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THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCESM
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES
THE MIDDLE EAST'S NEW TRAVEL MAGAZINE: FOR BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS, HOTELS, THINGS AND EXPERIENCES

21 Stylish Ways To Enjoy Valentine’s Day in Dubai (that aren’t cliché)

Valentine’s Day in Dubai is always an occasion to remember. Here are the stylish (and not cliché) ways to celebrate the month of love, from spa treatment to romantic beach dinners

Athwifa Saleem

27 January 2024

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love in all its forms, from romance to friendship to self-love. Whether you’re honouring a platonic or romantic bond, these are the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai (that aren’t cliche)

Savour an Unparalleled Dining Experience this Valentine’s Day at The Guild

Nestled in the core of DIFC and inspired by the vibrant and lively brasseries of New York, The Guild welcomes guests to delight in a romantic gastronomic journey with a pair of customized menu options designed to entice on the day of love. Starting from AED 350 per person, comprising five courses as well as an amuse-bouche and chocolates to initiate the evening, guests can relish dishes such as House Smoked Salmon and King Crab with parsley cream, and Kristal caviar; Porcini Mushroom Volute with fresh black truffle and parmesan as well as Grilled Australian MBS 9+ Striploin with black garlic and onion puree, shallot and green peppercorn sauce, among other scrumptious delicacies. To conclude on a decadently sweet note, White Chocolate Ganache will be the crowning touch on an exquisite meal. Guests can upgrade to the Premium Menu priced at AED 950 per person, featuring the addition of Kaviari Kristal Caviar as well as an extra course of Poached Canadian Lobster, served with lobster ravioli, pumpkin puree, and bisque, accompanied by the refreshing Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Guests are encouraged to end the evening with a nightcap, opting to unwind in either The Nurseries, hosting a crimson polished espresso bar concealed among hundreds of potted plants, or The Potting Shed, the ultimate retreat adorned with sparkling lights and sprinkled with romantic nooks, where cocktails, music, and timeless design merge to create an unforgettable experience.

14th February, 7:00 PM onwards, AED 350 per person for the set menu, AED 950 per person for the premium menu, @theguilddubai, theguilddubai.com

Raffles The Palm Dubai Valentine's Day in Dubai garden

Be serenaded by candlelight at Raffles The Palm Dubai…

This Valentine’s Day in Dubai, treat yourself and your partner to one of Raffles The Palm Dubai‘s exclusive experiences – each one a masterpiece of romance and wonder designed to thrill and enchant. Let the sound of the waves set the mood for a magical evening as you enjoy a private candlelit dinner for two on the serene private beach or panoramic, turreted rooftop while the glow of 200 candles creates a soft and captivating ambience. Guests will enjoy a five-course set menu, a bouquet of red roses and a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbles or champagne, with prices from AED3,800 per couple. Whether beachside or under the starlit sky, the night promises an evening steeped in romance. 
Seaside Candle Night Affair, AED 3,800; City Lights and Candle Nights, AED 4,200; Cityscape Love Story, for AED 5,500; pre-booking with 24 hours’ notice is required.

raffles the palm dubai bluthner hall
The opulent Blüthner Hall

… And enjoy a host of other romantic events

Also taking place at the sumptuous Raffles The Palm Dubai – a fairytale romantic palace in itself – is a host of other love-themed events, from spa treatments to afternoon tea. Couples (or friends) can book into the hotel’s renowned Cinq Mondes Spa for its Harmony of Hearts package – priced at AED1,800 for two, including spa facilities, 60-minute couple’s massage, two glasses of champagne and soft drinks from 5 to 23 February. Elsewhere, the Palace of Versaille-esuqe Blüthner Hall is running a Love Infused Afternoon Tea from AED450 per couple, while sultry jazz and cigar bar Sola Jazz Lounge is throwing a more seductive affair, with a four-course sharing menu bottle of wine and music from the Winck Band for AED850 per couple. Our favourite, however, is the ‘Pic-Nic at the Palace’ – where guests can make the most of the property’s oceanfront tropical gardens with a private picnic on the lawn served by a Raffles butler – complete with a picnic basket, Raffles hat, a bouquet of flowers and beverages (from AED850 per couple). All run from 5-23rd February.
raffles.com

the spa at mandarin oriental jumeira - valentine's day in dubai

Enjoy the beautiful and serene surroundings of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

From a love-themed afternoon tea at Noor Lounge (from AED380 for two) to a candle-lit dinner by the sea at The Bay, you will find the perfect way to treat your special someone at Dubai’s ultra-luxurious beach resort, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira. Couples can book into a pampering spa retreat at The Spa, where a two-hour pampering session is priced from AED2,400 per couple, or an intimate cabana set-up at Sun Vibe, complete with champagne, flowers, and a personal butler (AED3,800 per couple). Whether you prefer a starry night or a sunny day, you will find something to suit your taste at this luxurious beachfront resort.
8 to 18 February, mandarinoriental.com; @mo_jumeirah

Savour a Latin American-inspired dinner at Sucre

If you are looking for a memorable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai with your partner, look no further than Sucre, the renowned Latin American restaurant and bar in Dubai with high-octane vibes and seductive interiors. Sucre offers a special Valentine’s Day menu that is set to delight the senses – a four-course meal including starters like oyster sphere and caviar or goose croquette fumée, bluefin tuna tiradito or charred fennel salad and main courses such as grilled duck breast and grilled carabinero. Sucre DIFC is more than just a restaurant, it is a story of immigration, a conversation of Latin American and European influences, and a tribute to Argentina and its Mediterranean roots. By choosing Sucre DIFC for your Valentine’s Day celebration, you are not only enjoying a delicious meal but also experiencing a unique cultural journey.
From AED 800 per couple, Sucre DIFC, @sucredubai, sucredubai.com

SUSHISAMBA Dubai roses and view

Revel in Your Love Under the Starry Sky at SUSHISAMBA

Celebrate love in style at SUSHISAMBA this Valentine’s Day, one of Dubai’s hottest and most high-octane restaurants with stunning 360-degree views of the Palm Jumeirah, the Arabian Gulf, Ain Dubai, and the Dubai skyline. 230 metres up, couples can enjoy a diverse and delicious a la carte menu that blends Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisines, along with a special Valentine’s cocktail and a heart-shaped dessert. Feel the romance in the air with a DJ and a violinist, creating a multi-sensory experience. For an exclusive and intimate celebration, opt for the Private Dining Room, a hidden gem with breathtaking views.
Private dining room from AED 10,000, @sushisambadubai, sushisamba.com

jun's restaurant interiors

Enjoy a date night at Jun’s

In the heart of the city, Jun’s creates a unique and memorable occasion with a stunning menu that reflects Chef Kelvin Cheung’s global travels and third-culture cooking. Enjoy exquisite dishes, such as mushroom pani puri, miso seabass, and chocolate veloute, while the resident DJ sets the mood for a romantic evening. Admire the views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai from the chic and modern interiors of Jun’s. Choose from the set menu or add some extras, such as oysters and champagne, to make your night even more special.
AED495 per couple, for a set menu (food only), AED60 for four pieces of Oysters, AED200 for a bottle of non-alcoholic Sparkling, AED210 for a bottle of Prosecco, AED495 for a bottle of Champagne, @junsdubai, junsdubai.com

Celebrate love with a week-long extravaganza at Billionaire Dubai

Known for its world-class shows and general hedonistic vibe, Billionaire Dubai – the baby of F1 doyen Flavio Briatore – invites guests to a week-long extravaganza of sensuality and romance. Immerse yourself in the luxurious and festive atmosphere of the iconic venue, adorned with roses and crimson lights, and enjoy a captivating performance of songs and routines that celebrate love. Indulge in signature cocktails, a divine dinner, and the seductive voice of lead singer Luciano Bassi, as he serenades you with classic melodies. While romantic and seductive, what makes Billionaire Dubai a fantastic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai is its fantastic vibe, inimitable atmosphere and a general good time – appealing to everyone from couples to friends.
From 8-15 February, from 9:00 PM till late, WhatsApp: +971 56 678 3357, billionairesociety.com; @billionairedubaiofficial

coya spa dubai

Indulge In A Luxurious Spa Getaway at Coya Spa Premium

The sister of Mirdiff’s legendary Coya Spa – a long-time favourite retreat for ladies in the know – Coya Spa Premoum in Business Bay is inviting couples to enjoy a spa getaway this Valentine’s Day in Dubai. Unlike Mirdiff’s venue, which is ladies-only, Business Bay welcomes couples with its suites and amenities such as saunas, jacuzzis and steam rooms, and this February, it is running a Romantic Retreat Package or the Premium Package. The Romantic Retreat Package includes a 60-minute full body massage, 30-minute ladnever and peppermint scrub and 30-minute Teami glow facial for an impressive AED1,360 per couple. The Premium Package combines the Coya Spa’s Classic Moroccan Journey (gentle exfoliation using traditional Moroccan black soap and a nourishing body mask) with a 60-minute full-body massage for AED1,300 per couple.
Whatsapp +971 (0) 56 403 5854 for bookings, @coyaspapremium

Enjoy a laid-back beachfront experience at Koko Bay

One of the most popular spots of Palm Jumeirah’s West Beach development, Koko Bay is a stalwart for sundowners and romantic beachy dates, so it’s a no-brainer that this Valentine’s Day in Dubai, it’s offering a casual and romantic set-up for couples. Couples can enjoy an elevated beach set up, with a three-course dinner, a glass of bubbly and lively entertainment – all with a side of the ocean and twinkling skyline views.
From AED399 per person; 7 PM onwards; @kokobayuae

Netsu Dubai dining room sushi and champagne

Find your ‘perfect match’ at Netsu

Inspired by the ancient art of incense burning, Netsu’s ‘Perfect Match’ menu is a five-course ode to romance that will seduce your senses this Valentine’s Day. Taking place at the famous Mandarin Oriental Jumeira restaurant, guests can enjoy the likes of ebi & king crab oshizushi and Wagyu ribeye 4-5 with a fiery twist – each dish designed to capture the sensuality of incense. As you embark on this culinary journey of discovery, you will savour the exquisite flavours and textures that reflect the emotions evoked by the scents. To end the night on a sweet note, you will indulge in a stunning dessert platter and a selection of smoke-infused cocktails and all couples will be gifted with a bespoke incense box with a signature fragrance that will remind you of the magic you shared to bring the romance home.
From AED550 per person (AED1,100 per couple) for a five-course set menu. Available exclusively on 14th February and 16th February. For reservations, +971 04 777 2232. @netsudubai, mandarinoriental.com

Carnival by Tresind restaurant interiors

Enchant your date with a culinary adventure at Carnival by Tresind

The younger sibling of world-acclaimed Trèsind, Carnival by Tresind serves innovative modern Indian dishes that will delight your senses in a chic DIFC setting. This Valentine’s Day in Dubai, couples and loved ones can enjoy an eigh-course menu with a glass of sparkling wine/mocktail, while a DJ and a live singer set the mood for a romantic and fun evening. The menu features a creative fusion of flavours, such as raj kachori, injipulli prawns and molten chocolate ball, served with elegance and flair.
From AED 699 per couple, 7 PM onwards, @carnivalbytresind, carnivalbytresind.com

Have a Starry Candle-light Beach Dinner at Palm Avenue

Couples yearning for a cozy night beneath the celestial canopy can choose the intimate Valentine’s Romantic Beach Dinner at Palm Avenue. Nestled in a secluded cabana, with a panoramic view of the cerulean Gulf, the experience encompasses a 3-course menu, soft drinks, and a bottle of Champagne, to relish amid the flickering light and enchanting adornments.

Available upon request, from 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM, AED 2,500 per couple inclusive of a 3-course set menu, soft drinks, and a bottle of champagne in a pool cabana; AED 3,000 per couple inclusive of a 3-course set menu, soft drinks, and a bottle of champagne in a beach cabana

and indulge in many more love-inspired offerings at Waldorf Astoria…

Also taking place at the renowned Waldorf Astoria are many other love-themed festivities from afternoon tea to experiencing intimate sunsets. Couples can book into the hotel’s renowned Peacock Lounge for its lavish Romantic Afternoon tea package – priced at AED500 for two, and be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, and a bunch of crimson roses, before indulging in a culinary delight of refined sandwiches, warm scones, and delectable pastries. All are accompanied by a carefully chosen assortment of teas and artisanal coffee from 5 to 14 February. Throughout the month of love, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah beckons guests to experience the charm of la vie en rose at Sunset 55, the latest bohemian beach lounge where every drink is a lyrical tribute to romance. With a special offer, patrons can acquire a glass of rosé and savor another one on the house, while witnessing the splendid spectacle of the sun setting over the horizon. Every weekday, starting from 1 February.

Have an enchanting Valentine’s Night Swim at AURA Skypool

Break away from the mundane and join AURA Skypool to swim amidst the idyllic scenery and snuggle up on daybeds while listening to the dulcet tunes of AURA’s live performers and resident DJ. Whether you choose to commemorate with a partner, friend, or special group, make it a memorable celebration and enjoy the magic together as you swim above the Dubai skyline. The festive evening proceeds with a special toast to love, featuring a complimentary bottle of premium French bubbles (Laurent Perrier Brut) per two guests, and a scrumptious Pan-Asian-inspired sharing platter. After a captivating swim under the starry skies, guests can savor a delicious treat by GODIVA to conclude their experience on a sweet note.

The ‘Eat, Swim, Love’ experience offers two package options – AED 1,250 per person (1st row) or AED 1,000 per person (2nd row). The packages come with some exciting add-ons; an AURA Caviar tin for AED 295, the option to exchange to premium French bubbles (Laurent Perrier Brut for Laurent Perrier Rosé) with a floating tray for AED 2,000, and a bouquet of 25 red roses for that special someone in your life for just AED 750. From 8-14 February.

Delight in the Sunset and a Divine Sharing-Style Menu this Valentine’s Day at Peaches and Cream

Set on the stunning eastern edge of the Palm Jumeirah, Peaches and Cream delivers a multi-dimensional culinary experience this Valentine’s. Be it with your partner or some dear friends, enjoy the breathtaking views of the beach and the sunset, as you savor the cozy atmosphere of the venue.   For only AED 699 per pair, indulge in a sharing-style menu, featuring four mouthwatering courses and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco. Start your culinary adventure with an Amuse Bouche of Fin Del Claire, followed by starters such as the new Tuna Tartare, the creamy Buratta, and the Wagyu Tartare.  The main course consists of indulgent dishes such as Truffle Gnocchi, Lobster Orzo, and more. Finish the evening on a sweet note with the Peaches Special dessert—a decadent brownie, espresso coffee cake, and burnt white chocolate ice cream, topped with a lavish milk chocolate sauce.

AED 699 per couple/pair, February 14th, @peachesandcreamdxb, peachesandcream.ae

Feast on Hearts with Hawkerboi: A Bold and Romantic Supper Club

Nestled in JLT’s The Park, the dimly-lit, intimate, all-red dining sensation Hawkerboi has curated their first Valentine’s offering, promising a sensory journey through their exclusive Supper Club menu, infused with bold and daring flavors. The menu showcases Dibba Bay Oysters, drizzled with a zesty green nahm jim and a velvety lemon grass coconut sauce, followed by a Banana Heart Salad, tossed with a fiery mix of turmeric, roast garlic, and chili, for a crisp and earthy contrast. The main course poses a choice between the adventurous and the comforting. Skewered Ox Heart, seared to a smoky succulence, pairs with a spicy nham jim jaew for the thrill-seekers. Grilled Prawn Skewers, glazed in Waugh’s curry sauce, offer a cozy warmth for the snug-seekers. For those who crave a bit of spice, the pad ka prao of chicken hearts and thigh, dusted with hot basil and topped with a runny fried egg, delivers a flavor burst. The finale is ‘Take My Heart’, Hawkerboi’s signature heart-shaped White Chocolate Mousse with a tangy raspberry coulis.

From AED 235 per person, 14-15 February, from 6 PM onwards. Reservations are highly recommended. @hawker.boi, eatx.com

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