورر #emarati_nation #فزاع #faz3 #تاريخ #uae #اكسبلور

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The Henna

Few days prior to the wedding, a female-only party called Henna is held for all the women from the bride and groom’s family.

The Wedding

On the day of the wedding, ceremonies take place separately for the men and the women in separate venues or two different halls in the same venue. The men wear the kandoura and also perform the traditional Emirati cane line dancing.

The Food

Traditional Emirati meals are served in separate majlis halls for men and women. Food is served in large dishes and includes the ouzi — a whole lamb, biryani, threed, rogag, salona and other delicacies. Traditional desserts like lougaimat are also part of the grand feast.

Where is the Royal reception happening?

The reception is happening on June 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, at 4:00 pm. 

The brides and the grooms were married in a private wedding ceremony earlier this May. While the ceremony spelled grandeur, the invitation card was jaw-dropping too!

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❤??♥ ــــام التــــســــامــــح ؏♥??? . . . | 14.06.2019 | ✨ ? يـا دار غـنـي والـبـسـي ثـوب السـعـادة يـوم الفـرح يـا دار هـلـت لـيـالـيـه ? . . ?نبارك عقد قران الشيوخ الف الف مـبـرووووك ? سمو الشيخ #حمدان_بن_محمد بن راشد #آل_مكتوم على سمو الشيخة #شيخة_بنت_سعيد بن ثاني آل مكتوم ??❤ و سمو الشيخ #مكتوم_بن_محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم على سمو الشيخة #مريم_بنت_بطي بن مكتوم بن جمعه آل مكتوم ??❤ و سمو الشيخ #أحمد_بن_محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم على سمو الشيخة #مديه_بنت_دلموك بن جمعه آل مكتوم ??❤ . . "اللهم كما أتممت عقد قرانهم تمم عليهم الفرحة وحفهم بالسعادة واجعل حياتهم سعادة دائمة اللهم بارك لهم عقدهم واجعله عقد التوفيق والسعادة للأبد" ?? . @faz3 @maktoum_mrm @ahmed_mrm ودامت أفراح دبي وآل مكتوم الكرام ???✨

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The lavish invitation included a large box, with details of the ceremony embroidered in gold. Inside the box was the delicious Arabic delicacy- Gold Halwa, a sweet made of ghee, saffron, sugar, and cardamom.