Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


WATCH: Sheikh Hamdan’s private wedding in Dubai


DUBAI – While the UAE is waiting for wedding celebrations to be made public, a video that has gone viral on social media offered a peek into the private wedding ceremony of the Crown Prince of Dubai and his two brothers, who got married in a joint ceremony last week.

The sons of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, signed an official marriage contract during the Islamic wedding on Wednesday.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, 36, married Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, 35, married Sheikha Maryam bint Butti Al Maktoum and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, 32, married Sheikha Midya bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum.

Here’s a sneak peek into the Islamic wedding ceremony:


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What happens at an Emirati wedding?

There is a lot of speculation on what Sheikh Hamdan’s wedding will look like, and while the UAE wedding culture is ever changing, the prince has so far followed traditional Islamic wedding tradition, which begins with signing a wedding contract between the groom and the bride’s father in the presence of at least two male witnesses.

After the contract is signed, the bride and groom can begin to get to know each other well before the reception is held to finalise the wedding.

In UAE culture, there are separate wedding receptions for the men and women, and these are held on different evenings. These are usually big occasions with a big guest list, and guests are received at the door by relatives of the bride and groom.

A multi-course meal is served to guests, before the bride comes in to walk down the aisle. The evening culminates with the entrance of the groom, who is clad in a gold-trimmed cloak. GAD/Expat Media


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