Miss Universe UAE: First 15 of 30 official candidates announced

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Ajanta Paul

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Published: Fri 22 Oct 2021, 8:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 26 Feb 2023, 6:47 PM

The first batch of candidates to compete for the title of Miss Universe UAE have been announced.

Fifteen names have so far been released on official social media accounts - Marwa (23, Sharjah), Sara (25, Dubai), Jasmin (22, Abu Dhabi), Dilnoza (23, Dubai), Alma (24, Dubai), Bahar (26, Dubai), Emilia (24, Dubai), Frank (27, Dubai), Razan (28, Abu Dhabi) Natalia (24, Dubai), Victoria (26, Dubai), Reem (25, Abu Dhabi), Asher (28, Dubai), Anna (28, Dubai) and Anita (24, Dubai).

The Miss Universe Organization and Yugen Events announced the historic first-ever Miss Universe UAE on October 7, 2021.

A few hours after the announcement of the pageant, the Miss Universe website crashed as over 12,000 candidates logged in to apply. The delegation whittled the applications down to 300 and selected its 30 official candidates on Thursday.

All women, between the ages of 18 to 28, who had a three-year residency, possessing a valid Emirates ID and passport, were qualified to join.

The event will be held for three hours, where candidates will get the opportunity to showcase their intelligence, style and talent.

According to an official press release, the swimwear category will be dropped from the event this time "in respect of the UAE's culture and traditions."

A charity dinner will formally present the candidates on November 4.

The preliminary rounds will then take place on November 5, where the Top 15 will be chosen. From the semi-finalists will be selected the top five.

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The coronation night will be held on November 7.

The five remaining candidates will compete in a question-and-answer round that will pick out the final three and the eventual winner.

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