Destination Wedding in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Destination weddings in Dubai and Europe have skyrocketed in popularity in the last decade, and its appeal keeps growing. A destination wedding in Dubai can certainly help your day stand out vividly from the pack. When you take your wedding to a special destination, you automatically make it unique and memorable.

For destination weddings, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Manama and Muscat are growing in popularity. Is it the sun-sea-sand charm or the myriad of cultures that meet in this exotic land?

Dubai is a great place for Arabian-themed desert weddings, luxurious weddings, and beach weddings. The weather is usually always sunny, the city offers lots of activities for guests, and if you have friends and family across the globe, Dubai is centrally located.

As far as wedding destinations go, Dubai has it all—the beach, the cityscape and the desert. The best part is that it is a short flight away and so well connected to India. Weather wise, it is best to skip the summer months, though if you do decide that you want your special day in these months, most hotel locations are equipped to beat the heat. And best of all, you find everything ‘desi’ here easily.

Most weddings take place in luxury five-star venues due to alcohol restrictions, but don’t lose heart. The hotels here are made for marriages. Even if you’re at a hotel, you will never be just restricted to the ballrooms in this city, since they always have outdoor and indoor options. Private villas and yachts are also an option—but you need to have the permissions in order.

Popular venues for destination weddings in Dubai include the Dusit Thani, the Burj Al Arab, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, and the Four Seasons Dubai — all of which have a good understanding of Indian weddings and their requirements.

The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, also continues to rank high as a popular choice for destination weddings. The bustling metropolis has enough tourist attractions, retail havens and gourmet stops to keep one busy for days on end. The city has also rightfully gained a reputation for being the art hub of the UAE — from the Etihad Modern Art Gallery and the Abu Dhabi Art Hub right up to huge institutions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, it is inarguably one of the most art-driven cities in the region. Here too, top-notch hotels and resorts cater to destination weddings of all sizes with food, venues, décor and unhinged fun as the distinct focal point.

Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be exciting options for a Middle Eastern wedding destination. Furthermore, these cities are viable and convenient to plan a wedding in tandem with your destination wedding planner. They are just a short, direct flight away from most major cities and there are a good number of flight options per day — a factor that makes travel easier on your guests, especially if they are elderly. Another reason that makes these cities an ideal pick for your destination wedding is the familiarity factor. After all, whether you plan an itinerary for them or not, they won’t find it difficult or inconvenient to keep themselves busy during your destination wedding in either or both cities.

Wedding in Dubai – Some Facts

  • Unique, luxury wedding destination
  • Best time of year to marry is October to May
  • Ninety Nine percent of weddings take place in a hotel / resort due to strict alcohol licencing laws
  • A wedding blessing or a symbolic ceremony is a popular choice for non-UAE residents
  • Excellent service standards
  • Melting pot of many cultures and nationalities