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8 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi this Valentine's Day

Here are some not so mainstream ideas to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Abu Dhabi

8 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Abu Dhabi

The special month of romance is almost here and the ladies are starting to look forward to big bouquets and hopefully a couple of other special surprises while the gentlemen are wondering what to do to woo their significant other.

That’s right, February 14th it almost here and we’re sure you’re already wondering what to plan for Valentine’s Day. If this is your first Valentine’s Day that you are celebrating in Abu Dhabi, then don’t stress. Even though the UAE is a Muslim country who generally doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is still celebrated in the country thanks to the thousands of expats living here.

Here are 8 things to do in Abu Dhabi this Valentine’s Day:

1. Go for a picnic in the desert

If you have a car that can go off-road, then why not pack your pick-nick basket, deflate your tires and head off to the desert for some fun in the sand. This will be a special setting with the opportunity to explore, go dune bashing and escape for a while.

8 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi this Valentine's Day

2. Horseback riding

Enjoy nature in a different kind of way – from the back of a horse. Experienced riders all know that nothing feels as good or free as getting in your saddle and setting off to explore the world by horseback. Take your loved one to enjoy beautiful views, see wild animals and just enjoy the fresh air and cooler weather.

Sir Bani Yas Stables offers packages for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders. More experienced riders will be able to go ride on the beach.

3. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Abu Dhabi in a hot air balloon

Imagine a breath-taking view without any high rise buildings blocking your view and no noise from the city there to distract you. Going up in a hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget!

Prices vary from company to company, but if you are looking to really amaze and surprise your better half, then this is the option to go with.

4. View Abu Dhabi from the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

If you want to see Abu Dhabi from up high, but aren’t completely comfortable with being up in the sky with only a basket, then you should have a look at The Observation Deck at 300 is on the 74th floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This is one of the most stylish hotels in the emirate and has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and telescopes.

8 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi this Valentine's Day

5. Camping in the desert

This one is for the more adventurous couples out there. Pack your bags and grab the tents and go stay in the desert for a night. Head out early to be mesmerised by a gorgeous Arabic sunset go and enjoy the stars, which seem just a little brighter in the desert. Be sure to pack enough fire wood, kick off your shoes and enjoy!

6. Go on a romantic cruise

There is something magical and special about being on a boat in the ocean. Why not break away from the city’s hustle and make this Valentine’s Day extra special with a romantic cruise. Captain Tony’s by Hydro Marine Sports LLC will create a completely custom package for you where you can specify how long you would like to go for, at what time, what you would like to have on board and any other requirements that you might have.

7. Visit Al Maya Island & Resort

If you just want to get away for a bit but still have someone catering to all your needs, then you need to go visit the Al Maya Island. It is 9 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi Island and takes approximately 10 minutes to get there by boat. This is a fun getaway to just unwind and spend some quality time with your partner while getting away from the busy city rush.

Of course, there are numerous other islands for you to explore as well.

8. Go diving at Meena Port

If you have your diving licence and you don’t yet know about this spot, we’d be quite surprised. The underwater world is one of mystery and indescribable beauty. Take your partner for a special experience with Al Mahara Diving Centre. They have numerous diving location and you can also rent the necessary gear from them.