As a fast-paced international city with an abundance of glitz, charm and thrills all around, opting to spend your honeymoon in Dubai is an incredible way to begin your journey together as husband and wife.
The city’s appeal lies in its ability to blend native Arabian culture with some of the most exceptional luxury amenities in the world. Whether you are looking to unwind, indulge, or merely enjoy newly-wedded bliss, Dubai is undoubtedly one of the world’s most exciting, luxurious and exceptional destinations for honeymooners.
The city offers many unforgettable adventures for you and your partner. Here are seven tips for planning a romantic honeymoon in Dubai.
Plan an Unforgettable Evening at Burj Al Arab
First and foremost, look to spend an evening dinner at Dubai’s luxurious 7-star hotel. While it may be pricier than your usual Friday night meal, it will still be worth what you spend when you surprise your partner with such an awesome experience.
Celebrated for its stunning architecture and engineering, Burj Al Arab is the most famous landmark in Dubai. Resembling the sail of a ship, its unusual design has made it highly recognizable around the globe. Standing on a reclaimed island along Jumeirah Beach, diners may elect to arrive at the hotel via helicopter, enjoying an aerial view of the city in the process.
Fly High on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Speaking of aerial views, there is nothing quite as romantic as a hot air balloon ride over a (seemingly) endless ocean of dunes, emerald green oases, oryx, gazelles and wandering camels — not to mention glimpses of the sparkling blue sea.
Even those who hate early mornings won’t regret getting up early for the rare experience of seeing the fiery orange sunlight at the break of the dawn — from way up in the air.
Spend the Night in a Desert Safari
While most visitors to Dubai book a day trip for a desert safari, honeymooners should consider spending the night in a Bedouin camp for the ultimate Arabian adventure.
Not only will you get to cherish a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you will also have exclusive, one-on-one time with your partner under the stars (major honeymoon points!). After you have enjoyed dune bashing, a sumptuous dinner, belly dancing, henna painting and souvenir shopping with the day crowd, the two of you can relax and unwind in an exotic and romantic setting.
Schedule a Dhow Cruise
The Dubai Creek divides the charming city of Dubai into the two segments of the original or Old Dubai — Bur Dubai and Deira — and this body of water is the perfect backdrop for riding on a dhow (a traditional sailing vessel).
You and your loved one can enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner on the boat while admiring the skyline of Dubai. Usually lasting two hours, the dhow dinner cruise is undoubtedly a great idea for your romantic night out as a married couple.
Treat Each Other with Gifts
There is no place better for shopping than glitzy Dubai. As a shoppers’ paradise, you can choose to check out the world’s biggest mall with over 1,200 shops, or take the traditional route and splurge at the textile, spice and gold souks the city is famous for.
If you want to treat each other with a unique gift, visiting one of the city’s many marketplaces is a crucial activity. Here, you can purchase lavish gold jewelry, handwoven fabrics or traditional fragrances. Whatever you desire, there will be a souk providing it.
Experience the Adrenaline-Fueled Side of Dubai
If you are an adventuresome couple who likes to live on the edge, Dubai is also the place to be. The city offers a range of water sports activities — from cage snorkeling, scuba diving, knee boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, to even a shark safari.
You can also opt to skydive which will allow you to glide over the Palm Jumeirah, the world-famous artificial archipelago which sits on the water and even has its own private beach. The scenes over the island and neighboring marina are jaw-droppingly beautiful!
Stay in a World-Class Resort
Dubai resorts are known to offer some of the best honeymoon experiences in the world. As your honeymoon is a crucial time to relax and rejuvenate after a hectic wedding schedule, you want to ensure you are staying at a resort that knows how to make it a pleasurable experience. When looking at resorts, definitely opt to book a Dubai honeymoon package, to ensure you receive special attention and extra goodies.
Have you been to Dubai on holiday? Are you considering it for your honeymoon? Let us know in the comments below!
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”