Is love in the air this Valentine’s Day?

There are many ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day. Let us count them…

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Ah, February, the month associated with teddy bears, roses, chocolates and heart-filled cards.

In the coming days, expect the air to turn extra romantic as Valentine’s Day fever sweeps across the land.

It’s also the time of the year when businesses start getting creative to help you make the most of the season, giving couples more reason to celebrate the sweet occasion.

If you haven’t made any plans yet, we’ve scouted out some of the best offers around guaranteed to sway your loved one off their feet.

Romance on a budget

There’s no need to fly to Thailand to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Take a culinary journey to the Land of Smiles courtesy of Benjarong at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. What’s being served? A special five-course set menu highlighted by mouthwatering Thai specialities sure to spice up the occasion. AED 200+++ per person with glass of bubbly and a red rose for the ladies. Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street. From 7pm. Contact: reservation.table@dusit.com, bit.ly/2n38Ejz

The Oasis Courtyard in Mafraq Hotel will transform into a fairytale garden just for
the day. Lovebirds will be treated to a special meal, which includes charbroiled sirloin with pepper cream sauce, baked Norwegian salmon and the star of the dining table, a heart-shaped cake for dessert. AED 250 per couple with soft beverages, AED 375 with house beverages. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road, Al Mafraq. Contact:
02 659 6666, fbc@mafraq-hotel.com

Couples looking for something laidback but still with a romantic vibe can check out Cho Gao at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. A four-course Asian set menu will feature grilled prawn with mango salad, chicken in coconut soup, roasted lamb chop paired with egg fried rice and strawberry entremet with raspberry cremeux. AED 300 per couple, inclusive of two glasses of bubbly. Hamdan Street. 7pm-11pm. Contact:
02 616 6149, dining.cpauh@ihg.com

Looking to impress

Fancy a romantic sunset rendezvous by the sea? Leave it to BBQ Al Qasr at the grandiose Emirates Palace to fulfil that fantasy – and more. Lovebirds will get to enjoy a picnic date on the white sandy beach while sharing food treats straight from a picnic basket plus two glasses of bubbly. Live music playing in the background will further set the mood. AED 650. Corniche West. 4.30pm-sunset. Contact: restaurants@emiratespalace.ae, bit.ly/2n5BG27

Drive down to the Garden City and celebrate with a seafood buffet dinner at Zest. Feast on heart-shaped sushi, oyster shooter and other chef specialities. Don’t skip the dessert station where a selection of sweet treats awaits. AED 245 per person, AED 499 per couple with bottle of sparkling beverage. Al Ain Rotana, Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Contact: 03 754 5111, bit.ly/1GvJKdu

Go out of your way to make your loved one feel extra special. A nine-course meal made up of a selection of delectable Japanese dishes at 99 Sushi Bar will do the trick. Celebrate with warm capu miso soup, crispy tiger prawn tempura with spicy sauce and Alaskan king-crab gunkan, among others. Topping it all off, the meal is complemented by a bottle of bubbly. AED 999 per couple. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 8pm-midnight.
Contact: reservations_ad@99sushibar.com, 
99sushibar.com

Couples looking for a more exclusive celebration can sign up to this special promo from Solarium at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Aptly named Keeping It Private, the experience is highlighted by a three-course set menu and free-flowing premium bubbly with a live saxophonist providing heartfelt tunes. The offer will only be available for ten couples, so you better book quickly. AED 400 per couple, AED 650 with bubbly. Al Maryah Island. From 8pm. Contact: abudhabi.dining@rosewoodhotels.com, rosewoodhotels.com/abudhabi

The Latinos certainly know how to do romance. Head over to BU! and enjoy a four-course pan-Latin dinner that features a seafood sharing platter of oysters, sashimi, soft tacos, polo andino and pescado al grill, among others. The romantic Latin tunes playing in the background will add to the ambiance. Want your date to be more intimate? Opt for a private dining booth. AED 550 per couple. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center, Khalifa Street. From 7pm. Contact: reservations@butrinity.com, butrinity.com

Impress through the palate as steakhouse The Forge indulges couples with a mouthwatering meal featuring an impressive 30 grams of genuine Sturia caviar, tuna with smoky raspberry habanero sauce, striploin and lobster with purple mashed potato. For dessert, the cupid delicatessen – red choux pastry cake with mango puree – will cap off the night on a sweet note. AED 940 per couple, inclusive of two glasses of bubbly. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqtaa. 7pm-11pm. Contact:
02 818 8282, abudhabi.restaurants@ritzcarlton.com

Ever thought of flying to Italy for a post-Valentine’s celebration? Well, first head down to Café Milano at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi to relish its five-course offering, which includes fried oyster with braised shallots, marinated salmon, ravioli with lobster, roasted lamb or sole filet and dark chocolate millefoglie with strawberry macarons and ginger gelato for dessert. For an added bonus, diners are eligible to enter the raffle where one lucky guest will win a trip for two to Italy – fantastico! AED 400+++ per person. Al Maryah Island. 6pm-11.30pm. Contact: 02 333 2222, reservations.abudhabi@fourseasons.com

Profess your love with a mouth-watering steak at The Foundry at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi. A set menu made up of the restaurant’s best dishes is specially prepared for the occasion. If that’s not enough, a dessert buffet inspired by Willy Wonka will be rolled out to indulge your sweet tooth. AED 599 per couple with soft beverages, AED 699 with a bottle of house beverages. Mina Street, Al Zahiyah. From 7pm. Contact: 02 818 4888, abudhabi.dine@tsogosun.com

Staycations 

Express your love in grand fashion with a relaxing five-star stay. The picturesque Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort is offering a Valentine’s package extending until the weekend that includes a beachfront chalet stay, a bottle of grape beverage and chocolate upon arrival, a buffet breakfast and romantic dinner by the beach. AED 1,299+++. Near Ruwais. 14th-17th Feb. Contact: 02 801 2222, jebeldhanna.danathotels.com

Show your love with a luxurious staycation at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort on Valentine’s Day. What’s the deal? An overnight stay with a stunning sea view from the spa or ocean suite. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with French bubbly, caviar and chocolate-dipped strawberries. After the sun sets, enjoy a lavish three-course meal in the suite. Also included is an in-room breakfast and spa treatments for a totally blissful stay. From AED 9,982+++. Saadiyat Island. Contact: reservations.saadiyat@stregis.com, stregissaadiyatisland.com

Mark the season right in the heart of the city. Spend quality time with your loved one at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana and enjoy an overnight stay in a studio room plus buffet breakfast at Café 302. What’s more, couples are entitled to a 30-minute massage treatment and late checkout at 2pm. AED 399+++. Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. Valid from 8th to 17th February. Contact: 02 610 6666, almaha.arjaan@rotana.com

For the singles 

Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Sick of all the loved-up couples? We don’t blame you. Here are three great offers for those who are single but still want to enjoy a fun night out.

Party at PJ’s

Irish pub PJ O’Reilly’s at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi will lead the protest on 16th February with its Love Stinks picnic pool brunch. Complementing the buffet meal is live music from Sweet Chilli Jam, The Rockaconics and DJ Tintin. There will be games such as Cupid’s Arrow and a best-dressed contest with fun prizes awaiting the winners. AED 200 per person. Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. 1pm-4pm. Contact:
02 695 0515, pjspubabudhabi.com

Sweet ending

Guests dining at Indian fusion restaurant Tamba on 14th February will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling beverage. While there, try the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day dessert, the aptly named ‘the breakup’ – dark chocolate mousse with peanut semifreddo, salted caramel and rich chocolate sauce. AED 62. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center, Khalifa Street. Noon-2am. Contact: 02 672 8888, tambarestaurant.com

Sing the blues away

Let out your heartaches while singing and dancing along with the International Playboys at Heroes for its annual anti-Valentine’s Day party on 15th February. AED 130 inclusive of three house beverages for gents from 11pm to 3am, ladies free entry. Dress code: Gothic. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. From 7pm. Contact: 02 616 6132, facebook.com/heroespubauh

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