ASPIRE Valentine Edit (Day 7): Alternative Dubai Experiences by Dubai Tourism

This article is part of our 14-day series on gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. The links to the other featured products and experiences are as follows: day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, and day six.

Are you looking to give or try something different this Valentine’s Day? An alternative fun experience that is nothing like you have done in a long while? Robert Taylor in partnership with Dubai Tourism is offering unique activities and experiences in Dubai that are bound to excite and delight. And, because I am an incurable romantic, if you are thinking of popping the question on the 14th, you should absolutely check out their packages. The ‘otherness’ they promise offers the perfect prelude to new beginnings.

Watch a movie at Snow Cinema
Snow Cinema at ski resort, Ski Dubai
Perfect if you both love: watching movies.

Couples who love spending their time at the cinemas should check out Snow Cinema at the cool indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai on Valentine’s Day. Couples will be able to enjoy a unique big-screen experience in the desert surrounded by real snow. Expect gourmet popcorn and signature hot chocolate but also a list of dishes from North 28’s mouth-watering menu, which features savoury options such as raclette, hotdogs and burgers, as well as decadent desserts such as festive mince pies and hot beverages including a bespoke peppermint hot chocolate from Mirzam Chocolate Makers. All guests at Snow Cinema will receive rental clothing, fleece gloves, socks, boots, a blanket, wireless headphones and a dedicated locker.

Prices start at Dhs100 per person

Kayak at Dubai Fountain
Kayaking at Dubai Fountain
Perfect if you both love: adventurous activities.

Scoping out the Dubai Fountain never gets old but this awesome attraction has recently added in some cool activities including kayaking in a see-through boat – a perfect activity to enjoy your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Additionally, there are water bikes, swan boats and flamingo boats. Prices vary and start from Dhs45. The Dubai Fountain Experiences attractions are open daily from 12 pm to 8 pm with the last entry to the attraction accepted at 7.30 pm.

Catch the local talent at Shakespeare week at The Junction
Enjoy Dubai tourist attractions this Valentine's Day
Play at the Shakespeare theatre. Perfect if you both love: theatre.

Love Shakespeare? Catch these short and sweet plays by the local talent in the city at the Junction. The plays at the Short + Sweet festival are only 10 minutes long (and not a second more) and you will even get to vote for the ones you want to see go through to the next round. The shows take place one day before Valentine’s Day on February 13, leaving Valentine’s Day free to enjoy dinner with your loved one.

Tickets cost just Dhs100 per person.

Immerse yourself in art at the Theatre of Digital Art
Visit the Theatre of Digital Arts Dubai for Valentine's day
The Theatre of Digital Arts. Perfect if you both love art.

If you and your partner love art, spend the evening immersed in it at the Theatre of Digital Art. You will be able to see the magnificent works of art by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and many more come to life before your very eyes. Paired with classical music, the whole experience is sure to leave a lasting memory.

Ticket prices start from Dhs75 for adults and Dhs45 for children.

Battle zombies with your partner at The Arena Games
Arena games, Dubai
The Arena Games in Dubai. Perfect if you both love gaming.

Step away from reality with your loved one and try out Arena Games – the new virtual reality gaming spot in Dubai International Financial Centre that will take players on an adrenaline-filled journey through infinite worlds. Both of you will be armed with a virtual reality headset, headphones, military-style backpacks and of course, a gun to help protect yourself. Pick from a variety of games such as Zombie Survival, Singularity, Engineerium or go at it head to head in Sol Raiders.

Arena Games start from 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Dine in the desert and stargaze
Stargazing at the Sonara Camp
Sonara Camp. Perfect if you both love: the great outdoors.

Take a break from staring at each other’s eyes and head to the desert to Sonara Camp for a unique Dubai desert experience. Apart from spotting wild oryx and gazelles as you cruise over the sand dunes, there are activities like volleyball, archery and even a falcon show. You’ll get a five-star dinner which will be served under fairy lights, followed by a stargazing session with an astronomer.

Dinner and Sunset experience at the Sonara Camp, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve starts from Dhs860 for adults.

Pamper your partner
Get a spa treatment in Dubai for Valentine's day
Perfect if you both love: pampering.

Treat your partner to a salon-style pampering session at home with Pastels’ range of beauty and hair products delivered straight to your door. Alternatively, book an in-salon session for them to redeem at a future date in the Jumeirah salon, including a full makeover, detox and de-stress package, or beach beauty vouchers available to book online.

To enjoy any one of these Dubai experiences for Valentine’s Day, speak with Kafilat on +2348095366027 or send a mail to 

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