During my few weeks stay in the United Arab Emirates, my friend who I was staying with during my vacation was invited to a wedding at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and I tagged along with him to see how they celebrate weddings over there. The Emirates Palace is a luxurious 5 star hotel at the heart of the capital, Abu Dhabi. I would definitely recommend visiting this place if you really want to get a grasp of what it’s like living in luxury!
So here we are on the day of the wedding and it was time to get ready. In weddings you obviously have to look formal and in this case since I was going with someone of a high profile within the society and very respected, of course I had to look very dapper for the evening!
I made my way into the Emirates Palace in this beautiful sapphire blue Range Rover shown in the picture above behind me. Of course, I had to match the colour of the car with the suit I was wearing. It just had to be done!
We arrived at the Emirates Palace in the evening and was greeted by welcoming staff of the palace, we were then escorted into the main hall where the wedding was taking place. At this point, I was very excited and a little nervous at the same time since I did not know what to expect especially attending an event with someone who is highly respected. Once we got to the main hall, we were greeted by the groom himself and his family where they were all standing in one line to greet us one by one.
Now you have probably been wondering who this “high profile” person in the society I am talking about. Well there he is on the pictures above, he is a good friend of mine from the royal family of Abu Dhabi; His Highness Sheikh Theyab Khalifa Sultan Shakhbout Al Nahyan. His grandfather, Sheikh Shakhbout bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1928 to 1966, he is also the older brother of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I met Sheikh Theyab at university in London where we were classmates.
Going back to the wedding festivities, I found out and observed that during weddings, the males and females are separated from each other whilst celebrating. Other than the way the celebrations were taking place, there were a lot of guests and lots and lots of food! Everyone was warm and welcoming.
After a brief Emirati wedding appearance with Sheikh Theyab, I can sum up my first middle eastern wedding experience as to being it pretty cool! I loved how everyone gets together and have a massive festivity in one place, seeing everyone with smiley faces was heart warming. Again, this is what I Iove about travelling is getting the opportunity to getting to experience the culture and its people first hand. Yalla! Let’s keep exploring!
Thanks to my friend Abood for taking most of these photos!