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17 April 2024

Fab five Valentine’s Day deals to set heart (but not pocket) aflame

By Bindu Suresh Rai

It’s that time of year again when you toast the one you love or turn Scrooge for the day as you bury your head under the pillow while the romance passes you buy.

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us once again; and if you are still scrabbling around for that perfect plan to woo your partner, planning an adventure day with the whole family or finding a place where all the singles can let down their hair and make merry, then Emirates 24|7 puts together the perfect guide for you.

Sizzle under the stars

Want to try something different this V-Day, then why not go back to nature and enjoy the majesty of it all?

Proceed in a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles on a thrilling journey deep into the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Continue on camel back to your own very private and secluded spot in the dunes set up with traditional rugs and cushions, from where you can watch a glorious sunset and enjoy the serenity of the desert as the evening goes by.

Flaming torches and a barbecue under the starry skies add to your romantic dining ambience.

All this is courtesy Arabian Adventures, which also includes delicious Arabian feast and unlimited select beverages.

After dinner, relax with aromatic sheesha, as you gaze into the romantic desert skies. At the conclusion of the evening, rejoin the convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles to return to the city.

From Dh1,950 per couple, this a deal you cannot afford to miss.

Calling all singles

Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City takes a bipolar attitude to Valentine’s Day on Tuesday 14th February. There are some hearts and flowers for the romantics, but mainly the party people will be celebrating the benefits of being single.

Head to The MED this Tuesday where party people can celebrate the benefits of being single with a ‘desirable’ buffet.

The kitchen brigade has been creating a vast selection of interesting and tasty recipes containing avocado, chilli, sweet basil, oysters, ginger, chocolate and bananas.

The finest red and white grape will be part of the package to relax your inhibitions and heighten your senses, ready to send a ‘heart shaped’ message to another singleton enjoying the evening.

The Aphrodite Celebration starts from 7pm until 10.30pm and includes the desirable buffet for an all-inclusive price of Dh249 per person, or Dh159 for food only.

Mark Lee, General Manager, stated, “Media One Hotel is a world away from being ordinary and when other places in the city are concentrating on the pure romance aspect of the evening we are targeting a young-at-heart energetic clientele who wish to celebrate a night dedicated to man’s best known aphrodisiac foods and party with like-minded souls!” 

The city-escape in Old Dubai

If you and your partner are coming home from a long and winding day at work, and simply don’t have the time to drive down to an exotic beachside, romantic dinner, then we have something right up the alley for you.

Residents of Old Dubai need not look further than the Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa, this Valentine’s Day with an array of heart-warming specials being served on the platter for you and your loved one.

Those needing some curry in a hurry can head to Mumtaz Mahal, the award-winning Indian restaurant to enjoy the mouthwatering food prepared with love and care by the outlet’s expert chefs for Dh299 per couple.

The team created special names for the set menu such as “Long Loved” for Salads, “Love of the Land and Sea” for Appetizers, “Something Cupid for Both of You” for the main course and “Sweet Finish” for desserts.

If Indian isn’t your thing then grab that set menu at Bastakiya and Sherlock Holmes for Dh199 per couple.

The menu for the evening includes a choice of Apia Sushi and Maki Roll Deluxe or Platter of Crispies for Appetizer, Cream of Pumpkin or Consomme Royale for Soup and Lobster Torte or Grilled Australian Tenderloin Steak for the Main Course.

Finish the evening with a heart-shaped strawberry mousse cake with fresh strawberry and vanilla sauce.

A Venetian carnival

Flowers and chocolates are a good start, but what could be a better way to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day than with an unforgettable meal in a romantic restaurant?

On the occasion of the Carnival of Venice, make Valentine’s Day a day to remember by experiencing a special Venetian menu at the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.

On offer is a gastronomic six-course Venetian menu while listening to a live violinist.

The experience costs Dh675 per couple, inclusive of a glass of Italian beverage or welcome mocktail.

Float away in love

If you want to really impress a loved one then why not float away in a private balloon expedition that takes you deep into the heart of the desert.

An early morning departure from the city to a desert oasis just north of Al Ain is the start of this amazing experience.

This is a unique opportunity to fly for approximately an hour to capture the beauty of the desert and its amazing colours, at sunrise.

Upon landing, a sumptuous breakfast awaits including local Arabic and Continental delicacies, at a private setting in the dunes.

Call Arabian Adventures for details.