Dubai is bursting with romantic attractions. From soaring views to shopping ‘til you drop, there’s plenty to do here with your loved one. Take a look at our selection of Dubai holidays for more inspiration.
Dubai is the world’s tallest city and getting your head in the clouds is all part of the experience. The “At the Top” tour to the stunning observation deck of the Burj Khalifa is unmissable, while the best bars for a bird’s-eye view include Neos, Bar 44, Vault and Up on the Tenth. Marvelling at the spectacular views, particularly at sunset, is certainly one of the most romantic things to do in Dubai.
Deira’s famous Gold Souk is usually the first stop for visitors to the district, with over three hundred shops lined up along its wooden-roofed main arcade, their windows packed with a staggering quantity of jewellery - it’s been estimated that there are usually around ten tonnes of gold here at any one time. The souk’s main attraction is price: the gold available here is among the cheapest in the world, and massive competition keeps prices keen. Though the gold industry in Dubai is carefully regulated, with the daily gold price fixed in all shops citywide, you should always bargain. A request for “best price” or “small discount” should yield an immediate discount of around 20-25 percent, although it always pays to shop around. The jewellery on offer ranges from restrained European-style pieces to ornate Arabian creations - the traditional Emirati bracelets, fashioned from solid gold and hung in long lines in shop windows, are particularly appealing. It’s the place to buy some jewellery for your loved one and one of the best couply things to do in Dubai.
The Dhow Wharfage offers a fascinating glimpse into the maritime traditions of old Dubai, home to dozens of beautiful wooden dhows which berth here to load and unload cargo. The dhows themselves range in size from the fairly modest vessels employed for short hops up and down the coast to the large ocean-going craft used to transport goods around the Gulf and over to Iran, and even as far afield as Somalia, Pakistan and India. Virtually all of them fly the UAE flag, although they’re generally manned by foreign crews who live on board. Various kiosks around Marina walk offer a mix of expensive boat charters alongside much cheaper dhow cruises for those who want to take to the water. Seeing the city by water is one of the most rewarding things to do for couples in Dubai.
Non-guests are only allowed into the Burj al Arab with a prior reservation at one of the hotel’s bars, cafés or restaurants. Big spenders might enjoy the hotel’s two fine-dining restaurants: Al Mahara seafood restaurant and Al Muntaha, at the very top of the building. The cheapest and in many ways most enjoyable option, however, is to try one of the Burj’s sumptuous afternoon teas (or just come for a drink) at either the Sahn Eddar lounge or the Skyview Bar, at the top of the hotel.
The most romantic hotel in town, the One&only Royal Mirage, is a dreamy resort and the perfect One Thousand and One Nights fantasy with a superb sequence of quasi-Moroccan-style buildings scattered amid extensive, palm-filled grounds. The whole complex is actually three hotels in one: The Palace, the Arabian Court and the Residence & Spa, each a little bit more sumptuous (and expensive) than the last. Rooms feature Arabian decor, reproduction antique wooden furniture and colourful rugs, while facilities include a 1km stretch of private beach, four pools, the delectable Oriental hammam-style spa and some of the best restaurants and bars in town - all at sometimes surprisingly affordable rates.