Be it Valentine’s Day, anniversaries or a honeymoon—a romantic escape to Dubai is the right way to ring in the celebration.
By Neha Singh
With its luxurious hotels, beachfront dining areas, heart-shaped flower parks, private islands, deluxe cruises and royal desert camping, romance brews in the atmosphere. Dubai takes romantic holidays to a new level with modern amenities, exceptional hospitality and sumptuous surroundings.
Whether you’re looking to propose in a hot air balloon thousands of feet above the desert, feel pampered by the unmatched luxury or embark on a whole slew of romantic dates, there is something for anyone in the mood for love. Here is the most romantic to-do list in Dubai:
Soar into the Air with an Awe-Inspiring View
Thinking of popping the question? Take the proposal to the new heights in a hot air balloon ride. As the sun breaks out in the distant horizon, the balloon shoots high in the glorious sky defying gravity. Imagine floating 4,000 feet from the ground and she saying “yes” to your proposal—all while professional photographers capture every magical minute. Seeing the sweeping views of the Arabian desert, ocean, wildlife, cliffs, peaks and the skyline with your significant other from a bird’s eye view is one of the most romantic things to do in Dubai.
Immerse in the World of Flowers
Looking like a part of paradise, the Dubai Miracle Garden is an extraordinary attraction in Downtown Dubai. Romance and love bloom in every flower like a true oasis in the desert. Featuring soft lighting and colorful surroundings, the garden is said to have more than 150 million flowers converted into unique renditions. Each season brings a new display, from Disney-esque structures and floral castles to a lost paradise and an Emirates Airbus A380. One of the most popular spots for couples photography is the heart passage.
Sail on a Cruise
A romantic getaway in Dubai is incomplete without sailing on one of its luxurious cruises. Sit holding hands, cheer the Champagne and feel the breeze in your hair as the cruise makes its way amongst the lofty skyscrapers. You can customize the preparations, decor and food as per your partner’s desire. It is an unforgettable experience when you indulge in multi-star dining in the open-air ambience that tantalizes your senses while the waves splash at the hull.
Stroll in the Winding Alleyways of Al Bastakiya Quarter
If you are fascinated by history and learning, flock to a museum to unravel secrets and encourage deep conversations. Glide around together amidst the arts and artefacts in quiet spaces and amazing lighting. The museum and galleries are part of Al Bastakiya Quarter, where you can take a long walk admiring the prehistoric buildings with wind towers. Plan a date at one of the courtyard cafes and travel to another world with a sip of Arabian tea.
Shop at The Dubai Mall
Nothing will impress your girl like diamonds. Why not load your bae with jewelry and dresses from the world’s most covetable brands? The Dubai Mall is dotted with stores from more than 200 brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Faberge and more. In case you get exhausted with all those shopping bags in hand, head to the entertainment zones. Take your date underwater in the world’s largest aquarium with all the magnificent marine animals swimming around.
Plan a Picnic at Kite Beach
Home to one of the best sunset spots in Dubai, Kite Beach is perfect for lovebirds who want to unwind after a day of adventure and shopping. Keep it simple by taking a tranquil nature walk on the 14km track or lounging on the recliners as the splash of water touches your feet. This beautiful shoreline provides ample opportunity to play water sports like kayaking, kite-surfing and paddleboarding. By this turquoise and calm beach, the walkway is lined with food trucks to grab a bite and have heart-to-heart conversations.
Spend your Day at Atlantis, The Palm
The icon and crown of Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm is a rose-hued resort that redefines luxury. The cerulean Arabian Gulf on one side and majestic Dubai skyline on other—this world-class resort has exclusive and one-of-a-kind suites with bedroom views of an aquarium consisting of 65,000 marine animals or sweeping panoramic views of the cityscape. Discover your romantic side as you try new experiences together. Besides the memorable stay, the resorts have fine dining, the No. 1 water park and non-stop entertainment to suit all kinds of tastes.
Enjoy Camping in the Desert
For the adventure couples, the desert safari in Dubai has an array of adrenaline-pumping activities such as dune bashing, sandboarding and quad biking. While you’re at it, snap a cheeky selfie with your boo having the backdrop of a mystifying sunset. You can choose the private camp, which is set under a blanket of stars, for a splendid and comfy evening. Here, the two of you are away from the crowds and you have all the time in the world to dine the delicious buffet or revel in colorful shows and activities. Alternatively, you can stay in the desert resorts, which have premium facilities, private pools and suites overlooking the golden desert dotted with camels.
Have a Date at Rooftop Bars and Restaurants
Cherish the good times with your partner with a bottle of wine at one of the exquisite rooftop bars. Places like TOMO, Pure Sky Lounge and Uptown Bar offer a picturesque view of the glittering skyline. The dining areas in Dubai feature a cozy atmosphere, unmatched hospitality and top-quality food. Here you can engage in some romantic chit chats on the comfortable lounge furniture in the open, airy terrace. Don’t miss the signature cocktails.
Relax and Revive at the Spa
Ever thought of a couple’s spa treatment for your romantic date? Dubai is home to some of the best spas in the world that host holistic therapies, body massages and rejuvenating treatments. Both of you can take some time off from the mundane life and destress in the idyllic, luxurious retreats. The Talise Spa is an award-winning spa with a quaint outdoor pool, jacuzzis, sauna, steam rooms, private couples’ suites and a private yoga studio. After a peaceful session, hit the city with a refreshing glow and a soothed mind.
Jump Out of the Sky Together
Free-fall in the thrill of love when you both slash the dream of skydiving together from your bucket list. Shout and plummet at a speed of more than 120 miles per hour. Adrenaline enthusiasts can get harnessed to trained instructors and feel the wind rushing by from a whopping height of 13,000 feet.
Take a Romantic Helicopter Tour
When honeymooning in Dubai, go on a quick romantic helicopter date ticking off the landmarks like Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. The 5-star helipad has several tours depending on time duration, ranging from 12 minutes to an hour. It is guaranteed to give you and your partner pleasant memories. A state-of-the-art seaplane is a great alternative that offers a unique experience.
Overall, Dubai stirs up a charming vacation to make your special day gleam with love, laughter and grandeur. Whether you find romance with luxurious treatments or with high-octane activities, this city knows how to treat its couples.