Mangrove forests can be found all over UAE, but the closest to Abu Dhabi is the Mangrove National Park, a slice of peace and nature away from the bustling city. Modern constructions have ravaged a huge chunk of mangrove population here, bringing a negative ripple effect on the biodiversity that the trees support. Conservation efforts […]
Travel down Dubai-Hatta highway toward the desert and you’ll spot Mars on Earth here in the form of the aptly named Big Red sand dune, locally known as Al Hamar. It’s a highly popular spot for locals and travelers with thrills and adventures brewing in their minds; the 100-meter high dune provides the perfect arena […]
Ever thought about climbing the Stairway to Heaven? Yes, you can. Technically located in Ras Al Khaimah, Wadi Ghalilah is easily reached with a car ride from Dubai. The so-called Stairway to Heaven is a mountain trail that links a village in Oman with Ras al Khaimah. Clocking in at 1,500 meters climbs, it beckons […]
Only around an hour’s drive from Dubai, but still inside the Emirate, is Hatta. This spot if a favorite among residents looking for a day escape from the busy city life. Hatta is best known for its natural pools of turquoise water, located in the middle of rocky mountains. This is the perfect spot for all […]
Hold on tight and shriek your way through the twists and turns of Wild Wadi’s double-tube rides as a twosome. Our favourite is the giggle-inducing Master Blasters, which propel you uphill. Dhs225 entry per person. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 4444).
Catch some air on the Halfpipe Canyon snowboarding simulator. Hop aboard in pairs and co-ordinate your footwork to pull off cool 360-degree spins. Dhs30 per ride per person, or Dhs160 for a day pass. The Dubai Mall (04 448 8484).
Listen to ballads at Kitakits: Hear some heartfelt, un-ironic ballads complete with all the stadium rock trimmings from house band Resound, at Filipino couples’ favourite (and alliteration-heavy) Kitakits Kafé and Klubb. Free entry; drinks and food prices vary. Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).
Kayaking at Nautica 1992: Get out on the water in a double kayak. According to Nautica 1992, casual paddlers will do better in the mornings when the water is much calmer. From Dhs100 per kayak. Nautica 1992, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 426 2415).
Recreate the romance of Venice by taking to the water with your date. Za’abeel Park’s boating lake offers fantastic views of the Sheikh Zayed Road skyline – particularly romantic at sunset. Dhs40 per person for 20 minutes. Near Trade Centre, Za’abeel (04 398 6888)
Fancy going on the coolest date ever? Head to Hyatt Galleria Ice Rink and go ice skating! Whether or not you know how to ice skate, this is definitely one of the most fun activities in Dubai! Better yet, this ice rink isn’t as crowded as the others so you get loads of space to skate around.