Held on a winter evening at the luxurious Raffles The Palm Dubai, the Ball of Arabia was a major cause for celebration, and one of the most glamorous reasons to dress up for this year. With the theme calling for gold dresses in Arab designers in honor of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, guests went with a no-holds-barred approach when it came to selecting their red carpet-worthy ensembles for the evening.
As one of the co-chairs of the Ball, couturier Zuhair Murad found many of his stunning pieces worn by guests. Fellow co-chair Mona Zaki opted for an embellished dress with sweeping cold-shoulder sleeves, and later slipped into a shorter pleated dress. Host for the evening Jessica Kahawaty stunned in a beaded cape dress, and editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut also wore a custom black velvet cape with gold embroidery by the Lebanese designer. Co-chairs and sisters Huda and Mona Kattan arrived together in equally dazzling numbers: Mona chose to join those championing Murad in a bejeweled figure-hugging dress, and Huda took the opportunity to wear Michael Cinco, the UAE-based couturier she had not been dressed in until now.
Shades of gold and classic black also made an appearance on the red carpet. Tunisian actor and model Rym Saidi—who shared that she doesn’t often wear gold—went for a pale shade of the color in a strapless pleated number by another UAE-based couturier, Rami Al Ali. Like Zaki, another star to have an outfit change at the Ball was Dorra Zarrouk. The Tunisian actor made an entrance in a metallic gold dress by Jean Pierre Khoury, and later swapped it for an olive-toned one by Géyanna Youness Haute Couture. And then there were the ladies who took a subtler route for the night. While Nadine Nassib Njeim walked in wearing a gold and black pantsuit, Jane Yun opted for an earthy sculpted Azzi & Osta number sprinkled with gold, and Aseel Omran picked an ebony maxi.
In the gallery above, find out what your favorite celebrities, influencers and more wore to the Ball of Arabia.