Dubai is not only about skyscrapers, desert, or shopping. Dubai is also a city of love and romance. Whether you are looking for a special place for your wedding, honeymoon, Valentine’s day, or just a romantic date with your partner, Dubai can offer couples the best places and activities.
And whether you are wondering where to go and what to do in Dubai for a romantic date, you are in the right spot. I will tell you about the best romantic restaurants, parks, and activities, like horse riding, hot air ballooning, desert safari, spa, cruising, and many more. Let’s dive in.
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One of the most romantic places for couples are restaurants. Whether you are going for a date, for Valentine’s evening, or just going for dinner, there are several romantic restaurants to choose from in Dubai.
1. Ossiano, Atlantis the Palm
In Ossiano restaurant you will enjoy your romantic dinner feeling like in an aquarium, where colorful fish, sharks, and stingrays will swim around. You can even hire a diver to deliver a message to your loved one from inside the tank while you are enjoying delicious seafood. The restaurant is located in Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah.
2. Pierchic, Madinat Jumeirah
Pierchic is one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai, due to its location. It can be found on a private pier where you can hear the sound of the sea. Add a romantic sunset, music, and delicious Italian food and you have a perfect romantic dinner. This restaurant is located in Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah.
3. Pai Thai, Madinat Jumeirah
This Thai restaurant has an excellent romantic location where streets with stalls, shops, cafes, and restaurants are set along an artificial canal. Sitting outside next to the canal with the view of Burj Al Arab will definitely make your evening. To make it even more romantic, you can come here by Abra, a traditional Arab boat.
4. Fish Beach Taverna
In case you prefer to enjoy your meal at the beach and put your feet on the sand, or just next to the beach, Fish Beach Taverna is the right choice. This restaurant offers Greek and Turkish cuisine and it is located at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Waterpark.
If you prefer to go for a romantic walk in the sunset or in the evening, Dubai has several romantic places for you.
Downtown Dubai is best in the evening. Next to the Dubai Mall with Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain which is showing spectacular shows with laser lights and music, you can’t go wrong. The fountain shows run from 6 pm every half an hour until 11 pm and it is completely free. There are also a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy coffee or drink.
Do you prefer a quiet place away from the crowds? No problem. You can go for a romantic walk at the beach. For example Umm Suqeim Beach with a view of Burj Al Arab or JBR Beach. For more beaches, check my article here.
For me, one of the romantic places for taking a walk is Dubai Marina. You can walk hand in hand with your loved one next to the canal, with all the lights shining around, and luxurious yachts parking at the shore. There are many restaurants and cafes where you can stop by and have a drink, meal or shisha. Or you can grab an ice cream and continue on your romantic walk.
Romantic time in Hot Air Baloon
If you are more into adventure, but still want to do some romantic activity, you should go for a hot air balloon tour. Imagine being several hundred meters above the ground, watching the sunrise with your love partner. The breathtaking desert landscape appears beneath you and you can see animals like oryx and gazelle.
You can book this amazing experience with GetYourGuide company here and you can choose from several options.
A Limo date
Would you like to take your second half on a ride around the city in a limo? Or just to get into the restaurant or any other place? Then Dubai has several options. There are a few rental agencies in Dubai renting different limousines like Hummer, Mercedes, or Cadillac. You can enjoy a comfortable ride with a drink and snack.
When you want to disappear from the city hustle, the desert is the best place to go.
1. If you like little adrenaline, you will do dune bashing till you reach the camp in the desert. Here you can choose from different activities like camel riding, sandboarding, or quad biking. In the camp, you will experience a traditional bedouin atmosphere with an Arabic grilled dinner, shisha, belly dance, and Tanoura dance.
Just imagine sitting in the desert next to the bonfire, surrounded by a starry night sky with your loved one. Some operators offer overnight desert experiences. Check and choose one that most suits your preferences here from GetYourGuide company.
2. Would you prefer more privacy in the desert? Then you can stay in Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa where you will have your private pool. It is a bedouin style hotel with a private oasis and options for different activities like horse riding, camel riding, falconry, and others. Let’s not forget about the fine dining and spa.
What better way to enjoy a romantic dinner than on a cruise? However, it is not a cruise like a cruise. In Dubai, you can go on a traditional dhow cruise.
You can choose between daytime or nighttime. Of course for romantic dinner nighttime is recommended. You can also choose whether you want to sail through Dubai creek to see the old traditional Dubai or Dubai Marina to see the shiny city with skyscrapers.
During the cruise, you will enjoy a buffet dinner, drinks, a show, music, and a beautiful view.
Couples Spa treatment
Would you like to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul together? Then you should visit Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the Palm. Here you can enjoy a saltwater pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, snow room, and many more. There are many different types of massages and treatments that you can take together side by side, for example, VIP Romance 1001 roses.
See the sunset from the tallest observation wheel
Ain Dubai located on Bluewater Island is 250 meters tall observation wheel. You can book a shared or private cabin and enjoy 38 minutes journey to see the whole city. To make this experience more romantic, choose the sunset time. This is a perfect choice for your Valentine’s day.
Horse riding is another romantic activity for couples. There are several stables in Dubai offering group or private lessons. Imagine riding on a horse with your partner at the beach during the sunset or sunrise. Check out GetYourGuide Sunset horseback riding here.
If you are up to horse riding in the desert, you should visit Al Dhabi Dubai Stable which is a blend of royalty and luxury. You can ride through the desert enjoying stunning sunrise or sunset.
Picnic in the park
If you prefer the more simple and older way of romance, then you will love picnicking in one of Dubai’s parks. Grab a blanket and basket with some nice food and drinks and take your partner to one of the green parks.
For example, Jumeirah Beach Park is one of the most popular as you have a lovely view of Burj Al Arab. Not only the view but a lot of greenish areas and also a BBQ area.
Another option is Zabeel Park, which is a big park with a large area to play some games. While having a picnic, take a selfie with the famous Dubai Frame in the background.
Safa Park is another beautiful green park in Dubai next to the water canal with a view of Burj Khalifa. You can enjoy your picnic or barbeque, and rent bikes or a boat on your romantic day out.
Creek Park is the second largest park in Dubai. There is a lot of green space for a picnic and plenty of free barbeque spots spread around the park. This park is right at the edge of Dubai Creek, so you can watch dows sailing down the canal.
The Love Lakes
Have you heard about the Love Lakes, also called Al Qudra Lakes? These lakes are man-made lakes in the shape of two interconnected hearts in the desert. You can see the shapes only from a few meters above, but it is one of the most romantic places for couples. Many plants and flowers are connected together in the shapes of hearts and the word love can be seen all around.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent escape from city noise and hustle. It is a beautiful natural place with a lake surrounded by mangroves. The best thing about this place is the pink flamingos that can be seen there, especially during winter. Not only flamingos but other bird species can be found there.
As you can see, Dubai is full of romantic restaurants, places, and romantic activities that you can do together as a couple. Whether you would like to celebrate your honeymoon, Valentine’s day, or just go for a romantic day, Dubai has a lot of options for you to choose from. Have you visited any of them? If so, I would love to hear about it. Please let us know in the comment below.