With modern architectural marvels rising out of the ancient deserts, traditional hospitality and modern expertise and unexplored vistas, the Middle East presents a treasury of destinations for weddings. Here, old values and warmth embrace new luxury and sophistication. Technology and futuristic facilities are softened by complex cultural aesthetic.
This captivating blend of cultures and eras offers no dearth of destinations and venues that will not just suit a couple’s needs but will fire their imaginations.
Here are a few of WeddingSutra’s picks.
The Sultanate of Oman enjoys a rich heritage and an embracing society. A jewel of the Arab world, the country has a distinctive identity that comes from both its opulent natural beauty and its warm, diverse population.
From traditional Bedouin hospitality to the ultimate luxury resorts, this desert kingdom offers wedding destinations rich in contrast and unexpected pleasures.
At the iconic Kempinski Hotel Muscat, authentic Arabian warmth meets contemporary European flair. The 1,100 sqm pillar-free banquet Muscat Ballroom accommodates up to 700 guests in absolute comfort and style. The property also offers 11 function rooms that feature natural daylight and a pleasant atmosphere.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman is an oasis of rich experiences, and the relaxed setting of the hotel will elevate the mood at your celebration. Whether you choose the uninterrupted views of the Sea of Oman from the outdoor venue or the stunning Barr Al Jissah Ballroom with room for 850 guests hosted under the sparkling crystal chandeliers, the property offers one-of-a-kind spaces for your one-of-a-kind wedding.
The Chedi Muscat sits amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one-acre garden oasis and makes for a sublime venue for a lavish ceremony. Brides dreaming of the perfect backdrop to their dream day are sure to find their heart’s contentment among the property’s indoor and outdoor spaces. It is one of the choicest hotels in town.
A confluence of cosmopolitan culture from diverse areas of the middle-east, Dubai is the playground of the sophisticated and perfect for a celebration leaning to modern luxury. If you’re looking to host a wedding in a grand, state-of-the-art, statement venue, this is the city that will give you the options.
Palazzo Versace Dubai houses several impeccable sites that feature a mix of Versace’s Italian heritage and local Arabian culture. With a striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and unobstructed views of the Dubai Creek and skyline, the hotel is an embodiment of the Versace lifestyle and is a dream wedding destination. The lavishly decorated Gala Ballroom can comfortably accommodate up to 900 guests and is perfect for a grand celebration. For more intimate functions, the pre-function area with room for 215 people is ideal.
Madinat Jumeirah Resort is a property apt for those seeking both versatility and beauty at their wedding venue. The resort with its iconic waterways, well-appointed hotels and a wide array of locations, will fulfill every need a host could have. Whether it is a ceremony on their Fort Island – built in the middle of a lagoon, a grand soiree with room for 4,500 guests at the Madinat Arena or a party at the Joharah Ballroom which can be divided into seven smaller rooms, here nothing is impossible.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray allows you the romance and tranquility of a private shore and alluring waters with the most beautiful gazebo overlooking the sunset. Every one of the hotel’s elegant spaces, whether it is Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Diamond or Opal, is equipped to serve as venues for all wedding functions.
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai and a wedding here is bound to be a grand, extravagant statement. Few venues across the globe rival the unique charms of the Burj Al Arab Terrace, the Al Falak Ballroom, the Marina Garden, Palm Garden, Tameen Majlis, Gold on 27 and more. This hotel is the ultimate choice for glamorous weddings!
Taj Dubai combines local, traditional and new age themes to create a space that is truly eclectic. The hotel’s largest space, the Opera Ballroom, holds up to 300 guests at maximum capacity so venues here are ideal for an intimate wedding.
Then there’s Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, known world over for its marine and water park experience in addition to its luxury hospitality. With numerous indoor and outdoor locations this place will ensure your wedding truly stands out. Asateer, the hotel’s flagship venue affords uninterrupted views of Dubai’s skyline and the Atlantis Ballroom is ideal for a large wedding party. The Royal Beach, Royal Terrace and Private Terraces work perfectly as spaces for more intimate functions.
The words ‘island wedding’ will conjure up images of the isles of the East but world travelers know that the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain, hides many lustrous secrets including an uncanny resemblance to those idylls. High on the list of favorite destinations for Indian weddings, Bahrain balances exotic charm with modern amenities.
For couples seeking a wedding steeped in timeless luxury, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain provides all of that and more. Whether it is a ceremony at the hotel’s beach-front lawn followed by a reception at the elegant Al Ghazal Ballroom with 450 guests in tow or a 250 people strong after-party at Al Khayma, each function here will be nothing short of a fairytale. The property also offers the Al Noor Ballroom and The Private Island with a capacity for 500 guests each.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a soaring architectural statement. Set on an exclusive island, the hotel extends a sense of privacy, exclusivity and grandeur and offers venues that are perfect for all of your wedding occasions.
Also referred to as the Garden City of the UAE, Abu Dhabi boasts a wealth of natural and architectural splendor. The city now hosts global cultural treasures like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and has made its name as a centre in the middle east for the arts. If you’re a couple for whom only a destination with unbound aesthetic appeal would do, look no further.
Located within a complex of five towers each one an exemplar of dramatic sculptural form and spectacular design, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is where contemporary design meets local tradition. The property houses unique venues that will leave your guests breathless. The spacious pre-function area ‘Under The Oculus’ shines with features handcrafted with Czech crystals while the Mezzoon Ballroom is another of the hotel’s most magnificent spaces.
Amidst the Venetian-inspired hotel grounds, overlooking the canal and Grand Mosque, weddings at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal elevate romance to new heights. With dedicated planners by your side and luxurious venues to choose from this hotel is another great option to begin your new journey at.
If you’re dreaming of a palatial destination that spins enchantment then witness Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi to have all your wishes come true. At this hotel, each wedding is an exceptional affair and experiences are tailored to match the taste of the couple to create celebrations and memories that are filled with magic.
If you’re looking for something like no other, invite your guests to Yas Island for your wedding celebrations. Pristine beaches and the warmth of Emirati hospitality on an extraordinary island in the sparkling Arabian Gulf is all you need to have a remarkable wedding. With the option of seven luxurious hotels to choose from and a variety of activities to indulge them in, the destination is truly one-of-a-kind.
A combination of tranquil waters, serene desert and soaring mountains, Fujairah boasts topography unlike any other emirate. This is the emirate’s business and commercial hub and so it is well equipped to offer a wide variety of hotels for you to exchange your vows at.
Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is an idyllic luxury resort nestled in the hidden valleys of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains. An art inspired resort, its interior design is a juxtaposition of modern bohemian meets art-deco and is infused with arabesque touches. Its naturally lit indoor spaces, landscaped lawns and great outdoors are perfect for a fairytale wedding.
An exceptional destination where Arabian hospitality meets luxury, InterContinental Fujairah Resort is situated on the shoreline of the exquisite Al Aqah Beach, beneath the spectacular backdrop of lofty mountains. At each one of the property’s indoor and outdoor venues as well as its ballroom, the hotel provides a range of delegate experiences that are rooted in the culture of the destination.
Ajman may be one of smallest and least frequented emirates but it stands out for its low-key vibe and relaxed lifestyle. If you’re looking for the romance of the desert, the efficiency of a modern city but a quiet, intimate space, this city could be just what you want.
Conveniently located only 30 minutes away from Dubai, Fairmont Ajman lets your guests have the best of both worlds. It offers a stunning 700 square meter ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and abundant natural light as well as the Pearl Garden, a breathtaking beachfront venue that will afford your wedding unparalleled grace and charm making this occasion truly timeless.
The capital city of Qatar, Doha, has everything from historic mosques and fascinating museums to Persian beaches, dunes and beautiful parks. It’s a multicultural city that brings the world together and extends an experience that is diverse and fulfilling.
The sprawling Grand Hyatt Doha with its ornate design and intuitive service captures your imagination and takes you on a journey that allows you create innumerable unforgettable moments. Al Silia, the hotel’s ballroom, accommodates up to 100 guests at a time while the Rocca Poolside and The Gardens are suited for smaller gatherings. Their gracious staff, flexible spaces and convenient distance from the Hamad International Airport all make it a coveted location for you to say ‘I do’
One of the finest addresses in Qatar, The St. Regis Doha, sets new standards when it comes to guests’ experiences. Whether it is their carefully curated menus or the well-appointed rooms and suites, each aspect is designed to indulge their guests in extravagance. Besides intimate spaces for smaller gatherings, the hotel also houses two large ballrooms. The Grand Ballroom with natural daylight and a terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf allows 1800 guests at a time while the impressive circular space of the Al Gassar Ballroom can accommodate up to 1400 guests.
Ras Al Khaimah
Doesn’t a wedding in a beautiful desert, against the backdrop of sand dunes surrounded by majestic mountains sound enticing? Well then, head down to Ras Al Khaimah, the city that has played host to several high profile Indian wedding celebrations, the most recent of which was the nuptials of Mohit Marwah planned by WSF Milestone to Memories.
Located in a hidden haven Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah isn’t just an ideal destination but also an unforgettable getaway. You can choose the gorgeous surroundings of their stunning open-air garden and say your vows on lush lawns in the company of 150 of your closest friends and family, bring everyone together in the stylish setting of the Cabana or at a spectacular function at the Al Fayrouz Terrace.
When people think of wedding destinations, Jordan doesn’t immediately come to mind and you can use that to your advantage. Here is a country that is steeped in history, a wealth of unique culture for all to see and home to sweeping desert landscapes and a warm, hospitable culture. Jordan’s capital, Amman, in particular, is a heady mix of the old and new.
Set atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills, Four Seasons Hotel Amman is a majestic luxury hotel that brings you a selection of flexible spaces. This property is equipped with a ballroom ideal for wedding receptions, beautiful pre-function areas and handsome choices for more intimate pre-wedding celebrations, dinners or parties.
InterContinental Jordan Hotel offers cosmopolitan amenities with a Middle Eastern flourish; from light-filled rooms, vibrant furnishings and sweeping architecture to international cuisine and magnificent views. With versatile venues and warm hospitality, this hotel will ensure that your wedding is nothing short of gorgeous and exotic.
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