Dubai is truly a city of contrast, and beauty and this is really reflected in its variety of incredible wedding venues.
Choose between a wedding set in the vast unspoilt desert, the lush rolling greens of a top golf course or the opulent splendour of the finest hotels – Dubai has it all.
Bindi and I have compiled a list of some our absolute favourites – places we have worked that really stand out for location, service, facilities and good old wow- factor!
In no particular order…..
Al Maha Desert Resort
Located; Al Ain Road, Dubai. United Arab Emirates +971 4 8439900 website
Best For; Absolutely epic views and unique desert location.
Insiders Tip: Why not surprise your guests and arrive by camel.
Al Maha Resort is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and plays a vital role in its conservation. Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and also offers a sense of desert adventure.
The Arabian Oryx & the Gazelles are the star attractions in the reserve. The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sundeck seating area of all Villas.
The private desert event site situated away from the hotel is available for weddings, special celebrations and group functions for up to 300 guests. It is the perfect location for family events.
Breathtaking venue. Seriously. If you have ever dreamed of getting married in the middle of an Arabian adventure then this is the one for you. The actual wedding location is set away from the villas in the middle of the vast desert. You reach there by an exciting 4X4 ride with expert drivers who are genuine conservation guides. After your ceremony the reception can be held in a variety of locations, but our pick is around the pool villa under the open desert sky.
One and Only Royal Mirage
Located; Al Sufouh Road, Dubai. United Arab Emirates. +971 4 3999999 website
Best for; Large choice of venues, understated arabesque opulence. Beautiful rooms.
Insider tip: Watch the sunset from the elegant Jetty Lounge bar.
On a kilometer of private beachfront overlooking the amazing landscape of The Palm Island Bay, One&Only Royal Mirage commands a regal presence amidst 65 acres oasis of lavishly landscaped gardens, just minutes away from Dubai Marina.
This is an incredible venue, and also our personal favorite to socialize. (Check out Eauzone for dinner and The Rooftop Bar for drinks.) This is a vast property but it somehow manages to retain a really intimate feeling in all of its venues. It has some amazing features, notably the architecture, beach, and the manicured grounds. In our mind this property, and its sister One & Only The Palm are two of the most elegant properties in Dubai. If you want absolute luxury and elegance for your wedding then this must be on your shortlist.
The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Located; Emirates Hills, Dubai. United Arab Emirates. +971 4 3905600 website
Best for; Lush green fairways and large outdoor wedding setting
Insider tip; borrow a golf cart for some photos amongst the trees and lakes
Take your first steps together on the lush emerald greens of The Address Montgomerie Dubai, where natural beauty sets the scene for a wonderful wedding celebration. 265 acres of golfing fairways, gardens and lakes look toward the Dubai skyline at this boutique resort – a tranquil haven on your special day.
It’s where you can expect the undivided attention of an attentive team, whether for an intimate family ceremony of 10 or an elaborate reception of 500. At the poolside or on the lawn, it is a venue without parallel. After all, an occasion that’s once-in-a-lifetime deserves a celebration that’s one-of-a-kind.
Marriages may be made in heaven, but a wedding does require intricate planning. Our Lifestyle Events Manager will walk with you all the way, and is dedicated to making your dreams a reality. We have tailored three packages to match your idea of the perfect wedding, including enticing menu options, decorations of subtle elegance, and even a romantic theme if you so desire. We consider everything of utmost importance, including dressing rooms for the bridal party to ensure comfort, convenience and privacy. After all, the details always make the difference.
Not many venues in Dubai are as lush and green as The Montgomerie. Not only do you get a world class golf course as a backdrop, but you have the largest outdoor wedding space that we have seen. The Montgomerie also has a boutique hotel with 21 lovely rooms with views over the golf course. The event staff here are a pleasure to deal with and we always love working here.
The Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Located; Al Qudra Road Dubai, United Arab Emirates. +971 4 3618111 website
Best for: A hidden gem, with a real country feel
Insider tip: Check out the Stables Tour for something different
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is the ideal venue for your wedding, offering unique and inspiring settings that are second to none in Dubai. Experience a day of romance and celebration in the most breath-taking surroundings imaginable. Our dedicated Lifestyle Events Team will make the planning process as much a pleasure as your dream day.
Arrive by romantic horse-drawn carriage and soak up the wonder in the knowledge that your fairy-tale wedding will unfold exquisitely from beginning to end.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is located opposite Arabian Ranches next to Studio City, can accommodate from small gatherings up to 1,000 guests, at the beautiful outdoor venue, Polo field.
A completely unique venue for Dubai, with a feel more like a country club. With stables and large polo fields this lovely venue has tons of green space and can cope with the largest outdoor weddings. The Polo Club has at least 3 different wedding options, of which we particularly love the Saha Courtyard with its fountains and lovely intimate feel.
The Ritz Carlton Dubai
Located; The Walk Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai. United Arab Emirates. +971 4 3994000
Best for: The beautiful Wedding Pavilion with views over the Arabian Gulf
Insider tip: This 5 Star Hotel is also surrounded by 1 mile of beach front boutiques, restaurants, hotels and cafés.
Wedding memories that last a lifetime
Nestled along Jumeirah Beach Residence’ The Walk, Dubai’s exclusive promenade reminiscent of the French Riviera, lies an intimate beachfront retreat. The resort’s low-rise, Mediterranean facade with its sweeping driveway, rose petal-strewn fountains and stunning Mashrabiya woodcarvings, provides a dazzling vision of tradition enveloped in an elegant modern setting, amidst the towering skyscrapers of Dubai’s cosmopolitan Marina. Indoor celebrations take place among the timeless charm and sophistication of the newly designed Loulou’A Ballroom. Whilst a choice of outdoor venues set among the resort’s lush landscaped gardens, with views of the turquoise waters and sandy shores of the Arabian Gulf, provide an idyllic backdrop for al fresco weddings.
No two love stories are the same, and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai believes in creating weddings that are as unique as you are. From your first visit to the resort to your first footsteps as man and wife, the hotel’s team will ensure every detail is personalized and planned to perfection. A dedicated wedding expert will guide you through every step, from meeting with the chef and resident florist, to choosing the color of your cutlery; The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is committed to providing only the highest levels of service, and an experience emblazoned with your signature.
To receive more information, please telephone the hotel’s wedding experts on +971 4 318 6726 or email email@example.com.
One of the most iconic 5 Star venues in Dubai, the Ritz is synonymous with elegance and quality. With 9 restaurants and lounges there is no shortage of places for you and you guests to chill out. For the ceremony we particularly love the Wedding Pavilion area, which is a large expanse of grass backing onto views of the Gulf. This area is surprisingly private with clever planting and pathways providing a great buffer from the busy beach. Our choice for reception venue is the Sunbird Lawn area surrounded by beautiful trees with views of the hotel and amazing skyline.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Located; The Palm, Dubai. United Arab Emirates. +971 4 5678888 website
Best for: Arguably the best beach weddings in Dubai
Insider tip: One of the only resorts in the UAE to have over water villas, and Mekong Restaurant rocks.
Experience unforgettable wedding celebrations at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, home to a range of Dubai wedding venues that will create memories that last a lifetime. Join together in wedded bliss under clear azure skies, surrounded by the Arabian waters of the Palm Jumeirah. Anantara’s special Wedding Packages provide an all-inclusive basis for planning a wedding, which can be seamlessly tailored to suit individual ideas to make the big day perfect. Whether on the beach, by the pool or in the resort’s grand ballroom, a wedding at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort; Spa will ensure your time as newlyweds sets the scene for a lifetime of happiness. For more information, please click here: http://anantara-news.com/~devanantara-news/download/adpj/anantara_dubai_the_palm_wedding_brochure.pdf
Definitely a strong favorite of ours, after having shot many weddings here. Firstly the event staff are fantastic, they really go the extra mile and must be among the best in Dubai. We also love the Thai architecture and the tropical feel that the property has. Beach ceremonies are a specialty and with the sun setting over the Gulf and views of The Palm, its not hard to see why. While it has a ballroom, our recommendation would be to hold the reception outside around the pool. At night with the backdrop of the pool and hotel, it looks amazing.