Romantic experiences in Dubai are wrapped in a Bedouin caravan that clanks its way across a forbidding desert; they echo across the clear skies, whispering centuries of lovers’ promises; and they flow along shaded banks of rippling creeks and tell stories of young love. Is there anywhere quite as romantic as the mystery of this ancient region?
If you are in the Emirates and want to romance your partner, here are three memorable activities sure to sweep them off their feet:
Float Away in a Hot Air Balloon
In the heart of the desert, only a 30-minute drive from Burj Khalifa, share your own magic carpet ride in a private hot air balloon as you sweep over towering sand dunes and lush green oases. As the sun rises over the majestic Hajar Mountains, experience a sense of oneness and tranquility as a warm breeze caresses your faces and you watch the oryx and gazelles below rouse from their slumber.
From the skies to the rivers, there is nothing as wonderful as a simple ride along Dubai Creek in an abra, a traditional wooden boat. For a few dirham, a ferry operator will take you and your loved on a private magical river ride. Ride an abra across the creek at sunset and listen to the call to prayer echoing from mosque minarets as the glowing sun disappears behind the skyline.
Disembark and wander along the creek to a souk, such as the Spice Souk on the Deira side and the Textile Souk on the Bur Dubai side. The scents will entice you, and the textiles and souvenirs you’ll find in the small alleyways will make you feel like you’re in an entirely different world and time.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
The eco-friendly Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers you a world surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife. Hold hands as you are pampered in the Lime&Tonic spa before enjoying a private, organic meal for two with a spectacular view beyond the resort’s outdoor pool.
After dinner, take a stroll to see endangered birds and oryx roaming freely throughout the tree-shaded wildlife reserve.
Whatever romantic experiences in Dubai you choose, don’t forget to end your day with the magic word, Ohebbok/Ohebboki — I love you.