Where to go in Dubai
You might be married, in a long-term relationship, or simply hopeful of impressing someone special – whichever category you fall into, there are lots of ways to make your Valentine’s Day a success, with many of them on your doorstep in Dubai. From amazing meals to unforgettable experiences, the below should give you plenty of ideas:
Atlantis, The Palm
You could enjoy a meal at any of the hotel restaurants, but for something truly special book a candlelit cabana and dine al fresco on the Royal Beach. Limited to eight couples, there are canapés on arrival, followed by a seven-course menu, which includes lobster, and beef tenderloin or black cod. A violinist is on hand too. AED4,200 per couple, including a bottle of bubbly. Call 04 426 0000.
As Dubai’s only caviar-dedicated restaurant, Beluga, located in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira hotel, has views of the city skyline and the Burj Khalifa. There are two offers for Valentine’s Day, with the Russian Oscietra Caviar (50g) heart-shaped dessert, including a glass of bubbles each, for AED650, or Beluga Caviar (50g), which is priced at AED850 for two. Call 04 340 8882.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
The hotel has many Valentine’s restaurant promotions, but the private dinner at sea is the one that captures the imagination. Your table for two is situated on a small floating platform, just off the stretch of private beach, with lanterns and moonlight. The five-course menu includes caviar and a complimentary glass for the ladies for AED10,000 per couple. Call 04 270 7777.
This Italian restaurant in DIFC opened in April of last year, making this its very first Valentine’s Day. An offshoot of the version in New York, which has two Michelin stars, the Dubai version is chic, and known for its crudo, caviar, pasta, meat and fish dishes. On Valentine’s Day, from 7pm-11.45pm, stop by for a four-course menu full of options for AED650 per couple. Call 04 583 6366.
A sophisticated take on British food is the promise of this restaurant from the mind of the late celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Located within the Grosvenor House Dubai hotel, diners on Valentine’s Day can look forward to a four-course set menu that includes many of the most popular dishes. Price is AED850 per couple, which includes a bottle of grape or bubbly. Call 04 317 6000.