Traditional Arab weddings are extravagant occasions with a lot of beautiful cultural significance and pageantry! Here is what you can expect from a typical Arabian wedding affair.
Steeped in Culture
While Arab weddings have undergone significant changes in the last century, there are some traditions and aspects which are celebrated across the different Arabic countries. Despite the differences amongst the nations, the commonalities lie in the predominant race and religion of the region.
A Collection of Events
An Arabian wedding is not limited to one grand function. From the engagement to the henna night, there are multiple events you can expect to partake in. The grandest of which is however the reception, and properties with big event spaces such as Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Abu Dhabi for its hospitality, finesse, and breathtaking waterfront.
Dance The Night Away
Apart from the excellent food, there’s a lot of dancing at the reception! The main dance is called the zaffe, which is more or less the couple’s grand entrance to the hall as husband and wife. It commences with the bride being escorted into the hall, by her father. This is followed by a troupe of drummers setting the mood for the upbeat and lively celebration!
While guests are not expected to wear traditional Arabian attire, please be mindful of whether or not the families of the bride and groom are more traditional. While it is always safe to assume that a “black tie” would be the dress code, check with the couple beforehand, and pick your outfits accordingly to avoid any awkwardness at the function.