From the Lebanese mountainside to a helipad in Dubai, here are some of the most dramatic and romantic wedding spots in the Middle East.
Public perceptions may have led some of us to forget, but the Middle East has always held its own romantic allure, whether we’re talking Layla and Majnun, or Antara and Abla. For those of us who’ve found our own happily ever after and are about to get married, here are some of the best spots in the region to walk down the aisle and say our ‘I do's.
ADRERE AMELLAL | Siwa, Egypt
If your dream wedding consists of something Boho-adjacent and just an all-around cute and quirky desert escape then this Siwa ecolodge is your ideal location for tying the knot.
LA PAUSE | Marrakech, Morocco
We don’t know about you but something about a tiny 25-people guest list really just does it for our misanthropic hearts. Let’s face it, you’ve finally found the one person who you tolerate and a massive wedding with all your aunts and uncles is off the books, fret not, La Pause, Morocco is just for you and your baby.
SURSOCK PALACE | Beirut, Lebanon
What’s more Bridgit Jones-Esque than getting married in a quaint palace on the Lebanese mountainside? Dating back to 1714 Constantinople Sursock Palace Beirut is for the princess queens whose wedding dreams can only fully crystalize when they walk down a carpet-covered stairway.
THE HELIPAD AT ST. REGIS ABU DHABI | Abu Dhabi, UAE
We pray we don’t trigger a latent fear of heights in you somehow but we just had to address the fact that you can get married on a helipad at St.Regis Abu Dhabi.
SELMAN MARRAKECH | Marrakech, Morocco
Not to like to exotify Middle Eastern culture, we are well aware of the orientalist denotations, however, and hear us out, an Arabian night-type wedding is literally perfect. We think this stunning architectural venue speaks for itself but someone needs to play ‘can’t help falling in love’, ASAP!
SHANGRI-LA BARR AL JISSAH RESORT & SPA | Muscat, Oman
A tad traditional but there’s simply nothing wrong with a cute resort moment. This Oman-based gem is the perfect blend of luxury and cultural architectural beauty.
THE CHEDI MUSCAT | Muscat, Oman
Located by Al Hajar Mountains meet their luminous reflection in the serene waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi Muscat rises amidst an elegantly landscaped twenty-one-acre garden oasis with 158 Omani influenced guestrooms and villas.
PALAZZO VERSACE AT JADDAF WATERFRONT | Dubai, UAE
It’s VersacAy not VersacE. Look, it's your wedding day, we say just bite the bullet and go designer, I know all you Taurus babies are eyeing those honeymoon Versace silk robes.
THE OLD CATARACT | Aswan, Egypt
Staying local but never humble, the Old Cataract Aswan is all lavish yet still preserves the Nubain culture we all know and love. So if you’re thinking of a month-long wedding staycation that's a mere one-hour flight away from Cairo, then Old Cataract is for you.
THE OBEROI BEACH RESORT | Ajman, UAE
Situated a short drive away from the bustling city of Dubai, this lavish resort is for suntan and minimal makeup, maybe a white tux, and definitely a short dress.