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Subject: Miss Universe UAE's website crashes with thousands of applicants

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Date Posted: 12:11:29 10/11/21 Mon

Aspiring beauty queens crashed the Miss Universe UAE website hours after the historic pageant was announced on Thursday.

Josh Yugen, president and national director of Miss Universe UAE, said they’ve now received more than 12,000 applicants for the contest. The auditions are set to take place on Friday.

“We had thousands of applications in the first hour and our website couldn’t handle it,” he tells The National. “I knew we were announcing something historic, but I didn’t expect such a response.”

Yugen, whose company Yugen Events has been chosen to select the first UAE representative for the global beauty contest, says he’s also encouraged by the quality of applications, which also includes a number of Emiratis.

“It just goes to show how so many people have been waiting for such a global platform to come here,” he says. “The pageant has been going on for 70 years and for the first time, we will have a representative from the UAE.”

Paula M Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation said last week: “I could not be more pleased to welcome the first-ever representative from the UAE to our globally televised event in December.

"The UAE is marking a very important time in its history, from the signing of the Abraham Accords to hosting the Expo 2020 Dubai, and there has never been a better time to shine a spotlight on the women residing in this country.

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