The Best Wedding Hotels to Book in Dubai

Plan your Dubai wedding on a beach, like this one at One&Only Royal Mirage
Plan your Dubai wedding on a beach, like this one at One&Only Royal Mirage | Courtesy of Residence & Spa, Dubai at One&Only Royal Mirage /
Photo of Thais Kelly
3 November 2021

Say “I do” in one of the most glamorous hotels in Dubai, complete with a private beach, Michelin-starred cuisine and expansive views of the Persian Gulf. Whether you book the iconic Burj Al Arab overlooking Jumeriah Beach or Al Maha for a grand Bedouin desert tent, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable wedding day (or days) in this Emirate.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai, for five-star opulence on Jumeirah Beach

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This luxurious beachfront hotel sits in central Dubai but offers a pocket of quiet to say your vows. Choose from outside areas in a beautifully landscaped, sea-facing garden or on a silky soft private beach. The palatial Dana Ballroom – all shimmering in hues of blue, cream and silver – hosts up to 360 guests and spills out onto a beachfront lawn. It hardly ever rains in Dubai, so feel free to plan each detail with sunshine and sunsets in mind.

Atlantis, for unparalleled luxury on the Palm

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One of the most iconic landmarks in Dubai, Atlantis offers all the manicured gardens, sea views and luxury touches you’d expect from the opulent Emirate of Dubai. As a wedding venue, options range from elegant ballrooms, private beaches, the beautiful Asateer tent and even the colossal Lost Chambers Aquarium. The team offers Arabic and Indian weddings, including a night’s stay at the hotel, as well as entirely bespoke packages.

Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage, for downtown grandeur near the Palm

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Tie the knot against a backdrop of Arabian opulence – and then stay on for your honeymoon. The location may be central, but inside the grounds you’ll be immersed in secluded courtyards and gardens far from the hubbub of the city. The magic extends from the uttering of vows to late night celebrations. The Al Koufa Fortress offers an idyllic outdoor wedding setting, while the hotel amphitheatre accommodates 650 guests. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Al Maha, for desert seclusion in Murqquab

Shaded deck with row of forest green chairs and cocktail tables facing stunning desert view at Al Maha Desert Resort
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Little more than an hour’s drive out of Dubai, this beautiful resort and conservation reserve is by far the best way to embrace a UAE wedding – in the desert surrounded by ochre-coloured dunes. The well-versed staff will ensure your big day runs smoothly. For a truly authentic experience (for up to 300 guests), opt for the outdoor Bedouin-style desert dinner in an unforgettably wild location. Throw in desert adventures, a bespoke party and luxurious rooms and you’ve certainly got a celebration to remember.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, for a contemporary celebration overlooking Dubai Water Canal

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Not everyone can say they tied the knot in a glass-coated skyscraper. This five-star hotel in the downtown district soars high above Sheikh Zayed Road, located a stone’s throw from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera House. Inside there are 10 restaurants, a spa and 7,400sqm (80,000sqft) of event space. This includes a glittering ballroom for up to 1,000 guests and plenty of secluded outdoor space to savour those special moments.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, for beachside glamour overlooking the Persian Gulf

Ocean suite at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel has activity programmes for everyone | Courtesy of Jumeirah Beach Hotel /
Want a gorgeous view of the Burj Al Arab without the seven-star price tag? This could be just the ticket. Known as one of the most popular hotels in the city, Jumeirah Beach Hotel sits next to the sail-shaped Burj and makes for an epic coastal wedding venue. Choose from landscaped gardens, sweeping terraces or the grand Safinah ballroom. Alternatively, say your vows barefoot on a quiet sandy beach. It’s the stuff of Arabian fairytales.

Burj Al Arab, for jaw-dropping views from Jumeirah Beach

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For couples wanting to push the boat out – or drive over a bridge 280m (900ft) from Dubai’s coastline – this venue offers opulence on a grandiose scale. It’s the most iconic hotel in Dubai no less, but you can opt for a small, intimate wedding party or go the extra mile with hundreds of guests and all the gold leaf you can handle. The expert team of planners will take care of every detail – from arranging the perfect stems to curating a Michelin-worthy menu. Sail on through the day.

Sofitel Dubai, for an all-night party on The Walk

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A five-star bolthole on Dubai’s popular promenade, The Walk in JBR, this hotel has 444 sea view rooms and suites. Your guests will thank you for booking this venue. Why? It offers every opportunity to make the most of the local nightlife scene across its best restaurants, beaches and bars. The 400-capacity Grand Ballroom is perfect for large-scale receptions and customised menus are available. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from DMCC Metro Station.

Fairmont The Palm, for the ultimate wow factor

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With so many five-star hotels in Dubai, choosing the right wedding venue is tricky. But you can’t go wrong here, thanks to the gorgeous setting and team of wedding planners who will seamlessly bring your dream day to life with all the right bespoke touches. The Sea View Garden is a gorgeous spot for an al fresco ceremony, while the huge ballroom holds up to 500 guests. Dance and celebrate from nightfall to dawn.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai, for a spa retreat on the Palm

Expansive outdoor pool area with loungers and palm trees overlooking the water at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
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You’ll be surrounded by calm waters in a beautifully peaceful setting on the edge of the Arabian gulf. Enjoy front row seats overlooking an unbroken view of the jagged Dubai skyline. The grand ballroom makes a spectacular wedding venue, or why not book up the 200m (660ft) private beach? Stay in an elegant sea-facing room, while the luxurious spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself before the big day.

Thais Kelly contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on November 3, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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