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Can you cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s with­out break­ing the bank? Ab­so­lutely! We’ve got ten un­der-Dh500 dates for you.

Don’t go on the same old din­ner-and-a-movie date for Valen­tine’s Day. Not only are these 10 out­side-the-box Valen­tine’s dates fun, ro­man­tic bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, they’re also mostly un­der Dh500 – for both of you. We’ve found where you can learn to dance or golf to­gether, go on rock-climbing ad­ven­tures and cruises, or sim­ply watch a mu­si­cal to­gether – there’s some­thing in here for ev­ery­one. Just don’t call it a cheap date.


Bring all your Ghost fan­tasies to life with a class at Ductac, which runs from 10am-1pm and is Dh250 per per­son, with all ma­te­ri­als in­cluded. It’s fun, messy and you get to take home some­thing cre­ative. If pot­tery isn’t your cup of tea, you can take a paint­ing and draw­ing class with your part­ner at the same venue. The Valen­tine’s Day class starts 9.30am, and ends at 12.30pm (per­fect for a spot of lunch at our Mall of the Emi­rates favourite, Din Tai Fung. Noth­ing says ‘I love you’ more than a bas­ket full of xiao long bao). It’s Dh225 per per­son with ma­te­ri­als. Get there 15 min­utes early to sign up. Call 04 341 4777 to book the pot­tery class.


Cel­e­brate your love with some healthy com­pe­ti­tion. In a game of footgolf, you ma­noeu­vre around The Ad­dress Montgomerie Dubai’s golf course – with­out golf clubs – try­ing to score against your loved one. The price is Dh180 per cou­ple, and you can play any day from February 12-16. Call 04 363 1209.


This one busts our bud­get – just a touch – but we had to in­clude it. Just eat ra­men for a few nights and treat your­selves to an af­ter­noon tea on top of Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah. Sa­farak Tours will ar­range a guide to take you there from RAK’s new Via Fer­rata site (Dh400 per per­son for the twice-daily tours of that thriller). The af­ter­noon tea is Dh280 per per­son with food such as fin­ger sand­wiches, scones with cream and jam, and soft drinks. There’s also a sun­set pic­nic from Dh280, up to Dh450 with bub­bly. Not in RAK? It’s Dh150 for a trans­fer.


Talk about fall­ing for some­one. A rock climbing date at Rock Repub­lic in Dubai In­vest­ments Park dou­bles as phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and a good trust ex­er­cise for you and your part­ner. The ses­sion on Valen­tine’s Day runs from 5.30pm8.30pm, and is Dh100 per per­son. Con­tact rock­re­pub­lic@ glob­al­climb­ing.com.


If heights aren’t your thing, head over to East­ern Man­groves Na­tional Park in Abu Dhabi for a man­grove kayak­ing tour. The scenic trip starts from the e48 launch point at the park, lasts for 90 min­utes and is Dh160 per per­son. Go to noukhada.ae/book­ing.

Have a night of jazz

Q’s Bar and Lounge at Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai – Quincy Jones’ very own jazz bar, ladies and gen­tle­men – has live jazz from 6pm-2am on Valen­tine’s Day for Dh250 per per­son. The price in­cludes a rose, Ver­sace choco­lates, and two cock­tails from the menu. A new act, Sheléa, de­buts on February 14 – she’s been on tour with Ste­vie Won­der, and sung for our #re­la­tion­ship­goals in­spi­ra­tion, Barack and Michelle Obama, at the White House. She’ll be play­ing the pi­ano along­side her three­piece band. Call 04 556 8865.


Both a work­out and a bond­ing ex­er­cise, a dance class is a great way to spend Valen­tine’s Day. On February 14 Tempo Dance Cen­ter in JLT has bachata danc­ing, at 9pm, for Dh80 each. To sign up, call 04 420 2393. Salsa danc­ing is a clas­sic cou­ple’s ac­tiv­ity – give it a try with SSS Dance School’s classes at The Room at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on Valen­tine’s Day. There’s a be­gin­ners’ class at 8.30pm, for Dh50 each. Call 050 442 2360. Al­ready got your groove on? Head to venues that have open salsa nights on Tuesdays, such as Inka at Sof­i­tel Down­town. They have a Dh395 Peru­vian menu for two, in­clud­ing a bev­er­age pitcher (04 346 9295).


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