From budget to blowout, pop the question at one of these unique Dubai spots…

There’s less than a month to go until Valentine’s Day, and if you’re planning on proposing this year, we’ve got you covered. While Dubai is full of romantic restaurants, if you’re looking for something a little different, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are five of Dubai’s top spots for a unique, and romantic, proposal.

Sky High

Fancy popping the question from a basket some 4,000 feet high? Balloon Adventures Dubai has put together their ultimate marriage proposal package with a sunrise hot air balloon experience. Opt for one of their daily sunrise group experiences, or book a private, smaller balloons all to yourself, and watch the sun rise from the sky as you ask the big question. The balloon ride lasts about an hour, with breakfast included afterwards.

Balloon Adventures Dubai, daily from 5.30am, from Dhs1,195, private balloon from Dhs15,500. Tel: (04) 440 9827. More info on website

By the beach

Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience under the stars at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm Jumeirah. You can customise your menu beforehand, then on the evening you’ll be served by your won butler, with a gourmet dinner on the beach in a private gazebo.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dhs3,200 including bottle of bubbly. Tel: (04) 453 0444. More info on website

Flying through the air


If you like a thrill and fancy proposing in the mountains then you should definitely consider zip lining from the highest mountain in the UAE. This exciting 1km ride reaches speeds up to 150 kph, and would be an excellent way to begin the day. Just remember to sort your hair out before your photo – and don’t drop the ring!

Jebal Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, from Dhs425. Tel: (050) 265 6224. More info on website 

Out in the desert

Nara Escape put together some of the city’s most stunning events and trips when it comes to going on a desert adventure, so we reckon this would be the perfect place for a private proposal. You can kick off your weekend learning to bash through the Arabian dunes by buggy or even try sand boarding, then later, you can try your hand at learning about the stars with an Astronomer. After that, tuck into a romantic meal for two with a desert backdrop, perfect for popping the question

Nara Escape, Dubai desert, packages from Dhs1,000. Tel: (050) 336 0397. More info on website

In the garden

If you’re planning on asking the big question on a budget, there are few places more picturesque than Dubai Miracle Garden. Tickets cost just Dhs45 per person, and it’s home to some million blooms, making it a great spot for a romantic stroll. And if you want to capture the moment, it may be worth hiring a photographer – there are endless brilliant backdrops throughout the gardens.

Miracle Gardens, Al Barsha South 3, Barsha, Dubailand Area, tickets Dhs50. Tel: (04) 422 8902. More info on website

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