17 UAE wedding venues you need to know about

From desert retreats to dazzling city ballrooms and beachside havens, the UAE has something for every couple. Shanqh Luxury is the best Indian Wedding Planner in UAE and shares it experience below:

1. One&Only Royal Mirage

Venues: With over 65 acres of lush green landscaped gardens, 1km of exclusive beachfront overlooking Palm Island bay, a variety of water fountains, falajs, winding walkways, arches and domes, the resort offers a collection of the most unique, and scenic outdoor and indoor venues. There are two recently refurbished ballrooms, The Royal Ballroom at The Palace, for up to 300 guests, and the Peregrine Ballroom at the Arabian Court for up to 160 guests. The outdoor Amphitheatre and Oval Garden could seat another 300 guests.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? The stylish Arabesque architecture and décor makes One&Only Royal Mirage an ideal location for those colorful, vibrant Indian weddings. Reflecting pools, colorful mosaics, hand-painted domes, winding corridors, candle lights and bakhoor sets a theatrical scene perfect for those romantic pictures and videos shoots. A team of dedicated chefs from India also contributes in creating the most unique Asian culinary experiences.

2. Emirates Palace

Venues and capacity: There’s something for every party size, from 30 to 2,000 guests, whether under the stars in one of the many outdoor gazebos, on the beach with the backdrop of the illuminated Palace, or within the regal ballroom.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? Royal weddings are signature, so no matter who you are, their talented team of professionals will assist you in planning your perfect wedding. Inspiration may be found in every corner of the one million square metres of breath-taking grounds, from the glimmering ocean to the ceilings embellished with 24K gold.

3. Raffles

Venues: Raffles Ballroom, overlooking the Gardens, boasts stunning Swarovski crystal chandeliers, hand-carved doors and natural daylight (up to 350 guests in a dinner set-up); the Garden, for an intimate outdoor blessing or dinner for up to 200 guests; and the Roman Court in the Garden for up to 100 guests. Other venues include the library, Luxor and Gizza.

What makes it a special place to get married? The hotel’s venues are suitable for different types of ceremonies such as mehendi, sangeet and pheras, giving the chance to have the fire, drums and the temple. There are special and personalised menus for Indian weddings – serving authentic dishes, customised to the guest preference by the expert and Indian executive sous chef Santosh Gonzalves.

4. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Venues: Safinah ballroom with LED lighting, ceiling-mounted projectors and screens, for 300-600 guests, subject to the stage size (minimum food and beverage spend of Dh110,000); Sunset Garden (minimum food and beverage spend of Dh30,000).

What makes it a special place to get married? With indoor spaces and several outdoor options with views of the Burj Al Arab, this beach hotel is the perfect option for weddings of all sizes with guests needing accomodation options, as block-booking at preferential rates is possible.

5. Oberoi Dubai

Venues: The Grand Hall (up to 280 guests banquet style, 350 guests lounge style), has a private entrance and is adjacent to the outdoor Courtyard, which is perfect for welcome cocktails or a wedding ceremony (200 guests); Poolside (250 guests standing; 80 guests banquet); Yoga Deck for up to 50 guests, for intimate blessings, receptions, wedding luncheons and dinners.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? The Oberoi Dubai offers beautiful venues together with exemplary service quality that ensures guests’ special day is extraordinary. The hotel boasts a dining experience that promises to be one of the highlights of your wedding thanks to the award-winning chefs. The team of in-house pastry chefs will design and decorate the wedding cake of your dreams.

6. Madinat Jumeirah

Venues: Fort Island, an outdoor venue in a lagoon; Joharah and Murjaan ballrooms (280 guests); Arena (4,500 guests); Layali, a beachside setting for a blessing ceremony.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? Like the other Jumeirah properties, this is the place for a beachside wedding in Dubai; the venue is geared up to handle multiple events.

7. Fairmont Ajman

Venues: The Topaz Ballroom. At 700sqm, it is an opulent marbled room with floor-to-ceiling windows running its entire length. Pearl Garden, overlooking the beachfront, is a spectacular setting for a pheras and baraat.

What makes it a special place to get married? Holding court along the prime beachfront address of the corniche and enveloped by white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, the perfect backdrop for creating a lifetime of memories on your special day. The hotel offers wedding planning service and photography partners.

8. Atlantis

Venues: Both the Atlantis Ballroom and Zero Entry Pool have a 2,000-guest capacity; or go big at the 2,500-guest Asateer with a view of the Dubai skyline.

What makes it a special place to get married? It’s is a destination within a destination, with the largest meet, eat and sleep facilities in the region, and 455 chefs are ready to prepare any kind of food for any event. There are outdoor venues and beautiful views. The team understands different cultures, traditions and their requirements and work efficiently to create a memorable celebration.

9. Crowne Plaza Dubai

Venues: The Al Jumairah Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 (banquet) and 1,800 guests for a cocktail reception. The 15 meeting rooms can between them accommodate 5-1800 guests.

What makes it a special place to get married? Crowne Plaza Dubai has a long history and has been part of the Dubai social scene for almost 24 years. It is the oldest hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road and generations of families have chosen to have their weddings at the hotel.

10. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Venues: The Liwa Grand Ballroom can accommodate minimum of 150 guests; the outdoor venue is available on weekdays only.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? Weddings are meant to be timeless memories. The team are there to make it last. Whether your style is modern or classic, intimate or extravagant, they can assist to make your vision an extraordinary reality and deliver a personalized wedding day.

11. Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Abu Dhabi

Venues: The grand Roma Ballroom has chandeliers, upholstered walls and unique lighting and can accommodate up to 900 guests with direct access to the bridal suites. Napoli (90 guests); Grand Canal Beach, in front of the canal; Grand Lawn with views of the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque (500 guests); Pool Garden (1,000 guests); Villa Lawn (200 guests).

12. St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Venues: The Regal Ballroom is the city’s largest banquet facility, which means it can accommodate up to 1,500 guests and it also boasts a separate pre-function space and a dedicated bridal entrance and salon; the hotel’s private beach can accommodate 400 guests for an intimate sea-facing ceremony, or you can also opt for the Ballroom Terrace that overlooks the sea and can accommodate 350.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? The hotel’s many venues cater to whatever setting your dream wedding comprises of. The resort also offers bespoke spa treatments for the bridal party.

13. Taj Dubai

Venues: Opera Ballroom, with its own dedicated entrance, accommodates 300 for a gala dinner, or 250 people for a sangeet/mehendi. For smaller pre-wedding functions, the Outdoor Pool Deck takes 110 persons, the Secret Garden, with views of Burj Khalifa, has a capacity of 80 persons(gala setup). Bombay Brasserie and Treehouse accommodate 120.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? The location of the hotel, with easy access to the best of the attractions that Dubai has to offer; views of Burj Khalifa; and a flexible and attentive team that presents a host of services and a single point of contact to plan, conceptualise and execute your wedding day.

14. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Venues: The Garden, by the beach, (up to 600 guests); MusicHall can be converted into banquet-style seating for up to 600 guests; Saray Club (up to 500 guests); Sultan’s Lounge Private Room (up to 90 guests).

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? A two-hour beach ceremony with lanterns and a red carpet and views of the Palm Jumeirah; and family as well as friends get a preferential rate when booking rooms at this palatial property. It’s perfect for your Arabian Nights dreams.

15. InterContinental Dubai 
Festival City

Venues: Two large ballrooms and 16 meeting rooms.

16. Al Maha

Reception venues: Presidential suite, a private poolside venue with views of the desert for 80 guests (Arabic style) or 50 guests at round tables; Al Majlis banquet space for up to 120 guests; dune dining for up to 300 with Arabic-style carpets and cushions, gas torches, live BBQ, Bedouin tents, gas torches and lanterns, sound system, Arabic souk, bonfire, washrooms, welcome entourage with refreshing towels and welcome cocktail.

What makes the hotel a special place to get married? Because this recently refurbished desert resort is nestled in a protected wildlife reserve, it is utterly cut off from the world, with views over the dunes, animals roaming around and a taste of the UAE’s unique desert culture.

17. Jumeirah Golf Estates

Venues: Jumeirah Golf Estates offers indoor and outdoor space including a ballroom (up to 240 guests, with a stage and its own terrace) and two outdoor terraces with lush golf course views – Fire Terrace accommodating 150 guests and Earth Terrace accommodating up to 450 guests seated. The Earth Terrace can accommodate a dance floor, stage and pre-function cocktail area, and the Fire Terrace, overlooking the 18th hole on the Fire Course, can accommodate a stage.

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