Six iconic Arab nuptials to rival Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding

Brides all over the world can gain inspiration from these lavish Arab weddings. (Shutterstock)
Updated 19 May 2018
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Six iconic Arab nuptials to rival Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding

DUBAI: The world is celebrating the wedding of the year as Meghan Markle and Price Harry tie the knot today. In celebration, we take a look at some of the Arab world’s most talked about nuptials.

Ruaa Al-Sabban and Hamoud Al-Fayez
TV personalities Hamoud Al-Fayez and Ruaa Al-Sabban had a huge ceremony in 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center. It was a headline-grabbing sensation in the Arab world due to its scale and elegance.

طلة رؤى يا ليل عـــادي إذا نور القمر مــا بان والشمس غـابت ولا بانت لحـــد الآن يا ليل ما لك ومال الشمس والقمره يكفيك طلة رؤى اللي تبهر الأعيان طـلة (رؤى) كنها طـــلة صـــباح النور والبدر لو غـــاب لا مخطي ولا مشكور لا يمكن يكون في ليلة (رؤى) بـــدرين معذور لو ما حــضر بدر السما معذور الله عـــلى حـــسنها الـــراقي ورقـــتها الله على قـــدهـــا الفارع وخـــطوتها ثـــلاثـــة اربـــاعـــها تـــرفـــه ودلــوعه واللي بـــقى منـــها يـــروي عـــذوبتها نحكي عـــن الثــغر أو غـــمازة البسمه والا عـــن الخـــد ياللي تجـــرحه نسمه مـــن راسها للقدم كـــل الحـــلا ضافي لوحه على الأرض تمشي ما هي برسمه لا شــك كـــل الحـــلا بايـــن ولـه معنى واللي حــضى به سخي الطبع والمعنى هـــذا (حمود) الوفـــا طيبه يماري به واحـــساس قلبه بـ كـل الحـب يجمعنا الله يـــهـــنيه بالـــحـــب ويـــهـــنيــها والـــفـــرح يـغـــمـــر ليالـــيه ولياليها واحـــلامهم بالـــموده دايــم تـــغـــني مـــن أول ايـــام فـــرحتـــهم لتـــاليها زفتي كانت احلى من اللي توقعته من ابداع المغني @mohamdalmazrouei وكلمات الشاعر سلطان المجلي Wedding planer : @4everevents

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Balqees Fathi and Sultan Bin Abdullatif
Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi tied the knot with Saudi businessman Sultan Bin Abdullatif on December 29, 2016, at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. The star wore a wedding dress by designer Tima Abid and singers Hussein Al-Jasmi, Majid Al-Muhandis and Waad performed at the reception.

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Sheikha Sarah Khaled Abdullah Al-Sabah and Sheikh Mubarak Fawaz Al-Sabah
The pair got married in a luxurious wedding in Kuwait in 2015. A wedding hall was built especially for the royal wedding. The bride wore a gown by Krikor Jabotian and the extravagant wedding cake was created by Opéra Patisserie.

Lana El-Sahely and Ali Awada
Lebanese fashionista Lana El-Sahely married Lebanese businessman Ali Awada in 2014. The wedding was held in one of the largest halls in Lebanon and a whopping 1060 guests attended. She wore a dazzling dress by Elie Saab and had her hair done by the much-celebrated Tony El Mendelek.

Melhem Zein and Tamani Al-Beidh
The Lebanese singer married Yemen’s former President Salim Al-Beidh’s daughter, Tamani Al-Beidh, in a fairytale ceremony in Beirut in 2008.

Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan
Queen Rania married King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein in 1993, just five months after they met. The wedding took place at the Royal Palace in Amman, which is where the power couple now reside. She wore a poufy dress by English designer Bruce Oldfield.


With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

Updated 21 February 2019
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With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

  • Though an icon in India, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots

JEDDAH: India has always been a hub of art and culture. Over the last century, movies emerged as the most expressive cultural medium, and the Indian film industry — commonly known as Bollywood — has since become a powerhouse of world cinema.

One can never do its history justice without mentioning Ebrahim Al-Kazi.

A renowned director and drama teacher, he worked as the director of the prestigious New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) from 1962 to 1977, teaching many well-known future actors and fellow directors, including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Rohini Hattangadi. He also founded the Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

Though an Indian icon, however, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots. His father, Hamad bin Ali Al-Kazi, was a trader from Unaiza in the Kingdom’s Qassim region, who subsequently settled in Pune, India, where Ebrahim was born in 1925. 

Early on in his career, Al-Kazi worked with the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, which included M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, Akbar Padamsee and Tyeb Mehta, who would all later contribute to the design of his sets.

He worked in India, the US and Europe before becoming the director of the NSD, and later of the Asian Theater Institute, and is credited with staging more than 50 plays in his lifetime. He also contributes to the preservation of Indian cultural history through his Al-Kazi Foundation for the Arts.

In February 2015, Al-Kazi was honored at the second Saudi Film Festival in Dammam. He was later quoted in Arab media sources on his Saudi upbringing: “Our father was a firm believer in our cultural roots that went back to Saudi Arabia, and we spoke only Arabic at home. We had a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies who came from Saudi Arabia, and lived as part of our family.

“Arab families (in India) did not mix very much with others, but my father had close ties with people other than Arabs,” he added.

Al-Kazi has also won many prestigious Indian awards. He was the first recipient of Roopwedh Pratishthan’s Tanvir Award in 2004 for his contribution to Indian theater, and in 1966 received the Padma Shri award. He won the Padma Bhushan award in 1991, and was given India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2010.