The 2012 Washington National Opera Ball, hosted by Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

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					   The 2012 Washington National Opera
   Ball, hosted by Ambassador Yousef Al
                   Otaiba

Hosted by the Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the
United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, and his wife, the 2012 Washington
National Opera Ball once again served as one of the most glamorous
nights in Washington, D.C. Over the past several years, ambassadors
from embassies representing countries such as France, Germany, China,
and Russia have hosted the balls, with each event more lavish than the
previous one. The UAE embassy continued this tradition of excellence,
providing guests with temporary henna tattoos, Middle Eastern music,
and traditional mosaic designs. Tents in the plaza featured authentic
Middle Eastern food served as diners lounged on rugs and pillows,
while the back patio featured a club atmosphere.

Attended by such Washington luminaries as Supreme Court Chief
Justice John Roberts, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and former D.C.
Mayor Adrian Fenty, the ball raised more than $1.1 million for the
Washington National Opera. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and his wife
welcomed the chance to share the UAE’s passion for arts and culture
with Washington D.C. “Opera is a truly global art form,” said Al Otaiba,
taking pride in being “a part of this important cultural exchange.”

				
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