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Behind the veil exhibition offers glimpse into royal weddings.

Byline: Eve Arnold's photographs also throws light into UAE heritage and culture.

Dubai: For the first time photos showing the wedding celebrations of Al Maktoum family since the early seventies, were launched as part of an exhibition titled "Behind the Veil" at Empty Quarter Gallery.

The exhibition was launched at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) on Sunday evening. The exhibition is under the Patronage of Shaikha Hind Bint Maktoum Bin Juma'a Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shaikh Saeed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The photos on exhibit were taken by renowned photographer Eve Arnold.

The Saudi Princess Reem Al Faisal, owner of the gallery, told Gulf News: "The exhibition aims to develop the position of the photography and enhance the general taste towards it in the Islamic and Arab world and to upgrade it in order to reach to the cosmopolitan level. We always make sure to deal with trusted names, such as Eve Arnold in this particular exhibition and she is considered one of the biggest photographers in the world." She said the displayed photos have not been exhibited before.

"Not to mention the efforts we put in to find such valuable memories of the UAE heritage. The displayed photos were signed by Eve Arnold, therefore the authenticity is certainly proven," she said.

Currently, the exhibition comprises 37 photos and includes, for example, "Shaikh Rashid in 1971", "Bedouin girls dancing at wedding in 1970", "Rice for wedding is blessed in 1971" and "Four veiled women inside Bastakiya".

"As a matter of fact, we are planning to document them in a book," Princess Reem said.

Exhibition "Behind the Veil" Empty Quarter Gallery until March 29. Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), open to the public.

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Date:Mar 17, 2009
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