A video of a failed marriage proposal in a Dubai shopping centre has recently gone viral, featuring a young man getting whacked on the head with a ukulele by his girlfriend after getting down on one knee to propose. The video serves as a warning to would-be Romeo’s to plan popping the question in a meaningful yet appropriate way.
To avoid public humiliation and assault by a musical instrument, I have but together a list of memorable marriage proposal ideas for all types.
For the Traditionalist:
The classic wine and dine option is never out of style and perfect for those who prefer a more traditional approach to romance. The award-winning Hakkasan Abu Dhabi in the iconic Emirates Palace offers a chic setting to reveal your eternal love, with dark wooded interiors and embroidered-finished furniture. Order one of Hakkasan’s signature dishes like Peking Duck with Caviar and Grilled Wagyu Beef with King Soy Sauce, served with a side of diamonds. Private dining areas are available if you do not wish to share your special moment.
For the Adventure Seeker:
Few places offer an arrival experience to match Six Senses Zighy Bay, where you can paraglide into the resort, located in the stunning Musandam Peninsula of Oman. As your beloved takes the 293m plunge from Zighy Mountain, overlooking the resort and pristine beach, they will be greeted with a special message in the sand and hopefully ready to take another leap. The thoughtful team at Six Senses Zighy Bay can arrange the perfect stay, from bespoke dining experiences to romantic sunset dhow cruises. With so much adventure, you will be grateful to relax in the luxurious Omani style villas, complete with private plunge pool.
For the Motor Head:
If the sound of engines roaring gets their heart racing, then take it up a gear at Abu Dhabi’s landmark hotel, Yas Viceroy, located in the middle of the Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit. Choose from one of the terraces overlooking the track or share some bubbly at Skylite rooftop lounge and say the magic words under the spectacular colour canopy. For diehard rev heads, do it over race weekend from 1-3 November, 2013.
For the Romantic:
Ignite your flame in the eternal city of Rome, the ultimate proposal location for helpless romantics. Italian passion is infused throughout the city from the food to the lanes filled with lovers holding hands. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain before asking for their hand and then retire to Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina, located in the historical district of Gianicolo. Stay in the Eternal City Suite featuring spectacular views of Rome, as well as an outdoor terrace complete with private outdoor Jacuzzi.