If you are planning to have your wedding in an exotic location but haven’t decided where, why not consider something closer to home… say Dubai? If you’ve never thought about the glorious emirate as an option for your big day, here are 10 reasons why you should.
- It is has the world’s tallest building
Standing at 830m tall, Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Its At the Top observation deck provides stunning views across the Dubai cityscape – a perfect accompanying experience to accentuate the magnitude of your occasion.
- It is home to Dubai Creek
The beautiful Dubai Creek that winds its way inland from the coast separates the two ‘old Dubai’ areas of Deira and Bur Dubai. As well as providing great opportunities for a relaxing cruise, the area is home to traditional textile and gold souqs that honour the city’s heritage.
- It has fantastic winter weather
Dubai’s weather, in its cooler months, is perfect for an outdoor marriage ceremony. If you live in colder climes and want to escape the winter gloom for your special day, Dubai has countless options for fantastic al fresco festivities.
- It has one of the world’s best airlines and airports
The multi-award winning Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating nearly 3,400 flights per week. From its hub at Dubai International Airport – winner of Best Airport in Middle East – the airline flies to more than 133 cities in 74 countries across six continents, making it the ideal carrier for your international wedding guests.
- You can shop until you drop
Dubai is the shopping capital of the Middle East. Its numerous malls offer not only exceptional retail facilities, but also fantastic leisure amenities, as in the summer they become prime destinations to escape the heat. The annual Dubai Shopping Festival attracts about 3 million people each year, with the month-long event offering bargains galore, in-mall entertainment, raffles for luxury cars and a huge nightly fireworks display.
- It has great beaches
Dubaihas a long stretch of coastline with great beaches, most of which are open to the public free of charge. Sunbathing and swimming are obviously popular activities, with the renowned Kite Beach being a great spot for spectators to watch kite surfers do their stuff… and perhaps even have a go themselves.
- It has a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene
Dubai has firmly established itself on the international entertainment circuit, with global superstar performers visiting the city throughout the year to put on major concerts. There are nightclubs for every taste in music, theatres, circus acts and shows. And with so many Michelin-starred dining options, you can eat like a king and queen every night.
- It is extremely safe
Dubai has a reputation for being an extremely safe place to visit and has an enviably low crime rate of crime. You can walk almost anywhere in the city at any time of the night or day without fear of unwanted attention. If you forget your mobile phone, laptop or bag in a public place, it will most likely still be there when you return – that said, always take caution.
- You can have your wedding ceremony according to your beliefs
Dubai is tolerant of all religions, so whether you are Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or a follower of any other faith, you will be able to have the religious wedding of your choice. The emirate has several churches and Hindu temples alongside its many mosques that fill the air with enchanting calls to prayer throughout the day.
- You can enjoy the beauty and thrills of the desert
Dubai is surrounded by desert – a landscape that offers spectacular scenery and thrilling activities. A popular pastime is dune bashing, which involves four-wheel-drive SUVs traversing the huge sand dunes that lie just outside the city limits. There are several companies that offer this exciting activity as part of a day excursion or overnight package, with the experience also including a traditional Bedouin meal, belly dancing performances, falconry displays and camel riding. Wedding guests will love it