View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Price and Process of an Emirati Wedding

The UAE gives nationals Dh70,000 to get married, but look at some of the costs that are making marriage in the Emirates an expensive business:

Centre Stage, tables, covers: Dh25,000
Wedding dress to rent: Dh5-20,000
Wedding invitations per piece: Dh10-100
Hair & bridal makeup: Dh2500-8,000
Drinks (non-alcoholic): Dh2,000+
Giveaways per piece: Dh10-100
Lighting & screens: Dh12,000+
Flowers: Dh5,000-1 million
Wedding album: Dh4,000+

Check out the detailed Gulf News article (15 February 2008-nicely timed to follow Valentine’s Day!) entitled, An Unaffordable Affair’, about the prices and the process of getting married Emirati style.

Conversion Rate as at time of writing:
100 Dirham= 27USD; 19EUR; 14GBP; 27CAD; 30AUD.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: Wedding photo (courtesy of Gulf News).