Liesel Papke, Wedding planner and ‘Advisor-In-Chief’ at Rock Your Wedding, shares her hidden gems in the UAE.

My favourite romantic restaurant

Nobu at Atlantis The Palm. I just love the décor, and the food is out of this world. I mean, have you tasted their black cod? It’s easily the best in the city.

My favourite place to host a party

Dubai has so many fabulous locations, but when it comes to hosting a beach wedding I would have to say Magnolia at Al Qasr is the best. You can hold your ceremony on the beach overlooking the Burj Al Arab and then be transported by abra to a secluded villa where you can continue the party in the courtyard among the palm trees. My other favourite spot is Al Maha Desert Resort as I am a little obsessed with desert weddings. The ceremonies here take place on top of a red sand dune!

My favourite florist

I work very closely with The Flower Market. They have a fantastic team who understand my vision and have the most wonderful ideas. You can show them an image and they will create a masterpiece. I also really love Tulipano Flower Decor. Evgeniya is a true artist. If you want someone to find you the most unusual flowers and create a bouquet like you have never seen before she is your lady.

My favourite way to unwind

I’m a bit of an adventure bunny, so anything out of the ordinary works for me. Now that the weather is cooler, my favourite pastime is to pack my truck and head into the desert with friends.

My favourite hairdresser

I would love to say that I spend loads of my time going to snazzy hair salons but that is far from the truth. Finding time out to go pamper myself can be challenging, but when I do, I entrust myself to the lovely Monica from MHG Beauty. She is always on hand to make me look fab for any occasion and, of course, I trust her enough to recommend her to any bride-to-be.

My favourite hidden gem

Everyone needs that one favourite place in the city, and I have to say that Breeze Beach Grill at Club Vista Mare on The Palm has become mine. It’s my favourite sundowners spot, with a wonderful vibe and fab chilled music. Leave me there for a few hours and I feel like I’m on a beach holiday.

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