Madinat complex Including both the Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr hotels, there are a number of venues across the complex which can be hired to meet the needs of both high-end and more budget wedding parties. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, from ballrooms with Arabic-inspired decor to beach venues where you can make the most of the sunset. Umm Suqeim (04 366 5354).
Atlantis The Palm Popular with those heading to Dubai purely for their big day, The Palm’s largest five-star hotel has a small blessing area on the lawns, and a reception area for up to 1,000 people on the beach. Looking for something a little more unusual? You can have your blessing in The Lost Chambers or Dolphin Bay. Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0376).
Burj Al Arab It goes without saying that this is a luxury venue with an amazing location. The hotel also has private lawns which are perfect for blessings overlooking the sea, while Ebbs describes the ballroom inside as ‘spectacular and out of this world’. Umm Suqeim (04 301 7575).
One&Only Royal Mirage Described by Ebbs as a ‘lovely, mid-range blessing platform overlooking the sea’ the Royal Mirage in Umm Suqeim houses various restaurants, which are perfect for smaller wedding groups (with a less magnificent budget), and as she notes, the hotel is also popular with much bigger groups for traditionally large Hindu celebrations. Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).
Dubai Marina Yacht Club For budget weddings, the Yacht Club offers great views – though of the marina, and not the sea – and a low minimum spend. Most couples opt to have their blessing on the small lawns outside, and hold their reception inside. Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).