The UAE’s first virtual mass wedding saw 100 grooms come together at five halls across the emirates to say ‘I do’ simultaneously. Five venues hosted 20 grooms each in a socially distanced setting to keep them safe from Covid-19.
And they were in for a royal treat as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, addressed the newlyweds virtually.
“Simplicity in weddings deepens its blessings. I hope that there is always simplicity and ease in these matters,” Sheikh Mohammed said in his address.
Mass weddings are organised to encourage Emiratis to get married without worrying about the huge expenses involved.
Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, said the country has hosted 195 mass ceremonies — including the virtual one — since 1998.
“The number of beneficiaries of these mass weddings has reached 10,000 people,” the minister said.
She added that her ministry accepts requests for mass weddings via its website www.mocd.gov.ae.
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