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It's the day most taken ladies look forward to, but the one most taken men dread. However, just because it's Valentine's Day soon doesn't mean you have to freak out trying to find the perfect event for your other half.
Whether it's a fancy night out or chilled evening you're looking for, Emirates Business has got it covered. We bring you a guide to events costing thousands of dirhams to more moderate affairs in and around the city.
Single? You don't have to have a sweetheart to go to most of these – round up your friends and head out together. You never know who you might bump into…
Dinner in the sky
Royal Jet, Abu Dhabi
Luxury flight provider Royal Jet is offering the ultimate dinner package for those with more than a few dirhams to spare.
Your romantic journey will start with a chauffeured limousine, which will take you to the private VIP terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Soon after, you and your sweetheart will board one of Royal Jet's Gulfstream aircraft for a three-hour private flight, offering views of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Salalah and Muscat.
The best part is dinner, of course, which will feature the finest delicacies, such as beluga caviar, vintage beverages and chocolates.
Call: 02 505 1500
Dine under the stars
Bussola, The Westin Dubai
A small island in the middle of the pool has been specially designed for one couple to enjoy a private dinner under the stars this Valentine's Day.
This romantic package comprises an eight-course menu, a bottle of bubbly, plus a complimentary night's stay in the hotel.
Call: 04 511 7136
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
No pressure then! This package comprises an intimate dining experience for two on the fourth hole of the Majlis golf course, overlooking a lake with a fountain and the iconic Emirates Golf Club clubhouse. The menu consists of a seven-course gourmet meal including live flambé desserts, as well as a bottle of premium pink bubbly, chocolates and roses.
Call: 04 380 2222
Valentine's dinner & cruise
Aquara, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Offering stunning marina views and delightful food, the deal includes a four-course menu and bottle of house beverage, as well as a two-hour cruise onboard the Athena charter yacht after dinner, with three house beverages.
Call: 04 362 7900
Fire and Ice, Raffles Dubai
A gourmet à la carte menu, as well as premium beverages is available.
Call: 04 324 8888
Nozomi, Habtoor Grand Hotel and Resort, Dubai
Great for Japanese food lovers, indulge in a in a selection of popular dishes, such as oyster shooters, salmon tartar with caviar and wasabi shoyu, Chilean sea bass with spicy miso, and wagyu beef with wasabi pepper. Just don't go booking there if your other half hates raw fish.
Call: 04 399 5000
Filini, Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island
Enjoy a five-course set menu at this contemporary Italian restaurant.
Call: 02 656 2000
Zuma, The Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Another popular Japanese restaurant is Zuma, which is also offering a Japanese special for V-Day. Upon arrival, couples will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly, followed by a complimentary pre-starter, including oyster with caviar and yuzu dressing. Then individuals are free to choose main courses from the à la carte menu.
Additionally, ladies will receive a complimentary chocolate rose.
Price: From Dh400
Call: 04 425 5660
Valentine's Ball 2010
Ranches, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai
This event includes a Valentine's themed buffet, house beverages and live entertainment.
Price: From Dh350
Call: 04 366 3000
Romance in the Capital
Frankie's, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
A four-course menu is available for couples, plus one diner could find a pearl hidden inside their dessert, getting the lucky winner an item of Pinctada jewellery worth Dh6,500.
Just don't go swallowing your dessert quickly.
Call: 02 654 3238
Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
A full Italian à la carte service is available, with specialty dishes including the wonderful confit of beef brisket with soft cauliflowers, and morel mushrooms, served with duck liver (pictured below).
Price: From Dh300
Call: 04 207 1717
Etoiles, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
A three-course meal is available, which includes a complimentary beverage.
Price: From Dh299
Call: 02 690 7999
Lazy day in
If you don't quite fancy going out this Valentine's, but also can't cook to save your life, please don't call your nearest fast food restaurant for delivery.
Go for something a little more sophisticated – something that shows you made an effort – by contacting one of the many caterers available. We like Dubai's Circle Café, which has created a Dinner for Two menu for Dh300. Call them on 04 342 8177.
For dessert, head to Sugar Daddy's, which has come up with cupid-inspired cupcakes with Arabic or English writing (pictured above).
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