In a ceremony titled Dubai Wedding, 48 couples got married in a mass wedding function on Tuesday sponsored by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE’s minister of finance.
All 48 grooms were government employees from the Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, according to the National.
The event is part of the country’s initiative to promote happiness, but also to help the families and the couples with the wedding expenses and the start of their lives, Dawood al-Hajiri, the director general of Dubai Municipality said.
The newspaper reported that the event is also one of al-Maktoum’s initiatives to help UAE nationals avoid having lavish wasteful weddings, and hold mass weddings instead. This particular mass wedding was fully financed by the sheikh.
“On the occasion of the Year of Zayed, we do not forget the great role he played in supporting the idea of mass wedding between the young men and women of the country. He had encouraged the youth of the country to marry by organizing mass wedding ceremonies to reduce the expenses, especially in the beginning of their lives,” al-Hajiri said.
There were a number of events at the ceremony, including a speech by one of the bridegrooms in which he thanked Sheikh Hamdan for the generous donation he made to each groom, folkloric performances, a wedding dinner and a documentary film about the late Sheikh Zayed.