Seven Places to Tie the Knot

12 Dec 2011

Yasmine and Nivine Albanna, founders of local wedding planning company Dot the i’s ( reveal the most dazzling UAE venues for saying ‘I do’

1. Al Badia Golf Club
For ultimate “wow factor” you can go with this magnificent outdoors venue surrounded by tremendous green landscape, fully serviced by InterContinental Dubai Festival City. The venue is specifically called The Lawn due to its beautifully manicured, crescent-shaped grass terrace and it features a spectacular view of cascading waterfalls.
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2. The Park Hyatt
A luxurious waterfront retreat close to the iconic Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. It’s fi rst class with exquisite design and dramatic architecture, surrounded by two breathtaking gardens that act as a perfect venue for countless wedding celebrations. The fountain and the palm gardens are adorned by lush flowers and moorish fountains in a charming surrounding and it boasts a capacity of 160 guests for dinner and 250 guests for a reception event.
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3. Mina A’Salam
This diverse location within the Madinat resort can host a symphonic wedding and pre-wedding rituals. The beauty of the luxuriant ballrooms, Arabian hospitality and the impressiveness and sheer scope of the arena provide you with all that you want for your big day. The hotel consists of four ballrooms, each of which can accommodate from 250 up to 750 guests seated for dinner.
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4. Raffles Hotel
The hotel’s impressive ballroom, lit with glittering Swarovski chandeliers, has access to an outdoor terrace overlooking the Botanical Garden, where you can exchange your vows or hold the dinner buffet in a haven of tranquility. The ballroom can accommodate a maximum of 400 people for seated dinner, whereas the garden can be used as a separate venue for other celebrations as it can accommodate up to 200 guests.
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5. InterContinental Festival City
This modern landmark on the creek is inspired by creek sailboats and as the night falls, the twinkling city lights create a truly poetic setting. Two ballrooms are located on two separate floors, accommodating up to 350 guests. Married couples booking their wedding at the InterContinental are also being given a chance to return to the hotel after one year for a special first year anniversary gift, including a night’s stay with dinner and breakfast. Contact (04) 7011111 or visit

6. The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has been always ranked as the most romantic hotel in the city with its beautiful landscape and beach scenery that takes your breath away. The new Ritz Carlton at the DIFC is the latest addition and the Samaya ballroom is the new generation spacious ballroom that can seat 900 guests comfortably.
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7. The Atlantis Hotel
The Atlantis hotel has various unique venues. Asateer is their biggest wedding venue out of all as it seats 1,500 for dinner and 2,500 guests for cocktail reception style. Moreover, the Atlantis Ballroom and the Royal Terrace can also fi t 1,500 guests with an entrance from the Royal Terrace. Couples can also take their vows at The Lost Chambers surrounded by the underwater life of the Gulf.
Contact (04) 4260000 or visit