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Alphabet Dating: Keeping that Spark Alive from A to Z
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by Sarah Haddad 6-minute read February 8, 2024

Running low on creative date ideas? Shake things up with Alphabet Dating.

We get it. After an exhausting day, Netflix and chilling is delicious. But you know what else is delicious? Your spouse. Romance and spontaneity are delicious. Dating is delicious. But going out and doing the same thing every week? Tasteless.

So we’ve decided to give ‘Alphabet Dating’ a try. The idea is simple. In order to spice things up, each date starts with the next letter of the alphabet. The brilliance is that it forces you both to try new things, places, and adventures that you may not have thought of before.

Savoir Flair has rounded up a smorgasbord of romantic, daring, fun, adventurous, goofy, and truly unique dates from A to Z to keep that spark alive. We’re betting on a wildfire by ‘F.’

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A is for Al Qudra

Escape the city for a desert oasis at Al Qudra, Dubai's hidden gem. With the Al Qudra Cycling Track's 86-kilometer stretch, adrenaline junkies and fitness enthusiasts can pedal through breathtaking desert views — and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive Arabian oryx. But the pièce de résistance of this desert rendezvous? The Love Lake, nestled in the heart of Al Qudra within the Al Marmoon Desert Conservation Reserve. Two intertwined heart-shaped lakes are surrounded by the serene beauty of sand dunes and local fauna. It's nature's way of crafting the perfect backdrop for your love story.

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B is for Brass Monkey

Bring out your competitive side at Brass Monkey on your next date. Challenge your partner to a friendly game of bowling, where strikes and spares become moments of shared victory and playful banter. Feel the adrenaline rush as you race side by side in VR simulations, or team up to conquer both arcade classics and modern favorites — let the games begin!

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C is for Cooking Class

Spice up your date night by attending a cooking class together. From mastering the art of pasta-making to perfecting the delicate balance of flavors in Thai cuisine, a cooking class offers a feast for the senses and a chance to bond over a shared love of food. It's a surefire way to turn up the heat on your date.

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D is for Deep Dive Dubai

You don’t have to be scuba certified to explore the depths of the world’s deepest pool for this adventurous date. (But if you are certified, the question is why haven’t you done this together yet?) Go for a day of freediving, or book a few sessions and get certified together. The underwater opportunities are endless when you’re fathoms below.

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E is for Escape Room

Escape the ordinary with a date that's packed with puzzles and thrills. Crack codes, solve mysteries, and beat the clock as you work together to escape. To kick it up a notch, opt for a scary escape room to add an extra adrenaline rush to your adventure.

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F is for (Emirates Bio) Farm

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the organic oasis of Emirates Bio Farm in Al Ain. As the UAE's largest organic farm, it offers a bounty of certified organic vegetables, fruits, and eggs, harvested within 24 hours for maximum freshness. Pick your own produce, savor the flavors of sustainability, and reconnect with nature on this refreshing farm excursion.

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G is for Go-Karting

Rev up your engines and inject some adrenaline into your date night with go-karting. Zoom around the track together, feeling the rush of wind in your hair and the thrill of speed. Whether you're racing head-to-head or cheering each other on from the sidelines, go-karting promises an exhilarating experience that's sure to get your hearts racing.

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H is for Hiking

Forget the glitz and glam of Dubai for a day and get yourselves out of the city and into nature. The UAE has a plethora of hiking trails for all levels of ability. Enjoy the mountains in RAK, head out to Hatta for a hike and a boat ride by the dam, or make it private and find one of the many wadis we love to explore. The possibilities are endless, and the time with your other half is priceless.

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I is for IKEA

Savor the simple pleasures with a date at IKEA. Explore the showroom together, imagining your future home and making random little purchases that add a touch of character to your space. From quirky decorations to practical gadgets, every aisle holds the potential for fun and laughter. 

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J is for Jazz Night

Any night is a good night out when we are listening to live music, but there is something intoxicating about jazz. Visit the outdoor ‘Jazz and Grape Night’ at Jones the Grocer in Emirates Hills, the sultry sounds of Sola Jazz Lounge at Raffles The Palm, or go see the best musical artists from jazz to soul and everything in between at Q’s Bar and Lounge. All you need for this sexy date is a table for two.

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K is for Karaoke

Take center stage and let your love shine with a karaoke date night. Belt out your favorite tunes together, serenading each other with passion and laughter. Whether you hit the high notes or harmonize in duets, the most important thing is to sing your heart out and have the absolute best time doing it.

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L is for Laser Tag

Strategize, duck, and dodge your way to victory on this action-packed date night with laser tag. Suit up, lock and load, and let the laser love shine bright as you battle it out for bragging rights.

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M is for Muesums

Going on a date to a museum sounds lame until you get there. Take those incredible photos at the Museum of Illusions, spark engaging conversations at the Museum of Tolerance, and, of course, the Louvre Abu Dhabi always features extraordinary art exhibits that truly feed the soul. The Museum of the Future is another remarkable destination for Week M, showcasing new technology and mind-blowing exhibits, all housed within stunning architecture both inside and out. After all, it is labeled as the 'Most Beautiful Building in the World'.

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N is for Night Swimming

Dip into the enchantment of night swimming for a date that's as romantic as it is refreshing. Explore the myriad spots in Dubai, like Kite Beach, where the sea sparkles under the moon's soft glow, and gentle lighting illuminates the waves. With a lifeguard on standby, you can relax and enjoy the water's embrace, worry-free.

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O is for Old Dubai

Experience the charm of Old Dubai with a visit to the XVA Gallery, showcasing contemporary art in the elegant setting of the XVA Hotel & Café on Al Fahidi Street. Then, step back in time at the Arabian Tea House in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, where you can savor traditional tea and Emirati cuisine while immersing yourselves in the city's rich heritage. Explore the fusion of art and history, creating unforgettable moments in this cultural enclave.

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P is for Pottery

Discover the art of pottery together at Dubai's finest pottery studios, where you can enjoy a hands-on date filled with creativity and connection. Shape clay into masterpieces as you explore the therapeutic world of pottery-making side by side. Who knows? You might even recreate the iconic pottery scene between Sam and Molly from the timeless romantic film Ghost, adding a touch of cinematic magic to your own love story.

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Q is for (Al) Qouz

For all you arty and creative folks, head over to experience the pulse of Dubai's contemporary art scene at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz. This cultural hub boasts a dynamic collection of galleries hosting exciting events and exhibitions, promising a cool spot for a downright culture-packed date.

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R is for Rock Climbing

To keep the romantic spark alive, take your dates to new heights, quite literally. Whether you prefer the controlled environment of indoor climbing or the raw beauty of outdoor ascents, Dubai offers options to suit every preference. For those craving outdoor adventure, The Wall Dubai is an excellent choice. This outdoor climbing gym stands an impressive 15 meters tall. Alternatively, Mountain Extreme offers a beautiful indoor climbing experience, where natural light and vibrant colors enhance the ambiance.

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S is for Sharjah

Consider a mini road trip to explore the vibrant attractions of Sharjah, just an hour away from Dubai. There, you can visit the innovative Rain Room art installation, where you can walk through a watery cascade without getting wet — cool, right? Also, add the House of Wisdom to your itinerary, a dynamic cultural hub designed for immersive learning experiences. And don't miss the Sharjah Optical Observatory, offering stunning views of the night sky and unparalleled insights into the cosmos. But that's not all; from art to science, Sharjah offers a wealth of experiences for an enriching day trip from Dubai.

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T is for Topgolf

Tee up for a fun-filled date at Topgolf Dubai. With 96 hitting bays, a high-tech range, and a swanky lounge, it's a swingin' good time. Challenge each other, savor bites at their three restaurants, and enjoy mini-golf and arcade thrills. Located at Emirates Golf Club, it's where fun meets tee time!

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U is for Under the Stars

Head out to the desert for a night under the stars! Whether it's stargazing, camping, or dune bashing, the desert serves as a perfect backdrop for romance and adventure. Lose yourselves in the magic of the night sky and create unforgettable memories in this captivating desert setting.

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V is for Vintage Shopping

Get ready to hunt for retro gems! The best part about shopping for vintage pieces is digging through piles of clothes to find that unique, special item that seems to have your name written all over it. It's fun, sustainable, and full of surprises. You can uncover hidden gems and one-of-a-kind treasures together as you browse through racks of vintage clothing, accessories, and décor.

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W is for Water Sports

Soak in the sun, sea, and excitement as you go on a watersports day that's sure to make a splash. From paddleboarding to windsurfing, kitesurfing to parasailing, the options are endless. Considering your watersports for your next date? You might want to head to Kite Beach, where an array of watersports awaits to make your day one for the books. 

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X is for (E)xplore Local Markets

The UAE is home to a variety of charming local markets. Whether you're strolling through the Farmers Market at Al Serkal Avenue or browsing the artisanal offerings at the Ripe Market in Academy Park, exploring local markets promises an enriching experience that celebrates the best of the country's homegrown talent and community spirit.

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Y is for Yoga

Ditch the dinner-and-a-movie routine and opt for something a little more soulful. Roll out your mats, hold hands, and embark on a journey of physical and spiritual connection that will leave you feeling centered, refreshed, and closer than ever before. To make the choice on which yoga studio to go with, we have an article to help you out on the best yoga studios in Dubai, with a curated list of sanctuaries where you can stretch, breathe, and find your zen. You're welcome!

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Z is for Zipline

Elevate your date to new heights with an exhilarating ziplining adventure in Dubai. With heart-pounding drops and panoramic views, ziplining offers the perfect blend of excitement and romance for an unforgettable date. Hold hands, buckle up, and get on a sky-high journey that will leave you both breathless. 

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