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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.

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Dubai Airports will introduce a new baggage rule to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandlings and enhance the performance of its check-in and baggage operation.
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UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
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Emirates Airlines preview the enhanced verson of the signature Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge
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Arrogate of Saudi Arabia has won the USD 10 million (Dhs 36.7m) Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse edging out Gun Runner of the US.
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Uber have announced the trial of an economy offering 'uberX' that will provide customers in Dubai safe and affordable rides.
Guinness World Records has confirmed that the title for the ‘Largest Stencil’ has been broken for the very first time in Dubai.
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
Emirates has confirmed the restriction of electronic devices on US-bound flights starting 25th March.
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