If loved-up couples can tear their eyes away from one another, they’ll be able to take in some pretty spectacular views from the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. The gourmet seven-course menu – think saffron-poached turbot with Alaskan crab ravioli – isn’t too shabby either.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 6.30pm, Dhs3,500. Tel: (04) 8883828. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
Try a five-course set menu of Italian dishes such as monkfish with black truffle and purple potato, rounded off with toasted white chocolate, strawberries, and a hazelnut tuile. You’ll also get selected beverages and a glass of bubbly.
Sofitel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs600. Tel: (04) 4484848. Taxi: Sofitel Dubai. sofitel.com
As far as romantic settings go, this seafood restaurant perched at the end of a wooden pier overlooking the ocean is pretty hard to beat. Pierchic is offering a five-course set menu with pairing wines for Valentine’s Day, along with a rose for the lady and a box of chocolates.
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs2,500. Tel: (04) 3666730. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com
The Rivington Grill
A three-course set menu chock-full of sharing dishes. Start with half a dozen oysters and round off your romantic meal with a chocolate fondue for two.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 7pm, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 4230903. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. rivingtongrill.ae
Izel Supper Club
Colombian band Herenrica de Timbiqui will provide the soundtrack to your romantic night at Izel, which offers a four-course menu plus champagne and strawberries. Tango performances from Latin Soul add spice to the evening.
Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs600. Tel: (04) 4447444. Metro: World Trade Centre. conraddubai.com
Get caught with your heart and show your love this Valentines at The Act Dubai on February 13. Let the clock strike midnight straight into the day of passion and romance, as The Act Dubai tells you a love story coupled with a uniquely designed cupid inspired show. Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one for Dhs495 per person which includes a Moët & Chandon Rose champagne pairing.
The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tel: (052) 8119 900. theactdubai.com
This cosily romantic restaurant is doing two evening brunch-style menus on Valentine’s Day. There’s a a seven-course menu of delights such as oysters, sea bass and rack of lamb, or a three-course menu featuring dishes such as dressed Dorset crab, roasted whole baby chicken and duck salad.
Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs499. Tel: (04) 3198767. Metro: Emirates Towers. theivy.ae
No fancy nibbles or delicate finger food here; this Argentinian grill specialises in premium cuts of meat. Asado is offering a four-course Valentine menu paired with select beverages. Couples will also be treated to a special welcome drink to mark the occasion.
The Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 7pm, Dhs1,500. Tel: (04) 4238888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. theaddress.com
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The newly reopened hotspot in the Creek is delivering a seven-course dinner, including dishes like smoked duck with celeriac and walnuts, beef fillet with mushrooms and onions, and a savoury chocolate fondant with salted caramel. If you’re looking for an experience that lives up to Dubai’s high dining standards, this dinner is sure to delight, and it comes in at just Dhs450.
table9 at Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai. Tel: (04) 212 7551. Taxi: Hilton Dubai Creek. table9dubai.com
Head to Angelina for their signature dishes and sample your way through their set menu, finishing off with their signature hot chocolate. If you want to find your way to your ladies heart then this is the way to do it.
Angelina, Dubai Mall, Downtown. Tel: (04) 428 014. Taxi: Dubai Mall. Metro: Dubai Mall. facebook.com/Angelina
Al Mansour Dhow
If you’re after a Valentine’s dinner with a difference, climb aboard a traditional dhow and spend the evening drifting along Dubai Creek. The buffet dinner features dishes such as shrimps with spicy cocktail sauce or seafood thermidor.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Creek, Baniyas Road, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs219. Tel: (04) 2057333. Taxi: Radisson Blu, Deira Creek. radissonblu.com/dubai
This Dubai Creek restaurant is offering a special Valentine-themed menu for the most romantic night of the year. Kick off your date night with a glass of bubbly, followed by a three-course set menu at the steak and seafood restaurant.
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai Creek, Dubai, 6pm, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 2308580. Metro: GGICO. jumeirah.com
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
On Saturday February 15, you can enjoy a Valentine’s Brunch with a live, authentic, Flamenco performance by the Gipsy Kings beneath the sun. Enter your own paradise with an al fresco Mediterranean brunch on the beach (Dhs295), or indulge in the Moët & Chandon Imperial Ice Champagne exclusive offering for your special day (Dhs550).
Ghantoot Al Jazira Island Hotel, Dubai, Saturday, 1pm to 11pm. Tel: (056) 1133400. Taxi: Ghantoot Al Jazira. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Why not crank up the romance a little bit more with a candlelit beach barbeque that includes a glass of bubbly to kick off the night. The Wavebreaker drinks menu is available to complement the dinner set menu, which is priced at Dhs395.
Hilton Jumeirah Resort, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 399 1111. Metro: Jumeirah Lake Towers. Taxi: Hilton JBR. hilton.com
The chic Japanese restaurant Okku is helping gents sweep ladies off their feet with both food and flowers. Book the tasting menu package and you’ll get a dozen roses delivered to your date’s door on the morning of February 14. The tasting menu is a 15-course marathon featuring Okku classics such as tuna tartare and black cod.
H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs1,600. Tel: (04) 5018777. Metro: World Trade Centre. okku.com
Nobody does romance quite like the Italians, so the Amalfi Coast-inspired Positano restaurant at JW Marriott Marquis should be ideal for a cosy dinner a deux this Valentine’s Day. Positano, which specialises in fresh seafood and handmade pasta, is offering a three-course set menu with a bottle of prosecco. Their dessert room has biscotti, chocolate fondues and tiramisu.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, 6pm, Dhs800. Tel: (04) 4143000. Metro: Business Bay.
Romance Under The Stars is the theme at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa this February 14, with a five-course set menu served al fresco by the pool. Ladies get a box of chocolates and a red rose.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs700. Tel: (04) 4084444. Metro: Dubai Marina. Tel: (04) 3995000. habtoor.com
St Tropez Bistro
Mall of Emirates newest dining hotspot has teamed up with Harvey Nichols-Dubai this Valentine’s Day to provide a set menu with bubbles, at the end of which each couple will receive a unique complimentary gift from the department store. The deal is available on the big day, and costs Dhs595.
Mall Of The Emirates, via Kempinski Hotel, Dubai, Monday 7.30pm to midnight, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 3413415. Metro: Mall of the Emirates. sttropez.ae
This popular streak house at The Address, Dubai Marina, is hosting two special events on Valentine’s Day, starting with the Sizzling Love Brunch (12.30-3.30pm, from Dhs325-550), and ending with the Eat your Heart Out set menu (Dhs590, including bubbles).
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4549538. Metro: Dubai Marina. ruthschris.ae
‘Feliz Dia de San Valentin’ (literally translated as Happy Day San Valentin) brings a Mexican flavour to the celebration of love and friendship in Souk Al Bahar. Entertainment is provided by DJ Ronzi from 7-11.30pm and costs Dhs499 per couple, which includes a bottle of wine or a pitcher of Margarita.
Souk Al Bahar, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4490977. Taxi: Souk Al Bahar. fuego.ae
YOU COULD ALSO POP OVER TO ABU DHABI…
On Valentine’s Day, couples can gorge on a five-course set menu of fine Italian delicacies, along with a bottle of bubbly. The mood will be set by romantic tunes from duo Dolce Vita.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, Dhs590. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: InterContinental. intercontinental.com
Outdoor seating and friendly service will help you and your loved one enjoy a romantic evening. For this special day, the Italian venue is offering a three-course set menu.
Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs290. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Enjoy a sumptuous Thai feast at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara’s signature Thai restaurant Pachaylen. Impress your loved one with a four course sharing menu, whilst sipping on some grape and bubbly and taking in the romantic atmosphere together on this special day. Priced at Dhs650 per person.
Alternatively, why not bresk with the norm and treat yourselves to a classic afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, tempting desserts and scones with jam and cream, served with a wide selection of tea and French pink bubbles, for a truly indulgent and yet romantic afternoon, for just Dhs179.
Eastern Ring Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 656 1000. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
The award-winning French venue brings all the romance of Paris to your plate with a seductive set menu.
Shangri-La, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs1,200. Tel: (02) 5098511. Taxi: Shangri-La. shangri-la.com
Delicate and contemporary Japanese food is on offer for couples with this Valentine’s Day package. A generous five-course menu is served with three different beverage packages.
The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, five-course set menu with a bubbly cocktail Dhs400, five-course set menu with a bottle of wine Dhs550, five-course set menu with a bottle of bubbly Dhs650. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. stregisabudhabi.com
Venture out to Yas and you and your significant other can feast on a Sicilian five-course dinner, with unlimited prosecco and a rose for the lady. The venue has a large terrace that overlooks the golf course and the Arabian Sea.
Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs499. Tel: (02) 6562000. Taxi: Radisson Blu, Yas. radissonblu.com