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This mother spent over AED90,000 on a Dubai-themed pre-prom bash

People are calling this #promgoals…
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A mother in Philadelphia has just done something that social media is calling #promgoals.

Saudia Shuler has spent over AED90,000 (US$US25,000) to give her son Johnny Eden Jr. the ultimate Dubai-themed pre-prom bash.

The extravagant bash that took place last week included a camel, three tons of sand, three sports cars as well as three custom made suits and three bespoke ball gowns.

While some have criticised her for spending “too much” money, Shuler reveals that she in no way regrets her decision or the money spent.

The 43-year-old mother told New York Post that if it wasn’t for her son, she may not have made it through her three year health struggle that saw her suffer from a stroke and battle preliminary thyroid cancer.

“He struggled a lot when I was sick, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t go to the bathroom on my own. He had to go through all that and still go to school. I said, ‘If I make it through this, I’m going to make his prom the best,’” she told the newspaper.

Determined to do so, Shuler reveals that she started saving for her son’s pre-prom party almost a year in advance.

“It’s not like I had $25,000 sitting around. Family and friends helped, too. Probably $8,000 of that was my personal money,” she told New York Post.

The rented cars, which included a Lamborghini and a Rolls Royce, were paid for by her aunt while her neighbour supplied the sand.

She added that a local designer supplied all three of the custom made gowns worn by her son's dates – he initially only invited his girlfriend but his mum asked a cashier at her restaurant and her friend’s daughter to join him.

During her interview, the Country Cookin founder explained that the Dubai-themed pre-prom bash was actually her plan B. She initially wanted to treat her son and his friends to an all-expense paid trip to Dubai.

“I wanted to take him and his friends to Dubai but I thought, why not let the whole community experience Dubai? Plus, he had too many friends,” she said. 

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