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The hot list: Dubai for two

Romantic desert breaks, waterside dinners, spa sessions and more
When it comes to destinations geared towards a couples holiday, very few places can match Dubai. From world-class spa facilities at five-star resorts to romantic settings at some of the city’s best restaurants, there are special memories waiting around every corner. Here are our picks of the most perfect ways to spend a holiday in Dubai for two.
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Pierchic

Jumeirah

Pierchic

Jumeirah

Fine-dining by the sea

Perched on the end of its own private pier jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic is quite simply the most romantic restaurant in Dubai. While the restaurant’s excellent seafood offerings are undoubtedly superb, the real reason people come to this restaurant is the stunning location, which combines amazing views of Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah with the sounds of the sea lapping up against the shore. In terms of romance, this place is near impossible to beat.
Contact Details
  Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
  +971 4 366 6705

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Dubai Opera

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Opera

Downtown Dubai

Enjoy a night of arts and culture

One of the newest additions to the sparking skyline of Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is an architectural masterpiece not to be missed. Discover the beauty of its dhow-shaped silhouette situated against the iconic Dubai Fountain and in the shadows of the breathtaking Burj Khalifa. An exciting line-up of past performances includes Les Miserables, Plácido Domingo and West Side Story. Why not make a whole evening of it? Start it off with dinner at the venue's in-house restaurant, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera and then head to the show.
Contact Details
  Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 440 8888

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Anantara Spa

Palm Jumeirah

Anantara Spa

Palm Jumeirah

Thai-style relaxation on the Arabian Gulf

The Asian heritage of the Anantara means that a trip to the resort’s spa fuses the classic Thai influences of peace and serenity with the glitz and glamour that comes naturally to any facility located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. With 17 treatment rooms and a brand-new hammam facility, the spa has a plethora of therapeutic treatment options. However, the perfect place for couples has to be one of the two couples' suites, which offer a sanctuary for peace and relaxation.
Contact Details
  Anantara The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 567 8140

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4

Hot air balloon

Dubai’s desert

Hot air balloon

Dubai’s desert

See Dubai’s pristine dunes from above

The desert is a majestic place – especially at dawn when the sun is just peeping out over the horizon, illuminating the sweeping dunes, which go on and on as far as the eye can see. And what better way to witness the beauty of the desert than in a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures Emirates is an established company that has been offering desert balloon rides for the past decade. They even offer special private flying packages for couples who want a truly personal experience.
Contact Details
  Rashidiya, Dubai
  +971 4 814 5553

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Bateaux Dubai

Dubai Creek

Bateaux Dubai

Dubai Creek

Discover Dubai Creek on a dinner cruise

An elegant four-course meal with drinks served onboard a stunning glass-enclosed vessel that travels along the beautiful Dubai Creek as the bright lights of the Dubai skyline twinkle in the distance. Sound romantic? Well, this is exactly the scene diners at Bateaux Dubai an exclusive floating restaurant, can enjoy. And at just AED495 per person for a gourmet meal, drinks and river tour all rolled into one, it’s an absolute steal.
Contact Details
  Dubai Creek
  +971 4 814 5553

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Bab Al Shams

Al Qudra

Bab Al Shams

Al Qudra

Experience Arabian heritage in luxury

Nestled in the dunes of the Dubai desert yet still only a 45-minute drive from Dubai International airport, Bab Al Shams is a truly unique resort that makes the most of its desert surroundings to provide a truly stunning natural setting. Bab Al Shams boasts all of the mod-cons and more, with a luxurious spa featuring swimming pool, sauna and couples' treatment rooms manned by skilled therapists, ensuring any stay there puts rest and relaxation at the utmost importance.
Contact Details
  Al Qudra Road
  +971 4 809 6100

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