Dubai is a special city all year ’round, but it is the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. Here are four of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai to wile away the evening of February 14, from private, al fresco dining to tables with a view.
Beside the Sea
Soothing ocean breezes, romantic moonlight, and views of the glittering skyline: The scene is perfect for a secluded beachside dinner. Whisk your other half to the Waldorf Astoria, a palatial hotel on the east crescent of the Palm Jumeirah island. Drive up to the lavish entry and be welcomed by a personal concierge in the lobby, who will guide you through the hotel to its private beach. There, a candle-lit beachside cabana awaits. Feast on a menu exclusively created for the night, with dishes such as decadent caviar and signature salmon tartare, as well as delectable butternut risotto. Of course, you can toast your love at each course with a different wine recommended by the resident sommelier.
Fountain of Love
There is something truly romantic about The Dubai Fountain, illuminated by the glittering Burj Khalifa above. When the sun goes down, head to the touristic Souk Al Bahar, to the top-level Karma Kafe — one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai, not least for its incredible fountain view. The opulent oriental decor of rich embroidered furnishings, lanterns hanging overhead, and the illuminated bar seem a world away from the bustle of crowds outside. You can book an intimate table inside, but the outside terrace provides a magic setting for a candlelit meal of Asian-fusion cuisine, including flavorsome sushi rolls, salmon tataki, and roasted chicken. The best part? You get uninterrupted views of the spectacular fountain shows every half-hour.
High above It All
Dubai’s skyline is truly iconic, so naturally the best way to take it all in is from above – from the world’s tallest building, no less. And for a place at the top of the world, At.mosphere on Level 122 of the Burj Khalifa is surprisingly intimate. Sink back into your comfy chair (book a table by the window, if you can) and indulge in a multi-course meal, including Oscietra caviar, rich pan-seared foie gras, and juicy Wagyu beef Wellington. The only thing more impressive than the meal are the stellar views that come with being 122 floors up – Dubai becomes a perfect, little model city on deep teal water.
Despite the glamorous restaurants, oceanside eateries, and rooftop lounges in Dubai, its desert still possesses timeless magic and romance. Bab Al Shams resort feels like a world away, but is actually not far from the bright lights of Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s set out like an Arabian fort, with low-rise buildings and palm-lined courtyards forming a magical oasis among the dunes. Sip on sparkling grape as your butler serves you a four-course meal under the stars, and the soft music of the night’s violinist lulls you into a state of bliss. Life among the dunes can be hard to leave, so to make your experience truly romantic, there’s the option to stay the night in the resort’s elegant, Arabian-inspired suites.