Fun ways to spend the weekend whether you're in a couple or not
Time Out Dubai staff
Side-by-side SUP Paddle into the sunset with a couples stand-up paddleboarding session. Make the most of this special buy-one-get-one-free offer for Valentine’s Day, and paddle around the Palm. Dhs85 per hour, express lessons for Dhs125, 9am-5pm, only on Friday February 14. For male and female couples only, advance booking required. Ignite Surf School UAE, Riva Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (055 601 0997).
Take in a desert safari Spend a day together enjoying desert pursuits such as dune bashing, belly dancing, camel rides and a buffet dinner with Desert Rangers. There’s also a photo booth so you have a fun memento of the day to take home. Dhs400 per person. 3.30pm-9.30pm. Pick-up from locations across Dubai, www.desertrangers.com (052 904 2804).
Have an Arabian adventure Give your partner sweet Arabian dreams with an overnight couples-only tour in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. You’ll be treated to a falconry demonstration, nature driving and a barbecue under the stars. The tents are kitted out with comfy queen-sized beds. Dhs2,495 per couple. 3.30pm-10.30am the following morning. Pick-up from selected hotels, www.arabian-adventures.com (04 214 4888).
Paddle around in a kayak Sporty couples can give their arms a workout by taking a double kayak tour of the calm waters inside the Palm Jumeirah. Dhs345 per couple. Morning tours 9.30am-noon, afternoon tours 2.30pm-5pm. Sofitel the Palm, www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
Go star-gazing Book a VIP tour with Platinum Heritage to explore the desert at night, where you will search for nocturnal animals before returning to camp to spot constellations in the sky. Dhs395 per person. Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri 6pm-midnight. Ongoing. Pick up from locations across Dubai, www.platinum-heritage.com (04 388 4044).
Tee-off at a golf tournament Competitive couples can take part in a tournament on the Par 3 course at Dubai Creek. Playing against other pairs, both players tee off and then play alternate shots, with the best score for each hole recorded. As you play you’ll be treated to a selection of food and drink. Dhs360 per couple. Friday February 14, from 4.30pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, register in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dubaigolf.com (04 205 4666).
Crooked Cupid at Societe Dubai This new nightclub located at the Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina is hosting Crooked Cupid night. Grab your other half for an evening of dancing, fun and romance-themed mixed drinks priced at Dhs40 each. Free entry. Friday February 14, 10pm-3am. Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina www.societe.ae (050 357 1126).
Watch an opera Get all dressed up for a very sophisticated night at the opera. The Emirates Opera Project is a collaboration of locally based professional opera singers who will be performing the music of Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti and Mozart. Dhs250 per person. Friday February 14 from 7pm. The Archive. Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Get pampered at a spa Share a romantic wellness experience at The Spa in The Address Dubai Mall’s couple’s treatment room. The 150-minute ritual includes a 90-minute seaweed leaf wrap plus an hour-long relaxing massage, followed by a bottle of bubbly to finish off. Dhs2,000 per person. 10am-10pm, until 28th February 2014, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).
Chill out with the penguins If your significant other is crazy about critters, surprise them with a visit to one of Dubai’s penguin populations. Swoon over the cute snow penguins at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates, where you can also get your photo taken and put on a souvenir to take home. Dhs150 per person. Daily noon-9pm. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.skidubaipenguins.com (04 409 4090).