Our complete guide to Valentine’s Day on a budget

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Out of ideas or low on cash? Here are some idea for the frugal romancer so you don’t have to spend a packet to celebrate.


Can’t buy me love – under AED 100 

“Café Au Love” at d3’s Molecule 

Molecule Coffee

Office dwellers in Dubai Design District can pep up Valentine’s Day for their special someone by ordering an anonymous coffee from ‘bistronomy’ concept Molecule. Each Café Au Love costs only AED 14 and comes with a sealed message of your choosing.

Building Six. 12pm-2am daily. 04 245 4700 or email reservations@molecule.restaurant


Copthorne Hotel Dubai


Daunted by options? You could do worse than take comfort in the safety of a set menu at Copthorne Hotel Dubai. This Port Saeed hotel is knocking it out of the park budget-wise, with a AED 79 spend netting each dinner a rib eye steak or salmon fillet, Red Velvet cake, hot drink and a Valentine’s Day chocolate. For the determined money savers, Deira Metro station is only a short walk away.

6.30pm to 10.30pm. 04 209 4254 or email fandbres.cdxb@millenniumhotels.com


Heart-shaped pizza from zpizza


Give your heart away freely, when it only costs AED 49 (plus VAT) to unbox a large fresh-baked, heart-shaped delight. Whether you’re single, loved up or simply want to appreciate a friend, the Californian pizzeria, zpizza, is giving Dubai a chance to say it with pizza in a variety of flavours this Valentine’s Day.

Al Barsha 1 and Business Bay. zpizzauae.com


Jump for joy At Flip Out

Flip Out V Day 4

Does your loved one make your heart flip? Love birds can jump for joy with a His & Hers Package at Flip Out this Valentine’s Day. For AED 80, two people can enjoy one hour of high-energy fun at the huge trampoline park in Al Quoz, where more than 200 interconnected trampolines, mini foam pits, bubble soccer, archery tag and more will raise the heart rate to ‘crazy in love’ levels.

4th February from 12pm-9pm. Warehouse 5, Behind 4×4 Motors، Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz3. www.flipout.ae 


Oh Sip at ubk – urban bar & kitchen, JLT

Oh Sip at ubk - urban bar & kitchen, JLT

Singles can mingle over free-flowing beverages between 7pm-9pm. House shorts, mixed drinks and hops are unlimited for two hours on Valentine’s Day at this busy watering hole. ‘Survival’ kits to ensure a great night out are on offer to to the first 60 revellers through the doors.

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Cluster A. 04 438 0000.


Valentine Ladies’ Night at McGettigan’s DWTC

McGettigan's DWTC

Squad goals – spend no cash. Those with a love of money-saving will fall for this Valentine’s special ladies’ night with five complimentary drinks and a menu just for women. Troubadour Mike Ross provides the sounds and the party starts from 8pm on 14th February.

From 8pm. McGettigan’s DWTC. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 37 80800.


Netflix and rom com


Sign up to Netflix and settle down for these 10 classic Bollywood romcoms. Every one gets a one-month free trial, so all you need to provide is the popcorn. Hit ready for your viewing pleasure include Jab Harry Met Sejal, Chaahat, Love Per Square Foot and Youngistaan.


Packages start from AED 30 ($7.99). www.netflix.com


Got money? – under AED 200

Rise&Dawn doughnut bouquet

Valentines Day - Doughnut Bouquet 1

Just hitting the 200 dirhams mark, this is the kind of bouquet that puts the ‘oooooh’ into doughnut-lover Homer Simpson’s catchphrase. Add a card and a single red rose to this edible arrangement from the Sum of Us’ new Rise&Dawn bakery for an extra AED 20.

From AED 200. Rise&Dawn Bakery, inside The Sum Of Us. Burj Al Salam, 6th Street، Trade Centre. caroline@thesumofusdubai.com


Love and Hip Hop at Miss Lily’s

Could it be love? Make up your mind without rinsing out your bank account over Miss Lily’s three-course fixed menu of Caribbean flavours, including jerk corn, ital stew and mango cheesecake. You can’t put a price on love, but AED 180 a head sounds OK with us.

7pm-1am. Sheraton Grand Hotel. 04 356 2900 or reservations@misslilysdxb.com


Valentine’s Special at NAY Lebanese restaurant

The Clavichord

Will Cupid’s arrow hit the mark in Barsha Heights? Shoot your shot with ValenDine at The Clavichord, Somewhere Hotel, and enjoy a Valentine’s platter with a bottle of white or red house grape and live entertainment, all in for AED 129. There’s a complimentary rose for each table too.

5pm to 2am. Somewhere Hotel Barsha Heights. Booking is a must – 04 561 0600.


Money Talks – under AED 300

Deck Se7en, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha

Deck Se7en, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha

“A loaf of bread, a jug of house beverages and thou,” is an approximate of what’s on offer at the Novotel’s Deck Se7en. The cosy terrace is serving up buffet and barbecue with house beverages for AED 260 on Valentine’s Day.

14th February, 7pm-11pm. AED 260 with food and unlimited house beverages or AED 160 with soft drinks. 04 304 9000.


Aventura Valentine’s Day Package


Swing your way into their heart with an alternative and adrenaline-filled evening at Aventura in Mushrif Park. After tree-surfing, zip-lining and rope-climbing, couples can relax under the stars by a log burning fire-pit with a Valentine’s menu designed by Aventura’s in-house Chef Chris, for AED 225 each.

AED 225 per person. 5pm-10pm, 14th February. www.aventuraparks.com


West 14th, DUKES Dubai

West 14th Dukes Dubai

Take a stroll along the beach after a three-course set menu inspired by the flavours of New York. AED 225 per person and no extra charge for lapping waves and moonlight.

6pm-11pm, 14th February. 04 455 1111.





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