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I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Al Maha Resort & Spa into our vendor directory. I went along to Al Maha (before the crazy heat had set in) and was absolutely blown away with the resort. It was my first visit and just when you think you’ve seen the desert enough times, stepping into a resort like Al Maha makes you feel as if you’re seeing it again for the first time.

Everything is positioned to take in the magical view of rolling sand dunes, with camels crossing and free roaming wild gazelles and Arabian Oryx. You truly do feel a million miles from the city.

I was also impressed with their dedication to weddings. This is the place to come for an extraordinary and unique setting but it is also a place where the staff will make you feel at ease and luxury is in abundance.

Tell us a little bit about Al Maha Desert Resort

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, the centre of Dubai’s heritage and conservation efforts, lies nestled within a green and verdant oasis amongst some of Arabia’s most impressive dune and desert landscapes. Resembling a luxurious Bedouin encampment, the resort is just 45 minutes away from Dubai. This secluded hideaway resort offers personal and seductive experiences with great hospitality, privacy and absolute comfort. Al Maha’s luxurious accommodation includes 42 private guest suites in four different categories, each enjoying their own private space amidst the quiet resort surroundings with their own pool and private deck. Dining options include the signature Al Diwaan restaurant, Dune dining, Deck dining or In-suite dining. Covering a wide spectrum of interests, guests can select up to two different complimentary activities every day as part of their stay. Activities like camel trekking, wildlife drives or the falconry are designed to provide the greatest first-hand experiences of this sensory landscape. Set in a secluded location below towering palms, and with open views of the desert and mountains beyond, the signature Timeless Spa is complemented by a wealth of fitness facilities as well as Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, and the stunning infinity pool. With all these fitness and leisure options available, Al Maha provides a wonderful backdrop in which to enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing range of spa treatments and exercise regimes.

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What makes a wedding at Al Maha unique?

Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, is one of the world’s finest Resorts, a tranquil and enchanting destination in the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

A magical place of timeless elegance, Al Maha is warm and welcoming with matchless hospitality and impeccable service. The resort offers distinctive and incomparable Arabian experiences for romantic getaways, wedding celebrations and honeymoons.

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For how many guests do you cater for?

Presidential suite: 80

Ballroom: 120

Dune Dinner: 300

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Is there a minimum spend?

There is not a minimum spend.

 Are there any noise restrictions?

Couples who would like to have a DJ, band or other entertainment; we can offer them the Dune Dinner venue or a combination of the Presidential Suite (for the ceremony/cocktail hour etc.) and the Dune Dinner venue (for the party).

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Can I bring in my own wedding planner and other suppliers?

Couples can bring their own wedding planner and other suppliers except for F&B. All food and beverages are supplied by Al Maha only.

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Finally, why should couples look to Al Maha as a potential wedding venue?

The intimacy and romantic ambiance of Al Maha come from the natural beauty and seclusion of the desert landscape that surrounds the resort.

The Dubai Conservation Desert Reserve is a private sanctuary where guests of Al Maha enjoy privileged access to a diverse population of indigenous Arabian flora and fauna, over 100 species of resident and migratory birds, and mammal and reptile species including the Arabian Oryx, after which Al Maha is named. The first conservation-led luxury resort in the region, Al Maha offers life-enriching interactions with the indigenous wildlife, culture and traditions of the region, made possible by our expert Field Guides.

Inspired by the rich history of the Arabian Desert, the architecture and interior design at Al Maha reflect the traditional Bedouin way of life.  Richly decorated with rare Arabian antiques and artefacts, hand-crafted rugs and furniture, each of the four configurations of Suite is nestled into the crest of a dune, enjoying absolute privacy.  Exceptional levels of comfort provide a perfect location for guest and honeymoon accommodation, each Suite with a private temperature controlled pool from which to enjoy the panoramic vista across a golden desert landscape.

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To know more about booking a wedding at Al Maha get in touch with their team:


T: +971 9 204 4137


About Jessica

I am the founder and editor of Lace in the Desert and have called Dubai my home for 4 years. Elegant design, romantic textures, intricate detailing and heart yearning photography are my loves. You won’t find a single wedding or feature on here that I do not think is truly awesome. I also love champagne and crumpets.

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