Things to do in pair on Valentines

Learn to dance together
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).
Things to do in pair on Valentines

Time Out Dubai has a complete guide to the best things to do on Valentine's Day weekend in Dubai, including date night ideas, concerts and more

Learn to dance together
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).

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Since this is Dubai (and also by the name) you might have guessed that Dubai Miracle Garden isn’t an ordinary garden. It is, in fact, the largest natural flower garden in the world. It covers more than 72,000 square metres and is home to more than 109 million flowers.

It first opened its doors, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day in 2013, but it’s not open all year round. It closes from June to September when the temperature soars.

The Miracle Garden isn’t just full of flower beds, either. There’s more to look at than that, including a floral clock and flower replicas of houses, animals, the Burj Khalifa and more. One of the newest attractions is the life-size replica of an Emirates A380, which is covered in more than half a million flowers and weighs more than 100 tons.

As well as flowers, Dubai Miracle Garden houses the world’s largest indoor butterfly garden, where you’ll find more than 15,000 species. So, not the ideal place to go if you suffer from lepidopterophobia (we’re getting technical on you), but it definitely looks pretty.

You might even have spotted the park on the big screen, if you’re a fan of Bollywood movies. Last year it featured in a scene of the film Hamari Adhuri Kahani, as the director wanted to show off Dubai’s softer side.

If you start to get a bit peckish while strolling around the greens, you’re in luck, as there’s an Edible Plants Garden, where you can help yourself to some fresh strawberries.

You can even make your own cup of tea with some leaves plucked from the garden.

Dhs40 for (adults), Dhs30 (kids aged three to 12, free (kids under two).

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