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happenings this month LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Love is in the air
Updated on 31 January 2017

February is the month of love and we can point you in the right direction if you’re looking to plan a romantic surprise, or even thinking of popping the big ‘question’!

Get a bird’s eye view

A hot air balloon ride is on many people’s bucket list and Balloon Adventures Dubai has made it even more exciting by teaming up with the best falcon trainers in the business. These magnificent birds are incredibly important to the heritage of the region have been trained to fly from the hot air balloon in a breath-taking spectacle. You’ll see the falcons flying up to one kilometre above the earth while gently floating over the pristine dunes of the Dubai desert, watching the wildlife below and the sun rise over the Hajar Mountains. Once you land, an open top 1950’s Land Rover will take you to a private Bedouin camp where you will feast on a gourmet breakfast. This is priced at Dhs 1,100 per adult and can be booked at www.ballooning.ae.

Go on safari

There is nothing more romantic than sitting by the warm glow of a fire while enjoying a meal with your loved one under a starry desert sky. There are a number of desert safari operators who offer overnight safaris in the desert. Dune bashing, belly dancing, henna painting, sunset photography, camel rides, sand skiing and a buffet dinner under the stars make this a wonderful experience for anyone wanting to experience the desert at night.

Charter a yacht

Celebrate togetherness in style with Xclusive Yachts and surprise your partner by booking a luxury yacht for a cruise along the Dubai coastline and out into the Arabian Gulf. Views include Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, Burj Al Arab and the amazing offshore World Islands. The fleet offers yachts measuring between 48 and 86 feet and prices start from Dhs 2,000 for a two-hour cruise, rose petals, red roses, cake, sparkling drink and romantic music. Visit www.xclusiveyachts.com/packages/valentines-day-yacht-dubai.

Take a spin

Dragon Racing’s latest ultra-luxury track experiences at UAE world-class race circuits in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will make your racing dreams come true. An incredible experience, whether you are a novice, die-hard motor racing fan or even a professional, the Dragon Racing team welcomes any racer to get behind the wheel of one of their exclusive high-powered supercars. Taking place every Wednesday of the season at the UAE world-class race circuits; the adrenalin-fuelled day promises to create once-in-a-life time memories. Racing aficionados can either take to the track in one of Dragon Racing’s fleet of Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and Radical racing cars. To learn more about Motorsport Wednesdays, visit www.dragonracing88.com.

Adrenaline kick

Fall for each other over Palm Jumeirah. Skydive Dubai can arrange tandem skydives at the Palm drop zone allowing you to feel the thrill of free falling at over 120 miles per hour. No previous experience is required as you will be securely attached to a world-class instructor who will guide you through the whole experience. We guarantee a view like no other, and you get to take home the video to prove to your friends how brave you are! This is priced at Dhs 1,999 including photos and video. Visit www.skydivedubai.ae.

Around the world

Located in Dubai’s iconic World Islands development, The Island offers a choice of two beaches, a swimming pool, a variety of activities including kayaking and beach volleyball, and Mediterranean cuisine at Toro Blanco. Couple this with excellent service and chilled Balearic beats and you have the perfect day out. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and for something extra special, check out the exclusive beachfront chalet dining experience. Island access and boat transportation charges are Dhs 300 for adults and Dhs 150 for children and boats depart every hour from Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1. Email bookings@theisland.ae or call +971 (50) 6176507.

If you are looking for something a bit more traditional then check out our Dining section for our pick of Dubai’s romantic restaurants.

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on track to launch the Hope spacecraft in July 2020 on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
Etihad Museum is hosting its first exhibition on the UAE postal history until 30th April.
Global Village has been ranked the number one brand in the Leisure and Entertainment category among consumers in the UAE
The new season of Abu Dhabi Classics at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi brings a dynamic new season of classical and traditional music featuring world-class performers and orchestras
ew Order is proud to announce their first ever show in the Middle East, performing in the UAE on Friday 7th April.
A couple was overwhelmed when Dubai officials welcomed them with gifts and flowers upon arrival at Dubai airport.
Keep your cool as something’s coming straight from the urban streets of 1950’s America to the UAE. West Side Story will have its spectacular GCC premiere at Dubai Opera
One of the UK’s most-loved traditions, the summer season of concerts known as BBC Proms, is coming to Dubai with a four-day festival of fine musical performances
Dubai Tourism released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.
UAE has filed a patent to increase rainfall in the country to supplement water security in the country.
The Roadery has a little something special up its apron at this year's Eat The World DXB.
Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to save passengers who needed immediate medical care.
Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dhs 11 billion (3 billion USD) in 2017.
For many visitors, Dubai's healthcare system offers them an opportunity to get quick access to doctors and services.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has given its guests the chance to unlimited access the world’s largest indoor theme park 365 days a year.
The Nokia 3310 is back with a revamped version as announced at the Mobile World Congress and will be available soon in the UAE.
The UAE’s favourite food, drink and music festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with the best ever line-up of chefs, 24 of the city’s hottest
Art Dubai has become one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, an essential gathering place for collectors, artists and art professionals from across
Grammy and three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand is coming to Dubai Opera for one night only on 23rd February
Music legend Sir Tom Jones will be headlining the opening night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration on 22nd February at the Dubai Media City
Sergio Garcia wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2017 following four days of enthralling golf.
The who’s who of the equestrian world, the elite of Dubai’s society and tens of thousands of race goers will be donning their finery for the culmination of
The eighth edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup is set to be one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year. Running from 18th February to 10th March at Al Habtoor
A convoy of electric vehicles set out on a 700km long road trip through the UAE to mark the start of the first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (Emirates EVRT).
Eat the World DXB, the UAE’s leading international street food and food truck event, will return to Downtown Dubai’s Burj Park from Thursday 23rd to
In the early days of the emirate’s history, pearl diving was a common way to earn a living. Without the help of tools or equipment, the divers had only their natural skills and abilities to
Expo 2020 Dubai launched a search for producers of authentic Emirati and regional products including dates, Arabian coffee and sweets, chocolate and spices.
Ras Al Khaimah has welcomed health and fitness enthusiast Nicholas Watson, along with six fellow cyclists to the emirate during their mission to raise awareness.
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is back. This PGA European Tour sanctioned event, featuring a $2.5 million prize pool, is held early every year at the Emirates Golf
Adding to its already expansive close-encounter offering, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has another exhilarating underwater experience with the Shark Scooter. Akin to a personal miniature
Sia will headline the Dubai World Cup (DWC) at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday 25th March.
City Walk will transform into an ‘open air canvas’ for the world’s best 3D street artists to create stunning artworks during the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017.
The winter weather offers a great time to visit Global Village, the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region offering an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central witnessed a strong surge in 2016 climbing 85% according to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
Dubai Food Festival (DFF), Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration, will return to the city from 23rd February to 11th March bigger and better than ever
Marcel Kittel was a proud man on Saturday after defending his Dubai Tour title with another majestic sprint finish on the fifth and final stage.
The fun continues at Dubai Marina Mall’s Outdoor Cinema with family-friendly films being screened each weekend until April.
The Camel Trek participants were overwhelmed by the hero’s welcome they received after successfully completing a journey in the desert of the UAE.
Kung Fu Yoga, Jackie Chan’s latest international blockbusters release today across the UAE cinemas.
SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.
Get ready party people as the RedFestDXB music festival takes over Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday
UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
Dubai Opera presents Madam Butterfly from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th March. Beautifully delivered with Puccini’s score and featuring the Flower Duet
The Red Bull Air Race kick off in style on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February offering fans the perfect racing destination
Some of the world’s top female tennis players enjoyed the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Players’ Party last night.
Good Morning Britain & Lorraine, ITV's Breakfast Shows, recently visited the Emirates Palace and local attractions in Abu Dhabi.
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Steel Hammer is a spectacular music theatre that creatively explores the subject of human versus machine. The latest collaboration from composer Julia Wolfe
For a unforgettable night of laughter check out the Montreux Comedy Festival, the biggest French-language comedy festival in the world bringing the most talented comedians
Truckers DXB came back to Emirates Golf Club last Saturday 11th February where the food truck movement started.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer are heading to Dubai next month to lead a stellar line-up for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched Dubai-Opoly, a new recreational game as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.
According to Dubai Carbon, there’s money in that half-eaten club sandwich or leftover pizza now making its way into your kitchen dustbin.
Dubai is well known for always looking towards the future, but a new museum in the Emirate gives visitors a deeper look into the UAE’s past
California electric automaker Tesla is plugging into the UAE electricity grid with an investment of tens of millions of dollars to support the arrival of its new cars by summer.
Madinat Theatre kicks off an exciting new season with a ten-day run of classic family musical, Aladdin.
Don’t miss an amazing Valentine’s Day celebration with some of the UK’s best tribute bands - Abba Illusions and The UK Bee Gees. The stunning Events Arena of Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a breathtaking
Abu Dhabi will host the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event, to be held first time in the Middle East.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has opened an exhibition dedicated to the
Roger Federer and Andy Murray warms up on the beach in Burj Al Arab ahead of Dubai Tennis Championships.
Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in 2016 according to Dubai Airports.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue return to Dubai Duty Free Stadium on Thursday 30th March. Tickets are on sale for Dhs 150 and the first
Burj Khalifa Annex is hosting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition that presents the design and style of the James Bond franchise and the craft behind
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