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Five Tips For Every Emirati Bride-To-Be
The Emirati wedding planning portal Yebab.com offers Emirati couples about to get married in the UAE five essential tips, guaranteed to save time, money and effort.
Yebab.com allows its visitors to interact with each other, and to share their experiences, while browsing the free online listings of wedding vendors on the site. This interaction helped Yebab.com to gauge the wedding trends in the UAE. With that in mind, Yebab.com offers the following tips:
1 - Set a specific budget for the whole wedding from beginning to end, and write down all the essential necessities. Put an initial estimate for each element of this budget. This arrangement makes the bride well-informed about the money left at hand. This knowledge will bring ease of mind, and allow the bride to know exactly how far she can stretch the budget, and what she can eliminate. Yebab.com also offers free bridal planners and easy checklists for free download.
2 – There is no need to buy everything before the wedding day, as many things can be purchased after the wedding ceremony - such as new clothes. Implementing this concept helps alleviate the psychological burden and stress, and helps shorten the time needed to complete the wedding.
3 - A new trend is gaining momentum at the moment in the UAE, as more brides opt to rent their wedding gowns and jewelry, instead of buying anew. The local rental outlets offer many models and designs following the latest fashion. Such option allows the bride to save some money to use for buying other important things.
4 – The UAE has two wedding peaks, the first one takes place during December and January of each year, and the second during May and June. Outside of these peaks, the wedding halls are available for reservation, and most importantly, at great discount that can reach 50%. Set your wedding date outside of these peak times, and the total cost will be reduced significantly.
5 - Based on the comments of Yebab.com members, young Emirati honeymooners prefer to spend their honeymoon in the emirate of Fujairah, because of its luxury hotels with affordable prices, and the beautiful scenery for which the emirate is famous. The couples who prefer to travel outside the UAE, they usually pick Malaysia in the Far East. As for those who prefer to go west, an increasing number of couples are praising Austria, for its gorgeous landscapes, lush greenery and competitive prices, which makes for the perfect romantic destination.
"We understand what Emirati brides want; we have a very close connection to their needs, to the culture and to the specifics of the local market," said Murshed Ahmed, CEO and cofounder of Yebab.com. "It gives us the advantage of being able to provide unique and relevant content that no one else is providing."
“According to a special research carried out by Yebab.com, approximately 8000 Arabian weddings take place in the UAE every year. We estimate the size of the UAE wedding industry to cross U$550 million per year, and we expect it to grow further in 2011.” Added Ahmed.
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Launched in October 2008, http://www.yebab.com is a wedding planning portal reaching out to Emirati and Arab brides-to-be in the United Arab Emirates. It lists local vendors from every spectrum of the wedding industry to easily advertise and offer the future brides the widest range of options, including dressmakers, video/photographers, artists and musicians.
The word ‘Yebab’ is famous in the Arabian Gulf culture and means a loud celebratory whistle that Arab women make at weddings, to express their joy and happiness. Yebab.com generates 250,000 page views a month, and enjoys 7,000 registered members. It is currently offered in Arabic language, with plans to support more languages in 2011.
- According to a survey by IIR Middle East carried out in 2008 during the Bride Show Dubai, 34% of attendees said they will spend between 100,000 to 250,000 Dirhams on their wedding day. 24% said they will spend 250,000 to 500,000 Dirhams, while 19% said they will spend more than half a million.
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