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).
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 funactivities in Dubai! Better yet, this ice rink isn’t as crowded as the others so you get loads of space to skate around.
Unleash your inner Picasso and head to Ceramic Cafe for your next date night in Dubai! The cosy cafe lets you paint anything on display, from small animal figurines to mugs and vases. On top of that, they also serve really good food!
Cost: Prices vary depending on what you paint Where:Ceramic Cafe, Town Centre
Start at: Mushrif Park for a relaxing afternoon horseback ride through the desert. There’ll be a guide on hand to point out the wildlife, while you and your special friend (hopefully) gaze longingly into each other’s eyes against a sprawling desert backdrop. Carrots are provided so you can say ‘thank you’ afterwards to your horse pals. mushrifcentralpark.ae.
It’s off to the Surf House at Jumeirah Beach – so make sure you tell them to bring their swimwear. Pick up some paddleboards at Dhs75 an hour, bob out into the ocean and proceed to act cute together against the setting sun. It’s a good opportunity to check out their bod on the sly, too.
Forget those expensive desert safari packages – you can have your own fun out in the sand. We love the Al Qudra area, which is just a 30-minute drive from the city. You can bring your bike and go for a leisurely cycle around the Al Qudra Cycle Track, or grab a sandboard and carve some dunes. Keep an eye out for the friendly wild oryx and gazelle, too.
We’re convinced this is the best cruise in the city, and it costs just Dhs1. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge in 1963 – the first bridge in Dubai – the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.
From AED110 you can even go to a DIY Art Studio at Jam Jar Dubai,
For the artsy lovers, check out Al Serkal Avenue which is a renovated warehouse area where you can find funky art, galleries, mini museums, theatres and quaint cafes! You don’t have to be a serious art buyer to check out Al Serkal. Al Serkal has exhibitions weekly, they have movie screenings and who knows, you guys would probably sign up for an art/photography class to explore new hobbies. Located in Al Qouz.