Yeah, yeah… it’s the weekend of love and we’ve got that covered, but we’ve also rounded up non-Valentine’s happenings too, so jump on in to a great weekend of activties.
Thursday, 13th February
Where everybody knows your name…
Whatever the reason is for a catch like you being single, at Cooper’s you are always a favourite. Take some time to meet new people and have a great night out with deals on drinks and fun beats from DJ Jake. There are also exciting raffle prizes.
Cooper’s Park Rotana. 8 pm onwards. Contact: 02 657 3333
Dipped in gold
To celebrate the season of love, master pâtissier Francois Leo is giving the exquisite afternoon tea a little love with special Valentine inspired creations. The delicious treats include frozen berry and gold ice cream, handcrafted chocolate boxes and gold-dusted strawberries dipped in chocolate – perfect additions for you to nibble during teatime.
AED 349 for vegetarian package, AED 399 for traditional package, AED 499 for the royal package. All prices are for two people and reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Le Café, Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 2pm-6pm. Contact: 02 690 9000, mandarinoriental.com
Friday, 14th Friday
Save a life
Make this day even more special by adopting a friend for life. There are so many pets that have been abandoned across the country and is there any better love than a furry mate? The adoption day at Fitforlife Vet that is run by Adopt a Cat is a great place to look for a cute soul mate.
Fitforlife Vets, Al Karamah area, opposite Umm El Emarat Park. Contact: 02 585 7633
Have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day at Matsu with a seven-course set menu for two curated by Chef Yuji Abe and his team. Take in stunning evergreen views from the terrace overlooking the golf course while enjoying signature favourites including assorted sushi rolls, Wagyu steak with crab meat croquette and a delectable dessert platter filled with homemade cheesecake, apple chocolate mouse and vanilla role cake. Plus, two glasses of premium bubbles accompany the meal.
AED 899 per couple. Yas Links, Yas Island. Times vary. Visit: matsu.ae
Saturday, 15th February
Keep it fresh
For the those who prefer picnics in the park, take your mates to The Ripe Market the day after Valentine’s and avoid the couples that were out the night before. Enjoy some yoga, walk around the stalls, tuck in at the food trucks and enjoy the beauty of the greenery. And don’t forget that the Animal Barn is now open daily 9am-11pm.
10 AED park entry, Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif area, 3pm.
Sip on this
Keep it light this Valentine’s Day with a perfectly themed afternoon tea. Take in views of the glistening Arabian Gulf from a chic lounge where heart shaped sandwiches, savoury snacks and exquisite tea blends await. This is perfect for couples or two girlfriends in desperate need of a catch up.
AED 280 for two with two Dessert of Love mocktails, AED 320 for two with two glasses of bubbly. Pearl Lounge, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 1pm-7pm. Contact: 02 510 1234, facebook.com/GrandHyattAbuDhabi