DUBAI // Dozens of bridegrooms have shared their special day at a mass wedding.
Amaf, the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, organised the ceremony for 45 bridegrooms on Friday.
Individuals from various government departments, including Dubai Customs, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police were among them.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
Those present included Hussein Qamzi, the chairman of Amaf, and Tayeb Abdulrahman Al Rais, the secretary general of the foundation, as well as a number of representatives of government departments and families of the grooms.
Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed, chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, was also present.
Mr Al Rais said Amaf was grateful to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, for his continuous support to the youth of the country.
He also thanked Sheikh Majid for his presence. “The keenness of the UAE leadership in supporting such community events enables the UAE youth to create cohesive and stable families,” he said.
“Amaf’s primary objective in hosting such initiatives is to help young UAE nationals cope with the excessive cost of weddings.”
The grooms each received cash gifts of Dh20,000 from Al Baraha Quran Learning Centre, which is the main partner for the event.
The ceremony took place in an endowment hall that Amaf has set up in collaboration with the centre.
Income from the hall will be used in supporting future endowment projects run by the organisation.
Amaf is considered the primary reference for endowments in Dubai and the authorised body for the welfare of minors.