Wedding Venue Spotlight | Q&A with Raffles Dubai

Conveniently located on Sheikh Rashid Road you’ll find the spectacular Raffles Dubai.  It’s well known for its pyramid shaped architecture, iconic to the Dubai skyline.  The inimitable Raffles style is present from the moment you arrive at this sensational 5* hotel.  It has everything you could envisage for your wedding from their grand Raffles Ballroom to a nature inspired wedding in their lush green gardens.  At Raffles Dubai you can stop imagining and let them make your wedding dreams come true.  We caught up with the team at Raffles Dubai to find out more…..

 1.   Tell our readers a bit more about Raffles Dubai?

A part of Dubai, a place apart, Raffles Dubai is an oasis of calm and charm beautifully located in the heart of the city with an incredible sense of space, service and unforgettable style.  Connected to Wafi Mall, Dubai’s premium lifestyle and entertainment complex, the hotel is just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport and close to the major shopping, cultural and tourist attractions, Downtown Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.  The sea is also a hop away, making Raffles Dubai the ideal private sanctuary from which to explore the city.

Photograph by Nabeela Huda

Raffles Dubai is the perfect place for the most sought-after events, weddings and themed gala dinners, whether small and intimate, or grand and opulent.  Boasting unique facilities, the hotel offers eleven flexible event spaces as well as the impressive Raffles Ballroom.  Some of these private rooms, located on the same floor, adjoin the hotel’s library, unique concept in Dubai, which offers a cosy setting for coffee breaks and cocktail receptions. The Raffles Garden is the perfect venue for an intimate outdoor event.


2.   What makes weddings at Raffles Dubai so special?

The variety of venues available and personalisation of each wedding.  As every wedding is uniquely special, the Raffles Dubai team makes sure that every dream wedding becomes a reality. Our wedding experts anticipate and incorporate the couple’s style, personality and ideas to create a complete and customised wedding celebration catered to their every wish. “We believe that each wedding is unique and deserves nothing less than personalised attention” explains Zeynep Oden Agagil, Director of Sales & Marketing at Raffles Dubai.

3.   Our brides are always looking for something different – are there venues in Raffles to suit every couple and every size of wedding?

Raffles Dubai offers a variety of beautiful venues for weddings:  An opulent Raffles Ballroom with a foyer area and an adjacent outdoor terrace overlooking the Raffles Garden.

The Raffles garden, on the third floor of the hotel, is designed with four areas representing the essential elements of life – Water, Air, Fire and Earth and is set around a large glass dome, the Eye of Horus, god of the sky, the garden’s centrepiece. The Raffles Garden is the perfect venue for an intimate outdoor blessing or dinner in the cooler months with features such as the Roman court. The venue is suitable for different types of Indian ceremonies such as Mehendi, Sangeet, Pheras where fire, drums and temples can be included and guests are bound to feel romance in the air.

For smaller and more intimate gatherings, Luxor and Gizza venues, leading off from the hotel’s unique library where a lavish buffet can be set up for guests and spend memorable moments with loved ones. The tasteful dark wood interiors allow you guests to create their own theme and décor.

Photograph by Nabeela Huda

Photograph by Nabeela Huda

4.   Describe your ballroom?

The Raffles Ballroom, overlooking the one-hectare Raffles Gardens, boasts stunning Swarovski crystal chandeliers, hand-carved doors and natural daylight, making it perfect for both day and evening weddings. Raffles Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests in a dinner set-up, allowing space for a stage and dance floor or majlis. The adjacent terrace is perfect for cocktail receptions or as an alternative location for the buffet.

5.   Do you have an in house wedding team to help our brides plan their weddings? 

“Yes we do. We focus is on making a couple’s special day stress free and one that guests will never forget” explains Zeynep Oden Agagil.  Raffles Dubai events professionals have arranged different wedding ceremonies in the past decade and understands the nuances of different traditions and how to make this day unique and memorable.

6.   Does you chef have a specialty when it comes to wedding catering?

A bounty of delightful gastronomic offerings await at these beautiful locations and what makes Raffles Dubai different is the personalised wedding packages which include a wide selection of food specialties to choose from.

As Indian and Arabic weddings are the most popular, the culinary team also offers special and personalised menus serving authentic dishes, customised to the guest preference by Santosh Gonzalves, the hotel’s Indian Executive Sous Chef and Chef Mazen Abdallah, Arabic chef de cuisine.

7.   Can you sum up weddings at Raffles in 5 words?

  • Enchanting
  • Grand
  • Memorable
  • Dazzling
  • Emotional luxury

For more information or to book your wedding, please call +971 4 324 8888 or email or visit

 All images courtesy of Raffles Dubai or Nabeela Huba.


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