This is another guest post by Neha Singh.
Abu Dhabi has never been content to sit back and be the capital of the United Arab Emirates. No – rather, it’s an ambitious city brimming with youthful energy to expand and diversify and be known as the capital of entertainment, and based on what we know now, the capital of Romance too! So what does Abu Dhabi have that’ll get your hearts racing? How about romantic desert safaris just the two of you, sleeping blissfully under the stars on a dark dune? How about hot air balloon rides over the desert and city, holding hands? There are any number of romantic things to do in Abu Dhabi and we’re only just getting started.
1. Desert Dinner And Romantic Night
How about an ultra-swanky dinner for two in the middle of the Empty Quarter desert? A dinner attended by your private butler, set amidst majestic rolling dunes under a starry sky is just the ticket to bring you both closer together. Indulge in decadent Arabic food just for the two of you, and spend the night under the stars.
2. Enjoy Tea With A Fabulous View
How about high tea at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers followed by the chance to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Abu Dhabi skyline and the surrounding waters at Observation Deck at 300? Dip into elegant sandwiches and decadent chocolate cakes and get ready for the wonderful 360-degree views of Abu Dhabi from 300 feet into the sky, the city’s highest vantage point. This is one of the most romantic things to do in Abu Dhabi so don’t miss it!
3. Go Diving For Pearls!
Only a few remnants of Abu Dhabi’s erstwhile pearl-diving industry survives now, but you can dive for your own pearls on a mangrove tour focussed on finding pearls. Experience this bit of dying Emirati heritage from a traditional Arabic pearling dhow. You will be accompanied by a dive guide, who’ll take you to the best places to find great pearls. Your guide will also demonstrate how to open oysters! Btw, any pearls you find are yours to keep.
4. Picnic On The Corniche
Abu Dhabi isn’t exactly cheap when it comes to vacationing. However, we don’t want you to feel that celebrating love in the UAE can be expensive. So here’s a golden one – how about a totally free, wonderful walk along and picnic on Abu Dhabi’s famous picturesque seafront boardwalk, the Corniche? A lovely sunset stroll on the Corniche, gazing alternatively at the city’s fabulous landmarks and out over the sea and the many guarded beaches is so much fun. There are picnicking areas and plenty of private park areas where you can glean some alone time. Enjoy the manicured beaches and separate pedestrian and cycle paths on this eight kilometre stretch.
5. Enjoy Ferrari World Together!
If high-octane adrenalin rushes are what you’re after, don’t give Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World a miss! The world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa awaits you with its loops and screaming speeds. Also the world’s loopiest rollercoaster is here to thrill you to bits. Enjoy several rides designed to thrill, and satisfy all your wild intense G-force cravings. Enjoy a friendly go-karting game with your honey, and see who wins! Take a turn at the wheel of a real Ferrari on the race track with an instructor in tow. You’ll never want the day to end at Ferrari World.
6. Spend A Night At The Cinema
Going to the movies in Abu Dhabi isn’t like anywhere else. It’s all high-end at Novo Cinema, which is a 7-Star movie theatre that offers simply massive reclining chairs, blankets, pillows and a fantastic dining menu on top of it! This theatre literally reinvents the concept of the ‘dinner and a movie’ date. Alternatively, grab seats at Vox Cinemas, Theatre by Rhodes which features food by Chef Gary Rhodes who is Michelin-starred. What’s more, your tickets allow you access to a personal waiter, an exclusive lounge and several other luxuries.
7. Fly High!
If you’re into flying, here’s another one for you. How about flying over the Sir Bani Yas Island, a conservation reserve that has a vast array of wildlife including hyenas, cheetahs, flamingos and giraffes. For 50 full minutes, you will enjoy flying over the protected island, enjoy views of the wonderful Arabian Gulf on one side and the wildlife on the other. It doesn’t end there – after you land, you can enjoy a four-wheel drive wildlife tour followed by a three-course lunch.
8. Sunset Sail
There’s something about sunsets and boats that just spell romance. So why not try a sunset sail down Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Mangroves? Hold hands and watch as the sun dips down over the waves and feel the cool breezes as they blow over your boat. Check out a traditional Emirati village as your sail boat passes the UAE Heritage Club, and enjoy fabulous views of the sea on all sides. If you want to make it more romantic, how about chartering the boat for a moonlight dhow cruise along Al Raha Beach?
9. Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over The Desert
Do you fancy floating over the majestic sand dunes of the Arabian Desert on a hot air balloon with your honey? We certainly do! So how about signing up for an early morning, sunrise hot air balloon ride over the desert, spotting gazelles and Oryx through a pair of binoculars? There’s something about being on top of everything that makes you feel a bit like a God, so enjoy every minute of it.
10. Horseback Riding For Two
Abu Dhabi’s coastal scenery is a romantic saga of winding, paths lined with mangroves. You can explore the mangroves via kayak but here’s something even more romantic. Horseback riding for two! Share the same horse or ride two horses, but take in the blissful scenery from on top of a horse. Trot a bit, canter a bit and stop to share a delectable kiss. If you want, you can even enjoy a riding experience through the protected wildlife reserve at Abu Dhabi.
There’s no dearth of romantic things that a couple can do and enjoy in Abu Dhabi. The city is not as busy or hurried as Dubai is, and there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a laid-back, romantic time with each other, against the backdrop of the wonderfully-blue Arabian Gulf, the mystical red sand dunes of the desert and the pristine blue skies that barely ever see a raincloud. If all of these appeal to you, then head out to Abu Dhabi for the romantic rendezvous of your lifetime.