Valentine's Day

7 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples Who Hate Clichés

Dinner? For Valentine’s Day? Groundbreaking.

Being in love in the middle of this month brings with it plenty of clichés, starting with dining at a romantic restaurant on 14 February. Ready to try something new in 2022? Mark the occasion by doing something you and your other half will actually remember. Here, we’ve put together a list of seven ideas that will appeal to the daredevil, the fashion enthusiast, the amateur chef, the culture vulture and more.

For the Active Couple

Feeling out of sync with your significant other? Help is here, courtesy of Couples Yoga at JLT-based studio Yoga Ashram. Considering that the word ‘yoga’ means union, the session is a great idea if you and your partner are looking to work on trust issues and strengthen communication in a lighthearted setting. And all those calories you’ll burn through performing specially formulated postures? An added bonus.

GO: Visit www.yogaashram.com for more information.


For the Cultured Couple

Classical music in a swanky setting is a great combination, especially if a romantic dinner feels too predictable. Incidentally, groundbreaking pianist and composer Lucas Debargue will be performing at Dubai Opera on 14 February, with works by Bach, Schumann and Scriabin expected as part of his diverse repertoire for the night.

GO: Visit www.dubaiopera.com for more information.

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For the Fearless Couple

The recently opened Sky Views Edge Walk is perfect for couples seeking an adrenaline rush this Valentine’s Day. This hands-free walk on a ledge 219.5 metres above ground level takes thrill-seekers to the tippy-top of a skyscraper in Downtown Dubai, with no windows or other barriers standing between them and sky-high views. Bragging rights, guaranteed.

GO: Visit www.skyviewsdubai.com for more information.


For the Foodie Couple

Food is ‘the great connector’ – the greatest, we’d argue – and it tastes even better when you’re the one sporting the apron. With this in mind, Culinary Boutique has designed a couples-friendly cooking class entitled Romantic Tuscan Evening, which will entail three courses featuring culinary crowd-pleasers. And regardless of how different your palates are, you’re both bound to like the sound of ‘Chocolate Lava’ for dessert.

GO: Visit www.culinaryboutique.com for more information.


For the Outdoorsy Couple

Adventure meets romance in the Valentine on Cloud Nine package by Balloon Adventures, taking couples 4,000 feet up in the air in a hot air balloon. And while few things top sunrise views from that vantage point, the experience continues to delight, ending with a landing deep in the desert for a picnic-style gourmet breakfast.

GO: Visit www.balloon-adventures.com for more information.


For the Sporty Couple

Couples who spectate together, stay together – good news for anyone loved up and interested in tennis. Not only will the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships kick off on 14 February, but 2022 also marks the 30th anniversary of the men’s tournament. On the roster? Aryna Sabalenka and Garbine Muguruza on the WTA side, and Novak Djokovic’s big comeback since his visa saga in Australia.

GO: Visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com for more information.


For the Stylish Couple

Are you and your partner passionate about fashion? Take The Fashionista tour by Nara Nomad together, discovering d3-based designers, offbeat boutiques on Jumeirah Beach Road, and local and Middle Eastern designer showrooms in a span of four hours – perfect if you two want to explore the city’s fashion scene beyond shopping malls.

GO: Visit www.nara.ae for more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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