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Love is in the air, but if all the ro­mance and cutesy sym­bols that go with it – roses, hearts and teddy bears – suf­fo­cate you, then head to one of these anti-Valen­tine’s Day events. They love to hate love and cel­e­brate sin­gle­hood. We hope you’ve prac­tised your moves to Sin­gle Ladies.

Mir­ror, mir­ror on the ta­ble – who’s the best com­pany of them all? That’s a ques­tion you can re­flect on, lit­er­ally, at Inked’s Tête-à-Tête pop-up se­ries. The three-night din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the food col­lec­tive in Alserkal Av­enue will seat guests at a ta­ble for one fac­ing a mir­ror so they can watch them­selves eat a fine-din­ing four­course menu. Call it me-time or the op­por­tu­nity to face your­self and your fears of be­ing alone (if you have any). Din­ers also get the op­por­tu­nity to speak to guests seated on ei­ther side. February 12-14, Dh300 per per­son. Call 04 344 1788.

This year, Valen­tine’s falls on a Tuesday – aka, ladies’ night – so there should be as many par­ties as there are ta­bles for two. Sin­gle and ready to min­gle? Cook Hall, the Amer­i­can gas­tropub at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, has a sin­gles Valen­tine’s Day party on February 14 from 8pm to 1.30am. Nineties tunes played by house band Car­men and The Black Ts will be the back­ground score to your hunt for love. There’s 25 per cent off se­lected bev­er­ages. Call 04 4 355 577.

OK, so you’re not ready to give the green sig­nal to love, but that’s no rea­son to not have fun. So­ci­ete Dubai has a Traf­fic Sig­nal Valen­tine’s Day party on February 14 where guests will be given red, yel­low and green wrist­bands with quotes like say­ings on them like ‘Back Off’ on red, ‘De­pends who’s ask­ing’ on yel­low and ‘Good to go’ on the green wrist­bands. The great­est love songs of the last three decades will play. Free en­try, ta­ble pack­ages start from Dh1, 300; call 050 699 3191.

Tribeca, at JA Ocean View Ho­tel in JBR (be­low right), is host­ing an Anti-Valen­tine’s Sin­glez party on February 14. Ladies get free drinks be­fore 11pm and the res­i­dent DJ will be play­ing hits all night long. Call 04 814 5923.

Taj Dubai’s rooftop lounge Tree­house (be­low left) is cel­e­brat­ing sin­gles with a party on February 14. Women get two free bev­er­ages and both women and men get 30 per cent off their to­tal bill. From 7pm-mid­night.

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