Whether you’re in a relationship or rolling solo on Saturday February 14, Dubai is a special place to spend Valentine’s Day. Choose from an array of romantic restaurants to dine with your other half, including an al fresco private dining experience overlooking the Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf or head to a luxury five-star hotel for his and hers spa deals. Don’t fret if you haven’t got a plus one – Dubai’s clubs are hosting a variety of drinks deals and themed nights for singles in the city, too.
Mint Leaf of London Enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day menu, which includes delicacies such as spiced crust soft-shell crab, pan-seared venison loin with truffle-scented lemon rice, and bundled hearts of rose and strawberry mousse for dessert. Dhs599 per couple with soft beverages, Dhs849 per couple with a bottle of bubbly, Dhs4,999 per couple with exclusive use of a private dining room, a bottle of bubbly, dedicated waiter and private transport. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
Ossiano With its stunning underwater setting, Ossiano is a picturesque place to enjoy a romantic meal for two. The set menu includes milk-fed veal and tuna mayo carpaccio, poached foie gras and butter-braised halibut. Salha & The Million Dollar Band also perform live. Dhs1,195 per person including glass of bubbly. 7pm-11.30pm Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Dine under the stars Enjoy a seven-course al fresco set menu by the Pool Deck of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa. Dhs1,850 per couple including house beverages and sparkling grape with a rose petal carpet entrance. Only eight tables for two available. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Enjoy a private beach dining experience With sea views and panoramic vistas of the Dubai skyline, the private beach dinner experience at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah is the ideal setting for a romantic evening. Your own personal concierge will welcome and guide you to a candle-lit beachside cabana to experience a personalised menu selected by the culinary team – a seafood-inspired collection of Waldorf Astoria caviar and the signature salmon tartare, or an international contemporary menu of beef carpaccio and butternut pumpkin with truffle risotto. Dhs1,600 per couple (set seafood menu), Dhs1,300 (international menu excluding beverages). Waldorf Astoria Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Sea Fu Guests can book a candle- and rose-decorated villa with a choice of pipe or iPod music. On arrival, ladies will receive a bouquet of roses and a bottle of rosé bubbly. Couples also get a 30-minute foot massage between 5.30pm and 6.45pm. The package includes a four-course set menu, chocolates, pick-up or drop-off in an S class Mercedes (or Bentley for an additional fee). Dhs5,500 (day villas), Dhs6,500 (beachfront villa). 5.30pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7777).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar This venue, which was Highly Commended in the Most Romantic Restaurant category at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2014, is offering a seven-course menu for guests. Dhs1,150 per couple including limousine pick-up and drop-off, gift box and red roses on arrival. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Beach dinner at Al Qasr Woo your loved one with an intimate and secluded dinner on the beach of Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a four-course meal accompanied by a bottle of bubbly per couple and get a special gift and box of chocolates as well as a framed photo from the evening courtesy of DigiPhoto. Dhs2,800 per couple including house beverages, Dhs2,200 with soft drinks. 7pm-11.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).
Pierchic Indulge in a set menu of Pierchic’s signature seafood dishes with matched grape and a surprise gift for her. Dhs2,500 per couple. Pierchic, Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim (04 366 5866).
Villa Beach Enjoy a set menu with matched grape under the stars at the foot of the Burj Al Arab, with the sea lapping the shore providing the soundtrack. Dhs1,400 per couple. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 366 5866).
GQ Bar For those who don’t fancy a formal sit-down dinner, GQ Bar is offering a variety of drinks packages starting from Dhs250 per person, which includes a welcome beverage, two signature mixed drinks and two glasses of grape. Other packages range from Dhs350-850 per person with an added bottle of bubbly. From Dhs250 per person. GQ Bar, JW Marriot Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 321 4541).
BiCE Mare The Italian restaurant has created a dedicated his and hers menu – San Valentino and Per Lei e Per Lui. Specially designed for the occasion by Chef Francesco Guarracino, the four courses are aptly themed Passion, Harmony, Love and Temptation. Dhs1,600 per couple, including two glasses of bubbly. BiCE Mare, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0982).
Valentine’s at Toko With sweets and treats decorating the Toko Garden Terrace and Boulevard Terrace, the venue is offering a quirky Valentine’s Day celebration with Mochi and macaroons on offer. Set against a backdrop of pop-up art by Opera Gallery and Tarsila Schubert, ladies can enjoy a free bubbly mixed drink on arrival. Free (reservations recommended). Toko Restaurant and Lounge, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 442 8383).
Seventh Heaven Dinner at the Sky Table Enjoy two glasses of bubbly at The 31 Bar, followed by a four-course menu at the Sky Table. Ladies will receive a flower bouquet while a singer will perform two love songs. The deal includes a Valentine’s Day-inspired dessert and a bottle of French grape per couple. Dhs2,015 per couple. Sky Table, Sofitel Dubai Downtown (04 503 6666).
Sur Mer Restaurant The beachside restaurant is offering a romantic dinner package with a Mediterranean four-course menu. Dhs700-1,000 per couple including a bottle of sparkling grape. 8pm-midnight. Meydan Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 433 3777). Roberto’s San Valentine Choose from two packages – a four-course menu with a glass of pink bubbly priced at Dhs600 per person or select the degustation menu accompanied with a bottle of rosé bubbly for Dhs3,900 per couple which includes oysters and caviar. Dhs600-3,900. DIFC (04 386 0066). Click here for more Valentine's Day offers