Let’s talk about ballrooms —the best of them.

Let’s talk about ballrooms —the best of them.

When you need to showcase your company’s latest products, collect your distribution agents for the latest training seminars, or just wow them with a fantastic Gala event at the end of a successful programme—the biggest question you’d have to answer is: Where?

It takes a wide range of destination expertise and experience to answer that one-word question, especially when you operate in a destination where everything is possible.

With space, capacities, ambiance, décor, flexibility, AV support, and other factors being crucial to any function, your choice of which ballroom to use can make or break your event.

This is why the Gulf Dunes team has put together a list of the top 10 inspring ballroom spaces (in no particular order) from across the United Arab Emirates.

(We also have a list of the Top 5 Ballrooms in Oman, which you can read about here.)


Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai
Website: https://dubai.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 3,212 sqm (can be divided into three sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 2,300 guests in theatre style
• Built-In AV Equipment readily available for usage
• Carpet-integrated LED lights alongside the walls, plus fiber-optic lights with amendable color schemes

About Grand Hyatt:
Towering majestically over the edge of Dubai’s historic creek or overlooking the glorious Dubai skyline, Grand Hyatt, Dubai’s city resort, offers the comfort and convenience that you seek. With contemporary guestrooms, suites and serviced hotel apartments, experience the luxury of Dubai like never before.

Our Thoughts:
The newly renovated Baniyas ballroom with its huge versatile space allows us to have all kinds of events and truly be creative. Gulf Dunes would recommend this ballroom for large-scale conferences, product launches that require open space, budget events that can take advantage of the in-built AV equipment, and of course, gala dinners that can accommodate a large number of guests and entertainment requirements.


Location: W Dubai
Website: http://www.wdubaialhabtoorcity.com/ 

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 725 sqm
• Capacity to accommodate 500 guests in theatre style
• Built-in state-of-the-art AV equipment readily available for usage
• Very unique design and layout for bespoke meetings and events 

About W Dubai:
W Dubai – Al Habtoor City is where style visionaries and cultural connoisseurs converge to redefine what’s new on the global stage. With their signature Whatever/Whenever® service and W Insider with the scoop and access on the city’s top spots and hidden gems, W Dubai is the pulse of next-generation fashion, music and design.

Our Thoughts:
The Great Ballroom at W Dubai is truly a work of art. With its unique design, it has allowed Gulf Dunes to organize sophisticated-looking events with the least amount of effort.


Location: Jumeirah Etihad Towers

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 1,897 sqm (can be divided into four sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 1,400 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV equipment readily available for usage
• The world’s finest crystal gives this palatial room a sense of real grandeur

About Jumeirah Etihad Towers:
Rising majestically from its beachside setting, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ dramatic sculptural form and spectacular design sets a new standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. This multi-awarded luxury hotel features a number of unique venues for social events, outstanding conference and meeting facilities, and 382 elegant rooms and suites, which provide guests with the most stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.

Our Thoughts:
With some of the finest crystals being used as décor for this ballroom and a
pre-function area with arguably one of the best designs in the emirate, Gulf Dunes would recommend using this venue for any event that calls for class and elegance. This ballroom provides us with an exquisite design, easy event execution and a good deal of flexibility, making event planning a breeze.


Location: Viceroy The Palm

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 597 sqm
• Capacity to accommodate 335 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV Equipment readily available for usage
• Natural daylight from floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the Arabian Gulf

About Viceroy The Palm:
Set against a backdrop of breathtaking views of the sea, sand and the Dubai Marina skyline, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is a dare-to-be-different hotel that captures the heat, energy and vibe of the city. With theatrical and playful grand spaces alongside a subtle and chic sense of sophistication, it radiates a unique spirit and glamour in the middle of a vibrant city bursting with non-stop nightlife, energy, and youthful exuberance.

Our Thoughts:
In a city where ballrooms are everywhere, The Vista ballroom exudes style and grace—a true breath of fresh air. Gulf Dunes can easily envisage holding stunning dining or networking events at this venue especially with the clear views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf.



Location: St. Regis Saadiyat Island

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 3,000 sqm (Divisible into 05 sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 2,400 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV equipment readily available for usage
• City’s largest banquet facility accompanied with the latest technology

About St. Regis Saadiyat:
Located on the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island and framed by the distinguished SaadiyatBeach Golf Course, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is the ideal destination for the discerning, well-traveled connoisseur. The resort features 376 guestrooms, each with a terrace offering panoramic views. Framed by Saadiyat Island Beach Golf Course, it features six restaurants and bars including an elegant gourmet destination, 55&5th, The Grill.

Our Thoughts:
The Regal Ballroom is a large and highly flexible ballroom with a beautiful outdoor terrace area. Gulf Dunes would recommend using this venue for any large-scale conference or dining requirements that need a versatile space.


Location: Palazzo Versace

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 911 sqm (Divisible into 03 sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 840 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV Equipment readily available for usage
• Custom-designed by Versace himself; features a carpet reflecting an archival Versace Barocco print in gold and violet

About Palazzo Versace:

Set in the heart of the Culture Village, Palazzo Versace is conveniently located along the shores of the historic Dubai Creek. Every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns the hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites is designed and tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the hotel. Each of the hotel’s eight restaurants and bars are designed to have an al fresco terrace to reflect the heritage of Palazzos, where the internal court was the informal space to meet, dine, and enjoy the weather.

Our Thoughts:
Arguably one of the most beautiful and elegantly designed ballrooms in the emirate, this venue enables Gulf Dunes to orchestrate stunning networking events and memorable dining experiences.


Location: Nassima Royal

Ballroom USPs:

• Total event space of 276 sqm
• Capacity to accommodate 140 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV Equipment readily available for usage
• Features possibly the most UNIQUE design in the country for a ballroom’s meeting space

About Nassima Royal:

Nassima Royal Hotel is a modern, stylish, luxury hotel. Towering at 51 stories, the hotel offers stunning views of Dubai and its iconic landmarks. The hotel offers a number of restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines alongside its bars and nightclub. The hotel’s expansive outdoor pool area offers a view out to Jumeirah beach. Along with the beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Nassima Royal Hotel also offers extensive meeting facilities.

Our Thoughts:

Although this would be one of the smaller offerings for a ballroom in a city where size is not really an issue, the Origami Ballroom raises itself by being one of the most uniquely designed. Gulf Dunes can recommend this venue for a bespoke product launch or dining event simply due to its striking design and out-of-the-box offering.



Location: JW Marriott Marquis

Ballroom USPs:
• Total event space of 1,392 sqm (divisible into 3 sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 1,545 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV Equipment readily available for usage
• The venue lighting concepts for the chandeliers and LED lights can be selected from a choice of 1,000 colors.

About JW Marriott Marquis Dubai:
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai stands elevated above Dubai’s Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed Road, directly overseeing the banks of the new Dubai Water Canal. The hotel features 1,608 guest rooms, outstanding event and business facilities, a collection of over 14 bars and restaurants, and the sublime Saray Spa.

Our Thoughts:
Simple, stylish, elegant and flexible to any requirement, the Dubai Ballroom is definitely a favorite for Gulf Dunes as it provides us the right space and vibe to organize any kind of event—from a simple standalone meeting to a complicated pharma conference.



Location: Emirates Palace

Ballroom USPs:

• Total event space of 2,183 sqm (can be divided into three sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 2,400 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV Equipment readily available for usage
• Built-in multi-purpose stage with enough space for 6 additional cars

About Emirates Palace:

The premier meeting and conference destination in the city, Emirates Palace attracts key decision-makers from around the world to its beautiful front steps. It is equipped with a total meeting and conference space exceeding 7,000 sqm, which is exactly the canvas any organiser would need for spectacular indoor and outdoor venues for gala dinners and events.

Our Thoughts:
The Etihad Ballroom is one of the largest ballrooms in the emirate of Abu Dhabi with regal decor, built-in AV equipment and a purpose-built stage, making it a fantastic venue for events. Gulf Dunes would recommend using this ballroom for any large-scale event. It has the flexibility to accommodate numerous types of events as well as a large outdoor terrace that can be used for the evening events after a product launch or conference.



Location: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Ballroom USPs:

• Total event space of 1,040 sqm (can be divided into three sections)
• Capacity to accommodate 1,100 guests in theatre style
• Built-in AV equipment readily available for usage
• Natural daylight in the ballroom with a beautiful view of the Grand Mosque

About Fairmont Bab Al Bahr:
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is the ideal location for exploring the beauty of this bustling and ever-changing city; a place where luxury and style are infused with timeless hospitality. The beachfront five-star hotel offers unrivalled views of a design masterpiece, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.Fairmont Bab Al Bahr offers world class on-site amenities including an Olympic-length lap pool, covered children’s pool, private sandy beaches, separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms, as well as business services and conference and meeting facilities.

Our Thoughts:
A highly stylish and elegant meeting space provides Gulf Dunes with the opportunity to hold meetings and conferences of all kinds at this venue. The perfect views of the mosque, as well as the option of having daylight in the meeting room, only add to the appeal of this highly versatile venue.