Interview | Get To Know The Wedding Pro: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Written by Fairy Bride Mother on May 3, 2018.
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Get To Know The Wedding Pro: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Each week, we shine the spotlight on Bride Club ME vendor club members, allowing you, our reader, to get up close and personal with some of the best wedding vendors in town. Here, you can learn more about the people behind some of the businesses you may be using to make your wedding day perfect!
This week we have the privilege of showcasing Linda Mwaffak, Director of Sales-Catering at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. Below, Linda tells us all about the history of Le Méridien Dubai, and we learn about some of their main wedding venue options, including the Great Ballroom. Enjoy!
How long has Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre been established and what makes your venue unique when it comes to hosting weddings?
Launched almost 39 years ago, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is located minutes away from Dubai International Airport and just 10 minutes away from the center of Dubai. Spread across 38 acres of lush landscapes with impeccably designed recreational spaces, the hotel renders a resort-like feel where guests enjoy world-class hospitality and personalised service. The architectural language of the resort reflects European design references, with luxurious, contemporary interiors, making this urban retreat the perfect setting to host a wedding.
Equipped to accommodate up to 1,750 guests, the hotel offers 18 distinct restaurants, along with a full-service spa and salon for both men and women and a state-of-the-art fitness center, creating the perfect surrounding for family and friends to celebrate the joy of newlyweds.
Tell us about some of the facilities/venues at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre that are used to host weddings…
Le Méridien Dubai offers a selection of beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding venues. Framed by the timeless blend of charming decor with understated luxury and lavish gardens, our venues offer numerous possibilities to effectively plan an intimate gathering or a grand gala.
The dedicated Events Hub team helps to perfectly execute your dream wedding, and depending on the scale and guest-list we have different venue options at Le Méridien Dubai. For weddings that have a guest list of more than 1000 guests, our Great Ballroom is ideal. The Great Ballroom was launched in 2015 and has a dedicated, private entrance that separates the space from the main hotel lobby, creating a private experience for invitees. Designed with a high ceiling, spacious bridal suite, and Majlis, walk-in closet, and showers, the Great Ballroom is fully equipped with live show kitchens and a pantry facility to entertain invitees with bespoke, personalised services.
The Falcon Ballroom offers an intimate yet versatile space for celebrations with a guest-list of more than 500 people and serves as the ideal spot for weddings, engagement and henna parties.
Alternatively, the Wasl Ballroom can be booked for more intimate celebrations of up to 150 guests and is equipped with elegant, high-end facilities and personalised services to make your celebrations more memorable.
What made you decide to work in the events and hospitality industry?
Being a people person, I love to meet new people from different nationalities and domains; and my forte lies in the organising and execution of diverse tasks. The hospitality industry has granted me ample opportunities to exercise my skills and it’s always an exciting experience to ideate with the team months in advance to execute a successful event, celebration or wedding.
What do you love most about your job?
My job allows me to interact with clients from different nationalities that are eager to make Le Méridien Dubai a part of their celebration. Managing different teams may seem a challenge to some, however, to me, every day at work is a new, exciting experience as we always have some event to plan or execute. The euphoria when an event that the team has been labouring over for a long time is executed to perfection and goes on to be a memorable experience for our clients is unlike any other.
Do you have any exciting weddings happening at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre soon? What have been some of your highlights of the past season?
We have several VIP weddings lined up for the coming season, especially after Ramadan.
Recently, we hosted a destination wedding and the bride and groom were based in Delhi and chose Le Méridien Dubai to host various different wedding festivities over three days.
Describe the experience a bride-to-be will have when hiring Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre for her wedding?
The bride to be will be working with an experienced and efficient Events Hub team who will plan every detail of the wedding festivities to create a magical celebration that lives up to the expectation of our guests.
From table styling and floral arrangements to exquisite menus and artistic cakes, the team attends to every element, so our clients can cherish every moment of their special day.
How do you manage trust from your clients? After all, it is the most important day of their lives…
The Events Hub team brings together ideas to enable couples and their families to host a memorable wedding. Through our attention to detail and flawless execution, we ensure that your wedding perfectly reflects your vision.
If you could give one piece of advice to our readers (brides-to-be) what would it be?
Research well to work with experienced planners and teams. It is also essential to heed their advice and expertise as it will help make the right decision. Delegating tasks and timely planning will take the pressure off your shoulders and brides-to-be will be able to stay stress-free on their wedding day. Lastly, it is a once in a lifetime experience, so take time to enjoy it with your family and loved ones.
What budgets do you cater for?
With 60,000 sq. feet of intelligently planned event facilities, 3 ballrooms that can host wedding parties ranging from 150 to over 1000 guests, beautiful indoor and outdoor venues with extensive parking, our Events Hub team is fully equipped to cater to intimate or grand celebrations of varying complexity and budgets.
Lastly, why did you choose to list with www.brideclubme.com?
In this age of digitisation, www.brideclubme.com offers UAE based brides-to-be, as well as brides from afar looking to get married in Dubai, comprehensive information about different aspects in order to host a successful wedding. With Le Meridien Dubai being a center for hosting different wedding celebrations and offering couples numerous services, featuring on the Bride Club ME website will go a long way to help us cater to our guests in a seamless, personalised manner.