Gulf News reports that in 2017, 15.8 million people came to visit Dubai. This is an impressive number and the city’s tourism industry projects an even higher number as Dubai Expo 2020 continues to draw near.
It goes without saying that a lot of people are quite fascinated with the City of Gold and long to explore everything that it has to offer. However, despite this, not too many people consider Dubai a romantic honeymoon destination. With the city strongly rooted in conservative values, they have this notion that a getaway here would be anything but romantic.
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Although it is true that romantic displays such as hugging, kissing, and even holding hands in public are not encouraged in the city, it still remains a wonderful place for couples, especially newlyweds, to visit.
In fact, the city is abundant with offerings for honeymooners. If you are getting married soon and you are thinking of going abroad for your honeymoon, Dubai is definitely worth considering. The variety of things that you and your new spouse can experience together will easily make up for the fact that you cannot be physically affectionate in public.
The wonderful experiences are the very reasons why you should choose Dubai as your honeymoon destination and five of them are listed below.
5 Reasons to Have Your Honeymoon in Dubai
1. Grand accommodations
It’s always nice to splurge during the earliest days of your marriage because when the kids start coming, fitting a grand getaway into your budget will definitely become a challenge.
Dubai has some of the most amazing hotels and resorts in the world. You have an Arabian-themed luxury hotel that you can easily book at a discounted rate (but book early!). You also have some of the most uniquely designed hotels in the world that also provide extravagant services to their guests such as a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to take you places around the city.
2. Hot air balloon rides
If you are up for a romantic experience made for the movies, a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Dubai desert certainly fits the bill. Local tour agencies in Dubai can hook you and your partner up for the special experience of welcoming the new day together 2,000 feet up the air.
3. Honeymoon specials
From hotels to restaurants to tour agencies – they all offer specials purely for couples that want to spend a romantic time together. These different establishments design programs that they know couples will enjoy completely and they pay great attention to details.
‘Want a lazy boat ride across the Dubai Creek? You can sign up for an intimate dinner cruise and request for a program specifically for you and your spouse. The organizers of Bateaux Dubai can help you arrange a program that is perfect for an unforgettable date with your beloved.
4. Dubai Miracle Garden
If this wonder of a garden does not make you feel love in the air, no other place will. This flower garden is the perfect place for lovers who want to enjoy a leisurely stroll and take colorful pictures together.
The Dubai Miracle Garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It is the world’s largest natural flower garden, boasting 109 million flowers that are structurally designed for a visually-charged romantic experience.
5. Dinner dates in the desert
There are tour packages that include a private set-up inside the exclusive land of the royal desert. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime royal experience with the person you love, this is it. This particular dinner date is sometimes dubbed “a romantic meal between a king and a queen.” It includes a variety of elegant services carried out by a trained guide.
Enjoy a 6-course dinner prepared by gourmet chefs as well as a falconry display. You may even be treated to a belly dancing show, or score the opportunity to try the Arabic water pipe called the shisha.
If your tastes are relatively simpler in terms of gastronomic delights, and if you’re planning on stopping by other famous UAE landmarks along the way, you may just want to drop by the capital city of Abu Dhabi, or neighboring emirates for a sumptuous steak dinner before heading back to fabulous Dubai.
These are just five of the popular offerings aimed at couples on their honeymoon because, really, Dubai actually delivers so much more. So, consider going out of the box for your honeymoon. Look beyond Paris, Milan and New York because Dubai can just be as romantic if not more so.
Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.