Middle East Destinations
Best Season: Dubai has an on-season and off-season for hosting events, as the summer months get really hot. The prime time to host a wedding in Dubai is between the months of October and May.
USP: The capital of the UAE has emerged as a luxurious and exotic choice for destination weddings in last few years. Abu Dhabi provides everything, from pristine beaches, regal hotels, city landscape and customized services to ensure that the couple lives the wedding of their dreams. The buzzing city has plentiful tourist attractions, retail stops and gourmet havens to keep one occupied for days. It has luxury hotels that provides tailor-made settings and facilities for a wedding which is hard to match elsewhere. When it comes to wedding, Abu Dhabi serves royalty in a platter, from elegant simplicity or opulent statement to weddings with a taste of Arabian flavors.
Food: Take advantage of the opportunity to sample Emirati food - a reflection of the UAE’s trading heritage - infused with spices and ingredients from throughout Asia and the Middle East. Cinnamon, saffron and turmeric, along with nuts, limes and dried fruit heighten the flavour of Emirati dishes, some of the most popular of which are Al Harees, and Al Majboos. Fish is a mainstay of many local dishes with Al Madrooba while rice is ever present and is most often served with saffron, nuts and spices.
Flight Connectivity: Abu Dhabi is viable and convenient option to plan a wedding. It is just a short, direct flight away from most major cities in India with adequate flight options per day - a factor that makes travel easier for the guests, especially for elderly.
Best Season: Offers perfect weather from October to May.
USP: Beside the number of world known attractions, first class shopping and luxurious hotels, Dubai is conveniently located between Europe, Africa and Asia, making it easily accessible from around the world. It is a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities and has excellent service standards.Popular wedding settings and venue choices include getting married at:
One of the many beach resorts
Downtown hotels, where you can have a full view of BurjKhalifa and singing fountain
A dessert resort in a traditional Bedouin camp for a unique and exotic wedding
Although less common, it is also possible to organize a wedding in a private villa or yacht.
Food: Emirati cuisine is a blend of many Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. The modern diet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is cosmopolitan, featuring dishes from around the world.Traditional dishes include Maq'louba, Margooga, Harees, Machbous, Frsee'ah, Fireed, Jisheid, and Mishwy.Seafood has been the mainstay of the Emirati diet for centuries.
Flight Connectivity: The main airline, Emirates have daily flights from most destinations around the world. There are a number of other international carriers that you can choose for your trip. Most European citizens, as well as US, Canadian and Australian don’t require a UAE entry visa. For other countries it is easy to obtain a visa within just few days of submitting the application with an airline or hotel.
Best Season: Winter (October to December) is the best season to visit this Gulf country, as it is then that the temperature is pleasant for sightseeing. Sandstorms prevail throughout the year and their frequency is highest during spring.
USP: Doha with its azure ocean waters, calm sandy beaches and world-renowned hospitality offers an ideal setting for wedding planners who keep looking for exciting locations to plan and execute their ideas. Doha ideally envelops guests in a world of time-honored hospitality, epitomizing the perfect marriage between old-world style and modern day amenities. From bridal showers with afternoon tea to bachelor party cigar nights, the guests are enlightened by the treasured traditions of ancient Qatar or embrace contemporary trends with a sophisticated touch.
Food: The country’s local cuisine is varied, complete with international influences.The food is largely influenced by Iranian and Indian cuisines. The local food here reflects this beautiful contrast with both exquisite fine dining experiences as well as traditional street food influenced by a variety of cuisines from around the Middle East.
Flight Connectivity: When going by plane to Qatar, you will enter the country at the Hamad International Airport in Doha, the capital of the country.
Best Season: Spring and autumn, from April to May and from September to
mid-November respectively are the ideal times to have a destination wedding in Turkey, when the temperatures are pleasant and the skies are clear.
USP: Turkey has it all – fantastic, fun-filled resorts, gorgeous beaches, breathtaking scenery, mouth-wateringly good food and an incredibly rich culture to immerse yourself in. From the romantic city of Istanbul, steeped in history with its myriad of lanes and the amazing Blue Mosque, to the stunning beach of OluDeniz, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the truly amazing natural wonder that is Pammukale – a wedding in Turkey is certain to be a wedding with a difference!For the adventurous at heart, if you get married in Turkey you need not limit your celebrations to land. You can take to the air in a hot air balloon or sail the azures waters of the Aegean or Mediterranean in a Gulet (a traditional sailing boat).
Food: Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied in the world.Kebabs, Kofte, and Balaclava are some of the traditional Turkish dishes. Basically, Turkish food comprises of meat, aubergine, fresh salads, olive oils, nuts, and Mediterranean spices.
Flight Connectivity: Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and some of the Mediterranean resorts have international airports. There are direct flights of Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to as many as twenty-four European cities, New York, Middle East, Bangkok, Karachi, North Africa Singapore and Tokyo.