Weddings can be as grand and glamorous as any couple wishes it; after all it is their special day. To celebrate this special day, a lot of couples have done innovative and exciting things to make the day memorable and noteworthy; from hiring the best event planner around to getting the most luxurious venues, exquisite chefs, amazing musicians to other titbits that make weddings the big deal they are.

Weddings have however gone far beyond the funfair and extravagant ceremonies they used to be, to becoming an avenue to a couple having some adventure with their wedding guests in the serene environment of a beach or island in the Caribbean to the humid and scorching temperature of a desert in the middle east, or under the glamour of a boisterous foreign city such as Abu Dhabi.

As destination wedding locations come, Abu Dhabi is home to a number of monumental ones. From the opulence of the Emirates hotel to the grandness of the Ritz-Carlton, right to the calmness of Zaya Nurai, where you can have your pick of these fantastic wedding venues and get to create good memories while celebrating your love. Any of these locations is also sure to make a lasting impression on your guests while you all enjoy yourselves.

In the spirit of that, below are some of the best places in Abu Dhabi for destination weddings in 2021.

1. Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is one that has gained a cult-like following among couples. The hotel takes the top spot in several lists such as the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi, best architectural designs, most expensive and more. This has been enabled by the hotel’s vast elegance and opulence which is depicted through the various signatures of the hotel. Having a wedding in the Emirates Palace provides a couple with a number of options such as the main ballroom which can hold up to 2500 guests or the several outdoor venues such as the vast stone terrace which is also large and offers great views. For more, there is a wide expanse of sand for a summer wedding as well as the hotel’s marina, with its beautiful landscape and gorgeous pictorials. Overall, having a wedding in the third most expensive hotel in the world is actually sure to leave a memorable impression.

2. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

There are lots of factors that have necessitated the inclusion of this hotel on this list. The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi is as palatial as they come, with its amazing features promising an enjoyable stay as well as the wide expanse of land it occupies, offering more than enough number of options for the couple. These options include the ballroom for an indoor wedding and the lawns or the pool area for an outdoor ceremony. An intimate wedding can be held in the Rose Garden or the beach situated by the Grand Canal. It is definitely a plus that the hotel provides spectacular views of the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to one side and the Grand Canal to the other side.

3. Zaya Nurai Island

Luxury is redefined by the Zaya Nurai Island with its wide array of wedding venue options as well as the facilities provided for the occupants. The location is primed with it just being a 15-minute boat journey from Saadiyat Island. Access is provided to this resort through the myriad of pathways including three helipads utilized by those seeking privacy. Now, to why Zaya Nurai is one of the best places in Abu Dhabi for destination weddings, the resort provides a number of venue options including the Smokin’ Pineapple restaurant, the Ginger Maid, or the main Beach Estate. The most idyllic is however the most popular, which is to have an intimate wedding with a few hundreds of guests in your own personal villa.

4. Saadiyat Beach Club

The Saadiyat Beach club is one of the most popular wedding venues in Abu Dhabi but unfortunately, it is a members’ only club. Having a wedding there involves you and your guests relaxing by the pool, sipping cocktails, listening to live music and totally enjoying the serene atmosphere in the resort. The ceremony could be held by the carpeted stretch of beach or large lawn areas. The experience is sure to leave an imprint and accommodation can be sought in the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, which is just a stone-throw from the beach club.

5. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

For a couple who wishes to have an adventurous and comfortable wedding celebration on an affordable budget, The Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is your best deal. The resort is located along the Saadiyat Beach while being judiciously nestled between the St. Regis, Rixos and Park Hyatt. The hotel has its huge ballroom with a grand entrance and the ceremony could also be held on the lawns near the pool as well as the pristine beach.

6. Rosewood Abu Dhabi

There is no single thing to be picked as the highlight of this hotel but the ballroom is definitely an amazing sight with the wall of glass surrounding it as well as the magnificent chandeliers dangling above. A more intimate wedding can be held on the rooftop overlooking the city. There is also an underground shopping mall connecting the hotel to The Four Seasons.

7. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

The Four Seasons hotel in Abu Dhabi is stellar just like its kiths and kinds everywhere else. This wedding venue however makes an input with two ballrooms as well as a terrace overlooking the water. On the contrary, despite its grandeur, the hotel is still very suitable for intimate weddings.

8. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

It is a necessity that the St. Regis Abu Dhabi makes an appearance as the hotel boasts 283 rooms, all with a magnificent view of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The spa also creates an experience you are not going to forget anytime soon. The luxury hotel continues to be one of the most popular wedding venues in the capital of the Emirates.

9. InterContinental Abu Dhabi

The InterContinental hotel in Abu Dhabi has made a name for itself with the luxury it offers as well as the aura it radiates. The hotel is facilitated with its own private beach as well as a marina and a shopping mall, all to make your experience a totally fun filled one. The venue options come in form of a grand ballroom, a terrace with sea views and a beachfront garden. There are varieties of good food to enjoy and the health club is also a viable place to relax.

10. Al Raha Beach Hotel

Finally, on the list we have Al Raha Beach Hotel, which is a luxurious resort hotel with a swimming pool, stellar spa and a host of other features that are totally drool-worthy. The hotel boasts of an enrapturing view of the Corniche coastline while every room boast of some view of the Gulf. Luckily, the hotel is conveniently located in the business district and is connected to the Al Raha mall where you can do all do shopping you want while enjoying your nuptial getaway.