Dubai weddings merge tradition with trends

Dubai climbs in popularity as a wedding destination

Gone are the days of cookie-cutter weddings. Today’s Dubai wedding scene thrives on personalisation. Couples can craft bespoke experiences, from custom menus and décor to itineraries that weave in their cultural traditions.

Weddings form a key pillar of the city’s vibrant tourism industry and the sector’s growth aligns with the ambitious goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, to further consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading city for business and leisure. In the realm of weddings, Dubai has also positioned itself as a destination where bespoke requests can be facilitated and where ceremonies incorporate the latest trends emerging from the global weddings sector.

In the realm of weddings, Dubai has positioned itself as a destination where bespoke requests can be facilitated and where ceremonies incorporate the latest trends emerging from the global weddings sector


Dubai’s world-class infrastructure plays a starring role. Luxury hotels abound, offering stunning venues to match every taste.

“With the goal of becoming the world’s best city to visit, live and work in, aligned with the D33 Agenda launched by our visionary leadership, we must ensure that Dubai stays ahead of the curve for global wedding trends and create opportunities and memorable moments for all visitors,” Laila Suhail, CEO of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships Sector, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), said.

“As part of our strategy for tapping into the potentially huge destination wedding market, we work closely with industry partners and stakeholders to ensure they build on the city’s diverse destination proposition by developing tailored offerings for weddings. With a focus on driving growth in the tourism sector, we will continue to leverage Dubai’s position as a leading hub for destination weddings. By hosting and learning from events like the Dubai Wedding Symposium, we remain committed to providing innovative services and infrastructure to ensure that every couple’s special day is a truly extraordinary experience. We warmly invite couples from around the world to explore our city, enjoy the array of experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime. Dubai awaits to host their dream wedding.”

From live performances by A-list celebrities to themed weddings inspired by the Marvel Universe, the possibilities are endless. One couple even took their wedding to new heights, literally, with a ceremony onboard a private plane soaring between Dubai and Oman.

Foodies will delight in the city’s diverse culinary scene. Dubai boasts cuisines from nearly 200 nationalities, ensuring a menu that reflects the couple’s preferences and creates a journey for their guests’ taste buds.

Technology is also transforming Dubai weddings. Artificial intelligence is writing vows and creating digital portraits, while virtual reality allows couples to relive their special day through immersive experiences. Social media savvy couples can leverage various platforms to share their wedding journey with the world, with influencers setting trends and followers actively participating.

Sustainability is at the forefront for many couples. Eco-friendly venues, local suppliers, and waste reduction are becoming increasingly popular choices.  Philanthropy is also playing a role, with couples opting for “weddings with a purpose” that give back to the community.