Friday, April 1, 2011


Marriage guidance expert at The Bride Show Dubai to offer advice to brides-to-be

The Islamic Affairs Department is taking part in The Bride Show Dubai
 to offer brides-to-be advice building a successful marriage.

Dubai, UAE, 31 March 2011:  The most important decision for any potential bride to be is to choose the right husband to be, according to a leading marriage expert.

Iman Ismail Abdullah Al Hashimi, Manager of Social Projects at the Islamic Affairs Department, believes that too many young women are choosing the wrong husbands and do not think about the qualities of the man and their potential compatibility before they say “I Do”.

Al Hashimi and a team of marriage guidance experts, both male and female, are taking an important role at The Bride Show Dubai this week to reach out to young Arabs and expatriates and talk to them about the implications of marriage both in Islam and other religions.

“While the divorce rate in the Middle East has dropped from 35 per cent to 20 per cent since 2008, there are still far too many marriages which end in the divorce courts and we believe this rate will come down further if young people think carefully about embarking upon any potential union,” said Al Hashimi.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour and sparkle of a wedding – choosing a beautiful dress, table decorations, diamonds and honeymoon destinations – but the most important decision is choosing the right man to build a life with.”

The Islamic Affairs Department’s participation at The Bride Show Dubai is part of a newly launched campaign ‘My Islam, My Identity’ which tackles every element of life for Muslims – from education, to employment, cultural sensitivities to budgeting and housekeeping. 

Getting married, Al Hashimi states, is a pivotal moment every person’s life but the role of the advice clinic is to ask the questions that young people may not ask themselves.

“A beautiful, perfect wedding day is what every girl dreams of and The Bride Show Dubai helps to make those dreams a reality providing all the products and services you could need under one roof,” said Daphne Cota, Exhibition Manager for The Bride Show. 

“We are responding to calls from social commentators in the region to do something to help combat the rate of divorce, which typically occurs among newlywed, young couples.  Family values and the growth of families are especially important to UAE nationals; in order to maintain the stability of the family as the core of a community, the institution of marriage must be addressed. 

“We believe the advice offered by the Islamic Affairs Department will help visitors to The Bride Show Dubai understand the complexities of marriage and the importance of working hard to make a union last.”

The Bride Show Dubai, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif, Chairwoman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE and wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Advisor to the President of the UAE, is open from 2:30pm to 10:30pm, Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2nd April 2011 in Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3, Dubai International Exhibition Centre.  

Standard entry is AED10 and VIP tickets cost AED50.  The show is supported by gold sponsor Mohammed Hilal Group and silver sponsors After You Say Yes – SIMA, Khamsa Couture and Zadina.

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Fashion Show Schedule
Friday 1 April
5:00pm      Zahia
6:00pm      Louzan
7:00pm      Tijan Trading
8:00pm      Mauzan
9:00pm      M&A Abaya Art

Saturday 2 April
6:00pm   Oriental Red Carpet Competition by Dubai Ladies Club
7:00pm   La Maison Saouli
8:00pm   Dantella Designs
9:00pm   Satya Paul

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