20 fun and affordable date night ideas to check out in Dubai
From wine and cheese nights to buy one get one free deals…
Date nights in Dubai can get a little pricey, especially if you’re the one footing the bill. You don’t have to go to the fanciest restaurants to impress though, we promise. From fun (and some free) activities to some great dinner and drink deals, we’ve got you covered with these affordable date night ideas in Dubai.
Get your creative juices flowing
On the first and last Thursday of every month, this stunning Turkish restaurant offers guests the chance to explore their creative side with their paint and grape nights. Taking place from 6.30pm to 9pm this class comes inclusive of three drinks and a food platter. Don’t worry no prior experience is required, but you do have to have prior reservations. Reserve here.
Hayal, St. Regis, Downtown Dubai, first and last Thurs of the month, 6.30pm to 9pm, Dhs299 per person. Tel: (0)4 512 5533 hayaldubai.com
Battle it out with shuttlecocks
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The first of its kind in Dubai, Pioneers Badminton Hub changes from a daytime, badminton court to a cool and fired-up neon court at night. It will cost you Dhs150 for one court and you can visit daily from 6am to 12am with your significant other to battle it out on the neon courts.
Pioneers Badminton Hub, 22nd street, Al Quoz, neon badminton daily from 6am to 12am, Dhs150 for one court. @pbh.dubai
Paddleboard at The Palm Jumeirah
Get active with a spot of paddle boarding on The Palm Jumeirah. You could do it at Ignite, outside Riva Beach Club, with views of the Palm Jumeirah fronds, Burj Al Arab and even (on a clear day) the Burj Khalifa. The best time to go is sunrise which is magnificent, the water is usually as smooth as glass, and you really get an innate sense of peace. The 5am start might be a struggle, but it’s worth it. If you’re not an early bird, you can rock up at any time during the day.
Ignite Water Sports, Palm Jumeirah, Dhs75 for one hour. ignitewatersports.com
Arcade games and a few drinks?
Brass Monkey is truly an adult playground. We’re talking bowling alleys, retro arcade games, VR simulators and even a few billiards tables. If you and your partner head over there on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Sundays you can enjoy the happy hour where drinks start from as little as Dhs25.
Brass Monkey, Bluewaters Island, Mon, Tue and Wed from 4pm to 7pm, Sun from 12pm to 7pm. @brassmonkeysocial
Petrol head couples will fancy this
Motorheads, this one is for you. Nostalgia Classic Cars in Alserkal Avenue restores and sells classic cars. Their showroom is also filled with Ferraris, BMWs, Porsches and Mercedes from all over the world – guaranteed to make your jaw drop. While you’re here, you can check out one of the many art galleries showcasing contemporary art. Here’s an Alserkal Avenue neighbourhood guide to see what else you can do in this cool district in Al Quoz.
Go for a romantic stroll
The iconic Dubai Marina is breathtaking at night when its glittering skyscrapers and majestic yachts are reflected in the silky waters. Enjoy a romantic amble around, with a walk of up to 3.8 miles. There are plenty of restaurants and outlets around to stop at if you get peckish.
Face your fears together riding The Storm Coaster
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Located in Dubai Hills Mall, The Storm Coaster is the fastest vertical, indoor rollercoaster which launches riders over 50m up into the building. The whole experience is rather quick and only costs Dhs65 per person. If you’re not too dizzy after chasing the storm head to one of the lovely cafes in the mall for a coffee such as L’Eto.
Have a splash of paint at Wild Paint House
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The first of its kind immersive art studio in Dubai, there are six activities to get involved in at Wild Paint house: splat, spin, swing, pour, neon and graffiti. Tried and tested it, and it is definitely worth the excursion into Al Quoz. Each of the activities will allow you and your partner to work collaboratively to create a stunning masterpiece that encapsulates you both artistically. Activities start from Dhs160 and not only are they a load of fun, but they also provide you with a piece of memorabilia to take home.
Wild Paint Studio, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, 2pm to 8pm Weds to Fri, 10am to 10pm Sat and Sun, prices from Dhs160. Tel: (0)56 145 9689, wildpainthouse.com
Test your competitive side at Unwind
If you’re looking to challenge your partner to a board game or two this is the perfect place. The food is tasty and they have a limitless list of games for you to choose from. For as little as Dhs18 per person for an hour you could get a few games of Cluedo – Or Monopoly if you’re feeling brave.
Unwind Speciality Boardgame Cafe, various locations in Dubai. Dhs18 per person for one hour. unwinddubai.com
Night kayaking with CC Watersports
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If you’re feeling brave and the concept of the bottomless ocean doesn’t scare you, this would be the perfect adventure for you and your partner. Head out into the ocean from the Dubai Fishing Harbour and set sail in a romantically lit-up clear bottom kayak for only Dhs190 for two. You can even pick a neon kayak and enjoy your night under the stars for Dhs249.
Crystal Clear Watersports, Dubai Fishing Harbour 1, Dhs190 for two. Tel: (056) 473 8459 @cc.watersports
Experience the world without leaving Dubai
Strictly speaking, Global Village is a seasonal destination but that doesn’t make it any less of a fun and affordable date night. Each season there are plenty of new restaurant stalls to experience, and you can do a bit of light shopping while you’re there. Alternatively, head to their funfair and test your adrenaline levels with the rollercoasters and Ferris wheel. Check out our guide here.
Global Village Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311, Dubai, globalvillageuae.ae
Rom-com makeover montages
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Some of us are shopaholics, and that is perfectly justifiable – but it isn’t always good for the environment. This is why, if you’re looking to create that quintessential rom-com makeover montage we recommend heading to Thrift For Good. Thrift for Good welcomes all clothes as they are committed to repairing or recycling old items or materials. Go to any of their outlets to find your perfect thrift find, or to donate all of those clothes you have been hiding at the back of your cupboard.
Multiple locations across Dubai, thriftforgood.org
You can’t pick flowers, but wow are they pretty to look at
One for the Dubai bucket list is definitely a trip to Dubai Miracle Garden. This incredible place features hundreds and hundreds of flower displays in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, including a newly designed three-dimensional clock, a floating rock with a fountain, floral peacocks, as well as two floral exhibits inspired by favourite characters: a Genie and a flying magic carpet. Don’t forget to check out the iconic Emirates A380 (the world’s largest flower structure), the floating lady, the teddy bear and more. Book your tickets here.
Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubailand, Dubai, for adults above the age of 12, it’s Dhs95 and for children in the age range of three to 12, it’s Dhs80, Tel: (0)4 422 8902. dubaimiraclegarden.com
Scream and shout at Hysteria
This activity is not for the faint-hearted. The story behind Hysteria is that the owners of the Manor’s children suddenly disappeared and they now roam the halls and rooms of the house seeking revenge on the guests at the house. If you and your partner are brave and willing, tickets are only Dhs100 per person making this a cheap, but certainly not cheerful attraction.
Hysteria, Level 2, Dubai Mall, open daily from 11am to 11pm. Tel: (052) 223 0966, hysteria.ae
Dinner and drinks deals
Feast on unlimited pizza
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If pizza is the way to your heart, how does unlimited pizza for Dhs99 sound? Headed up by Gordon Ramsay himself is Street Pizza at Atlantis, The Palm. Served slice by slice, guests can choose from a plethora of toppings and flavours from boards that come to the table for Dhs99 per person. Experience the ultimate oozy cheese margherita, a meaty pepperoni, or dare for one of the unique daily specials, including pulled lamb or butternut squash and blue cheese.
Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Tel: (0)4 426 2626, @atlantisthepalm
Tuck into fresh seafood
Whilst Dubai might be known for its abundance of fancy restaurants, those who are really in the know of the city’s hidden culinary marvels will have heard of Bu Qtair. Make sure your date is the get-stuck-in type because a fancy restaurant, this is not. This casual fish shack is known for some of the best fresh fish in Dubai. You’ll pick your catch, sourced by local fishermen, which is then cooked to perfection using Bu Qtair’s ‘secret recipe’. The prices are as humble as the place itself.
Bu Qtair, Fishing Harbour 2, Dubai, open daily Fri 1.30pm to 11.30pm, Sat to Thurs 11.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (0)55 705 2130. facebook.com
Fancy a sushi-eating contest?
Every Sunday indulge in a selection of unlimited Chef’s selection of Sushi and dim sum. You and a partner can share all the sushi your heart desires and a bottle of wine for only Dhs330 per couple. Sounds like the ideal meal for a catch-up or a cute Sunday date.
Asia Asia, various locations in Dubai, every Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, Dhs330 per couple inclusive of unlimited sushi, dim sum and one bottle of wine. @asiaasiauae
Popcorn delivery at home
Don’t feel like going out? We have got you covered. You can have a movie night in, cinema popcorn and all. With your favourite delivery app, search for Vox Cinemas and have the perfect combo of a large popcorn, supreme nachos and a large drink delivered to your home for as little as Dhs26.
Order from Vox Cinemas on all food delivery platforms.
Who can say no to more unlimited pizza?
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Taking place on Tuesdays and Sundays, Positano located in the JW Marriott Marquis offers guestsa feast of unlimited pizza for only Dhs95. If you’d like, add in a bottle of wine for one and increase your share to Dhs150. That means under Dhs250 for unlimited pizza and a bottle of wine, for two. Oh, they also serve pork. Children up to the age of five eat for free and children from six to 12 can dine for half-price.
Positano, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Tuesdays and Sundays 6pm to 12am. Tel: (0)4 414 3000 @positanodxb
Fancy a Fondue at Publique
Thursday nights at Publique means unlimited cheese and chocolate fondue along with two hours of free flowing wine. This French restaurant takes date night seriously, get out all your cheesy jokes and treat yourself and the Mrs/Mr to a lovely night of fondue fun.
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