Incredible architecture, modern luxury, adventure, opulence, and a romantic experience like none other! This is what a couple will experience on their honeymoon in Dubai.
A truly global city filled with skyscrapers, theme parks, shopping malls, and adventure activities of the highest standard – Dubai is a paradise no honeymooner would ever want to leave!
With amazing romantic experiences like Dhow Cruise on the Dubai Creek, Jumeirah beach, desert safari, and more – there are a zillion things to do on a honeymoon in Dubai. But if you’re still confused, don’t worry, for we will guide you on how to make the most out of your romantic trip to Dubai. Read on.
What kind of destination is Dubai?
Dubai is a destination that offers a splendid mix of romance, luxury, adventure, and much more. Additionally, if we were to rate on the basis of what all experiences it has on offer, it would look something like this:
Shopping & Lifestyle: 9
What is the best time to visit Dubai for honeymooners?
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November to March is the best time to visit Dubai since the weather during this time is cool resulting in an experience where couples’ can dine outdoors, go for walks, enjoy cruises, desert safari, and even visit the local markets and souks till late in the evening.
Also, couples can plan their special holiday during January and February when the Dubai Shopping Festival is going on.
Note: One should avoid visiting Dubai during festival months like Ramadan since the law during this time becomes strict. Eating, drinking, and smoking during these months is prohibited.
What is the ideal duration for a honeymoon in Dubai?
The ideal duration for a honeymoon in Dubai is 4 Nights & 5 Days. This duration will allow couples to do sightseeing in Dubai, take part in adventure activities, experience desert safari, and also enjoy shopping both in malls and local markets.
Budget Pie Chart
How to reach Dubai?
The best way to reach Dubai is via air and to give you an idea about the flight prices, here are approximate costs of air tickets from all the major cities of India.
Average price of flights for a couple (round trip):
- Mumbai: INR 24,000
- Delhi: INR 28,000
- Bengaluru: INR 27,500
- Hyderabad: INR 26,500
- Chennai: INR 24,000
Getting around in Dubai
Once you have landed, one can take either a taxi, shuttle, or Dubai Metro from the airport to reach the main city.
Fast, air conditioned, and reliable, the Dubai Metro runs from Terminal 1 & 3 every 10 minutes. Connected to 2 metro stations, one can get down here and easily find taxis and buses for further travel.
Timings: Services start at 5:50 am (5:30 am on Thursday) and end at 12 am (1 am on Thursday/Friday).
Note: Services on Friday don’t start until 1 pm.
One can also use a taxi to reach the main city. Follow the directions at the airport or simply flag down when you spot one on road. The taxis are usually cream colored and the ones with pink roof mean they have female drivers.
Note: The above services are also fully functional for city commute on your own. Local transport which includes buses, taxis, water ferry, and Dubai metro, is very well connected to all the parts of the city.
What all to pack for your Dubai Honeymoon?
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Honeymoons are all about capturing and enjoying the special moments that one can share with their partner, but carrying a good camera or a smartphone would not be enough to suffice your needs. Read on to see what else would you be needing on your honeymoon in Dubai
- The first and the most basic thing that one needs to realize is that Dubai is a hot country, warm if you are traveling during the right months (read above) or being optimistic. In short, carry a SUNSCREEN with a good SPF count.
- Since it is a warm city that lies by the sea, it is evident that there would be a lot of swimming involved (both in hotel pools and by the beach) and for that purpose, one should always carry proper swimwear. Preferably an extra set just to be on the safer side.
- Read about the Do’s & Dont’s in Dubai before you begin your honeymoon.
- This one is obvious, carry a good camera or a smartphone with a great camera for you would want to record all the special moments and places that you see – not to forget the selfies. One can also carry a power bank to charge their gadgets on the go.
- This one is obvious but extremely important – keep all your necessary documents at one place preferably in a passport holder.
Where to stay?
Well, looks like you’re in luck for Dubai houses some of the world’s finest hotels and also some of the most value for money ones (and finest at the same time!). So to help you with your accommodation, here are a few that you should definitely consider.
Best hotel for honeymooners in Dubai
1. The Oberoi Dubai
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Winner of the World Travel Awards 2016 “Middle East’s Leading Luxury City Hotel” – The Oberoi, Dubai is one hotel, that will enchant you with its ultra modern yet pleasing architecture. This hotel, designed on the philosophy of height, light, and space, offers a larger than life experience to all.
Honeymooners looking for a modern experience can expect top of the class services which include luxury dining, various kinds of spa treatments, 24-hour gym, and temperature controlled swimming pool among many. Modern yet plush in its personality, this hotel is a paradise for honeymooners.
Price: INR 9000 per night per person
Location: The Oberoi Centre, Al A’amal Street, Business Bay – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
2. Ritz Carlton Dubai
Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, is a 5-star hotel that will offer you nothing but the best. Nestled on the beachfront, this luxurious property offers fantastic Gulf views from its rooms and is fully equipped with nine bars and restaurants, six swimming pools, spa, and indoor and outdoor spaces for events. It is beautifully landscaped and the has the potential to wow the most demanding honeymooners! PS – couples can chill all day at the private beach!
Price: INR 19000 per person per night
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
3. The Address Dubai Marina
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A contemporary luxurious hotel, this one would be a favorite for honeymooners since it is directly linked to the amazing Dubai Marina Mall (we smell shopping!). Beautiful, modern, and fully equipped – it offers a contemporary experience like none other. PS – enjoy the infinity pool to the fullest.
Price: INR 15,000 per person per night
Location: Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Budget Hotels (Properties that offer excellent value for money and are luxurious too!)
1. Four Points By Sheraton Downtown Dubai
Offering immense value for money, Four Points By Sheraton Downtown Dubai is a luxurious choice on a budget. Located 15 minutes from the airport, this hotel is situated near famous markets like Meena Bazaar and gold souks. Equipped with all modern amenities, honeymooners can expect an amazing stay here.
Price: INR 6000 per person per day
Location: Mankhool Road, 4C Street – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
2. Villa Rotana, Dubai
Situated at the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road, Villa Rotana Dubai, is the perfect hotel for honeymooners wanting a modern experience without traveling too far. Offering easy connectivity to the Dubai Mall, this five-story hotel caters to all the luxury experiences a couple would want – including an all-day dining international restaurant, gym access, roof pool, and snack bar. Additionally, this 4-star property also offers breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa.
Price: INR 4500 per person per day
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
3. Royal Ascot
Extravagant and grandeur, that is what you will experience at the Royal Ascot Hotel in Dubai. High ceilings, plush interiors, and excellent attention to detail are what is offered in terms of visual beauty and when it comes to service, this 181 room hotel is simply the best.
The rooms are extra large and the luxurious experiences are extra good! For a budget luxury hotel, this one is a steel!
Price: INR 3000 per person per day
Location: Khalid bin waleed Road,Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Best Things To Do On A Honeymoon In Dubai
1. Bateaux Dubai Cruise
The Bateaux Dubai offers a sophisticated and classy dinner cruise experience on the Dubai Creek. Comfortable, modern, and air conditioned – this glass-enclosed vessel serves international cuisine, live entertainment, and personalized service.
Ideal for a romantic dinner, its delightful culinary experience will not only make for good dinner stories but would also allow you to witness the magnificence of Dubai by water. PS – this cruise is so much better than the traditional Dhow Cruise!
Timings: Boarding starts at 7.45 pm and Bateaux Dubai cruises from 8.30pm until 11 pm.
- INR 7540 approx or AED 415 (soft drink package) per person
- INR 9448 approx or AED 520 (Unlimited House Beverage Package)
2. Spa Date
Dubai, the land of luxury naturally has some really great spa options for couples. A soothing massage to relieve all your stress will not only work magic on your body but would also rejuvenate your mind. Some of the best spa boutiques that couples can choose from include:
SensAsia Urban Spa
- Price: INR 20,740 approx or AED 1140
- Duration: 120 min
- Type: Bee My Honey
- Time: 10 am to 10 pm
- Price: INR 21,803 or AED 1200 approx.
- Duration: 120 min
- Where: Anantara The Palm Resort & Spa
- Type: Dubai Romance
- Time: 10 am to 10 pm
3. Desert Safari & Camping Experience
No visit to Dubai is complete without the desert experience. Once you have reserved your luxury tent in the at the Dubai Desert Conservation, you will be in for good times!
The camping experience included a sumptuous Middle East cuisine dinner with delightful belly dancing under the stars being performed by trained dancers.
Moreover, you will be transferred to the camps in special 4*4 SUV’s where one can also indulge in Dune Bashing. Other activities include Quad biking, henna painting, sheesha, and camel rides. You will also get to enjoy the famous Arabian coffee.
Best Places To Visit In Dubai
1. Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world (829.8 meters), Burj Khalifa comes on top when it comes to the best places in Dubai. Visitors can soak in its larger than life city from the observation deck on the 124th floor.
On the ground, one can wrap up their tour by watching the Dubai Fountain Show or visiting the beautifully designed gardens.
Tip: It is preferable that visitors buy their ‘At the Top’ entry tickets in advance to avoid que.
Location: Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown
2. Dubai Mall
Dubai city’s most premium mall, Dubai Mall not only offers an entry to the Burj Khalifa, but also houses an ice skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema halls. Famous for its Dubai Shopping Festival, couples will love to indulge in a shopping experience here. With frequent special events like live music and fashion shows, this is the place to go for all the honeymooners.
- Dubai Shopping Festival: January & February
- Dubai Summer Surprises Festival: July & August
Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road
3. Dubai Aquarium
Located in Dubai Mall, this aquarium is one of the city’s top attractions. Discover more than 140 species of sea life in a huge suspended tank. Activities like glass bottom boat ride on top of the tank, cage snorkeling, and shark diving offer a unique marine life experience.
Location: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road
A melting pot of different cultures and nationalities, Deira is a district, situated on the northern bank of the Dubai Creek. Famous for its souks (markets), there are many here offering unique merchandise as per their names like the Deira Gold Souk – largest gold bazaar in the world. The Deira Spice Souk, on the other hand, offers all the imaginable spices in the world.
Couples in this district can also visit and see the heritage of the city by paying a visit to the Heritage House built in 1890 (previously home to a famous pearl merchant) and The Al-Ahmadiya School which was constructed in 1912 and is the oldest school in Dubai (now a museum).
Where to eat in Dubai?
Best Restaurants in Dubai
1. Nathan Outlaw At Al Mahara
This seafood restaurant by Michelin Starred Chef Nathan Outlaw brings a culinary experience so great, you will remember it for the rest of your life.
The restaurant has a pure underwater feel to complement the cuisine and also has a huge aquarium in the background to add to the surreal ambience. Surely a must visit for all the couples looking for a unique and out of the world experience.
Price for two: INR 25,500 or AED 1400 approx.
Opening Hours: Everyday 12:30 PM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Location: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah , Al Sufouh Road, PO Box 73137
Situated at One&Only Royal Mirage, this Modern Asian cuisine restaurant has a laid back ambience for a relaxed lunching experience. However, during the evening and night, the restaurant adorns a slick urban persona exuding luxury and sophistication.
The winding walkway surrounded by the translucent pool offers a surreal experience all couples would want for a romantic dinner.
Cuisine: Modern Asian
Price: INR 7700 or AED 420 approximately (for two)
- Lunch Noon – 3:00pm
- Dinner 7:00 pm – 11.30 pm
Location: Al Sufouh Rd, Jumeirah Rd, Arabia Courts, Opp Media City – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
3. Zheng He’s
A Chinese restaurant operated by award winning chefs who infuse western elements with traditional Chinese flavors creating dishes that people can fall in love with.
Simple, elegant, and serene, the restaurant is situated on the dockside of a canal and offers splendid views of Burj Al Arab and the Gulf.
Cuisine: Modern Chinese
Price: INR 11000 or AED 600 approximately for two
Timings: 12 pm to 11:30 pm every day
Location: Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Best Indian Restaurants
1. Indego By Vineet
Opulent, minimal, and classy – these are the words that come to mind when you visit Indego By Vineet, an Indian restaurant where culinary is not just a word, but an expression. Guided by Vineet Bhatia, a Michelin Starred Chef, Indian food at this place is an out of the world experience.
Boasting of excellent presentation, decor, and view – this restaurant is one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai.
Cuisine: North Indian, Seafood, Indian
Price for two: INR 12000 or AED 650 approx.
Timings: 7 pm to 12 midnight every day
Location: Grosvenor House Tower One، Al Sufouh road, Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Offering excellent Mughlai Cuisine, Gazebo is one of the finest North Indian restaurants in Dubai. With staff and chefs who are direct descendants from Bawarchis and Rakabdars of the Mughal Kitchens in the past, this restaurant offers a grand Indian experience to all.
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, Mughlai, Biryani
Price for two: INR 2200 or AED 120 approx.
Timings: 12 pm to 11:45 pm every day
Location: Multiple locations in Dubai
This Indian restaurant from celebrity Chef Shaukat Qureshi of the legendary Qureshi family brings back the two centuries old culinary delights of India. The menu which is inspired by the family recipes of four regions of India namely Jaipur, Punjab, Lucknow, and Hyderabad – is a delight for all the honeymooners craving some cuisine from their home.
Accompanied by live soulful music, this one certainly offers an experience of a lifetime.
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Price for two: INR 3700 or AED 200 approx.
Timings: 7 pm to 11:30 pm every day except Thursday & Friday (7 pm to 12:30 pm)
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, AE – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Best Pubs & Bars in Dubai
A bar that offers outdoor sitting, sports bar, and delicious brunch options – Dubliners is a delight for honeymooners who want a not so loud place but a fine experience nonetheless. The whole decor including the bar has the classic Irish look and features grub bar food. Famous for its “The Big Fat Dubliner’s Brunch (on Friday’s), this one should not be missed at any cost.
Price for two: INR 5500 or 300 AED approx. (with alcohol)
Opening Hours: Daily from 12 noon to 2 AM
Location: Méridien Village Terrace, Le Méridien, Dubai
2. Siddharta Lounge By Buddha-Bar
Buddha Bar is a world famous name when it comes to great music, bar, and lounge ambience. And Siddharta Lounge By Buddha Bar takes that experience to another level. Offering 360-degree views of the Dubai Marina, The Palm Jumeirah & the gulf, this one is a perfect choice for honeymooners.
Additionally, the lounge also houses a resident DJ and a menu that consists of Coastal Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Do not miss!
Price for two: INR 9100 for two or 500 AED approximately (with alcohol)
Opening Hours: Daily from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 1 AM
Location: Level 4, Tower 2, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai
3. Dhow and Anchor
Also known as D & A, this pub offers an extremely British experience and is one fine dining experience couples would not want to miss.
The bar and dining areas also feature earthly tones delivering a very sophisticated ambience. Apart from this, couples who want to dine al fresco can also enjoy their meals at the terrace area which offers breathtaking views of the Burj Al Arab.
Price for two: INR 7300 or AED 400 approximately (with alcohol)
- Breakfast: Served on Friday and Saturday only from 09:00
- Lunch: 12:00 to 16:00 Sunday to Thursday
- Dinner: 16:00 to 23:30 Sunday to Thursday
- Bar: 12:00 to 01:00 daily
Location: Lobby Level, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
While we know Dubai is all about fun, entertainment, and luxury, honeymooners are highly recommended to follow these “don’ts”, just in case:
1. No drinking in public
Drinking or consuming alcohol in public is strictly prohibited in Dubai. Even if you’re having a great time at a pub, when you come, make sure, you’re sober and not indulging in any drinking outside the permissible area.
2. Don’t do drugs
Dubai has a no tolerance policy for drugs. Simple as that. Don’t do it and don’t come to the city having done it where it is legal (ex. Amsterdam).
3. No loud music or dancing in public
Resist the urge to play loud music or dance in the public. It doesn’t go with the decorum of the country.
4. Avoid PDA
Dubai, although having lenient rules and regulations than other cities of the UAE, is still very strict when it comes to public display of affection. So avoid at all costs.
5. Be respectful to the culture and religion of the place
Avoid getting into an argument or using cuss words against any local. Also avoid commenting on Islam in Dubai since one should respect the culture and religion that the country follows.
In conclusion, a honeymoon in Dubai will not only be a fantastic experience for all the newly weds but would also be an rejuvenating one. The city, its desert, and all its modern marvels offer a surreal romantic trip that is not only very modern in its nature but at the same time is very traditional. In other words, Dubai offers the best of old and new and is the perfect destination for a new start in life.
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