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8 romantic date ideas in Abu Dhabi

Looking for romantic things to do? Figuring out where to go and what to do on a special occasion or date night can be daunting. But when you are in Abu Dhabi, there are many ways to sweep your other half off their feet. Whether you are looking for an impressive dinner setting or a unique memorable experience to enjoy together, scroll down for the cutest date ideas and romantic places in Abu Dhabi.

1. Spend the night at Emirates Palace

A suite with sea views, breakfast in bed, and an array of activities that you can share with the one you love? Say yes to dreamy getaways, earmarked as one of the best romantic places in Abu Dhabi - the Emirates Palace. This royal retreat is a real treat for the body, mind and soul; made even more incredible when you are able to share it with your partner. You can include add-ons as part of your stay by booking different packages; these include spa bath rituals with rose petals, romantic evening turndowns and private dinners on the beach.

2. Get matching tan lines at Zaya Nurai Island

A memorable day under the sun can be done by hopping on a 10-minute boat ride southwest of Abu Dhabi to the stunning Zaya Nurai Island. Day access to the island gives you plenty of time to soak up some sunshine, jump into the beach or pool water, and simply enjoy the sights. Pose against the island’s turquoise waters, lush greenery and white sand beaches and treasure the moments forever.

3. Challenge each other at Yas Kartzone

How about a little friendly battle for your next date night Abu Dhabi based? Grab your helmets and cars, and get ready to race each other in an adrenaline-fueled activity of go-karting. Located at Yas Marina Circuit, book your road-rage session at Yas Kartzone and find out who really rules the tracks - you or your partner. Complete the night with dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafes in Yas Marina.

4. Get competitive at Al Forsan International Sports Club

When you ask for romance with a side of thrill, spending the entire day at the Al Forsan International Sports Club is probably up your alley! Take your pick between archery, shooting, paintball, horse-riding and even water-based activities like wakeboarding and waterskiing, and try to see how many you can do in a single day. How’s that for an unconventional day date?

5. Go stargazing at the Al Sadeem Observatory

If the movements of the planets and stars fascinate your better half, how about a session under the stars courtesy of Al Sadeem Astronomy? Situated in the desert of Al Wathba South, you can visit the observatory which is open for two weeks monthly, to get a closer look at some of these earthly cosmic treats. The best times to truly witness something like this though is early morning or by pulling an all-nighter, so make sure to pack a thermos of coffee and snacks.

6. Enjoy sundowners with a view at Ray's Bar

At the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers you'll find the popular hangout spot, Ray's Bar. As one of the highest bars in Abu Dhabi, Ray's is a place enjoy signature cocktails with stunning views over the cityscape and the Arabian Gulf. Watching the sunset here is the perfect start to any romantic evening!

7. Immerse yourself in art at Warehouse421

If both you and your partner are the artsy type then Warehouse421 in Mina Zayed is a definite visit. Probably on the list of more inexpensive places to visit in Abu Dhabi, this cool creative hub, gallery and workspace constantly has exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops going on, many of which are free to attend. Not only will you be able to spend quality time with each other on your date, but you’ll also walk away learning about the UAE’s thriving creative community.

8. Bond above and beyond the sea

Snorkelling and diving underwater can really bring you closer to your partner, but imagine doing so at night? The Al Mahara Diving Centre in Abu Dhabi has tours you can book where you can hit the water post-sunset and see an entirely different side of the sea world. Watch as crustaceans come alive at night and even the popular, local Hammour fish.


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