Dubai may be glitzy, glamorous, and fast-paced. Still, its sheer volume of year-round attractions, amazing events, exciting shows, and exotic cuisines also make it a great place for newlyweds as well as anyone looking for a romantic escape. So if you’re considering a romantic honeymoon Dubai, don’t change your mind; just lock it! It’s one of the best places to start your married life right. And this post is especially for you, with everything from important Dubai info to its most amazing romantic places and experiences.
Where Or How To Start?
For planning your perfect romantic honeymoon, you should make sure of the following:
Determine the time of your visit: Dubai is ideal for visiting year-round. But if you’re more of an outdoorsy couple, it makes sense to visit here during winter months (November to March). It’s also the best time to experience some of its breathtaking seasonal attractions and events such as the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), Miracle Garden, and Global Village. But what if you’re budget conscious or planning to take your honeymoon soon after your wedding which happens to be between May and September, it’s still great, but there will be the limitation when it comes to enjoying Dubai’s outdoors. With lots of shopping malls and indoor attractions (like super chill Ski Dubai), you won’t be disappointed a bit with your summer trip to Dubai.
Book your accommodation: This is one of the most vital steps. Be sure to book it in advance to grab the best prices with maximum savings. From super five star and four-star hotels/resorts to decent budget-friendly hotel apartments, accommodation options in Dubai are aplenty. But if you’re looking for some royal treatment during your debut trip together, some of our top recommendations are Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, and Bab Al Shams, which is blissfully isolated amongst the deep expanses of Dubai’s alluring dunes. Choose one of them, and the rest is assured that you’ll feel pampered with all your needs well taken care of.
Reserve your airline tickets too: Airfares tend to get high during the peak (winter) season. So as soon as you confirm your date of honeymoon, the first thing you’ve to do is to book your air tickets.
Most importantly, apply for your Dubai visa: This is one of the significant requirements for those nationalities who are not eligible for a visa-free entry or a visa-on-arrival option in Dubai. If you don’t have a sponsor in Dubai, don’t worry; you can easily get it through a professional visa service provider.
Once Your Arrive Here, Keep These Things In Your Mind
- Have an idea about what to see and do on your honeymoon in Dubai (check below for more inspiration).
- While Dubai is modern and classy, it’s also a destination entrenched in its Islamic roots. So be respectful to its customs and traditions and say a big no when it comes to PDAs.
- To get around in Dubai, the most hassle-free way is to book a private vehicle with or without a driver. Now, if you’re planning to drive your own, it’s a must to carry your international driving license.
- You can also take guided excursions to make the most of your limited time in Dubai.
- Using Dubai’s public transport operated by RTA is probably the most affordable way to navigate or get around in the city. There is the fastest Dubai Metro, apart from superbly maintained buses, cabs, and water taxis.
- With intense sunlight all through the year, make sure that you carry items like sunscreen cream/lotion, sunglasses, and hats.
- It’s your honeymoon trip, which means you really wouldn’t want to waste your valuable time standing in the long queues. So to avoid this, book your entry tickets (preferably fast track tickets to main landmarks, theme parks, etc.) in advance.
Top Romantic Places & Experiences In Dubai
Admire Dubai from the World’s Tallest Building
Whether you’ve already been to Burj Khalifa or not, don’t forego this colossal 828-meter-high structure during your honeymoon trip. Ascending to its observation deck on the 124th or 148th level on a super-speed elevator ride is an incredible way to start your romantic vacation in Dubai. It welcomes you with the most awe-inspiring views of Dubai’s skyline, Arabian Desert, ocean, and more. To enrich your experience, time your visit here during sunset or sunrise, and all we can say is that it is definite to take your breath away.
Get lost in the splendor of Dubai Miracle Garden
There is nothing probably as romantic as wandering through this 72,000-square-meter garden and getting lost in its maze of flowers arranged in almost every shape, design and pattern imaginable. With over 150 million real colorful flowers, it’s the world’s biggest natural garden. It will be almost difficult to believe that you’re in the middle of the desert as you stroll through its distinctly themed gardens with vibrant flowers and lush scenery all around. And take this word from wise; visit here on weekdays and avoid coming here on holidays and weekends (Fridays and Saturdays).
See the Renowned Dubai Fountain Show
Walk down to Dubai Fountains on your visit to Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall. Set on the Burj Lake in Downtown Dubai, this presents an exquisite extravaganza of water and light, which is immaculately choreographed in tune to some of the most amazing Arabic, western and Bollywood music. Not to mention, it brings in a unique romantic vibe to the surroundings. And the best part is that it’s free to watch and can be seen every 15 minutes between 19:00 hrs and 23:00 hrs.
Unleash your fun and adventure side at Dubai’s Theme Parks
There is no better way to add thrill and excitement to your honeymoon than with a trip to the city’s many theme parks. Visit IMG Worlds of Adventure with rides and attractions inspired by your favorite superheroes and cartoon characters, or enjoy a day at the region’s first of its kind Dubai Parks and Resorts offering three theme parks, complete with Hollywood and Bollywood based rides and shows. Then there is Atlantis Aquaventure (Atlantis, The Palm Hotel), which is not only famous for its water park but also for its Lost Chambers Aquarium and Dolphin Bay.
Go on a Romantic Dinner Dhow Cruise at Dubai Marina
Dubai becomes genuinely magical as the sun goes down, and this is the time you should take your beloved for an atmospheric cruise along Dubai Marina. The gentle movement of dhow (traditional Arabian sailing vessel), the intimate rustic settings, the marvelous views of modern Dubai, and most of all, the multi-course buffet dinner and traditional entertainment onboard – all these make this an unmissable honeymoon activity in Dubai. You can also choose to take this approximately two hours cruise across the historic Dubai Creek, with a mix of modern and traditional sights along its bank.
More than 70 lavish shopping malls (including the biggest of its kind Dubai Mall), cozy souks (such as Gold Souk), grand retail avenues, and the popular designer boutiques all make Dubai a shopper’s haven. While it’s true that you’ve already spent quite a lot on your wedding, it will be a huge mistake to leave Dubai without shopping. To receive your first ever gift from your spouse, post-wedding is genuinely a unique feel, and Dubai has everything to nail this extraordinary moment. So with a spectrum of options at your disposal, make him or her special with a unique gift that both will treasure it forever.
Stroll down the Historic Al Bastakiya Quarter
If you both like the attractions of cultural and historical significance, this is one spot you shouldn’t miss in Dubai. Tucked away in Dubai’s old yet vibrant part, Al Bastakiya is a well-preserved neighborhood that transports you back to the region’s pre-oil era. Wander through its narrow alleys and take in its ancient sand-colored structures with wooden courtyards and wind towers. Most of them have been converted into museums or galleries. If time permits, take a trip to the Dubai Museum! Located inside the region’s oldest fort (Al Fahidi Fort), it boasts of many intriguing exhibits, highlighting Dubai’s modest past.
Splurge on a Romantic Dinner with a View
Be it reserving a table at Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, or Atlantis, The Palm; it’s worth splurging for a lavish dinner in Dubai. After all, a memorable dining experience with your other half is certain to heighten your honeymoon in Dubai. So grab your beloved to a sky-high dining venue facing the unmatched Arabian waters or attractions such as Dubai Fountains. Its cozy décor, along with the striking ever backdrop and a great-tasting menu, promises you some quality time together.
Enjoy a Spa Day
A romantic vacation in Dubai would remain unfinished without some pampering for two! There are spas dotted across the city, and you won’t be dissatisfied if you head over to facilities like Pearl Spa (Four Seasons Resort), Talise Ottoman Spa (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray), and Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina to name a few. With its stunning couple-retreat area mostly complemented by all romance-inducing staples like scented candles, soothing music, and signature treatments using aromatic emollient, these wellness sanctuaries not only de-stress and enliven your fatigued spirit, but also guarantee both of you the ultimate in indulgence, relaxation, and of course, romance.
Visit Love Lake
This grand lake lives up to its name. However, it’s not one but two lakes, designed to resemble interlocked hearts. Located away from Dubai’s glitzy urban scene, this lake in Al Salam Desert area (nearby Qudra Lake) offers an excellent retreat for honeymooners who wish to immerse themselves in the region’s lush, tranquil natural settings. You’ll get to spot over 150 unique bird species, stroll through its shallow waterways, and even catch up with some exuberant fish, among others.
Spend an evening in the Beach
Everything about sitting on Dubai’s Beach and watching the sunset is romantic. From Jumeirah Open and Al Mamzar Beach to La Mer, Umm Suqeim, and La Mer Beach, each of Dubai’s beaches is exquisite, distinct, and pristine too. Now for those couples who want to add some fun and thrill, there are plenty of water sports facilities available in some of the beaches. Hit Dubai’s waters on an exhilarating Jet Ski ride or get on to a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) for a more relaxed water experience. To enjoy water adventure like no other, you can try activities like tandem parasailing, flyboarding, etc.
Watch La Perle by Dragone Show
Dubai is a land of unbelievable shows and events, and if you would like to add one in your Dubai honeymoon program, then this should be undoubtedly La Perle by Dragone! This Cirque de Soleil style show guarantees you a romantic night out in the event. Be in awe as you both immerse yourself in this live aquatic show with a fantastical storyline enhanced by brilliant acts, heart-stopping acrobatic moves, thrilling effects, and stunning costumes. And not to mention its massive 1300-seater theater with an aqua stage filled with about 2.7 million liters of water.
For impulsive couples, this is going to be a surefire romantic experience, now wondering how to get airborne in Dubai? Take a helicopter ride or go on a magical hot air balloon ride in the desert or make it super extreme with a Sky Dive session. Despite the love and thrill quotients, it gives you the once in the lifetime chance to admire Dubai’s mind-blowing natural sights and engineering marvels (such as the palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah islands) from an unobstructed vantage point at the height of over 13,000 feet.
Escape to Dubai’s Untouched Desert
With its raw diversity and serene seclusion, Dubai’s unique desert landscape will take your breath away. If you want to make your desert trip extra special, go for an overnight desert safari. Your service provider will arrange for you an unforgettable stay in the desert, entwined with maximum comforts. You’ll also be able to part of many cultural experiences and guided off-the-beaten pursuits like dune bash, sandboarding, quad biking, etc.
Finally, indulge in something unbelievable
When it’s the trip right after you got hitched, you’d surely want to cherish for a very long time, for all genuine reasons. Even if it’s wild or unimaginable, Dubai is likely to capture all your fancies and turn it into a reality. If you’re more inclined to distinctive exploration and exhilaration, there are more options than you can think in which to indulge in. You both can go for an XLine zipline adventure, which is also the world’s longest urban zip line or enjoy a day in Ski Dubai (in Mall of the Emirates), where you can enjoy winter snow activities even when Dubai’s temperature is over 55 degree Celsius.
We hope that this post has given you some killer ideas for your upcoming Dubai honeymoon trip. So how are you planning to spend your honeymoon? Let us know in comments about the romantic activities or experiences that don’t want to miss in Dubai.