Getting set to plan a wedding? Well, luckily for you, you don’t have to travel too far to find some seriously beautiful wedding spots.
The UAE has plenty of venue options – whether you’re looking for a fancy five-star do, or a quaint desert wedding.
20, here are nine unique places to get married in the UAE…
Platinum Heritage Weddings
Events company Platinum Heritage have a few romantic wedding locations on offer.
You can choose to get married atop a dune at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, or you can opt for the more traditional Bedouin Camp.
If neither of those take your fancy, you can get married next to a stunning desert oasis, surrounded by fire torches and wooden huts.
The Lebanon Island
This romantic little island is located just off the coast of Dubai as part of The World Islands, and can be completely rented out for private use.
Al Maha Desert Resort
This secluded desert resort inside a conservation reserve offers up a stunning location for a wedding among the dunes. The romantic desert backdrop makes Al Maha a guaranteed winner (and it’s under an hour’s drive from Dubai too). You can expect some oryx guests on your big day too.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
This close-to-home venue offers up a number of spots in which you can get married, from the Palermo Terrace to the Saha Courtyard – with the option to arrive in a horse-drawn carriage for that extra fairytale twist.
Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel
Situated at a lofty height of 3,000 feet, this mountain-top oasis resort has sprawling views of the UAE from the historic Jebel Hafeet mountain in Al Ain. We say style the venue up Palm Springs-style and opt for a retro themed do here.
One and Only Royal Mirage
This incredibly luxury Al Sufouh hotel feels a world away but is right in the thick of the city (and it boasts a private beachfront). The One and Only offers up a number of locations in which a wedding can take place – from the Al Koufa Fortress and amphitheatre to The Palace Gardens and the esplanade. There’s also a One and Only on the Palm that can host weddings too.
Raffles Dubai Hotel
The pyramid-structure Raffles offers up venues for both the grand and opulent as well as the small and intimate wedding. The 350-capacity Raffles Ballroom, complete with Swarovski crystal chandeliers serves up views of the private Raffles Garden – while the Luxor and Gizza rooms allow for smaller weddings with the décor tailored to your taste.
Bab Al Shams
Out in the desert by Al Qudra Lake, this desert resort and spa is the perfect secluded location for a five-star desert wedding. Little to no light pollution offers up a great spread of the night sky, turning what would’ve been a typical hotel marriage into a magical one.
Canvas & Wood
If you’d like your wedding to be one to remember and totally unique, Canvas & Wood have you covered. Their giant teepees are able to seat up to 72 people, and can be erected anywhere you please to serve as shelter.