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8 Budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai

Make time for your loved ones

Valentine's Day in Dubai

Love is in the air, and it’s never too late to start planning how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai. It is important to always make time for your loved ones!

There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Dubai, whether it’s a humble candlelight dinner in a traditional style or simply hanging out with your special one to make the day memorable.

Here are our top budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dubai.

1. Free movie under the stars in Expo City Dubai

Expo City has partnered with VOX Cinemas so you can watch your favourite movie under the stars. How romantic isn’t it?

The massive lawn arrangement features over 500 seating bags, and 50 tables. You can also get your picnic chairs and blankets for a cozy experience.

Valentine's Day in Dubai
Jubilee Park, Expo City

The experience is for a limited time only and runs from Friday, February 10 to 18 and two movies will be screened daily. It’s free access for all Expo City visitors, but here’s the catch – access is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The list of movies will be posted on their social media platform.

Location: Jubilee Park, Expo City

2. Hop Aboard a Romantic Dhow Cruise

Although February is a chilly time of year to be out on the water, sail away on a traditional Dhow Cruise to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

From outside, the lit-up ship sparkles like a mirage on the sea under the starry night sky, and inside, it’s just as amazing. There’s no better way to spend a blissful evening with your special someone than taking in the stunning skyline while you sail across the beautiful Dubai Marina.

Dhow cruise
Dhow Cruise

Dhow cruise packages usually have vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet dishes, barbecues, drinks and starters, desserts, entertainment options with live music performances, Tanura dancing, magic shows etc.

Price starts from AED50 for Dubai Creek and AED120 for Dubai Marina.

Time: 8:30PM – 10:30PM

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3. Keep your balance on the ice rink

A little cliché but always romantic, ice skating hand-in-hand is the perfect activity for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

8 Budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine's Day in Dubai

Although there are many ice skating options in Dubai, the crowd favorite is the ice rink at the Dubai Mall. Not only is it Olympic-sized, there are no shortages of activities here, such as lessons for the less experienced, DJ hours where you can skate the latest tunes, and even an ice hckey practice if you’re feeling competitive.

Ticket price starts from AED 110.

Time: 12 PM – 10 PM (Monday to Friday), 10 AM – 10 PM (Saturday and Sunday).

4. Candlelight dinner at Mogao

On the 14th of February, the chic Pan Asian restaurant Mogao will host a candlelight dinner and a professional violinist will perform sombre love songs. Moreover, take advantage of a 25% discount on all non-alcoholic beverages and a bottle of Italian Prosecco for just AED 100.

8 Budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine's Day in Dubai

The set menu offers a variety of appetisers, entrées, and desserts. Korean Chicken Wings, Tsukune, Har Gau, Beef Gyoza, Gyu Reba, and Shrimp Tempura Roll are a few of the menu’s standout items.

Location: Digital Park, Street 73, Dubai Silicon Oasis

Cost: AED 143 per person

5. Challenge your partner at Wavehouse

Why not challenge your significant other to a game of bowling on Valentine’s Day?

8 Budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine's Day in Dubai

The entertainment hub has compiled a package that includes two bowling rounds, two mains and two beverages for Dh300 a couple. There will also be live music after 7pm.

February 14-20; noon-11pm; Dh300 a couple.

Location: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah; 04 426 1000.

6. Watch sunset at Dubai Creek Harbour

It is not difficult to find an observation deck in Dubai, but you definitely need to head to this new viewing point at Dubai Creek Harbour.

Valentine's Day in Dubai

Watch the sunset with your partner from this free viewing point 11.65 meters above sea level and the eye-catching walkway that spans 70 meters over Dubai Creek. 

Among the places to catch a birds-eye view of the city, the Viewing Point at Dubai Creek Harbour joins the Dubai Frame, Palm Tower, Vida Creek Harbour, Sky Views Observatory, and, of course, Burj Khalifa.

7. Visit Love Lake

Take a long drive to Dubai’s most famous, love-themed destination: Love Lake. It is a large area surrounded by sand dunes and fauna, with two intertwined heart-shaped lakes. Everything here revolves around romance.

Valentine's Day in Dubai

You will also find different types of birds here, such as ducks, swans, falcons, etc. This location also allows visitors to camp. 

Location: pleasant 10-minute drive away from Al Qudra Lake, just off Umm Sequim-AL Ain Road

8. Romantic Moments in the Nara Desert Escape

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and share some romantic moments with your loved one in a peaceful desert. The Nara Desert Escape is a big desert camp located in the middle of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR).

A Nara escape experience offers everything one can want from a day in the desert, while also offering a plethora of activities like sandboarding, soft archery, dune bashing, camel rides, falcon shows, and also enjoy a lavish dinner under the stars. Thus, it ultimately helps you spend quality time with your partner, and you can top it off with some hearty treats.

8 Budget-friendly places to celebrate Valentine's Day in Dubai

Location: Al Ain – Dubai Rd, The Nara Desert Dubai

Contact: +971 50 336 0397

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