It’s set to be one of the most star-studded evenings of the party-season calendar – but the inaugural Ball of Arabia is about far more than just glitz and glamour. The charitable gala, launched by Vogue Arabia in partnership with Tiffany & Co., will host a silent auction alongside an intimate performance from award-winning singer Ciara and a lavish dinner. The evening, sponsored by Sobha Realty, Rolls-Royce, and Jumeirah Group, is held to raise funds towards the non-profit’s Girls Education and Empowerment Program in the MENA region.
Taking place at the Burj Al Arab on December 7, guests including Yasmine Sabri, Dorra Zarrouk, Maya Diab, Salma Abu Deif, and supermodel Lara Stone will join regional style icons and Middle Eastern royalty in the most high profile event of the year. “Committing to a noble cause has always been a passion of mine, and to combine it with another passion, fashion, is a real honor, as well as being pioneering in the region,” says Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief, Manuel Arnaut. “In our inaugural year, the Girls Education and Empowerment Program was a natural fit for us, as we wanted to work with an organization that would allocate the proceeds from the evening within the region.”
Funds raised on the evening will be applied to technical training, innovation, technology, communication, life skills and entrepreneurship, helping raise female leaders of the future. Currently, more than 100,000 children – both Jordanian and non-Jordanian – are estimated to be out of school in the country, according to data from the 2015 census, with refugee children and those with disabilities particularly affected.
This educational curriculum targets vulnerable women aged 14 to 24. The 12-week training courses will help enhance the skills and future employment prospects of those who take part, with the aim of targeting 1,500 young women next year. Proceeds from the Ball of Arabia will help support the cost of training, learning materials, and running costs of centers, among other worthy necessities.