Dubai underscored its status as the premier wedding destination for couples looking to celebrate their big days and reaffirmed its commitment to working closely with wedding planners to create exceptional and safe experiences.
Leading the way globally as the industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, recently hosted the latest edition of its Global Wedding Excellence Retreat, highlighting the city’s comprehensive offerings and building stronger relationships with the wedding planners community.
With a strategic focus on the tourism and events sectors in Dubai, the city has established itself as a destination of choice for couples celebrating their special days, thanks to its wide range of hotels and venues, its gastronomy diverse and world-class, its easy accessibility for customers. and local know-how. Along with other business, leisure and social events, weddings have resumed and are going safely and successfully thanks to the city’s effective response to the pandemic.
Based on this, Dubai hosted 17 Indian wedding planners to explore the latest offerings and better understand the experiences and services available in the city. Taking place September 23-26, the 4th edition of the Global Wedding Excellence Retreat was supported by stakeholders from across Dubai, with a tailor-made itinerary to showcase both new and established hotels, places and attractions.
Issam Kazim, Managing Director, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Amid the wider growth of Dubai’s tourism and events sectors, the city has established itself as a leading destination wedding option, attracting couples and planners looking to create memorable experiences. Introducing the city again to wedding planners allowed us to familiarize them with the city’s wide range of offerings and the constant priority given to everyone’s safety. During the global pandemic, we know that many couples have been forced to put their plans on hold, and Dubai is ready to work with them and their organizers to ensure that they can celebrate their big days in style with their friends and their family. “
With city hotels at the heart of the destination offering for wedding planners and couples, the group visited a number of new and popular wedding options including: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Caesars Palace Dubai, Armani Hotel Dubai, St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk & Raffles Dubai and Palazzo Versace Dubai. DBE also took attendees to new heights, offering them a VIP experience at The View at The Palm and an exclusive glimpse of Ain Dubai, ahead of its official opening on October 21.
A leadership forum held at Madinat Jumeirah on the first full day of the itinerary saw the group hear from sites and service providers including: Rasha Badran, Founder and CEO, The Purple Chair; Arun Bablani, Director, Vivaah Weddings; Soufiane El Alam, Resort Commercial Director, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts; and Andy Cuthbert Managing Director, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events, Jumeirah Hospitality.
Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President, Dubai Business Events, said: “Dubai’s status as a premier wedding destination has only been possible through the efforts of stakeholders in the tourism and events sectors, providing the foundation for exceptional experiences for couples. and the guests. I would like to thank all the partners who contributed to the success of the last edition of the Global Wedding Excellence Retreat. After continuing to collaborate with wedding planners throughout the global pandemic, we are again seeing significant interest as their clients look to celebrate safely without having to compromise on venues, entertainment, food. and other aspects of their special days. “
One of the guests of the visit, Manika Garg, Director, E-Factor Entertainment, said: “It was a pleasure to be a part of the Dubai Global Wedding Excellence Retreat, during which we saw some great properties, possibilities and opportunities. The conference allowed industry insiders to understand how the new normal has evolved and adapted to it. The warm hospitality of the Dubai Business Events team was the very basis for it all to come together, and I would especially like to mention the incredible F&B experiences which gave detailed insight into the flavors that await our guests, and instilled confidence. , once again, that Dubai never ceases to amaze!