Memorable places to pop the question
Dubai is a fantastic destination to get married and enjoy a honeymoon. With desert landscapes and breathtaking ocean views, the city is also primed for an unforgettable proposal setting. Whether you want to make a grand gesture or pop the question impromptu-style, here are a few ideal locations that are far from ordinary.
At The Top SKY Lounge, Burj Khalifa
You can’t get more sky high than at the top of the world’s tallest building. Get down on one knee on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa at the SKY lounge – officially the highest observation deck on the planet. Taking romance to new heights, the lounge looks out over our sprawling desert, city skyline and to the crystal waters of the Arabian Gulf. You won’t know if it’s the pre-proposal nerves or the extreme height that’s making your heart race.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Head to the desert resort of Bab Al Shams and let the staff set up a private dinner table among the rolling sand dunes in the desert. Watch the setting sun cast a golden light over the striking landscape, home to a cornucopia of local flora and fauna. Plan ahead and book a relaxing treatment at the award-winning Satori Spa, leaving you feeling your best, inside and out, before dinner. Then when the stars in the night sky start twinkling and the tabletop candle starts flickering, it’s time to pop the question. How could she say no?
Dubai Miracle Garden
Although a popular tourist destination, the Dubai Miracle Garden could possibly be the cutest spot to pop the question. The unique 72,000sqm garden features endless blooms, secluded pathways and heart-shaped floral arches make for the perfect backdrop to such a magical moment. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt to take some amazing engagement photos with the beautiful surroundings. Among its many exhibits, you’ll find the Guinness World Record for the world's largest flower arrangement.
Forget hiring your own yacht when you can make the moment even more spontaneous on board a traditional abra. This bespoke boat ride on the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah is an idyllic setting if you don’t want to be getting down on one knee in front of large crowds. With the famous Burj Al Arab in the background, your engagement photos will be even more memorable.
Balloon Adventures Emirates
Sailing in a hot-air balloon is perhaps the most romantic form of flying. Glide across Dubai’s deserts on a morning balloon ride, soaking in the magnificence of the golden sands and emerald oases just as the sun appears over the horizon with the dramatic Hajar mountains on the horizon. The wildlife roaming below and falcons soaring past are an added bonus to set the scene. This is as close as it gets to the magic carpet ride, and makes for an unforgettable romantic experience.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
If you’re fully-certified divers, you can plunge into the waters of The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm, and pop the question in the company of 65,000 marine animals. The luminescent colours of the venue’s aquatic surroundings glow with romance – it’ll be hard to say no with such a beautiful ambience. Among the sharks and stingray, write your proposal – and hope for a positive response. Remember to book a photographer in advance to capture her reaction as you float by.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Be inspired by José Bastón's picture-perfect proposal to Hollywood star Eva Longoria and plan your own special moment at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Access to the UAE's first national park is carefully regulated to protect local wildlife, which makes a trip here all the more special. Luxury tour operator Platinum Heritage presents a series of once-in-a-lifetime desert experiences that can be easily booked online, or talk to the team and see if they can arrange a bespoke surprise.