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Put the romance into dining

By Jo Finzi

Valentine’s day means romance and fine dining, so impress your loved one this week with one of these very special treats…

Fish for compliments

The catch of the week has to be a Valentine’s dinner date at Burj Al Arab’s world famous seafood restaurant, Al Mahara. Dive into a world of romance, with a sumptuous six-course gourmet dinner accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne and a special Valentine’s gift. Advance reservations are essential. It’s Dhs1,500 per person and you can make a reservation on 04 3017600, or email . Make sure to include your contact phone number for a confirmation.

Love under the stars

Impress your loved one with an intimate moment under the desert skies. You’ll have your own exclusive luxury Bedouin tent set on the dunes. There’s champagne on arrival - or another drink of your choice - then a delicious four course meal. You’ll be serenaded by sweet guitar music, and surrounded by flowers and candles. There are only five places at Dhs2,500 per person, so book now on 04 8326699, or email . Again make sure to include your contact phone number for a confirmation.

For more Valentine’s ideas from Jumeirah Group in Dubai, London and New York, click here pictureTake to the hills

For a romantic change of scenery, transport your loved one to Hatta Fort hotel’s hideaway in the Hajjar mountains.

Their Valentine’s package includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, an overnight stay for two in a beautiful deluxe chalet-style room, a bouquet of nine roses for your special lady and a candlelight Valentine’s dinner for two – all for just Dhs1,250 per couple.

For reservations, call the Hatta Fort Hotel on 04 852 3211 or email pictureFrench made

The French are famous for their romance, so for a Valentine’s rendezvous en Francais it has to be Signatures at the Jebel Ali Hotel and Beach Resort. Dhs550 per couple including a glass of champagne.

For reservations call 04 88360000, or email pictureItalian job

For fine dining Italian style, try the Valentine’s special at La Traviata. It’s Dhs400 per couple including an aperitif.

Call the Jebel Ali Hotel and Beach Resort for more details on 04 88360000.

Double delight

The two restaurants at Park Hyatt Dubai are offering great dining packages specially tailored for your loved one. pictureTraiteur, with its signature elevated show kitchen and striking architecture, is as much a feast for the eyes as the palate. For a truly romantic setting, couples may choose to dine on the outdoor terrace.

The four-course dinner includes foie gras and black truffle terrine with pickled cherries and grilled butter brioche, warm salad with Canadian lobster and purple artichokes with light ginger sauce and either pan-fried John Dory or chargrilled US prime strip loin. Top this off with a delectable white peach parfait and roast peach crispy chips. Yum! The cost is Dhs990 per couple, including a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne.

Alternatively, the Thai Kitchen offers an authentic culinary experience featuring four live working kitchens - one each for wok, grill, steam and noodles. Dishes are a shared experience - ideal for Valentine’s Day!

The Thai Kitchen will prepare a wide range of mouthwatering food, served in small plates which allow you to sample a great many.  The list includes a selection of wok-prepared delights such as omelette with crab meat, spicy seafood soup with hot basil leaves and roast duck curry.

A selection of delicious Thai desserts, such as black sticky rice with mango, finish off your meal. The cost per couple is Dhs380 for food only, or Dhs790 including a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne.

If all that’s made you hungry, telephone Park Hyatt Dubai on 04 6021234 for reservations. pictureRomance on the beach

For a romantic getaway with a difference, take a barefoot stroll along a moonlit private beach. Your dinner will be served under the stars with the gentle lapping of the waves and the soothing swish of the palm trees adding to the magic.  A tantalizing five-course dinner and a bottle of bubbly is your for just Dhs1,500 per couple, with the only added extra of a chauffeur-driven limousine, should you require it.

Call the Kempinski Hotel, Ajman for reservations, on 06 7451555, or email

Capital way to spend the day
Treat your loved one to a special night at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel. At the Sayad restaurant, you’ll impress your soulmate with a sumptuous five course Valentine’s menu. There’s also an Italian six course extravaganza at the Mezzaluna, and both menus are accompanied by a glass of bubbly, live entertainment, and a romantic gift for the lady. All this for Dhs1,200 per couple at each venue.

If you value your privacy on this special night, hotel guests will be pampered with a superb three course Valentine’s special menu for just Dhs760 per couple. For reservations, call 02 6907999, or email

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