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5 Upbeat Alternative Valentine’s Day Dates in Dubai

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Staff WriterTHSWKND,,,

Spas, bubbly, expensive dinner dates, red roses and chocolates are great and predictable. The underlying element of real romance is a bit of spontaneity. It’s what we can credit for sparks even after years together – your partner’s ability to surprise you.

Keep the spontaneity intact and switch things up with these offbeat and dynamic alternative dates in Dubai this Valentine’s day:

1. Get Comfortable With Yourself at INKED

A Valentine’s alternative, the artsy dining venue will have each diner will watch themselves in a mirror as they eat a fine dining four course menu. You speak to strangers to the left and right, and will be asked to rotate to the next seat between courses. It might fall outside your comfort zone, but that’s the point.

When: 8:30 pm, February 12 to 14

2. Get Toned Together at A-Tone Fitness Lounge

They’re hosting free training sessions for you and your partner – CROSS-CUITTM , Body Image Pilates and Swing Yoga. A perfect stress buster and bonding for pairs, join in for exclusive workouts, healthy meals and interactive sessions.

When: 4:30pm – 8:45pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Where: 702, Prime Tower/Blom Bank France Tower, Business Bay

How much: Free and open to the public

Call 056-298-0026 or 056-265-6702 to register.

3. Have a Sunset/Sunrise Picnic with Chez Charles

Chez Charles has curated a special fully-equipped Saint Valentin Picnic Basket, full of delicious delights [and cutlery] – smoked salmon mille-feuille, grilled asparagus, grapefruit and shaved Parmesan, to an assortment of gourmet cheese, fruits and artisanal bread and rich dark chocolate fondante.

Make it your own by choosing a spot on the beach, a candle-lit garden or your own backyard!

How much: AED 650 (for 2 persons) with a deposit of AED 800 required for the picnic basket

Please place your order before 5pm, Saturday, February 11

4. Bake Together at the Armani/Ristorante Masterclass

Chef Fabien Fayolle will teach you and your partner how to make a trio of unique desserts and treats: rose macarons with a white chocolate ganache coating to rival Fauchon or Ladurée; a molten chocolate cake, oozing with raspberry filling and served with vanilla ice cream; and a classic Bretagne sablé shortbread, with a seasonally appropriate strawberries and cream twist.

When: 11am to 3pm, February 11

How much: AED 600 per person or AED 1,000 per couple, includes three-course lunch. Maximum 10 participants

Where: Lobby Level

5. Jazz It Up With Jazz@PizzaExpress

There’s no place quite like this one in Dubai. Casual, a three-course meal for two and live music makes for a great evening – with a bottle of grape.

When: All day, February 12 to 17

How much: AED 199 for two (with alcohol), AED 129 for two (without alcohol)

Where: LOCATION Jazz@PizzaExpress JLT, Cluster A

PizzaExpress Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai

PizzaExpress World Trade Centre, Dubai

PizzaExpress Jumeirah, Al Wasl, Dubai

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