DWP ACE Planner Globetrotter Award (Middle East) Winner: Ali Bakhtiar Designs, UAE

Here’s congratulating this celebrated luxury weddings and events planning company, Ali Bakhtiar Designs for their win at the DWP ACE Awards! Known for key attention to detail and extravagant designs, Ali Bakhtiar is a renowned name within the world of weddings who has been a part of the wedding industry for over 20 years. He is a veteran when it comes to hosting the most glamorous celebrations in the countries of the Arabian Gulf where he has organized the most beautiful events, from princely weddings to royal anniversaries. Ali Bakhtiar has also led pharaonic projects in India, Asia, and Europe. As the Gala Night partner for the luxurious DWP Congress 2019, Ali Bakhtiar stunned one and all with his exemplary elements of shimmering opulence!



How does it feel to win this prestigious award?


With all honesty, winning this award gives me a great appreciation for the industry I am in, an industry that shows its love for those who are a part of it and where beauty and art is celebrated amongst friends. I also felt very proud of the team that supported me and of the culmination of all our work and achievements. Ultimately when you are up on that stage accepting an award, you know the efforts you put in are being held in the highest regard.



How was your experience at the luxurious Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2019 that took place in Dubai?


What can I say except that it was fantastic, it was a dream! To be a part of a gathering with all our colleagues in this splendid industry is both an honor and a great opportunity. An honor to be in the presence of friends and valued clients and also an opportunity to learn from others, to allow your works to embrace and include the vision of others in your own productions. It is the simple truth that the world inspires one and all. What the Congress did was provide friends from all around the world. Truly accomplishing the best of both areas.



What motivates you to be so active within this dynamic wedding world?


Other people’s dreams. At a nuptial ceremony, we have two former individuals that God has united from very different paths who have decided to join their lives, present, and future into a sacred union. They have decided to unite their families, to bring forth new generations, and be a connection of the parts of the worlds they come from. We have the immense honor of facilitating all of this, we have the greatest pleasure of witnessing it all happen, and we have the duty to make their dream a grand reality. To me that is all the motivation I need, that all these former individuals will look back on their magical day and remember what a gift it is. Because I know decades from now, I will remember all of them and look back at what a privilege it was.



Tell us about your overall journey and how you have achieved this milestone?


The journey was certainly not easy, nothing in life worth appreciating is. But the world constantly inspires, the people who come to me constantly inspire, and these things give me all the motivation I need to go further than where I am and achieve what I am fully capable of doing. God does not give us more than we can handle. Also, I am very blessed to be gifted with the team that I have today. I am grateful for having them around me and appreciate all their success along the way. They are my family in this industry.



Please provide a word of inspiration for the new, upcoming set of individuals who strive to follow in your footsteps and make it big in the wedding industry?


In this industry as well as in life, never compare yourself to others and never be envious of others. You should always compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Ask yourself, has my art improved from what it was yesterday? If no, you know where to start, if yes, keep going! It is easy to become better than others and stop where you are, but if you compete against yourself, you can only go up and reach newer heights of success.



According to you, what are some of the best weddings you have planned till date and how have they shaped your incredible career pathway?


There have been a few weddings that have helped me in understanding how I can deal with challenges and how to think outside the box. One was a royal wedding and another one was a wedding in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in France for which I had to pull myself to my limits to learn how I can exceed my own expectations on the creativity front.




All Photographs Courtesy: Ali Bakhtiar Designs