Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for family holidays. However, not many people associate the Emirates city with romance. In recent years, Dubai has become quite popular as a honeymoon or romantic holiday destination. The city offers some amazing experiences and locations where couples can enjoy some quality time together. The fabulous beaches, the glamorous neighborhoods, the unique natural landscapes, the chic restaurants, etc. together create an air of romance, making it the perfect city for your honeymoon. Let us check out the top romantic places to visit in Dubai to have a memorable honeymoon.
Visualize the vast desert with a starlit sky and you and your beloved sitting in front of a bonfire, waiting for the sky to turn light! Doesn't this sound romantic? You and your partner can experience this at the overnight desert safari, a place that combines entertainment, adventure and great food. The desert safari usually begins in the evening with activities like dune bashing, sand-boarding, camel riding, etc. At the desert camp, you will get to enjoy some amazing entertainment programs like Tanoura dancing and belly dancing.
After a scrumptious dinner of the choicest Arabic dishes, you can retire into the cosy Bedouin-style tents. On the other hand, you can stay awake to enjoy the beauty and silence of the desert while enjoying the delicious Arabic coffee. Make sure to get up early to watch the sunrise. Interested couples can also opt for a romantic hot air balloon ride over the desert. It surely gives the best view of the sunrise.
Timings: 4 PM to 8 AM (approximately)
If you and your spouse wish for a honeymoon that is a bit adventurous, the Kite Beach would be ideal for you. Located just few steps away from the main street of Jumeirah, Kite Beach is a public beach that offers a hosts of water sports. As the name suggests, the beach is most popular for kite surfing. Apart from this, you can also indulge in stand up paddleboarding and wake-boarding at this beach. You can also play soap football, beach tennis and beach volleyball on this beach with the other visitors. Once you are done with all the adventurous activities, walk hand in hand to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the beach. Kite Beach has several restaurants and cafes, so you can easily spend the entire day here. Avoid visiting during the weekend (Friday and Saturday) if you do not want to run into people all the times, as the place is likely to be really crowded during these two days.
Timings: 10 AM to 12 AM
What can be more romantic than walking with the love of your life amidst 50 million naturally blooming flowers? The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world's largest natural flower garden and is one of the best places to visit when you are on a romantic holiday in the city. Not only are there a variety of flowers at the garden but they are beautifully arranged too. The floral arrangements are in the form of castles, clock, Emirates A380, Mickey Mouse, giant tortoise, Burj Khalifa, big teddy bear, lake park, Disney Avenue, etc. There are several interesting passages too at the park, and do not forget to take a picture together at the heart passage, which is a lane filled with heart shaped flower canopies.
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 9 AM to 11 PM (Friday and Saturday)
Another romantic place in the city that would melt your heart is the Dubai Fountain. The Dubai Fountain performs the marvellous fountain show every evening from 7 PM to 11 PM (every half an hour). The beautifully choreographed show would let you see the fountains dancing to the tunes of Arabic or soulful music. You would be awed by the water shooting up as high as 150 stories, bringing out glittering colours. While you can watch the fountain show for free standing at the edge of the Burj Lake, make it more romantic by opting for the boat tour on the lake. Alternatively, you can book a table for a romantic dinner at one of the restaurants nearby. Thiptara, The Lounge (Souk Al Bahar), At.Mosphere and Armani
Mediterraneo (Burj Khalifa) are some of the best restaurants near the Burj Lake, which give an amazing view of the fountain show.
Timings: 7 PM to 11 PM
One of the romantic things to do in Dubai is watching the amazing sunset from the observation deck of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. As the sun sets in the horizon, you would get a 360o view of the entire city. Do not forget to take a camera and ask someone to get your photos clicked with the city in the background. The time before sunset is called the golden hour to take pictures, and you can get some great honeymoon photos clicked here. There is also a telescope on the observation deck through which you can check out some of the landmarks of the city like Dubai Frame, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Island, etc. Do not forget to book your tickets in advance (online) so you do not have to waste time in the queue at the ticket counter.
Timings: 8:30 AM to 11 PM
A romantic honeymoon cannot be complete without a candlelit dinner at a gourmet restaurant, and there is nothing better than the Pierchic for the same. Everything from its background and location to its delicious food exude romance like nothing else. Pierchic is perched on the Arabian Sea and is connected to land through a private pier. While the location is breathtaking, the food here is incredible. The restaurant offers some of the best seafood dishes in Dubai. An evening at the Pierchic would be spent devouring the most delicious seafood dish while listening to the sounds of live music and the soothing waves sea.
Timings: 12:30 PM to 4 PM (lunch) and 6:30 PM to 11 PM (dinner)
If you missed watching the sunset from Burj Khalifa, head to Sunset Beach where you can watch a spectacular one. Located close to the Kite Beach, the Sunset Beach is quieter and perfect for couples looking for some quiet time. Arrive in the afternoon to stroll along the coast or relax and read a book lounging on the white sand. On the other hand, the beach has the perfect waves for surfing. But when it is evening, stop what you are doing to watch the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. The bonus of visiting the beach is that you get amazing, uninterrupted view of Hotel Burj Al Arab.
Couples who want to have a luxurious dining experience in Dubai must definitely visit Burj Al Arab, the only seven star hotel in the world. While the opulent hotel has several top class restaurants, one of the most amazing experiences here is the afternoon tea at the Sky View Bar. The restaurant is located at the top of the hotel and gives an amazing view of the city. But the main highlight is the menu of the afternoon tea itself. Get ready for a wonderful gourmet experience with different types of teas and coffees, pastries, cakes, homemade jam, sandwiches, scones, etc. Moreover, you also get to see the stylish interiors of the Burj Al Arab.
Timings: 3 PM (window seating) and 3:15 PM (non-window seating)
While there is no dearth of restaurants in Dubai, a dhow cruise dinner should be on your agenda if you want to have a unique dining experience. The dhow cruise dinner happens in Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina, and you can choose the spot as per your interests. While the Dubai Creek would give you access to the historical and business side of the city, Dubai Marina is one of the modern and posh locations of the city. However, the dhow cruise experience is more or less the same. You sail for 2 hours in the traditional dhow that has been turned into a restaurant. The dinner is buffet style and includes dishes from both international and Arabic cuisine. While you dine, you would also be entertained with live music and performance by a Tanura dancer.
Timings: 8 PM to 10 PM (approximately)
If you are planning for a honeymoon in Dubai, numerous romantic places await you. However, make sure you have a valid passport and visa. You can apply for a 7-day Dubai visa online easily. One thing to remember is that newly married couples honeymooning in Dubai need to provide some additional documents like wedding invitation card, wedding picture, marriage certificate and written permission from both set of parents while applying for the visa.