With a charming coastline flanked by beaches, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a vibrant city brimming with attractions. Mangroves, mosques, white sand beaches, and adventure sum up the romantic allure of the city.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque is just 20 minutes from hotels like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort. Built with white marble, the mosque is a combination of Ottoman, Mameluke, and Fatimid architectural styles – the mammoth structure demonstrates the UAE’s commitment to preserving Islamic architecture.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

One of the UAE’s most extraordinary creations, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has a collection of exhibits that goes back to the Neolithic era. Included in the collection are Picasso paintings and Egyptian sculptures. The modern architecture of the building is part of the allure as well., Reserver-billet-louvre-abu-dhabi, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Eastern Mangroves

If there’s anything more romantic than a wedding in Abu Dhabi, it’s kayaking through the city’s eastern mangroves; the mangroves represent the unspoilt side of the city. The tours on offer range from one hour to three hours of exploring – the Eco Tour is ideal for understanding the ecology, but night tours are more romantic.


Beach lovers should visit Abu Dhabi beaches for sunbathing and swimming. The beaches are also kitted out with onsite restaurants that serve a delicious combination of local and international dishes; there are plenty of loungers and cabanas as well.

The desert

Dune riding, horse riding and wildlife safaris are a few features of an Abu Dhabi desert excursion. The most romantic thing to do, however, is to spend a night in the desert while sampling delicious food and drinking Arabic coffee.

Planning on setting off on a romantic getaway in Abu Dhabi, with your significant other? Then read on to find out about the top 4 things to do that will set the hearts racing!

Dine by Design among Sand Dunes

Get set to tease your senses with decadent Arabian dishes amidst the rolling sand dunes under a midnight blue sky while being attended by your very private butler. Many an Abu Dhabi luxury hotel including the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas provide guests with the chance to dine by design.

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Horseback Riding by Sunset

Enjoy a romantic horseback riding session and take in the stunning arid beauty of the coast and the shimmering Arabian Sea by sunset. It is guaranteed to be a truly unforgettable experience unlike any other.

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A Hot Air Balloon Ride

Sign up for an epic hour-long sunrise hot air balloon ride over the endless expanse of the desert and have dinner at a Bedouin-inspired camp afterwards. High-end tour companies such as Platinum Heritage are some recommended places to book a trip with.

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Dive for Pearls

Try your hand at learning the ancient pearl diving technique of the region by booking yourself and your significant other on a pearl-focused mangrove tour. The trip would include an accompanying guide and an oyster opening demonstration upon a traditional Arabic pearling dhow.

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The United Arab Emirates of the Middle East is composed of seven Emirates of which Abu Dhabi is one. This Emirate is enthusiastically visited by many tourists and travellers whilst its economy and business opportunities attract a number of businessmen to its borders annually. Literally meaning the ‘Father of the Gazelle’, Abu Dhabi was a wildlife haven until recently when the discovery of oil propelled its development. Abu Dhabi also enjoys the distinction of being the capital of the United Arab Emirates and has diverse attractions designed to thrill tourists with diverse interests.

Those who are travelling to the Emirate for their honeymoon or even with their families, might appreciate the rare opportunity to leave their familial responsibilities and enjoy a night on the town. For such couples, Abu Dhabi is truly a wonderful place for the capital is filled with restaurants that pride themselves on designing and maintaining an ambience conducive for romance and intimacy.

One such restaurant that comes highly recommended is Bord Eau that excels in French cuisine. This restaurant offers customers the option of tasting menus or a la carte and the variety is phenomenal! From seafood to vegetarian dishes and of course, meaty delights, Bord Eau triumphs and many customers leave delightfully pleased. Another restaurant, Finz sets the mood via its spectacular views and low lighting. Specialising in memorable seafood dishes, this is one restaurant that is worth a visit for a lover of fish. La Mamma on the other hand is well known for its delectable Italian cuisine. Very spacious, this restaurant facilities cosy and comfortable seating and ensures that you have privacy during fine dining. When searching for a dazzling yet classy location to enjoy a truly romantic dinner, one cannot do much better than Pearls and Caviar.

However, for those residing in luxury hotels Abu Dhabi, the options that are available in terms of romantic dining are endless. if you wish to enjoy a romantic dinner without stepping out of your Abu Dhabi hotels, most such hotels and resorts, such as the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara will be delighted to arrange a romantic setting for the perfect dinner.

Looking for ideas for your wedding? Or maybe it’s the best bridal attire, the most appropriate accessories or photographers. Then the place for you to be is the Al Ain Wedding Show, held for the 10th consecutive time between  05-10 May 2014. In order to enrich this experience, look for Abu Dhabi beach hotels that would compliment your purpose. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is an Abu Dhabi resort that you can consider not only for your accommodation during this trip but also for your honeymoon after the big day. A much sought after wedding show that is considered to be one of the leading events in the Abu Dhabi event calendar, Weddex 2014 will feature everything from ladies and men’s wear, perfumes, lingerie, wedding planners, henna art designers to rent a car and photographers. Turkey, Singapore, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Lebanon are some of the countries which contribute with exhibitors here and therefore, soon-to0-be weds are guaranteed to be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning their dream wedding.  Al Bader Exhibition Organizers are the people responsible for this event and quite a lot of media coverage is given to the event thus creating the hype that it so deserves.

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Abu Dhabi offers many exciting options to tie the knot. The city boasts a range of professionals to help prospective brides and grooms and their families to plan and execute outstanding weddings. All the elements necessary for a traditional wedding with a huge guest list or a quiet elegant affair for a few people is conveniently at hand. Brides to be in the Emirate can select the items they need for their wedding from the latest wedding wear to jewellery, specially designed fragrances, stylists and spas to give the bride and her friends a complete makeover, from wedding fairs that are popular events here.

In addition specialty shops will help brides to make their wedding day unique. Abu Dhabi city hotels and resorts offer excellent bespoke wedding packages to make a special day memorable. These include outdoor or indoor venues, catering, pre-wedding spa treatments, bridal suites and romantic honeymoon packages. However for non Muslim resident expatriates getting married in the Emirate is a notoriously convoluted affair. It is advisable that resident expatriates seriously contemplating getting married in Abu Dhabi be thoroughly acquainted with the regulations governing marriage. The best way to circumvent red tape and to have the wedding of your dreams is to plan everything carefully before hand and allow time for procedures and documentation.

Once a couple decides to ‘plight their troth’ many consult wedding planners who give advice on venues, help select a theme, decide on a budget, design invitations, place cards, thank you notes, assist to set up a wedding website, assist with dressing the bride and her friends and ensure that everything goes according to schedule. All marriages in Abu Dhabi are solemnized in a religious place or a venue with a wedding license. There are no civil ceremonies. Nationals and Muslims tie the knot in the Sharia court. Christians and Catholics can get married in church but one or both partners must show evidence of having being baptized. The marriageable age in Abu Dhabi is over 18 years for both bride and groom. Witnesses have to be nationals or hold Abu Dhabi resident permits. Some nationalities may be required to translate personal documents into English and Arabic. Once married the marriage certificate is submitted to the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for attestation and in the case of expats submitted to the respective embassy for legalization in the home country. Undergoing medical examinations for genetic disorders and communicable diseases is part of the pre wedding requirements for everyone.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, a magnificent oasis in the middle of the Liwa Desert, the largest sand mass in the world, is amongst the popular luxury hotels Abu Dhabi where many go to have the quintessential desert experience. Guests at one of fabulous Abu Dhabi hotels can choose to view wildlife, participate in a range of outdoor activities, enjoy relaxing spa treatments and onsite leisure facilities and taste the gourmet cuisine presented at its restaurants.


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Imagine dining out under the stars amidst an enchanting desert landscape, enjoying a leisurely stroll along rugged beaches or indulging in the very best of spa therapies. These are just some the things that await couples on a honeymooning in Abu Dhabi! A good option would be to stay at Abu Dhabi beach hotels that provide that idyllic getaway by the sea. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is such an Abu Dhabi resort and is uniquely located on Sir Bani Yas Island which offers an island sanctuary in which to begin your new life together.

Honeymooning in Abu Dhabi can be as relaxing or as exciting as you want it to be. Spend your days enjoying spa treatments for couples or lazing on the beach, soaking up the sun and watching the world go slowly by. Those looking for a bit more adventure can try such activities as mountain biking and kayaking which let you witness the stunning natural beauty that the region is known for. For an unforgettable experience one can take a scenic hot-air balloon ride, while evenings can be spent having a romantic meal at a fine dining restaurant, as you sample delectable local dishes. Discover an oasis in the desert as you celebrate your love.

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A visit to Abu Dhabi is never complete without its traditional Dhow Cruise, renowned all over the world as the best way to experience the ways of the exotic Middle East. Prior to engaging in this enchanting tour, make sure you reserve your accommodation in an Abu Dhabi city hotel such as the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi renowned to be an Abu Dhabi city hotel that is bound to make your trip here, all the more special. Let the windy waters of the Abu Dhabi corniche take you away on a magical tour serenaded by the quaint charm that these traditional wooden vessels typical carry along with them. Also enjoy a scrumptious dinner of your choice aboard these magnificent vessels while they glide along the waters ever so gracefully. Share this exotic cruise with your loved ones to make this experience an extra special one.

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If romance in the desert is your preferred idea of a honeymoon, Sir Bani Yas Island is your ideal option. Choose appropriate villas in Abu Dhabi that would complement your intimate getaway. A much prefreed choice among many is Anantara Al Yamm known to be an exclusive spa resort Abu Dhabi is proud of. Days are sunny here and quite cheerful as the tropical atmosphere surrounds clothed in the typical Arabian mystery. Go out for a sunset desert safari with your sweetie and witness the glorious animals loitering lazily in the sun. Feeling lazy? Just lounge about around the pool soaking up all the sun while sipping a delicious Arabian cocktail prepared specially for you. For the more adventurous couples, activities such as archery, kayaking or mountain biking are available. Sir Bani Yas Island is indeed the perfect intimate getaway for newlyweds seeking a quiet getaway with a difference. Perfectly cut away from the rest of the world, enjoy a secluded honeymoon with your loved one in the privacy of an isolated island in the sun. 

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Accompanied by all modern attractions, Abu Dhabi has become one of the top luxury tourist destinations in the world. An ideally located Abu Dhabi resort would let you make the most of your holiday as it gives easy access to some of the top attractions and shopping and entertainment venues in the city. Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara is one of the top Abu Dhabi beach hotels recommended by most of the travellers to the place. One of the luxury ways of spending some romantic time in Abu Dhabi is by taking up a Dhow cruise dinner in Dubai creek. It is a unique experience one would get to experience and it’s a perfect way to propose to your fiancée or take her out for a romantic dinner. Your candle lit dinner would be accompanied by soothing live music or a vibrant dance of a belly dancer and the flamboyance of the Dubai creek would turn the whole romantic experience into a magical one. Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry. Google+

While in Abu Dhabi pamper yourself in Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara one of the most amazing Luxury Hotels Abu Dhabi. The unique modern Arabic experience that you would feel in this hotel would not be similar to any experience in other Abu Dhabi Hotels. While enjoying yourself in all the desert based activities make a change and go for a cruise while you’re still in this amazingly beautiful city.

There are many cruises available to choose from. Even if you are on your honeymoon or on a vacation with your partner this is still a good choice. Sail through the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea and enjoy the cooling sea breeze that would wrap around your bodies and make you feel relaxed. Move away from the busy city and have a moment of peace from all the hustle and bustle. There are special companies authorized by the tourist board of Abu Dhabi. Make sure that you select one of these tour organizers for it would be reliable and you would be in safe hands of experienced professionals.