Per Te, Amore Mio
Surprise your better half this V Day with an authentic home-cooked Italian meal, made by you! Yes, it’s possible – just head to Pantry Café at Al Wasl Square for the Valentine’s special Cooking@Home workshop, where you’ll learn how to rustle up strawberry caprese, ravioli and delish Tenerina cake, and eat them too. On February 11, from 7.30pm. Dh180 per person. Call 056 244 5082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyday is a good hair day
If you believe, like we do, that a hairstyle can change your life, make a beeline for the new luxury hair salon LaLoge, pioneered by celebrity stylist José Eber. The chic outlet at The Address Montgomerie does everything from highlights to full hair makeovers. We went in feeling timid, looking for a simple root touch-up and trim and came out with head-turning honey-and-blonde locks and long layers, which made us look 10 years younger. Visit www.laloge.com or call 052 222 2901/052 722 5999.
Rekindle your romance as you sway to the fervent tunes of salsa this Valentine’s Day. Mad About Dance institute is offering a Bollywood salsa workshop for couples who want to do something fun together. The passion of salsa combined with the kitschy charm of Bollywood romance promise a week of love and laughter. From February 7-13, 8-9pm at the MAD Studio in Centrepoint Mall. Dh550 per couple. Call 055 107 3999.
Singledom isn’t a bitter pill when you have a tablet as sweet as this Asus ZenPad 8. Our new-found tech envy is stylish enough to be our new arm candy – it has a sleek 8-inch screen, ultra-lightweight build and gorgeous embossed leather patterning cover, plus a whole bag of cool features such as front-facing speakers with 5.1-channel surround, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It’s the perfect accessory over branded clutches. For Dh749 at Emax, who says you can’t buy true love?
For a Chinese dinner served up with a big dollop of fascinating culture, take the family to Zheng He’s at Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah. From February 7-24, a set menu of stir-fried Scottish salmon and sizzling Wagyu is accompanied by live dance performances amid glittering lanterns. Learn about rituals such as tossing the Prosperity Yu Shang (fish salad) to toast the New Year and enjoy trad desserts like Nian Gao (rice cakes and egg) and learn why it brings prosperity. Dh350 per person. Call 04 432 3232 or email email@example.com.
Serenading your lady love for Valentine’s Day will hit all the right notes, but if you’re worried about ending the evening off-key then leave it to the professionals performing at the third Dubai Classics concerts. Nonagenarian French crooner Charles Aznavour (touted France’s Frank Sinatra), performing on February 12 at Dubai World Trade Centre, will tug at your heart strings with renditions of La Bohème and For Me, Formidable. Tickets from Dh295 on www.platinumlist.net.
Get shirty forever
Most of us associate precious memories with clothes, so naturally, long-lasting items are ultra special. If you want to give your man a shirt that will age gracefully, go for Ascots & Chapels’ enhanced shirt experience. Three hand-crafted shirts, tailored with mother-of-pearl buttons and brand-engraved cufflinks, along with three cuffs, three collars, three pocket squares and a pair of metal collar stiffeners will cost you just Dh1,100. You can even have the accessories exchanged when they wear out years later! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 050 458 3700.
You can’t blame us for humming Abba’s Honey Honey ever since we’ve learnt of SensAsia Urban Spa’s Bee My Honey treatment. Worthy of all the buzz, this body polish treatment is the perfect pampering for worn-out couples, putting a shine on your skin and relationship. You’ll be buffed with a honey-based body polish, then wrapped up in a cosy concoction of warm milk, honey, black sesame and almond oil. The decadence ends with a 60-minute massage. Dh1,095 per couple for 120 minutes. At Emirates Golf Club and Palm Jumeirah branches. Visit www.sensasiaspas.com.
Usher in the Chinese New Year on February 8 visiting weedy sea dragons and underwater dancers at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The sea species, in the same family as seahorses and native to the waters of southern and eastern Australia, will show off their stunning camouflage skin as they swim around the Dubai Mall aquarium, one of the world’s largest suspended aquariums. Add to that divers performing exciting dragon dances in the water from February 4-20 for 15 minutes every hour from 2-8pm, and kids and adults will have a fantastic time. Who needs fireworks? Call 04 448 5200.
Desperately seeking some show-what-your-sweetheart-means-to you brownie points? The Valentine’s Ombre Cake is from the legendary Mumbai confectioners who have stores in Karama and Al Barsha, and celebrates love in its different shades with a sponge in multicoloured tones of red topped off with delicious non-dairy cream cheese icing. Dh140 per kg. Call 04 357 5764/423 2670 or visit www.browniepointuae.com.
Gallop down to an afternoon of polo and brunch at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club for an early Valentine’s treat on February 12. You haven’t experienced Dubai unless you’ve watched stunning horses and skilled players hitting a ball around. Kids in tow? Pack them off to the bouncy castle or to get their faces painted. Pop into Ippos Lounge later, where the resident DJ will keep you on your feet until 8pm. The Longines Valentine’s Day Polo Cup will be held from 1-4pm, with brunch from Dh295. Polo field entry is free.
Walk the lion
It’s hardly a New Year celebration without a party, right? And a roarsome bash is what you’ll find at Hong Loong, the contemporary Chinese restaurant at Sofitel Dubai The Palm, complete with exotic footage from traditional Chinese shows and live lion dancers. Gorge on a set sharing menu that’s a smorgasbord of meat and seafood delicacies with friends and family. There’ll be dim sum platters, braised seven-spice beef brisket fillet in lotus bun, stewed fortune treasure chicken, duck breast in a clay pot and a fruity dessert platter of chilled sweet and sour plum jelly, lychee crushed ices and more. From February 7-12. Call 04 455 5656.
Take your loved one for a ride of a lifetime into the sunset with Arabian Nights Village heritage resort’s safari packages. Situated off Al Ain-Abu Dhabi Road, choose a day package (Dh700) or an overnight stay (Dh2,600) on February 13 and 14 respectively. Revel in dune bashing, henna tattoos, an international buffet dinner and performances by a belly dancer and oud player. Those staying overnight enjoy the added perks of an evening bonfire (marshmallows included), heritage-style homestay, camel riding plus access to the resort’s Oasis swimming pool. Call 02 676 9990 or visit arabiannightsvillage.com.
Talons for romance
Sometimes you just need to spell out you’re in love – and what better way than with SoH Art+Beauty salon’s Valentine’s Day nail art that has struck our digits (and hearts) with Cupid’s arrows? Featuring designs in varnish and gel paint, you can go for colourful hearts and kisses, flowers and customised images of your special someone to personalise your look. From Dh20 per nail for nail varnish and Dh30 per nail for gelish. Call 04 344 4147 or email email@example.com.
Anti-dating is fun
Not everybody loves the mush of V Day, especially the newly broken-hearted or single cynics. If you’re tired of punching the boxing bag by yourself, head to The Gramercy on February 11 and 14. The DIFC eatery will host Love to Hate Valentine’s Day for everyone who does! A special menu is on offer with dishes such as Skew That (beef skewers) and Relationship Detox (quinoa salad). There are drinks and a dart board too, so just get back in the game! The special menu is on offer all day on both days. Prices from Dh120. Call 04 437 7511.