The emirate of Dubai is well-known for offering residents and visitors alike a wide array of choices of basically everything; which is fine, if you know exactly what you are looking for and have your schedule down pat. But for the uninitiated, decision-making can get, well, a little overwhelming.
It can get a tad harder if you’re trying to set up an unforgettable or, at the very least, interesting first date with your significant other, so we’re going to make it a little easier for you. Whether you are a romantic type, an outdoorsy type, or a foodie (or somewhere in between), here are five of the most delightful first date spots in Dubai.
If you are a romantic…
Enjoy Views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain
For the romance lovers, nothing can be more suitable than a whimsical jaunt around The Dubai Fountain. From here you can watch the dancing waters and also appreciate the bewitching twinkle of the Burj Khalifa. And if the surroundings aren’t enough to help you two fall deeper in love, the price may be — it is free! After your stroll, head to Souk Al Bahar‘s Booza for a cup of ice cream to share.
If you are the outdoorsy type…
Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina
Dubai has plenty to offer those budding couples who love the outdoors. One of the most popular spots for outdoorsy dates is the Surf House at Jumeirah Beach where you can rent paddleboards and drift out into the ocean together! The two of you can also dip your toes into the warm ocean water and stroll along the white sand getting to know one another.
After you have worked up an appetite, head over to The Maine, Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai Marina, a highly-popular and modern seafood restaurant. With tasty food, a cosy ambience, and a reasonably-priced menu, you can be sure that your date won’t be paddling away from you.
If you are an art lover…
Dubai Art Galleries
Maybe your ideal date night involves admiring artwork, and you can’t believe you have finally found someone who also wants to spend hours strolling through galleries! If this is the case, Dubai has plenty to offer you two lovebirds!
Dubai boasts an impressive number of contemporary art galleries, such as Mottahedan Projects, Art Space, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Lawrie Shabibi, Meem Gallery, Art Sawa, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Grey Noise, Mojo Gallery, and The Third Line. Stop by a few of these before deliberating how the art makes you feel over the best sushi in Dubai.
However, if you want to spend your whole day embracing your inner artist, start the morning at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz where there are a series of galleries in warehouses. Here you can find The Jamjar, where you can paint!
If you want to stroll among flowers…
Dubai Miracle Gardens
As the world’s most extensive flower garden, the Dubai Miracle Gardens is a fragrant and vibrant plan for a date. Wander with your partner through the spectacular gardens and awe-inspiring flower arrangements.
The garden is even featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most massive flower arrangement which comes in the form of an Airbus A380. What’s more, if you are looking to sneak in an Instagram photo together, there is nothing more romantic than the garden’s sizeable heart-shaped flower arrangements.
After your stroll, make a reservation for one of the top brunches in Dubai to discuss what you have seen and to give you a chance to look through all those photos!
If you are a foodie…
Whet your Appetites at the Best Dining Spots
As an ultra-modern metropolis in which abundance and luxury are favored, Dubai’s restaurant scene can be excessive, extravagant, and positively romantic.
Zuma, which specializes in the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, is considered one of the best restaurants in the world by San Pelligrino, as is the French haute cuisine restaurant La Petite Maison. Meanwhile, Bazxar is the place to be if you want to take your date around the world through fusion cuisine. Additionally, Ossiano is the underground restaurant (the one you have seen all over Instagram) that is encompassed by an aquarium which gives diners the impression of being seated at the bottom of the sea!
However, if you want to focus on the fairytale element of a first date, there is another suggestion for you. Designated “the most romantic spot in Dubai,” Pierchic Restaurant and its exceptional view are regularly topping the list of date ideas. While the menu is not the cheapest around, the five-star restaurant has sensational views of both the Burj Al Arab and the Dubai skyline. If you are looking to impress a foodie, this restaurant is a surefire way to have an unforgettable date night.
Dubai has no scarcity of marvels that leave travelers and locals alike in awe. Whether they are man-made or naturally occurring, this small city-state has some of the most beautiful and unique places in the Middle East and the world, making it the perfect destination for your next first-date!
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