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Authored by Neha Singh

A fast-paced cosmopolitan city with oodles of glitz, glamour and excitement around every corner, a honeymoon in Dubai is a wonderful way to begin married life.

Seeming to effortlessly fuse its native Arabian traditions with all some of the best luxury amenities in the world, this is one of the world’s most exhilarating, luxurious and remarkable destinations, perfect for honeymooners looking to unwind, indulge, and enjoy newly-wedded bliss.

With some of the most tranquil beaches in the Middle East, and the barren beauty of the desert, there are many unforgettable adventures you can experience during your time in the city.

Whether you are enjoying a day at the races, going on a desert safari, or watching the exotic shimmies of a belly-dancer, Dubai is the perfect place to celebrate your new life together.

Here are some of the best ways to enjoy a romantic honeymoon; now go and organize your cheap flights to Dubai!

7 Best Ways to Spend a Romantic Honeymoon In Dubai

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Book a Dhow Cruise

Segregating the charming city of Dubai into 2 parts, the Dubai creek is the perfect venue for your dhow cruise dinner. Most of the good honeymoon packages for Dubai do offer the famous Dhow cruise dinner, though in case it didn’t come included, make sure you arrange it yourself. Dubai honeymoon.

There’s nothing like having a buffet dinner with international cuisine on the cruise while admiring the skyline of Dubai. The two hour dhow cruise dinner is surely an idea of a perfectly relaxed evening with your loved one.

Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride

There is no better way to celebrate your honeymoon than with a romantic magic carpet ride over an endless ocean of sand dunes, emerald green oases, oryx, gazelles and wandering camels. Dubai honeymoon things to do.

Enjoy the rare experience of seeing the fiery orange sunlight at the break of the dawn from high up in the air. Rest assured you won’t regret getting up early at all. You can take a sunset hot air balloon ride to enjoy the onset of dawn in the Dubai skyline if mornings aren’t your thing. Romantic things to do in Dubai.

Experience the World Famous Overnight Desert Safari Camp

One of the most famous excursions in Dubai is the Desert Safari, and while most tourists book this as a day trip, honeymooners should opt for staying overnight in a Bedouin camp. What to do on a honeymoon in Dubai?

Arabian adventures don’t get more authentic than this. Camping overnight in the desert means exclusive, one on one time to spend with your partner under the starlit sky. Unwind and relax in a truly romantic setting after you’ve enjoyed dune bashing, a sumptuous dinner, belly dancing, henna painting, and souvenir shopping with the day crowd. Is Dubai a good place for a honeymoon?

Enjoy Shopping Like Nowhere Else

Nothing beats shopping in Dubai. Whether you plan to hit out to the world’s biggest mall with over 1200 shops, or to splurge at the textile, spice and Gold Souk, Dubai is a shoppers paradise. Dubai honeymoon places.

While the city boasts some extravagant mega malls, hitting one of the city’s many marketplaces is an essential experience for visitors. Whether you’re after some lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics or traditional oud fragrances, there are souks for almost every need. Find romance in Dubai.

If you travel at the right time, you might catch the Dubai Shopping Festival which offers raining discounts on all products under the sun.

Experience Adrenaline Fueled Dubai

Some couples prefer to live on the edge, so if you and your significant other are adrenaline seekers, Dubai is the place to be. Those seeking an adventurous honeymoon can enjoy host of water sports from cage snorkeling, scuba diving, knee boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing, wake boarding, or even a shark safari. Adventure activities in Dubai? What’s romantic in Dubai?

Also, host to one of the biggest annual international skydive championships, skydiving in Dubai is a serious sport! A city jump which will see you fly over the Palm Jumeirah, the world famous man made archipelago which sits on the water and even has it’s own private beach, and the views over the island and neighbouring marina are truly mind-blowing. Get engaged in Dubai.

Take in views of the shimmering Persian Gulf, the world archipelago and a panorama of the spectacular city which is Dubai. Spot international landmarks like the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel and the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) from the air, and gaze over acres of desert – more sand than you could possibly comprehend. Special places to propose in Dubai.

An Evening to Remember at Burj Al Arab

Spending on an evening dinner at the world’s most luxurious 7 star hotel may prove to be a pricey affair, but a restaurant booking at Burj Al Arab is worth every penny when it comes to surprising your partner with an experience this exclusive. Private places for couples in Dubai. Things to do as a couple in Dubai.

Known for its jaw-dropping architecture and engineering, Burj Al Arab is one of the most famous landmarks in Dubai. Shaped to resemble the sail of a ship, it’s unique design has made it famous all over the world. The hotel stands on a reclaimed island in Jumeirah beach. Guests may choose to arrive to the hotel via helicopter, and enjoy an aerial view of the city of Dubai in the process.

If you’re thinking of booking a stay, guest-rooms come with the option of private butler service, and don’t be surprised if you’re offered the use of a gold iPad! Various luxury cars are also available for hire for those wanting to take a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a spin. Date ideas in Dubai.

Indulge in One of the World’s Best Spa Experience

Dubai hotels are known to offer some of the best spa experiences in the world. Your honeymoon is a time to relax and rejuvenate after a hectic wedding schedule and what’s better than to soak in a pleasurable spa experience.

The best hotels in Dubai for memorable spa experiences include the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, and the Ritz- Carlton. Be sure to tell them that you are on your honeymoon, and in almost all cases, you’re likely to receive special attention and extra goodies. Romantic dinner in Dubai.

Pro Tip: Dubai has all the makings of a fabulous honeymoon destination. Though do keep in mind that this is a conservative country, and you will need to abide by their laws.

While it can be difficult to keep your hands off each other during the honeymoon period, it is important to avoid public displays of affection. This means no kissing or behaving inappropriately in public, and dressing decently while roaming the streets. 

Though those willing to respect these local customs will reap the rewards; you’re likely to find you’ll fall in love with Dubai just as much as you have with each other.

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A postgraduate in Mass Communications, Neha loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally.

An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering, she loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

Neha writes about Dubai at http://dubaiwikia.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter also.

Photo credits: Hot air balloon in Dubai by Tom Olliver. Desert safari camp by traveljunction. Gold Souk Dubai by neekoh.fi. Souk Madinat by Gilles. Skydive Dubai by Richard Schneider. Tea time in Burj Al Arab by Franx’. Shining Burj Al Arab by Miroslav Petrasko. Dubai romantic getaway.

    37 Comments

  1. Hi Megan,
    I’m thrilled to meet you here on the #blogboost challenge.
    Your blob is impressive and I will be looking for ways to improve mine by watching and reading your posts.

    • Hi Doug! Thanks for stopping by, lovely to connect with you & so glad you’re impressed by the blog :)

      Looking forward to your posts too :)

  2. I’ve been to the UAE once but can totally see why you would recommend it for a honeymoon. There is luxury and opulence there like nowhere else in the world, for sure! There are so many over-the-top experience you can have there, that it will certainly be a memorable holiday, even if you have to be a little more modest than is comfortable (honestly, I had no problem with that at all, other than being hot in my more covered up clothes!)

    • Absolutely – nothing is ever done in halves in the UAE!! And honestly, I really don’t think it’s a big sacrifice to dress a little more modestly either. The sheer opulence of everything on offer in Dubai is worth respecting their cultural norms :)

  3. I’m not much for sand and desert locations (tropical beach girl myself) but the more I read on Dubai the more interesting it sounds, especially the overnight desert camp. That’s definitely an adventure you can’t have elsewhere!

    • Dubai is a world unto itself – a world of absolute contrasts where you can enjoy the tropical beach vacation during the day if you want, and then go dune bashing and stay in the desert overnight.

      Highly recommend it as a unique experience :)

  4. I have never been to Dubai, but would love to try the skydiving and the hot air balloon.

    • Two excellent choices Bernard! Hope you have the chance to travel soon :)

  5. My friends and I have been talking about going to Dubai. I have never been on a hot air balloon and it is part of my bucket list so yeah, I would love to try that. Romantic Honeymoon, wait up, let me first find a groom.

    • Well you can definitely scope it out before you find the groom … especially if you’ve never been ina hot air balloon! Something amazing about seeing the vastness of the desert from a birds eye view :)

      Happy travels Karla! Hope you have the chance to visit Dubai soon :)

  6. Never really thought of Dubai as a honeymoon destination, Neha, you’ve certainly shown us that it can be a very romantic visit, especially the desert safari. How incredibly romantic to spend the evening with your partner in a Bedouin tent!

    • Im thinking of taking Mike back to Dubai to stage a second honeymoon!! :D

    • Thanks Brenda! Dubai is truly special for couples especially the desert safari. This is the perfect idea to soak in the beauty of your relationship.

  7. You’ve definitely made a compelling case for Dubai as a honeymoon destination. The mix of luxury and adventure are sure to suit everyone’s tastes. I’d love the skydiving, spa visits, and a night under the desert sky. Great memories, for sure!

    • Great combination for a memorable vacation right!! Really is the perfect spot for just about everyone, with so much luxury and so much choice in what to do :)

  8. Oh wow you’ve definitely made Dubai look incredibly romantic. That hot air balloon looks incredible! Not sure i’d be brave enough to do any of the adrenaline experiences but maybe the spa day might be more my thing!

    • Hot air balloon in the morning followed by a relaxing spa in the afternoon sounds like the perfect way to spend a day!

  9. All of these sound amazing, but if I could only pick one I think I’d go with the Overnight Desert Safari Camp. I think laying under the stars with your loved one would be truly romantic!

    • Absolutely – that’s definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss!

  10. Love Dubai! But this is actually the first time I read about spending a honeymoon there! Dubai is really diverse and this list proves there’s a lot to do there! Most of it are luxurious, tho!

    • One of the most luxurious and decadent destinations in the world, perfect for honeymooners!

  11. Dubai is an awesome destination. Take two nights in Abu Dhabi and you have the perfect multi centre honeymoon :)

    • Thanks for the tip Davis! Haven’t yet made it to Abu Dhabi, but would love to get there soon. Perhaps its time for a trip back to the UAE to explore more than just Dubai!

  12. Indeed, Dubai is one of the romantic destination to travel.:) Thank you Megan for this amazing post. Last visit I miss the dinner on dhow cruise. But I had too much fun in Desert Safari.

    • Glad to hear you had a fantastic desert safari Rajkumar! Who knows, maybe there’s a return trip to Dubai somewhere in your future where you can head on the Dhow cruise this time :)

  13. I have not been Dubai before ..But this post seducing me to travel there in a hurry..How beautiful and , marvelous it was..I like that desert safari adventure..

    • Glad we could inspire you to consider Dubai – you’ll have a truly wonderful time :) Happy travels!

  14. Would love to go to Dubai! I always see the photos of the 4×4’s on the sand dunes there! It looks like such a lux place to visit :)

    • Desert safari was easily one of the highlights of my Dubai trip. Definitely a luxe destination, in every sense of the word! Hope you have the chance to travel soon :)

  15. Love Dubai! Dubai is a perfect destination to travel for all lovers, couples, family etc. But this is actually the not only for honeymoon. I think. Bcoz last month I had been to Dubai and enjoyed a lot by desert safari, dhow cruise, skydiving, desert ski and theme park Dubai etc.

    • Totally agree Neil, Dubai is a great destination for everyone, not just limited to honeymooning couples :) So glad to hear that you had a fabulous time! I hope to get back soon too :)

  16. Dubai is a great example of how we can reclaim the deserts and make something meaningful out of barren land. To me Dubai seem like an oasis in the middle of vastness. Beautiful and my love for Desserts. Never been to Dubai but closer home the Suguta Sand Dunes and the Suguta valley is one of my fav places in Kenya. Great article Megan and hope i can experience Dubai soon.

    • Totally agree with you – they’ve completed something quite transcendent by creating life out of the desert like they have – I hope you have the chance to visit soon! I’ll have to put the Suguta Sand Dunes and the Suguta valley on my bucketlist for our next trip to Kenya too :)

  17. I own a blog on Dubai Tourism. And I’m here by virtue of Singh. I’m commenting because I’ve been inspired. Well done, Singh. Good writing and especially good idea.

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Emmanuel, yes, Neha put together a really fantastic post for us :)

      Thanks for reading!

  18. This is an ideal place for honeymooners. I see the beautiful scenery here, will definitely be a beautiful and memorable memory. The article summarizes very useful information. Thanks Meg Jerrard!

    • Absolutely Anna – one of our favorites for honeymoon travel.

      Thanks for reading!

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