Here at Savoir Flair, we can’t get enough of the Middle East’s most beautiful and accomplished women. The best thing about these ladies? It’s not just on their wedding days that they shine. These are women that dazzle the world with their style and substance, day in and day out. Click through the gallery to discover our roundup of the most inspirational Middle Eastern brides, and learn more about both their wedding day and their accomplishments.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Since marrying King Abdullah of Jordan in 1993, Queen Rania has become known as much for her beauty and style as for her contribution to progressive social projects, in particular in health and education. Voted the most beautiful First Lady in 2011 by Harpers & Queen, as well as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes, she has a very modern vision of Majesty and sees her role as helping people across all walks of life as well as creating cross-cultural dialogue. In addition to her work with the Jordan River Foundation and UNICEF, she has authored a New York Times best-seller children’s book promoting cultural diversity.
For her wedding dress, Queen Rania chose Bruce Oldfield, a favorite of the late Princess Diana, to design a gold-trimmed, short-sleeved dress that balanced perfectly traditional influences with a crisp belted silhouette.
Noor Fares’ fairytale wedding sparkled as much as her eclectic jewelry collections. Her celebrations took place in Honfleur, “Noormandie” in the French 19th century Sainte-Catherine church, which was decorated inside and out in dripping white wisteria, an echo to the hand-sewn flowers on her Giambattista Valli Couture gown. Her roots are Lebanese, but her childhood was spent in Paris and her studies took her to the UK, at the prestigious London St Martins School of Art. It is her own unique hybrid of heritage and modernity that created a traditionally styled ceremony that was preceded by a very colorful, ‘Arabian Nights’ evening celebration — a theme that inspired over 1,000 photos on Instagram.
HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
With all the elegance of a Grace Kelly or an Audrey Hepburn, HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned is lauded at home and abroad and her wardrobe provokes both awe and envy. The“Best Dressed Royal” has an impact on the region, however, that goes far beyond her style, typified by her adaptation of catwalk designers to respect Qatari dress codes. She is also chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development whilst serving as the President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Vice Chairperson of both the Supreme Education Council, and the Supreme Health Council. Sheikha Mozah also plays an active role for UNESCO.
Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan
Haya Bint’s wedding to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum was a traditional, and highly intimate, fairytale affair held in the al-Baraka Palace of Amman in 2004. After studying PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at Oxford, and, in her twenties forging an international Olympic career with her equestrian passion, her wedding was a pure reflection of her Middle Eastern heritage — her dress was laced with intricate gold embroidery and a simple veil. Nicknamed “the trucker” by her father, the late King Hussein of Jordan, on account of an HGV driving license to transport her horses, she is a woman with her feet firmly on the ground. She combines her role as the wife of the Dubai ruler with her many diverse humanitarian projects.
Princess Deena Al-Juhani Abdulaziz
Princess Deena is often found front row at the Paris and New York shows buying for her fashion boutiques D’NA in Riyadh and Doha. Something of a fashionista herself, the street style photogs love her. After her wedding to a member of the Saudi royal family, the two now split their time between Riyadh and London. Azzedine Alaïa designed her one-off wedding dress and she has even had a custom wedding shoe named after her by Christian Louboutin himself.
Regularly featured on the world’s best dressed lists since her Venetian wedding to George Clooney threw her into the international spotlight, Amal Alamuddin was born in Beirut and moved to London as a child. Her academic brilliance at Oxford and her career as an international human rights barrister means when she isn’t designing her wedding dress with Oscar de la Renta, she is representing governments or advising the UN.
Amal wanted her wedding ‘romantic and elegant’. This off-the-shoulder ivory tulle and Chantilly-lace gown was pure fairytale romance, and the unexpected cream jumpsuit that she wore for her civil ceremony was indeed the epitome of her own unique elegance.
The wedding guest list was just as impressive as the bride, reading like a celebrity who’s-who. Cindy Crawford, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Bono all joined the beautiful couple for a festivity-filled weekend.