Pounding heart, starry-eyed, a sudden urge to eat candy, watching way too many romantic movies and attracted to the color red. Oh yes I have seen this before or better yet, I have been there, it's the Valentine's syndrome. With less than 20 days away to Valentine's Day, the symptoms can get worse unless you find the perfect place.
Since UAE is the golden heart of the Arabian Gulf, you can easily find your heart desired place for your special night right under your nose and within your wallet's capacity.
If you're on a budget, check out:
Al Makan Souk Madinet Jumeirah – Dubai
It's an authentic Emirati cuisine restaurant with an impressive view of Burj el Arab, bubbling fountain and the Jumeirah amphitheater. It's great for a V night within reasonable price. Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, Tel: 04 368 6593 Opening Hours: Open daily 8am-1am, Price range: AED50-200
Japengo Café Jumeirah Beach Road - Dubai
In for a Chinese and Japanese fusion, Japengo café and restaurant is an outdoor spacious trendy spot with hospitable staff and chic touch. You will feel at ease immediately after seated with its natural wood decoration, bamboo seats, hard wooden tables, service counter and sushi bar as well as a wide landscape of the Jumeirah beach street with cars and couples dressed in red going back and forth.
It's a blend of Lebanon and Arabian warmth along with a sweet peaceful mood and green scenery. It's like a secret sanctuary for your beloved only. From perfect grilled meat platters to tasty desserts, you won't know what hit on V night.
Where: Greens Shopping Centre, Tel: 04 361-7755
Enjoy a display of unique artwork, bizarre decorations and dreamy space along with an exquisite menu from appetizers to desserts at the all-time winner café, most reviewed restaurant and Dubai mall's famous dancing fountain scenery. What could be more romantic than that!!
Where: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Opening hours: Everyday from 8am-midnight
Price range: AED50 – 200
QD's Restaurant – Deira
Share this ultimate creek side V night experience with the one you love. It's as if you have your own spot in the world; just you two, the running waters, skyline and lip-smacking menu.
Where: Deira, Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Tel: 04 295 6000
Opening Hours: Open daily 6pm-2am, Price range: AED200-350
Dhow Restaurant – Sharjah
Two feet away from Sharjah central market (souq), a large Arabian sailing vessel embraces your V night within; where you'll experience an unforgettable night with mouthwatering international food and Sharjah crystal plaza view along with water landscape at the Dhow Restaurant.
Where: Al Majaz 1, Near Hotel Holiday Inn, Corniche St, Sharjah.
Tel: 971 (6) 573-0330
Opening Hours: Everyday from 12pm till 12am
Price range: AED160 - 200 for two.
Tiara Restaurant Marina Mall – Abu Dhabi
Revolving restaurant, view from top of Burj Marina, delectable menu and your beloved…it can't get dreamier than this at Tiara Revolving Restaurant.
Where: Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Tel: 02 6819090
Opening Hours: Everyday from 9am – 1am
Price range: AED300 - 500 per two
Le Boulanger Restaurant and Café Breakwater Road– Abu Dhabi
Arabic and French mix along with see water view…all in one place. Le Boulanger Restaurant and Café is your V destination for an enchanted yet budget night out with the one you love.
Where: Breakwater Road, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 681 8194
Opening hours: from 9am to 1am
Price range: AED50 - 200
If money doesn't matter at all, you can take a look at:
Al Fanar Restaurant – Abu Dhabi
Snap-shot a memorable V night at Al Fanar Restaurant with its European inspired menu, breathtaking landscape and jazz soundtrack as well as complementary drinks and appetizers the minute you're seated.
Where: Al Markaziyah, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 695 0490
Opening hours: From Sat – Fri (12:30pm till 11pm)
Price range: AED1000
The Talk Restaurant – Dubai
Give your beloved a treat at The Talk Restaurant with their juicy hors d'oeuvres, outdoor lounge and live jazz music.
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 449 8888
Opening hours: everyday from 6:30am – 11pm
Price range: 600AED per person
At.mosphere Burj Al Arab – Dubai
Taste the real Valentine's Day with At.mosphere's high quality food, sleek surroundings and once in a lifetime view. Nothing can make your night more special than a window table for two.
Where: Burj Al Arab, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Tel: 04 888 3828
Opening hours: everyday from 12:30pm – 11pm
Price range: 3,000 AED per couple for Window Table and 2,200 AED per couple for Centre Table.
Bateaux Dubai – Bur Dubai
Nothing can beat a romantic cruise along the famous Dubai waterway and freshly prepared food. This would be a Valentine to forever cherish at Bateaux Dubai.
Where: Al Seef Road, opposite British Embassy, Dubai Creek – Bur Dubai
Tel: 04 315 4777
Opening hours: Everyday from 8.30pm-11pm (boarding at 7.45pm)
Price range: AED 580 per person
Since it's the 14th of Feb and you'd probably spend
the rest of your paycheck on a V gift, it doesn't mean that you can't get to treat your beloved to a special night out. UAE is sprinkled with no budget romantic hotspots where you can relish a magical evening out.
Beachside Park – Umm Al Quwain Beach
Behold the skyline, waltzing ships and shaded seagulls.
Kalba Lagoon –Sharjah
A quiet, peaceful, sea view lagoon for just the two of you.
Qanat Al Qasbaa – Sharjah
It's one of the best places in Sharjah where you can find an uncanny merge between Venice and London along with a sense of tranquility and happiness.
Buhairah Corniche – Sharjah
Greeneries and sea have a date while you are there to view it.
Lake Park – Abu Dhabi Corniche
It's a nice serene spot with a view of the sea and a small fountain. It's an art and romance blend.
Jumeirah Beach – Dubai
It's the motherland of romance where the best of Dubai architectural work meets the sea, the sand and your special someone.
Mina Seyahi Open Beach – Dubai
Calm, dreamy and the sound of the ocean at the background.
Mamzar Beach – Dubai
Sea view settee, sea salt smell, beach air and two hot cups of tea, I think it's enough.
Umm Suqeim Beach – Dubai
Imagine this…sunset, Burj Al Arab view, sea landscape and a stroll on the beach.
Fujairah Open Beach – Fujairah
You can light up a fire there; enjoy a full moon if you're lucky and the sound of sea waves brushing your ears with the horizon ahead of you.