5 to try: Alternative Valentine's

Galactic travel, word adoption, choccie creations and more fun ideas


Make your own chocolates
How about creating your own sweet treats with the help of a professional chocolatier? Professional chocolatier Veronica will come to your house for one-on-one chocolate-making sessions; you can add you partner’s favourite ingredients plus plenty of personal touches, from custom writing to sugar roses.
Dhs220 for two hours, including ingredients. mmack@emirate.net.ae (050 457 6748)

Inscribe your body
Paint a personal message or picture – or even your other half’s face – onto your skin with henna ink on a secret part of your body. Position it somewhere only they will see (mainly to avoid embarrassment at work). Henna is semi-permanent, and a simple palm-sized piece will cost around Dhs100, depending on the design you choose.
Rachna Saloon, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim (04 394 4489)

Adopt the word ‘love’
Put in your bid to adopt the word ‘love’ – how high will you go? You can also bid on other romantic words for your partner such as ‘heart’ or ‘dreamy’. It’s also a charitable gesture – proceeds go to the I Can charity to help kids who have problems communicating.

Moonlit horse riding
The trees cast romantic shadows on the paths throughout this desert route, and you can whisk your other half away as though you’re in your very own Clint Eastwood spaghetti western.
Dhs350 for 90 minutes. Daily at 8pm, leaving from Mushrif Park (04 220 9393)

Book a trip into space
This elaborate gift is one for the incredibly rich among us, or those with some life savings to blow. Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are promising regular trips for up to six passengers in a space craft, which will travel 100km into the sky outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The whole experience will take around three and a half hours; passengers will experience weightlessness for six minutes. The trips are due to start this year but there’s a waiting list, so get in quick.

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