9 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples Who Hate Clichés

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A candlelit dinner? On Valentine’s Day? Groundbreaking.

On this truly divisive holiday, we suggest dismissing all the clichés that come with being in love in the middle of February, marking the occasion by doing something you and your other half will actually remember instead. Whether you’re a cinephile, a theater buff, an amateur chef, a music aficionado, or a bona fide foodie, you’re bound to find an idea of interest in our round-up, below.
1

Love Is in the Air

Love is in the air this month. Quite literally in this case. See Dubai from the sky with Seawings Seaplane Tours and be greeted with either two glasses of bubbly and a desert to share or a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates upon arrival. Is he looking to propose? Slip him their number because Seawings will lay out the proposal on the beach on a complimentary basis.

For enquiries and reservations, email reservations@seawings.ae or Call +971 48070708

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Photo: Courtesy of Seawings Seaplane Tours
2

Share Your Story

Why reminisce silently on your love story when you can see it re-enacted on stage? Independent performance venue Courtyard Playhouse is famous for its improv comedy nights, so naturally, it will host a special edition for Valentine’s Day. Entitled First Kiss, this two-hour session will kick off February 12th, 13th, and 14th at 8pm and promises a night of romance, laughter, and love as its best improvisers will entertain with scenes based on audience suggestions.

Find more details here.

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Photo: Courtesy of Courtyard Playhouse
3

Don't Have a Date? Let the Quarantine Cupid Handle It

Quarantine Cupid, Spero Panagakis, doesn’t want to leave anyone without love (or a date) this Valentine’s Day. The BB Social team have concocted a special Instagram game of Cupid. Head over to their Insta stories, answer the questions when asked, and the Quarantine Cupid will handle the rest. A few lucky couples will be paired together by Cupid himself and hosted this Valentine’s Day for a special ‘Love Lockdown’ dinner. Don’t worry, if you already have a date, you can still join in on the playful night of fun and ‘Love Potions.’ 

Follow their insta here.

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Photo: Courtesy of BB Social
4

Join the Conversation

Have you seen Najwa Najjar‘s middle-class, Palestinian love story about divorce turned political road movie? Not yet? Lucky for you, arthouse cinema Cinema Akil is screening Najjar’s Between Heaven and Earth, giving you and your date plenty to dissect afterwards over karak chai and chilli cheese toast at Project Chaiwala.

Find more details here.

5

Escape the City

Eco-friendly, a zero-waste policy, delicious fusion cuisine, and endless rustic charm enjoyed under the stars in the midst of the beautiful Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, home to hundreds of oryxes and gazelles – everything about celebrating your signifiant other at Sonara Camp sounds appealing. The team here has created a special menu for the occasion, which will be accented with a live music/dance performance of Romeo and Juliet. There is even a 30-minute camel ride if you’re up for it – it’s a surprisingly smooth ride!

Find more details here.

Photo: Courtesy of Sonara Camp
6

Partner Up

Food is the “great connector” – the greatest, we’d argue – and it somehow tastes even better when you’re the one donning the apron. With this in mind, Top Chef has designed a couples-friendly cooking class entitled Love Is in the Plate, which will entail four courses featuring some of the most decadent ingredients known to man. And regardless of how different your palates are, you’re both bound to like the sound of a ‘Dark Chocolate Croquant with Red Fruit Coulis and Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Sorbet’ for dessert, right?

To book a spot, click here.

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Photo: Courtesy of Top Chef Cooking Studio
7

Break a Sweat

We’re told by Aventura Parks that couples who sweat together stay together. Enter: the Valentine’s Challenge at the one-of-a-kind adventure park, during which couples can spend from 3pm to 9pm outside their comfort zone and take a leap of faith, finish obstacle courses, plant trees together, and more before having dinner under the stars. Each activity on the program will have a points system that will be calculated on the evening, and the highest scoring couple will win a day at the spa.

Find more details here.

Photo: Courtesy of Aventura Parks
8

Play the Game

Calling all Libras! This one’s for you. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has curated a special one-off dinner entitled Game of Love that will entail four changes of scenery, riddles that keep you guessing (and going), and covers everything from cuddling around a fire to dining under the stars during a span of five hours. Bonus? One lucky couple will win a one-night stay in the hotel.

Find more details here.

Photo: Courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
9

Test Your Chemistry

Craft fragrance lab Oo La Lab is hosting a Candle Workshop as an extension of their Chemistry of Oo offerings on February 14th, inviting couples to learn how to create a personal scent and craft their own ritual candle fragrance that will evoke character, mood, and context. The experts at Oo La Lab will also deconstruct complex fine fragrances into their primary building blocks, so this hands-on workshop promises to be a highly engaging multi-sensory experience.

Find more details here.

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Photo: Courtesy of @oola.lab
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