Wedding venue: Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Of the numerous desert resorts in the country, the spectacular Al Maha is one of the most exquisite, and the only one set within the protected area known as the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The rippling, golden dunes and protected wildlife roaming about will create a wedding your guests will talk about for years to come – not to mention out-of-this-world photographs. 

THE CEREMONY

Standing amid the dunes as you whisper your vows to one another will be a moment you’ll treasure forever. 

THE RECEPTION

The desert is already an impressive blank canvas but, along with the Arabian sands, the resort can host celebrations of up to 120 guests in the Al Majlis Boardroom, including pre-wedding drinks and canapés, or post-ceremony celebrations and banquets. Whatever your whims or desired accoutrements for the day might be, the savvy team at Al Maha can conjure up anything you can think of, from fabulous floral arrangements, linens and hair stylists, to musicians and vintage cars. 

THE SERVICE

Make the most of the beautiful destination by immersing yourselves and your guests in all things Arabia. International visitors will be in awe of falconry displays, dune strolls and camel treks, while Timeless Spa offers immaculate beauty and grooming rituals using a decadent range by Sodashi. The Arabian Oud Renewal Therapy is a fabulous choice for the bridal couple – designed to deeply calm and invoke a sense of strength, peace, focus and clarity.

THE SUITE

Brimming with artisan-woven rugs, hand-carved furniture and antiques, you’ll feel like Arabian royalty staying in the Presidential Suite, which is so large you could even feasibly host your wedding on the private deck, which can seat up to 60 guests. With quarters for staff and a private courtyard garden, there’s ample space for bridal party preparations or a post-wedding cocktail party, but nobody would blame you if you opt to keep the palatial residence all to yourselves. 

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The resort has its own herd of thoroughbred Arabian horses and camels – readily available to add the wow-factor and make the atmosphere even more magically authentic. 

 

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