The futuristic city of Dubai is famed for its towering skyscrapers, ambitious projects, and extravagant lifestyle. So while this larger-than-life metropolis is not top-of-mind when it comes to romantic destinations for newlyweds, you only need to look deeper than its flashy façade to get to the heart and soul of this place. Here are 10 reasons why Dubai is the ideal destination for your honeymoon.
1. Adventure Destination
Getting married is a great adventure. Dubai reflects this sense of excitement as you explore uncharted territories and embrace adventure in every nook and cranny, whether it’s riding a 4×4 through sand dunes and camping out under the stars or jumping off a plane for a thrilling sky-dive. It has a lot of activities for any thrill-seeking couples to get your blood pumping and extend the adrenaline rush of beginning a lifetime of journeys together.
2. Fascinating Culture
Settling down does not have to mean getting comfortable, and Dubai is an ideal way to keep couples curious. To peel the layers of industrialization and opulence in order to look back at the heritage of the city, Bastakia Quarter is an excellent way to start. The picturesque alleyways hark back to the bustling trading activities as far back as 19th century. Even by just walking around and sightseeing, you can get a sense of the evolution from its shipping days to today’s modernity and a melting pot of nationalities.
3. Delightful Gastronomy
To really get a taste of a city’s culture, you need to take a bite of its food fare. Like the thrilling activities and awe-inspiring architecture, sampling the gastronomic delights of Dubai is an adventure in itself. Like any great city, the cuisine mirrors the diversity of its people—from extravagant Friday brunches to affordable street food. You’d surely find the food to suit any palate.
4. Unparalleled Luxury
Ambitious, lavish, luxurious—possibly three words often associated with Dubai, and for good reason. It is home to the highest building, Burj Khalifa, biggest indoor snow theme park, Ski Dubai, and the famed seven-star hotel in the world—Burj Al Arab. Sure, most of us probably can’t afford its hefty price tag of $24,000 a night suite, but you can be aspirational about the experience while witnessing how the rich and powerful lives.
5. Dubai Miracle Garden
As mentioned, if there’s anything this oil-rich country wants to project—it’s that they can make the impossible possible. Who would have thought that a hot and arid landscape can be home to a hundred million flower varieties? Not even the most temperate countries or the biggest greenhouses of the world can supply high-quality flowers of in-demand varieties year-round. But Dubai’s impressive garden oasis, Dubai Miracle Garden, would make you feel like you are far away from a desert. Dubai’s clout can make any industry formidable, so much so that flower delivery in Dubai and the flower industry in general, likely generates millions of dollars each year. So you could be camping out in the desert, under the starry skies, and still manage to get perfectly cultivated fresh cut flowers for that added romance to your getaway. What can be better than that?
6. The Desert
The desert bears repeating and deserves its own spot in this top 10 list. After all, visiting Dubai would not be complete without visiting the cinematic desert. You can live out your Arabian Nights fantasy with the desert safari complete with camel rides, dinner at the dunes with belly dancers as entertainment while you marvel at the stunning sunset.
7. Shopping Paradise
To get a full sense of the many layers of this city, you also need to indulge in the citizen’s past-time—shopping. Dubai has the largest mall so you can go all out on your retail therapy with a vast array of local and international selection of brands for all your fashion, tech, and merch needs.
Of course, while on your honeymoon, it doesn’t hurt to splurge on some jewellery. You can treat this indulgence as your investment as newlyweds. Fortunately, the oil-rich emirates are home to famed souks. Dubai, in particular, the gold market in Deira, is known for affordable and authentic gold jewellery. Get good at haggling to drag the price down for a worthy bargain.
9. Burj Khalifa
The view from the observation deck of the world’s tallest building can make you feel like you’re on top of the world—or give you massive nausea. Either way, having your significant other by your side while you marvel at the awe-inspiring panorama in front of you is truly a memorable moment to start off your adventure together.
10. World-class architecture
Ultimately, Dubai’s heritage and ultra-modern architecture exemplifies the past, present, and future colliding. Its world-class architecture demands your attention as symbols of prosperity and success against all odds.
Why is it an ideal honeymoon destination? It may not be the most romantic of places, but it is aspirational. For couples looking forward to building a home together, the city is almost a whimsical dream or vision of a future you are working towards. If only for that, this is a singularly unforgettable destination of choice.