Dubai, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Arab Emirates, has now emerged as one of the most sought-after wedding destinations as well.
The city boasts a world-class infrastructure, picturesque resorts, luxury shopping experience, top-notch quality services, a safe environment and unique tourist attractions that have always invited visitors from all over the world, and now they are even considering it as a top contender for their destination wedding as it is frequently recommended by top wedding planners.
From 9-10 January, the 5th edition of the Dubai Global Wedding Excellence (GWE) retreat and forum was hosted in the city. The event enabled the representatives from the wedding, lifestyle and events industries to come together and share their respective ideas and perspectives with one another. Over 70 international wedding planners, experts and companies attended the event.
The retreat saw strong participation from Dubai’s traditional and emerging markets including countries from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as India, UK and the US. The event showcased 11 hotel groups in the city including their new and ‘out of the box’ venues, as well as 12 major wedding industry suppliers.
The event highlighted Dubai’s vibrant culinary landscape, and the array of distinctive wedding locations in Dubai and also featured founders and leaders of international digital wedding platforms, while many key industry players participated in the event including Equifax, Encore, Wild Goose, FnP UAE, LiveInFive, Vidira, Royal Tent, Red Velvet, Soundkraft, Pure Magic and Event Houzz, Pangea, ALR, Party Social and Melrish.
Laila Suhail, CEO of Strategic Alliances & Partnerships Sector, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, commented: “We are proud to highlight Dubai’s world-class proposition as the city of choice for destination weddings in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the world’s most visited destination. As a global lifestyle hub, Dubai is not only the ultimate getaway for couples looking to experience an unforgettable wedding but also offers wonderful settings to mark their special occasions such as anniversaries. Apart from couples, families and friends visiting Dubai to attend weddings can also enjoy an array of unforgettable cultural, dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.”
“Dubai’s exceptional value offering as a wedding destination was showcased at the Global Wedding Excellence retreat, one of our key vehicles for driving the city’s campaign to raise its profile as the ideal choice for destination weddings. The range of international accolades that the city has received has also contributed significantly to bolstering the city’s reputation as a wedding destination. The city was named the No.1 global destination for two successive years in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Dubai’s remarkable growth as a preferred wedding destination would not have been possible without the support of all stakeholders. We will continue to work with our partners and event and wedding planners to showcase Dubai as a dream destination for celebrating weddings and milestones.”
Dubai offers more than 794 luxurious hotels, a complete 360-degree wedding service, countless distinguishable tourist attractions, and a culinary tapestry influenced by over 200 nationalities. The MICHELIN Guide Dubai features 69 restaurants including 14 winners of the Michelin Bib Gourmand, an award for restaurants that serve high-quality food at reasonable prices. No wonder it is among the World’s Top Wedding Destinations.