For almost a decade the United Arab Emirates have been keeping the title of the most advanced, ambitious, grand, you name it, in everything they do; so it’s no surprise that it’s rapidly growing in popularity as a hub for destination weddings.
Located on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE is made up of seven Sheikdoms (Emirates), with Dubai being the flagship and leading the way in hosting the increased number of destination weddings taking place.
Besides 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 and offers perfect weather from October to May.
If you’ve fallen in love with Dubai and have decided to get married under the charming Arabian sky, your options for having a wedding in the UAE are outlined below.
WEDDING IN DUBAI QUICK FACTS
Unique, luxury wedding destination
Best time of year to marry is October to May
Ninety-Nine percent of weddings take place in a hotel/resort due to strict alcohol licensing laws
A wedding blessing or a symbolic ceremony is a popular choice for non-UAE residents
Excellent service standards
A melting pot of many cultures and nationalities
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 the US, Canadian and Australian don’t require a UAE entry visa. For other countries, it is easy to obtain a visa within just a few days of submitting the application with an airline or hotel.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING MARRIED IN DUBAI AND THE UAE
The UAE offers several options for getting married but depending on your nationality and residency status, getting married in Dubai can range from straightforward to time-consuming and complicated. Certain conditions must be met and there are a strict procedure and timeline in which paperwork must be submitted.
However, if you are unable to meet the legal requirements, a popular option is to legally marry in your home country and then celebrate your wedding in Dubai with a symbolic ceremony or blessing.