The Most Romantic Places to Propose in the UAE
The Most Romantic Places to Propose in the UAE
Planning to pop the big question? Check out our choice of the most romantic places to propose in the UAE before you get down on bended knee...
THE FIVE STAR DESERT EXPERIENCE: Saffron Tower, Banyan Tree Al Wadi
So how do you want to propose? In a luxury hotel? Over dinner in a gourmet restaurant? Or by doing something totally unique? We suggest combining all three by booking Saffron Tower at Banyan Tree Al Wadi in Ras Al Khaimah. Start the evening with a camel ride for two, which will conclude at the foot of the tower. Once you’ve climbed the short staircase to the top, a private butler will be waiting to serve you a delicious Thai feast – and you can pop the question while your loved one gazes down at the burnt orange dunes of the desert below.
How much? 1200 AED per couple for dinner. 350 AED for 45-minute camel ride for two, which includes a bottle of Sparkling Wine or Date Juice.
Where? Saffron Tower, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah. +971 7 206 7777
THE SECLUDED SPOT: Picnic in the desert
If extravagence isn’t your thing, why not head into the desert for a romantic picnic at sunset? Fill a traditional picnic basket with delicious bites along the lines of smoked salmon, rocket salad, ciabatta, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Ask her to be your wife as the sun starts to dip below the horizon and the dunes are cast in a warm, romantic glow.
How much? A tank of petrol and the cost of your picnic.
Where? For a secluded spot, we recommend driving towards Hatta and pulling off the road to lay your blanket amongst the sand dunes.
THE ROMANTIC BEACH-SIDE BAR: Jetty Lounge, One & Only Royal Mirage
Ask any Dubai resident where the most romantic bar is in the city and they are likely to respond with the Jetty Lounge at One & Only Royal Mirage. With a chilled-out, stylish vibe and relaxed loung-style seating, the marriage proposal will be accompanied by the soundtrack of waves lapping the shore. Why not order a cocktail or mocktail (or even bottle of champagne) and some light bites to eat, and then get down on one knee on the sand to ask for her hand?
How much? Mezze from 65 AED, Mocktails 35 AED, Cocktails 50 AED, Champagne from 650 AED.
Where? One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai. +971 43999999
THE AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT: Pierchic, Al Qasr
There’s several reasons why Pierchic is consistently voted Dubai’s most romantic restaurant… It’s to do with the stroll along a bedecked pier to a spot that boasts an unrivalled view of Burj al Arab. It’s also to do with the balmy breezes and stylish décor… And it’s to do with the award-winning seafood. Add all these things together and you have the perfect location for a dinner proposal. It’s an expensive choice, but we think it’s worth it for such stunning surroundings – and fingers crossed, she will too…
How much? Budget 1000-1500 AED for a dinner for two, inclusive of alcoholic drinks.
Where? Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai +971 43666730.
THE WEEKEND PROPOSAL: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
Why make your proposal a single moment, when it could last a whole weekend? We can’t think of many resorts that can compete with Qasr Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi on the romance front. Pop the question after check-in, as you laze by your own private villa pool surrounded by rolling desert dunes – or wait until dinner and book a private villa BBQ customised to your tastes. You may need to save up for the stay, but this is one weekend you stay etched in your memory forever.
How much? Private pool villas from 1800 AED per night, Villa BBQ from 500 AED per person.
Where? Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi , +971 2 8862088
THE SUNSET BAR: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa
If you had planned to propose over relaxed drinks as the sun sets, look no further than Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa. The elevated position of Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge boasts a breathtaking view over the surrounding desert, whilst the comfortable booth-style seating (covered in scatter cushions so comfortable you will want to stay all night) give the bar an intimate, relaxed, and very private feel for you to pop the big question. The signature mocktails and cocktails will delight and refresh in equal measure – and if you need some food to settle your nerves, the platters of sharing mezze are both delicious and affordable.
How much? Hot and cold mezze from 75 AED, Mocktails from 30 AED, Cocktails from 55 AED.
Where? Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai +971 4 809 6194
THE BEACH STROLL
Always imagined proposing under a moonlit sky on a long, deserted beach? You will get your dream at Abu Dhabi Park Hyatt, located on Saadiyat Island. The resort’s nine-kilometre white sand beach will ensure you aren’t disturbed during the big moment, with waves lapping the shore, crystal clear stars in the sky above, and the softest sand under your feet. And when you get back to the hotel, nothing but total luxury awaits. Simple, but so memorable.
How much? From 1000 AED for Park King Rooms, from 3000 AED for Beach View Suites.
Where? Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi +971 2 4071234.
Hire A Proposal Planner
Guys, if you are still a little overwhelmed with the thought of planning a super special proposal for the lady in your life, we recommend contacting Dubai’s ONLY proposal planner, Caroline Garvey, Founder of Proposal Boutique.
Proposal Boutique will work with you to plan a proposal your future fiancé will never forget, creating a memory that will last a lifetime. They will develop unique and personalised ideas, scout the best locations, negotiate the best rates with vendors and coordinate the whole proposal from start to finish, leaving you to think about what you are going to say when you’re on bended knee.
Are you thinking of popping the big question? We would love to hear from you.