8 UAE Valentine's Dates With A Difference
Try Stand-up Paddleboarding
WHERE: Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
THE DEAL: Feeling adventurous? Rent a stand-up paddleboard from water sports firm Watercooled and your significant other can hire one free of charge.
HOW MUCH? Dhs100 per couple per hour
INFO: 02 406 2022, www.yasmarina.ae/watercooled
Hit the Greens for the Dubai Creek Valentine’s Scramble Golf Tournament
WHERE: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Rd, Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai
THE DEAL: You and your amour will tee off then take turns to play shots while being treated to tasty food and drinks at each hole, followed by a group dinner and prize giveaway.
HOW MUCH? Dhs360 per couple
INFO: 4.30pm, 04 295 6000, www.dubaigolf.com
Make a Break for Escape Quest
WHERE: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
THE DEAL: Think you’re smarter than your other half? Prove it by dragging them along to this fun JLT attraction, the latest ‘escape centres’ to have sprung up in the UAE. The pair of you will be locked in a room and must escape as quickly as possible using the fewest clues as you can – it’s like being on The Crystal Maze!
HOW MUCH: Dhs120 per person based on two players
INFO: 10am-10pm, 055 284 5382, www.escapequest.ae
Grab Dinner and a Movie
WHERE: Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai
THE DEAL: Get a five-course dinner at K-Grill, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, then head to VOX Cinemas to catch a flick while cosying up in the comfort of its luxe Gold Class seats.
HOW MUCH: Dhs450 per person with soft drinks, Dhs550 with a bottle of sparkling grape to share, Dhs650 with selected house drinks
INFO: Sun 15-Sat 21 Feb, 04 409 5999, email@example.com
Shake up Your Relationship with Southern Sun’s Mixology Masterclass
WHERE: Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club
THE DEAL: Was your man wowed by Tom Cruise’s bartending flair in Cocktail? Sign yourselves up to learn how it’s done by the professionals at 27th-floor bar Hytes.
HOW MUCH: Free when you order the signature Valentine Special Cocktails, Dhs69 for two
INFO: 6pm-11pm, 02 818 4888, www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/abu-dhabi
Dhs500 and above
Zoom by Private Speedboat to New Island Zaya Nurai
WHERE: Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
THE DEAL: For a Valentine’s dinner you won’t forget, set off on your own speedboat to the capital’s latest island for an exclusive dinner getaway including a four-course meal with drink pairings. Just 10 minutes’ ride from Saadiyat Island, Zaya Nurai’s stunning scenery makes it seem a world away.
HOW MUCH? Dhs1,200 per couple
INFO: 02 506 6222, www.zayanuraiisland.com
Explore the World’s Largest Desert With an Empty Quarter Hotel Stay
WHERE: Madinat Zayed, Western Region, Abu Dhabi
THE DEAL: Includes a one-night stay in a double room decorated with rose petals, welcome drinks, strawberries dipped in chocolate, bubbly, a heart-shaped cake, a gift hamper and an aromatic bubble bath. You’ll also get a five-course candlelit dinner with drinks and breakfast in bed at this Rub Al Khali resort.
HOW MUCH? From Dhs999
INFO: 02 894 6111, www.danathotels.com
Charter a Luxury Yacht
WHERE: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
THE DEAL: For the ultimate A-list blow-out, charter a spectacular 26m superyacht for a sail. The crew, snacks and soft drinks are provided, as is bubbly upon request.
HOW MUCH? From Dhs10,350 for three hours
INFO: 02 565 0660, www.safwamarine.com