Weddings, Marriage and Money in the United Arab Emirates

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 Zayed University Jane.Bristol-Rhys@zu.ac.ae
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Marriage has become an expensive proposition in the United Arab Emirates, so much so that it is used by some Emirati men as justification for marrying someone outside Emirati society. This article examines the changes in Emirati weddings over the last 30 years, presents a synopsis of the public discussion of Emirati marriages, and considers how the carefully contained public discussion deflects the comprehensive changes that have transformed Emirati society.

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