White tie and palm trees are rarely seen together -- when mixed with the smart native dress of the resident population and the magnificent ball gowns of the ladies, the effect was surreal and magical. The charity auction at the ball raised an impressive amount for the S.O.S. children's charity and everyone agreed the event was a wonderful start for the London Season Academy as it launches in the region.
|Guests departed for the Royal Island by boat from the Dubai Marina|
(C) Simeon Williams
|Luxury setting: The ball was held on the exclusive and privately-owned Royal Island, part of the World Islands development off the coast of Dubai|
|Socialising: The debutantes mix with eligible young men during the ball, which was based on the historic Queen Charlotte's Ball, held annually at the Royal Courts of Justice in London|
|An eager bidder in the charity auction.|
|Impressive guest list: The ball attracted dozens of rich, famous and royal guests, including popular music singer Jahmene, pictured here with a debutante. |
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