This is now in your Top Picks!

Login or create an account to save your favourites and receive personalised recommendations.


Login to like

Sign in or register to like this content



Romantic things to do in Dubai

Wed, May 17, 2023

From stunning desert escapes to seaside dinners, spa sessions and more, Dubai is the perfect getaway for couples.

From stunning desert escapes to seaside dinners, spa sessions and more, Dubai is the perfect getaway for couples.

Fine dining by the sea


Perched at the end of its own private pier stretching out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic may just be the most romantic restaurant in Dubai. Couples visiting the city, either on honeymoon or a well-deserved vacation, will love what this restaurant has to offer. Fine Italian cuisine served against stunning views of the iconic Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, and the sound of the waves against the shore, Pierchic is near impossible to beat.

Dine in a magical underwater setting


Burj Al Arab's luxurious and elegant interiors, from gold-plated accents to historic Italian marble, can make any couple feel like royalty. It's also home to one of Dubai's finest seafood restaurants, Ristorante L'Olivo at Al Mahara. Helmed by chef Andrea Migliaccio, of two-Michelin-starred Ristorante L'Olivo in Capri, the Al Mahara edition offers the experience of dining underwater, with the restaurant completely surrounded by enormous coral-filled aquariums – along with fantastic seafood, of course. Why not splurge at this exquisite setting for one of those unforgettable memories?

A night of art and culture at Dubai Opera


A distinct addition to Downtown Dubai's sparking skyline, Dubai Opera is an architectural masterpiece not to be missed. Make your evening more romantic by discovering the beauty of its dhow-shaped silhouette situated against The Dubai Fountain, in the shadows of the breathtaking Burj Khalifa. There's always an exciting line-up of performances to see in its acoustically advanced auditorium, with past productions including the likes of Les MiserablesPlácido Domingo and West Side Story.

Blissful relaxation at a Palm Jumeirah spa


The Asian heritage of Anantara The Palm blends classic Thai influences of peace and tranquility with the glitz and glamour of Palm Jumeirah. Great for couples, the Anantara Spa has 17 treatment rooms, an authentic Turkish hammam facility and a plethora of therapeutic treatment options. However, the perfect place to book is one of the two couples suites, which offer a sanctuary for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.

Dinner cruise on Dubai Creek

Ramee Dhow Cruise Dubai

A delicious feast served onboard a traditional Arabian dhow along the historic Dubai Creek. Sounds romantic? This is what you can enjoy with well-known travel operators such as Orient Tours. Couples can dedicate an evening of their holiday to the floating restaurant experience, dining on a first-class buffet while taking in the glittering sights of the city's skyline in the background, all accompanied by live entertainment throughout the voyage.

A couple's hot air balloon ride over the desert


The desert is a majestic place – especially at dawn, when the sun is just peeping out over the horizon, illuminating the endless sand dunes. And what better way to witness the beauty of the desert than from a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures Dubai is a well-established company which has been offering desert balloon rides for well over a decade. They offer special packages for couples who want to add an adventurous twist to their romantic getaway, to make your balloon ride a truly personal experience.

Experience Arabian luxury in a desert resort

Bab Al Shams is the perfect romantic desert getaway in Dubai.

Nestled in the dunes of the Dubai desert, yet only a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, Bab Al Shams is a truly special resort. Couples on a romantic retreat can enjoy Bal Al Shams' stunning natural setting, with the hotel making the most of its desert surroundings to impress its guests. The resort boasts all of the facilities you would expect from a luxury retreat, with an opulent spa featuring a swimming pool, sauna and couples treatment rooms. All this and more ensures any stay here will create the perfect romantic mood.

Happiness Meter