Dubai Burj Al Arab offers spectacular wedding packages to match its beauty

Dubai Burj Al Arab offers spectacular wedding packages to match its beauty
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Dubai Burj Al Arab offers spectacular wedding packages to match its beauty

By Ray Hanania


Dubai is probably the most beautiful country in the Middle East and offers spectacular glamour and a posh lifestyle if you can afford it. The country, one of the many Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

I was fortunate to travel there in April 2006 where I performed a standup comedy show hosted by the Palestinian Student Association at the American University in Dubai. During my five day stay, I was able to enjoy several sight-seeing tours enjoying shopping at the opulent Mall of the Emirates, the largest in-door shopping mall in the world, the in-door ski-slope and the unbelievable Burj Al Arab hotel which is built to look like a sail boat but that some religious fanatics have criticized because the sail beams create what appears to be a Christian Cross.
Of course, the fanatics complain about anything Christian, but that doesn’t stop the country from catering to the whims of the richest in the West and the famous glitterati who travel there for entertainment and political conferences. Michael Jackson was a frequent guest there, as was former President Bill Clinton.
The Burj Al Arab is the most luxurious hotel in the world. It is rated as a 7 Star Hotel, the finest available. The view from the top of the hotel, at the helicopter pad is spectacular and would be a memorable place to have a wedding, which is why some very smart person at the Burj Al Arab has decided to do just that, offer spectacular weddings from the top of the hotel.
Of course, it is not for everyone and certainly not cheap. The wedding package costs $55,000, which would be memorable for anyone.
The Burj Al Arab the world’s most luxurious hotel, is taking romance to new heights offering weddings in the sky, 212 meters above the azure Arabian Gulf on the famous Burj Al Arab helipad which overlooks the Arabian Gulf (sometimes called the Persian Gulf by the West and Iran).

DubaiBurjalArab2Each ceremony is specially designed by a Wedding Architect, responsible for every detail and available 24/7. The experience has a starting price of AED 200,000* (approximately US$55,000) and can include things that, well, might costs $55,000:

— Arrival at Burj Al Arab by air in Italian twin engine Augusta 109 or by road in Rolls Royce Phantom

— Exquisite accommodation in one of Burj Al Arab’s 202 suites ranging in size from 170-780 square metres

— Private tasting sessions with Burj Al Arab’s award-winning Executive Chef Maxime Luvara

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— Consultations on wedding cake design, structure, flavour and composition with Burj Al Arab’s Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Bonin

— Beverage sampling and advice with Burj Al Arab’s Head Sommelier Dimitar Dimitrov

— Beauty treatments and private sessions with celebrity personal trainers at Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa

— Specially designed wedding scent developed by leading perfumist

— Shopping and styling sessions with Burj Al Arab’s personal stylist

— Access to top haute couturiers

— Private after-hours access to top luxury fashion brands

— Consultations with Burj Al Arab’s award-winning team of florists

— Exclusive access to Dubai’s best jewellers

— Private lessons in etiquette and dance

The Burj Al Arab helipad has a history of hosting unique activities. In 2004 Tiger Woods teed off the helipad and in 2005 Roger Federer andAndre Agassi challenged each other to a game of tennis there. In 2011 Rory McIlroy performed a hole-in-one from the helipad pad and last year Formula One Champion David Coulthard performed donuts in a Red Bull Racing car.

Burj Al Arab General Manager,Heinrich Morio, says: “We’re always looking for new and special ways to delight our guests. We believe a once-in-a-lifetime event deserves a one-of-a-kind venue and are thrilled to add this special location to our ultimate experience collection.”

Those wishing to create their own wedding in the sky can call +971 4 301 7673 or email for further information.

* Each sky wedding is individually priced depending on requirements. AED 200,000 is the starting price point.

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Here is a Video I took while in beautiful Dubai:

And, here are some of the photos I took of Dubai when I was there. I hope you enjoy them. It’s one of my most favorite countries, besides Palestine, of course.


A journalist friend enjoys being served coffee at a Dubai gathering place.



Above. Typical signs in many public places in Dubai


Above, at the beautiful Dubai river mall, Bastakiya.

Below, The Mall of the Emirates




Below, the Ski Lope adjacent to the Mall of the Emirates





All photos copyright 2014 Ray Hanania. No images may be reproduced without full attribution to Ray Hanania and The Arab Daily News


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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for, and

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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