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How to Plan Your Perfect Destination Wedding in Dubai

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Updated: 10 March 2017

Dubai is a luxurious and exotic option for a destination wedding. Here is what you need to know before planning your dream wedding in the Emirates.

Destination weddings give you and your guests a chance to take a holiday and experience another culture, not to mention it can also double as a honeymoon destination. 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.


A destination wedding must is to hire a wedding planner. They can help you with coordinating all of the details from abroad. Wedding planners know all of the ins and the outs and will also have suppliers that they trust. To give you an idea of what to expect in terms of suppliers, read on.

Dubai has a multitude of musicians for hire, and as a multicultural city where expats outnumber locals nine to one, you have the option of picking a band or DJ that plays music in a language of your choosing.

Wedding party | ©Magikkk64 / Wikimedia

Wedding party | © Magikkk64 / Wikimedia

Dubai has many stores and boutiques where décor and clothing can be bought, but if you would like to customize your wedding, options are available for that too. The souks and tailors provide the means so you can pick your décor fabrics and also have your wedding dress custom designed.

When looking your best, Dubai has got you covered. This city is home to award-winning stylists from around the globe. Dubai also has a range of spas to help you achieve that bridal glow and treatment centers that can refresh your skin with the most up-to-date technologies.


Most wedding receptions happen at hotels as they are the only places that are legally allowed to serve alcohol in the Emirates. When looking for a hotel, keep in mind whether you would like your wedding to happen in a glamorous ballroom, outside on a golf course, or on a relaxed beach. Hotels are also a great option because many times you will be able to book a ceremony and reception at the same venue. Hotels also come with packages that can save you money and time.