Things to do in pair on Valentines
Few activities offer such an opportunity for intimate expression of love and joy as dancing. Dancing shouldn't be just about your wedding day; do it as often as you can and get help from the pros to teach you some moves. Ballroom, tango and salsa in particular are good for couples and lessons can be customised at the Arthur Murray dance studio.
Dhs100 (intro lesson). Lesson timings on request. Reef Tower, JLT, www.arthurmurraydubai.com (04 448 645804 448 6458)
Yellow Boat cruise
There is something uplifting about the sea and the sunset at the best of times, so we’re sure the new romance tours from Yellow Boats will be lovely. To set the mood, there will be a rose for ladies and complimentary mixed drinks for passengers. If you’re planning a proposal with an impact, then the private tours
take in the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, royal palaces and more.
Dhs1,200. Daily, timings on request (sunset cruises available), Dubai Marina Walk, opposite Spinneys, Dubai Marina, www.theyellowboats.com (800 892).
Up, up and away
Would you like to ride in a beautiful balloon? Us too. Despite the early start (Dubai hotel pick-ups are pre-dawn) we can assure you the world really is a better place when seen from a hot air balloon over the desert.
Dhs995. Timings and pick-up locations on request, www.ballooning.ae (04 285 494904 285 4949).
Although the cynics will say Valentine’s is purely a celebration invented by retailers to boost their coffers after a particularly slow January, the day was first given a recorded link to romance by the great Geoffrey Chaucer. His 1382 poem marking the first anniversary of King Richard II and Anne of Bohemia contained this reference to lovebirds picking their partners: “For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”