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6 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in UAE

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you would be forgiven for not having made plans with your significant other, given the year we’ve had (and continue to have). However, a few spots in UAE have taken great care to ensure February 14 is as special as it can be during this time — whether you’re celebrating it with your partner, or a small group of socially distant friends.

Read on for our selection of the finest and memorable experiences to treat yourself and a loved one to this Valentine’s Day.

Make any day Valentine’s Day this month

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace’s Valentine’s Day offering is not limited to only February 14 but spans all of February. Guests checking into the hotel in Abu Dhabi this month will be treated to a special bouquet of flowers on arrival, a half-day private beach cabana with a selection of finger foods and sparkling date juice, a romantic picnic in the palace gardens while overlooking stunning vistas, or an intimate in-room breakfast for two.

From AED 1,540/night; visit or call 02 690 8888 to book.

Tuck into seafood with views of the Arabian Gulf

Photo: Courtesy of Sea Fu

Famed for its Asian seafood dishes created with modern techniques, Sea Fu at the Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is offering a three-course set menu this Valentine’s Day. Expect sharing-style starters and desserts, individual main courses, as well as a welcome drink and a stemmed rose on arrival to make the experience that much more special.

AED 760 per couple; call 04 270 7777 for reservations.

Give your and your partner’s hair some TLC

Photo: Instagram/@harklinikkenuae

Danish haircare brand Harklinikken has come up with a unique and relaxing way of spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other. The Perfect Match offer lets you spoil yourselves while learning the secrets to achieving healthy hair with a couple’s consultation for him and her with leading haircare experts, and also take home two of their best-selling hair cleansing products.

AED 443; from February 10-14; visit to book.

Break heart-shaped plates at Opa

White chocolate piato. Photo: Courtesy of Opa

Besides its Greek-inspired interiors and mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes, Opa is known for its traditional plate-smashing. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is swapping the usual blank plates with heart-covered ones. On the special menu are starters including prawns in a spicy tomato sauce, marinated black sea bream, braised wagyu short-rib, and for dessert, a white chocolate mousse with white chocolate brownie, topped with orange ice cream.

Email to book.

Savor sushi with a view of The Pointe fountains


Courtesy of Kyo

Kyo at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah is welcoming guests for a delectable four-course set menu accompanied with views of the entertaining fountain. The menu includes Japanese cuisine favorites such as wagyu meat, sushi, and a dish of sea bass yuzu miso, followed by a coconut cake for dessert.

From AED 1000, email or call 04 557 5182 to book.

Escape to a tropical paradise for a post-meal pick-me-up

Amazonico interiors

Courtesy of Amazonico

For the perfect post-Valentine’s Day meal pick-me-up, head to the tropical paradise that is Amazónico. The restaurant has curated a dessert and mixed drink pairing menu available for lunch and dinner on February 14.

From AED175 per person; email or call 04 571 3999 to book.

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