Debutante Balls Come to Dubai

Debutantes (L-R) Olivia Stead, Anna Zaphiriou-Zarifi, Nicole Gilmer, Eloise Knight, Isabella Robinson and Elizabeth Stead wait for the arrival of guests during the The London Season on The World Ball on November 14, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Debutantes, royalty and aristocracy, attended The London Season Ball on the World hosted on the exclusive and privately owned Royal Island off the coast of Dubai. The ball follows the tradition of the historical Queen Charlotte's Ball held annually in London. The ball is the inaugural party of the London Season Academy in Dubai, offering classes in etiquette in social and business protocol. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Dubai now has its very own debutante ball, thanks to the London Season Academy. Last week, the group hosted 150 guests (from Europe and the Middle East) at a celebration of high-society coming-of-age on the privately owned Royal Island off the coast of Dubai.

How to justify launching a new debutante event in this era? While there are perhaps arguments about tradition and ritual to bolster existing debutante balls, they look like fading relics. But one special subset thought, Screw that natural progress. We shall create a new home for this outdated, elitist ritual. For how else will women of marrying age and purity be presented to the acceptable men of society? Don't you dare say they can meet at school or among their friends and family. Don't you dare. They shall meet at an ersatz wedding.

But hold your judgmental horses: There are practical skills involved in the debutante experience. For example, these women can cut scones. They attended social, business, and etiquette classes — which involved instructions on shaking hands, preparing afternoon tea, and cutting scones.

Those are crumby, tricky little pastries, so it truly is a blessing to all of society that at least several women know how to slice this morning snack elegantly.