A Miss Universe event will take place in the United Arab Emirates soon. It has yet to be confirmed whether it is the 70th or 71st edition of the international beauty pageant or the Middle Eastern country’s inaugural national edition.
Members of the Miss Universe Organization are currently in Dubai, UAE. They will make an official announcement during a press conference in the city on October 7, 2021.
Founded on June 28, 1952, the organization is headquartered in New York City, New York, United States. Paula M. Shugart, 52, has been serving as its president since 1997.
The mere presence of the Miss Universe Organization in Dubai is interesting since human beauty pageants are not popular in the UAE. What Emiratis are familiar with are the multimillion dollar camel beauty pageants in their country.
On July 20, 2021, the organization announced that Miss Universe 2021 would be held in Eilat, Israel in December 2021. It was also confirmed that Steve Havey, 64, is returning as the host of the coronation night.
It will be the 70th edition of the international beauty pageant. Reigning Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza, 27, of Mexico was crowned at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA on May 16, 2021.
If the UAE sends a candidate at Miss Universe 2021, she will not be the international beauty pageant’s first candidate from the Middle East. Israel joined all the editions except in 1953 and so did Turkey except in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1977, 1985, 2000, 2007 and 2020.
Egypt has been participating since 1987 although it was absent in the 2020 edition. In 1960, Helen Giatanapoulus became the first and still the only Miss Universe candidate representing Jordan.
Iraq sent Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman in 1972 and Sarah Idan in 2017. Cyprus competed several times between 1973 and 2012 and Lebanon sent candidates semiregularly between 1955 to 2018.