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AD Foodie: Valentine’s Special

Here are some last minute Valentine’s plans for a special evening with your special someone or friends.

Feb 12, 2023

Here are a few fun activities and date ideas to keep in mind for Valentine’s day this week when you and your partner, or you and your friends, want to share some special time together.
-Go to a sunset boardwalk at the Jubail Mangrove Park and enjoy some peace and quiet in the presence of the people you love most. You can also rent an electric dragon boat or a double kayak and enjoy a one hour private tour of the Mangroves Park. The entrance fee is 15 AED per person. -Enjoy making fun of your partner’s giraffe feeding skills by going on a date at the Emirates Park Zoo for free with a February seasonal pass, which gives you a full day access to the zoo and unlimited access to the bird shows, giraffe feeding, Koi Fish feeding, and entertainment. Individual entry normally is 50 AED so hop on it before the offer ends. -Go on a sunset beach date at Hudayriyat, grab food from one (or many) of the food trucks the place offers in a romantic setting surrounded by beautiful lights and decorations. Finish it off with ice cream, bubble tea, or a drink and dessert of your choice from one of the many cafes as you walk on the bridge with a view of the city lights. -Get creative and book an art class at Manarat Al Saadiyat (prices are usually around 100 AED per person). End the night with a romantic dinner at Larte restaurant.
If you’re into the traditional restaurant date plan, below is a curated list of restaurants in Abu Dhabi offering special Valentine’s day menus. Just so you don’t have to, I’ve taken the time to filter restaurant offers to those that are under 200 AED per person from Time Out Abu Dhabi’s list:
-Up and Below, two course menu and a bottle of bubbly for 169 AED per couple;
-AT25, three-course sharing menu with a glass of bubbly for 298 AED per couple;
-The Foundry, steakhouse with a five-course set menu for 300 AED per couple;
-Dino’s, four-course meal of Italian classics paired with a glass of bubbly for 350 AED per couple;
-The Warehouse, tapas menu paired with a glass of bubbly for 350 AED per couple;
-Filini Garden, three-course menu with sparkling grape for 399 AED per couple;
-Grills@Chillo’O, romantic dinner accompanied by live music for 399 AED per couple;
-Kamoon, levantine seven-course set menu for 399 AED per couple.
Enjoy the season of love!
Rania Kettani is a Staff Writer. Email them at
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