Find that you and your other half always tend to have yourselves a romantic dinner every Valentine’s Day in Dubai? Well, it’s time to mix things up.
Whether you prefer to be under the sun with bubbly in hand next to that someone special, explore the UAE’s rich pearl diving culture (and bring one home), or think a ski trip is just the trick to impress, you’ve landed on the right page.
Check out 13 alternative things to do this Valentine’s Day in Dubai, and if you still fancy a swish dinner after, we’ve got you covered here.
Why not unleash your inner Tarzan and Jane at Dubai’s Aventura Parks? The massive outdoor climbing centre has put together a series of challenges designed for couples who are looking to put their relationship to the test – literally. Find out more here.
Dhs840 per couple. Feb 14-15, 4pm-10pm. Mushrif Park, Mirdif, www.aventuraparks.com (052 178 7616).
Spend the day relaxing by the pool with your other half on an island… sunbed. Couples will get a bottle of premium bubbly and soak up the sun one of six exclusive pool island sun beds with Azure Beach’s premium pool island Valentine’s Day package. It comes with a sharing selection of sushi including saucy salmon roll, spicy tuna roll, ‘you’re my fantasy’ roll made of makimono with crispy breaded king prawns, and a tobiko rice love-heart. There are also other packages starting from Dhs195, which includes Azure’s sharing fresh fruit platter, chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of grape.
Dhs1,450 per couple (pool island package), from Dhs195 (other packages). Fri Feb 14, 10am-7pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (052 777 9472).
Cove Beach – Gal’s Day Out
It’s all about the gal pals at Cove Beach, as ladies can get free sunbeds and 30 percent off their entire bill for the whole day.
Free (ladies), Dhs200 (gents). Thu Feb 13, 10am until sunset. Cove Beach Dubai, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island (050 454 6920).
Drift Beach Dubai
Sometimes, a day soaking up the sun together in a private cabana is the best kind of way to make the most of the most romantic day of the year. Couples will be treated with a bottle of bubbly and a 25 percent discount on couples’ treatments at the One&Only Spa. To get into the romantic mood, the beach club will also host poolside entertainment including a live saxophonist and bongo player from 2pm onwards.
Dhs1,000 per couple. Thu Feb 13-Fri Feb 14, 10.30am-9.30pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina (04 315 2200).
Jumeirah Al Qasr brunch
Couples, be sure to come dressed up to this Al Qasr brunch, as the best dressed couple will get a free couple’s Talisa Spa massage. Meanwhile a lady ‘dressed to kill’ will win a complimentary one night’s stay at Jumeriah Al Qasr.
Dhs480 (soft drinks), Dhs577 (house beverages), Dhs795 (bubbly). Fri Feb 14, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
Throwing in a platinum experience and a three-course meal while watching the biggest blockbuster at Roxy Cinemas. The limited-time Valentine’s Day deal offers a shareable starter (fitting), main courses such as cajun spiced salmon and ricotta ravioli and slow-braised chicken leg along with seven dessert options. Movie-wise, watch your flick of choice at the Platinum suites, with recliner seats, a pillow and blanket to snuggle into and an on-call waiter.
Dhs399 for two. Sun Feb 9-Wed Feb 19. Various locations including La Mer; City Walk; Box Park; The Beach, JBR, www.theroxycinemas.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Fancy a date night at the movies this Valentine’s Day in Dubai? If your other half is a fan of comedies then this outdoor cinema night on Thursday February 13 will be right up their street. Kick back, relax comfortably with popcorn and drinks and watch comedy film Bridesmaids at The Ritz-Carlton, JBR. Tickets cost Dhs50 for just the film, or Dhs100 with food, which can be redeemed for food and beverages at Amaseena, Blue Jade, Splendido, Palm Grill and La Baie Lounge as well as on the special cinema menu.
Dhs50 (movie only), Dhs100 (redeemable food and drinks). Thu Feb 13, 7pm onwards. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).
Fancy hitting the slopes this Valentine’s Day? Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates has you covered. Couples can enjoy its ‘Penguin Encounter’ package for Dhs599 or two ‘Snow Plus’ tickets for Dhs799, both including a three-course meal at Ski Dubai’s restaurant, North 28. Those who prefer warmer conditions can opt for the three-course Valentine’s dinner for two at North 28 for Dhs200. That’s not all, as there’s an ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ pass for Dhs180 that offers two hours on the slopes.
From Dhs200 (couples offer), Dhs180 (anti-Valentine’s offer). Thu Feb 13-Sat Feb 15 (couple offers); Fri Feb 14 (anti-Valentine’s offer), times vary. Mall of the Emirates, Shiekh Zayed Road, www.skidxb.com.
SPA at Waldorf Astoria DIFC
Couples can take the chance to completely de-stress, with a dash of romance with its ‘Be My Bubbly’ spa package. Kick off with a suitably bubbly bubble bath followed by a full body massage at the spa’s exclusive quartz bed suite. The package also includes a bottle of sparkling, plus dark and white chocolate – served as part of the two-hour journey.
Dhs2,200 per couple. Sun Feb 9-Sat Feb 22, times vary. Waldorf Astoria DIFC (04 515 9999).
Suwaidi Pearl Farm Ras Al Khaimah
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Dhs300 per person. Until Mon Feb 24. Open Sat-Wed, 9am-5pm. Suwaidi Pearl Farm, Ras Al Khaimah, www.suwaidipearls.ae (072 211 124).
The popular obstacle attraction in JBR https://www.timeoutdubai.com/area-guides/jumeirah-beach-residence is offering a buy one, get one free deal, where players can register their loved ones (or pal) so they don’t have to pay a dirham. Taking place on Friday February 14 from 6pm until 10pm, the experience is priced at Dhs99 per person. But not on Valentine’s Day https://www.timeoutdubai.com/valentines though. Go on, bring out that competitive side.
Dhs99 (buy one, get one free). Fri Feb 14, 6pm-10pm. Bahar Plaza Level, JBR, www.tepfactor.ae (04 398 8438).
THEATRE by Rhodes
This Valentine’s Day, VOX Cinemas’ THEATRE by Rhodes is celebrating with a special three-course menu and blockbuster offer. Couples can expect mandi-spiced chicken croquettes, pumpkin risotto, a creamy Lotus baked cheesecake, and much more while watching the latest blockbuster.
Dhs499 per couple. Thu Feb 13-Wed Feb 19, times vary. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates; City Centre Mirdif, uae.voxcinemas.com.
Valentine’s Weekend Private Cabanas at Firefly
Slide into the romantic weekend at Firefly, where couples can enjoy al fresco dining in a private cabana and satisfy appetites with poolside bites including fresh oysters. Lounge at the pool and enjoy a night under the stars with a picturesque meal for two.
Dhs290 per couple. Thu Feb 13-Sat Feb 15, 8am-11pm. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City www.alhabtoorcityhotels.com/valentines (04 435 5577).
Wanderlust has gone romantic for the day, with more than ten live stations, including an extended Japanese section and a variety of beverage stations. One for the restless foodie couples of Dubai, expect to groove to the beats of DJ Adam J and special live entertainment.
Dhs425 per person (house beverages), Dhs545 per person (bubbly). Fri Feb 14, 1pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 414 3000).