The best places to get married in the UAE

These locations will get your wedding pictures trending all over social media.

Meryl D'Souza May 31, 2016

Simply dreaming about the perfect wedding is not going to put things into place. You’ve got to make it happen.

It’s hard, we get it. With a seemingly endless option of venues to choose from for your wedding reception, it's nearly impossible to narrow done your choices and select "the one".

But don’t have a breakdown just yet. We’ve done the legwork and scoured the country to compile a list of wedding destinations you should give some serious consideration to when it comes to planning your big day. 

Whether you dream of saying, "I do" on a beach, in a rustic barn, or on a scenic city rooftop, we've got a venue for every single type of couple.

The Palace Esplanade, One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Candles are romantic. Don’t believe us? Ask your wife to be. For wedding receptions that go on after sunset, The Palace Esplanade is lit up with candles that emit a gold hue over the shimmering waters of the palm-bordered water fountain that extends toward the hotel’s private beach.

Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Located at the heart of Madinat Jumeirah the little island that sits atop a large lagoon accommodates up to 1,400 guests and is perfect for couples who like the idea of an island wedding but don’t want to risk both sides of the family at one place for too long.

Zaya Nurai Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Of course if you’re ok with your respective families cohabiting on an island and are convinced it won’t end like the "Red Wedding" episode of Game Of Thrones, then don’t stress about taking them to Zaya Nurai Island Resort.

Pro tip: make sure your wedding video is cheekily filled with humblebrag like the resort’s video above.

The beach at Jumeirah Al Qasr, Dubai

If the Dubai heat is not a downer and you don’t mind a bit of sand in your shoes, a beach wedding at Jumeirah Al Qasr makes perfect sense. If nothing else, your guests will have one heck of a time and your pictures will be Instagram worthy thanks to the water, sky and Burj Al Arab backdrop.

Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah

If the fairytale wedding is one you’re looking for, you'd be hard pressed to find a better imperial setting in all of the seven Emirates. Everything about the hotel – from the domed entrance to the Peacock Alley lounge – screams luxury.

JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta

Whether you’re all for the intimacy of a heritage tent or the grandeur of a garden party surrounded by the majestic Hajjar Mountains, JA Hatta Fort Hotel gives you that destination wedding feeling without the need for a flight or immigration queues.

The Farm, Al Barari, Dubai

A hidden jungle in the desert, lush greenery surrounds Al Barari where luxury villas have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to a leafy ocean of tranquillity. The secluded area is perfect for the alternate wedding getaway, complete with fairly lights, acoustic guitars and picnic tables filled with the few people who matter.

The Burj Al Arab helipad, Dubai

While it may be a tad small to host even 50 guests, celebrating your love 212-metres above the Arabian Gulf, on the helipad of the most luxurious hotel in the world, has a certain exclusivity to it. Packages even include etiquette and dance lessons. It’s also one heck of a place to propose, so take your pick.