Valentines day in Dubai

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you must have already racked your brains, in order to come up with some out-of-the-box ideas to spend the perfect Valentine’s day in Dubai.

With so many options out there, zeroing on one perfect idea is a quite a task. Worry not, if you are in Dubai for Valentines, just check the exciting activities listed here, and you’re bound to find one that will suit the adventure-seeker, the foodie, or the romantic one alike. If nothing else, these activities are guaranteed to make your day a memorable one!

1. Idea for “Valentine’s Day Dubai”: Road Trip From Dubai

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Beautiful drive in Jebel Hafeet

The fact that Valentines day Dubai 2019 is falling on a day before weekend really is a blessing in disguise. The roads are free of traffic, making it easy to go zip-zap-zoom with your partner to nearby places. Whether you are a UAE resident or not, you must have read a lot about its world-class roads, and driving your vehicle on them is a sheer luxury.

Some exciting road trips ideas from Dubai:

  • Fujairah (Distance from Dubai -184kms),
  • Khasab (Distance from Dubai -198.1 kms),
  • Dibba (Distance from Dubai – 130kms),
  • Ras Al Khaimah (Distance from Dubai -112.8kms)

Pack a small picnic basket, hop onto your 4X4 WD (preferably), load the stereo with your favourite romantic songs on and go vroooom with your loved one! For more detailed information on road trips from Dubai, click here.

HolidayMe Tip: Keep GPS and all other vehicle-related documents, along with your passport, handy.

2. Idea for “Valentine’s Day Dubai”: Dhow Cruise

Beautiful Dubai Creek

How about treating your partner in style?

Picture this: You and your partner enjoying a ride on a traditional Dhow boat, cruising down the shimmering waterway, with the cool fresh breeze caressing your hair, the magnificent Dubai skyline on display, followed by a sumptuous meal on-board. Perfect, right?

The Dhow cruises are conducted on the Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. A typical Dhow cruise lasts for about 2 hours, and includes pickup and drop services, dinner, and entertainment.

Starting time: 18:00

Typical time: 2 hours

Location: Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina

Approximate Cost: AED 125

HolidayMe Tip: Want to give your partner a luxurious valentine gift in Dubai? Take them out on the Bateaux Dubai Luxury Dinner Cruise.

3. Idea for “Valentine’s Day Dubai”: Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides Image credit: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

For an experience of a lifetime, whisk away your sweetheart for a memorable hot-air balloon ride. Nothing like chasing the first rays of the sun and treating your eyes with enchanting views of the endless desert. As your hot-air balloon glides over the Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation, you will see a variety of native animals such as the gazelle, oryx, and camels lounging around, which is a pretty amazing sight to see.

You may opt for private transfers in luxury 4x4s, cold refreshments after the flight, and a flight certificate presented by the pilot, to make the experience all the more special!

Typical time: Half day (morning)

Location: 1303 Control Tower, Motor City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Approximate Cost: Adult: 1,195 AED, Child: 1,045 AED (5yrs – 11yrs)

HolidayMe Tip: Plan well and plan ahead. You would not want to ride a hot-air balloon in the sweltering heat. Early mornings are your best bet!

4. Idea for “Valentine’s Day Dubai”: Dubai Helicopter Tour

Want to pamper your partner silly? Why not arrange for a Dubai Helicopter tour to sweep them off their feet, quite literally!

The Dubai Helicopter Tour will give you the most incredible sights of Dubai’s glittering skyline, including views of Dubai’s famous landmarks – the Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Khalifa. The beauty of Dubai’s most flamboyant sights, like the exotic souks, historical Dubai Creek, the striking Burj Al Arab hotel, the Wild Wadi Adventure Water Park, the sail-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and many more, are sure to blow you away!

Typical time: 12 minutes and more

Contact: +971 4 208 1455

Approximate Cost: Starting from 656 DHS per person

HolidayMe Tip: High altitude may leave a few giddy – perfect time to hold hands, we say!

5. Idea for “Valentine’s Day Dubai”: Romantic dinner

Lovely meal at a Dubai restaurant

Don’t be disheartened if you are working on Valentine’s Day, you can still do a lot to make your evening romantic and make your partner feel special. If not for sightseeing, take your loved one on a romantic dinner at any of the swanky restaurants in Dubai. It may sound a tad clichéd, but having a quiet dinner has perks of its own. Choose a restaurant with nice, panoramic views, a romantic setting, and good food – you won’t regret it.

What’s more, many restaurants have special menus, saving you from the headache of ordering food, and instead, you can utilise that time for some quality conversation. Check out exciting Valentine’s day offers in Dubai from Sea Fu at Four Seasons Resort, Asado, Thiptara, Al Grissino, and other such similar restaurants.

HolidayMe Tip: Make prior reservations and opt for a table with the best views!

Recommended Restaurants for a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in Dubai:

  • Accents: With a stunning view of Dubai Marina, Accents is touted to be one of the best place for Valentine’s day dinner in Dubai. Let your love unfold over a 5-course meal here.
    Address: Intercontinental Dubai Marina
  • Couqley: Enjoy the special day with the classic French-style food in this warm and quaint restaurant.
    Address: Jumeirah Lake Towers
  • II Capo: An unmissable thing to do in Dubai on Valentine’s day is having an authentic Italian meal at this famous Italian restaurant on this special day.
    Address: The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road

Also see: 101 things to in DubaiRomantic Getaways From Dubai

Looking for international destinations to celebrate Valentine’s day? Check this post and this one too.

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