Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum witnessed the ninth joint Mass Wedding celebrations of the 48 government employees belonging to the local government departments in Dubai.
The whole event was named Dubai Wedding. It was held at Dubai World Trade Center. The 48 bridegrooms were from different departments including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD).
The mega Wedding was attended by known figures including Director General of DHA Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of IACAD Dr. Hamad Al Shaibani, and Director General of Dubai Municipality Dawood Al Hajiri. Family members and close ones of brides and bridegrooms also attended the wedding.
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The ceremony began with the entrance of patron of the event. A thankful speech was spoken by one of the bridegrooms for Sheikh Hamdan. The bridegroom thanked him for his huge donation for every employee who got married. Furthermore, a documentary on the life of Sheikh Zayed was also displayed during the occasion. A group photo was taken before the wedding dinner.
As per Al Hajiri, the aim of the mass wedding ceremony is to highlight and promote a happy, growing society built on the foundation of cooperation, unity, love, and solidarity. The Municipality has been working with government employees for nine years to conduct the mass wedding for those who can not afford the burden of a big wedding.
Al Hajiri said,”On the occasion of the Year of Zayed, we do not forget the great role he played in supporting the idea of a 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 Qutami said, “The mass wedding is in line with the approach established by Sheikh Zayed and is an extension of the generous care enjoyed by the people of the UAE from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is also an affirmation of the directives of Their Highnesses on the rationalization of spending on wedding parties and avoiding the excessive burden of the bridegrooms in the prime of their life.”
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Al Shaibani said, “Dubai government departments, especially the Municipality and DHA are happy to celebrate this occasion with our sons and daughters and it is a true interpretation of standing united in fortifying the children of the UAE, sharing their happiness, and announcing it to the public to encourage other young people to take the initiative to implement these projects.”