Weddings in the Arab world are known to be over the top. While some are ultra-sophisticated and glamorous, others are pure extravagance, but one thing’s for sure, they all aim to be truly unforgettable. Here are the Arab world’s weddings of the year that had people obsessed for days, in a good way!
Jenan Sheta & Mahmoud El Hazek
This wedding was by far the most talked about event of the year in Egypt. Jenan Sheta and Mahmoud El Hazek, “Janjoudi”, wed in an extraordinary three-day affair in Aswan, Egypt. The highlight of the pre-wedding celebrations was undoubtedly a unique reception they called, “Cocktails with the Pharaohs,” at the historic Temple of Philae! For that special evening, the bride wore a show-stopping dress by Emirati designer Hamda Al Fahim and paid homage to ancient Egyptian culture by wearing beautiful turquoise earrings that complemented the gown. The theme for the wedding celebration the following evening was, “Mystical Night on the Nile,” and what a night it was! The bride wore an exquisite Zuhair Murad dress with a crystal accented bodice and full skirt and a crystal hairpiece and veil that mirrored the dress’ design. The third and final night was a quirky celebration, named “The Sleepless Finale. Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair,” that had guests compete in their choices of outrageous sleepwear attire! Photo credit: Rafik Fouad
Andrea Wazen & Anthony Zaatar
Lebanese shoe designer Andrea Wazen chose to have her wedding in Paris, the city of love. The whimsical wedding theme was “Le Theatre du Merveilleux,” (The Marvelous Theatre) and it certainly was nothing less than marvelous. The bride looked stunning in a Nicolas Jebran tiered wedding dress, paired with shoes that were, of course, specially designed by the bride herself. The highlight of the evening came when the bride and groom were escorted by Can-Can dancers to cut their fifteen tier Saint Honore wedding cake. The bride even joined in on the dance! Wazen had her sisters by her side throughout the night, including Karen Wazen, the well-known Dubai-based blogger. Being a shoe designer, the bride gifted her guests with velvet mules to change into when they got tired of their heels, adding a special personal touch to this spectacular wedding.
Dana Al Tuwarish & Abdul Aziz Zayed
This Kuwaiti blogger has been making heads turn for years, publicising every aspect of her life on her blog, with one obvious exception, her love life. Which is why Al Tuwarish shocked her fans when she revealed that she was getting married, and very soon! The wedding, which took place last winter in Kuwait, had Al Tuwarish wearing the traditional Kuwaiti attire decked with tonnes of gold, followed by a modern wedding dress by Labourgoisie. To everyone’s surprise, she opted out of wearing a veil, a daring decision for a Kuwaiti bride. But, nothing Al Tuwarish does is conventional, and her wedding was certainly no different! The wedding hall was lavishly decorated with beautiful shades of pink, decked out with lots of crystal and mirrored details that caught everyone’s attention. As for the groom, Al Tuwarish still hasn’t revealed much about him, except his name!
Duha Shabib & Omar Darwish
The union of digital media mogul Duha Shabib to Omar Darwish took place at the historic Saladin Citadel in Cairo. The iconic venue, with its stunning views of the city, was dramatically transformed with white flowers to create an atmosphere of heavenly elegance. The bride wore a unique wedding dress from designer Mrs. Keepa, that apparently was designed and executed within just 48 hours! The petal-inspired dress had bold shoulders and delicate sheer sleeves. The ceremony was kept relatively small, and was only attended by family and close friends of the couple.
Ola Farahat & Hashim
This Dubai-based blogger made headlines when she got married last December on the beach at the Nikki Beach Hotel in Dubai to Emirati husband Hashim. Farahat went for a fairytale princess theme for a wedding that included a stunning lace gown designed by renowned Lebanese designer, Nicolas Jebran. Her bridesmaids, including social media influencers Maya Williams, Deema Al Asadi and Lucy Lascelles, stood out in their vibrant red dresses. The bride later danced the night away in a gorgeous dress by another Lebanese designer, Reem Kachmar. The celebration was light and fun, with multiple regional society members in attendance.
Enjy Toma & Joseph George
Enjy Toma and Joseph George, the “it couple” of the moment in Egypt, recently got married at the historic Marriott Mena House Hotel, with the majestic Giza Pyramids as their backdrop. As expected, their amazing wedding had everyone talking. The bride wore a stunning Maison Yeya dress, with an extraordinary crystal hairpiece to compliment her lace-accented veil and train. Sensoria Events created a magical ambiance for the young couple who danced the night away with family and friends to the tunes of the region’s most popular singer, Amr Diab, who gave a stellar performance for the bride and groom.
Sheikha Bint Hamdan Al Maktoum & Sheikh Abdullah bin Marwan Al Qassemi
To say the wedding of Sheikha Bint Hamdan Al Maktoum and Sheikh Abdullah bin Marwan Al Qassemi was a royal affair would be an understatement. The celebration was held at the glamourous Ritz Carlton at the Dubai International Financial Centre and was attended by approximately 600 guests. The theme of the wedding was inspired by the film, Beauty and the Beast, with elements of the fairytale visible throughout the décor. The bride wore a gown by Dubai-based designer, Michael Cinco, who used baroque inspired details that mirrored the hall’s décor. The hall was filled with red roses and the tables were adorned with gold baroque accessories as centerpieces. The multitiered wedding cake also came with golden rose accents. As a memorable finale, each guest was provided with a unique giveaway of a Louis Vuitton perfume. This wedding celebration was certainly a royal event!