More and more nowadays we’re seeing abayas come in an array of different colourways and patterns – far from the traditional all-black ensemble – and one individual known for her sartorial choices is Her Highness Sheikha Mahra al Maktoum, the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Her Highness is known for effortlessly playing with different patterns and colourways and always knows how to carry it off.
Whether attending exhibitions or posing with her favourite horses, she continuously stuns with every different look.
Seen with Noof Al Yefei and other notable figures, Her Highness attended a fashion showcase at Third Avenue in The Dubai Mall back in March. As an ode to royalty and glamour, this lilac abaya truly defined her elegance in a new light.
With a mission to constantly encourage local talent, Sheikha Mahra attended the Address Exhibition at Zabeel Ladies Club at the end of February. Her Highness shared a series of photos and a video of her visit to the exhibition where she is seen visiting different booths at the event to learn about jewellery, food, makeup and clothes. Adorned in an ethereal mint green abaya with delicate flowers, Sheikha Mahra stunned in this pastel ensemble.
Pop of colour
Known for championing homegrown talent and local brands, Sheikha Mahra was seen at the Icons Exhibition to support regional designers and their flawless creations back in January. With her love for the growing fashion industry, she arrived at the Palazzo Versace for the event in a yellow and grey abaya set and spent her time speaking to several entrepreneurs who showcased their pieces.
Just like her father, one of Sheikha Mahra’s biggest passions is horses. Making a visit to the Meydan Racecourse back in mid-February, Her Highness looked picture-perfect in a brown and black abaya set as she toured the venue.
Making a statement
Showcasing her love for animals, Sheikha Mahra took part in a photoshoot with her horse Derbi back in March. Her Highness opted for a statement look as she posed with her beloved stallion wearing a printed silhouette paired with a red slip and open wavy locks.
Attending one of the biggest events of the year in the emirate, the Dubai World Cup, Sheikha Mahra looked timeless in a gorgeous white abaya with delicate embroidery and intricate embellishments. The look was complemented with natural waves and matte makeup.
Late last year, Sheikha Mahra made a visit to Expo 2020 Dubai wearing a white abaya paired with a burnt-orange satin dress. With mattifying makeup, a brown lip, a half-done ponytail and glistening solitaires, she looked refined as visited multiple pavilions.
A vision in teal
During her first tour at Expo 2020 Dubai, Sheikha Mahra visited multiple pavilions including Saudi Arabia, Italy, the UAE, Greece, Estedama and more. Seen in a teal and white abaya set, Sheikha Mahra paired the look with a green shayla worn around her neck with half-tied hair and loose curls.
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