The only thing that might be harder than finding the perfect wedding dress is finding the perfect venue for your special day. A destination wedding is a perfect idea but there are so many things you need to keep in mind. The venue has to be spacious and luxurious and the city you choose should be able to accommodate your guests from hotels to entertainment. Here are some venues in six cities in the Middle East we feel you should consider. Here’s to new beginnings!
With its unique Golden Hall and luscious gardens, the historic Mohamed Ali Manial Palace on Cairo’s Manial island is a great place for your wedding. With its location in the heart of Cairo, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the multitude of catering options. Your guests from out of town will also be able to choose from many 5-star hotels for their accommodation, not to mention the plethora of historical places they will also get the chance to visit.
El Gouna, Egypt
El Gouna, the idyllic resort town on the shores of Egypt’s Red Sea, is also a very popular spot to host outdoor weddings. Besides numerous hotels that make for a lovely beach wedding, the fantastic newly completed Plaza, home to the El Gouna Film Festival, has been recently made available to host various celebrations, including weddings, of course. With its spaciousness and stunning architecture, your event planner will surely create a wedding that will have everyone talking! The beautiful resort town boasts many other advantages including a vast array of lovely hotels for your guests’ accommodation, not to mention the boating and snorkeling activities for which the Red Sea is famous for.
Beautiful Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is a magical city where many luxurious and celebrity weddings are held. While many venues in this glorious city offer impeccable service and are great locations, Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) and Ociel Venue are wedding planner favourites in view of the great space they provide. Both these locations have multiple indoor and outdoor venues and provide endless options for different wedding themes. Your guests will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a gorgeous hotel in this city known for legendary hospitality.
Sixteen kilometers north of Beirut lies the beautiful coastal city of Jounieh with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. In its surrounding area, overlooking the mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other, is an ideal spot with the perfect venue, Platea, for an outdoor wedding, not to mention a stunning wedding photo shoot to accompany it. An additional perk is that the location is sufficiently close to Beirut, so guests can still get to benefit from everything Beirut has to offer, including its wide range of hotel accommodations.
Dubai is internationally known for high-end EVERYTHING, including high-end weddings as well! Overlooking the sea, the amazing Atlantis the Palm is the perfect venue for a magical wedding celebration. The extravagant exterior of Atlantis is matched by an interior that is just as elegant as it is flawless, giving you stunning outdoor and indoor options for your wedding celebration. The hotel can also host your guests in their delightful signature suites with their one of a kind aquarium view. The icing on the cake, besides the amazing shopping in Dubai, is that there’s so much to do at the Atlantis that guests will most likely consider extending their stay to take it all in.
With its beautiful gardens and amazing landmarks, the historic and picturesque city of Marrakech, makes for an intriguing vacation destination on its own, not to mention for a destination wedding! Marrakesh is also known for the famous La Mamounia Hotel, with its lavish Morocccan décor and amazingly beautiful gardens. The Mamounia is the perfect setting for both an indoor and outdoor wedding celebration, and it could also provide unforgettable, though pricey, accommodation for your guests.