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A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

11 Feb 2016 | 12:00 am
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An Indian love story

Love is in the air, so how about celebrating it in the gold-hued environs of Ananta, the Indian restaurant at The Oberoi Dubai? Its Valentine’s special five-course menu (Dh395 per person) is an ode to the country’s culinary heritage, and promises to be a truly royal affair. However, if you’re looking for a more spectacular experience, go for the overnight package, tagged at Dh7,500 a suite, which includes a regal dinner, breakfast, transfers, couple’s massage, and a cooking session. For reservations, call 04 444 1444.


Element of love

Named after a rare element, Iridium Spa – the dazzling location for The St Regis Dubai’s Couple’s Indulgence package – proves that the couple that pampers together stays together. Relish a 60-minute aroma-infused treatment, access to couple’s only rooms – think a candle-lit tub, sauna, steam room and showers decked out in flowers and chocolate – and a romantic spa tea or V Day drinks for Dh990. Valid until February 14. Call 04 435 5500 or email


Steak through the heart

We’re loving the hearty three-course sharing menu at the elegant Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Address Dubai Marina. On February 14, soulful strains of the violin will echo around interiors decked in red velvet drapes and glass chandeliers as succulent starters and steaks are rolled out. Beware though: sizzling jumbo scallops, fillet with black truffle shavings and creamy cheesecake will have you reconsider sharing for a spilt second! Dh690 per couple. Call 04 454 9538 or email


Take the Mickey

Dubai is getting ready for the magic to arrive when Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival hits Dubai World Trade Centre Arena April 6-9. From Donald Duck to Goofy and Aladdin, 25 favourite Disney characters will put up a mesmerising song and dance. The greatest hits from Disney blockbusters will be remixed into rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz and country tunes, and breathtaking acrobatics will have you boogieing. The Schools Out special shows are on April 6 and 7 at 3:30pm with a 20 per cent discount on all ticket categories. Tickets from Dh175 at UAE Exchange branches and


Heart to eye

We know how tempting it is to impulse-buy these cat-eye Swarovski sunnies (Dh1,545) for your beloved – or yourself. But as bejewelled, beautiful and Valentine’s Day-esque as they are, it would be unflattering to don them without Taylor Swift’s heart-shaped face, say Rivoli Eyezone stores’ face stylists. They are your go-to experts for sunglass shopping and will help choose shades that highlight your darling’s best features from myriad brands like Dsquared2, Emilio Pucci and Guess.


Kite calling

You and your family could be flying high on February 19, when the first Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Annual Kite Fest kicks off on the beach near Desert Islands Resort & Spa. From 11am-5pm, you can create your own kite, then fly them. There is music, a special climbing wall and exciting prizes, plus visitors get a 25 per cent discount on wildlife drives, kayaking and complimentary water taxis to and from Sir Bani Yas island! Ready, steady, unspool! Email


Wedding bells

It’s possible that this Valentine’s weekend is uber special for some of you femme fatales out there, having found love and planning the perfect wedding in full swing. Congratulations are in order, as is a quick visit to Bride Dubai 2016, which is on until tomorrow at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over 250 exhibitors will try to woo you with couture ensembles, incredible bridal jewellery, destination tips, honeymoon ideas, mini makeovers and runway shows. Make a beeline for the VIP lounge for celebrity-style pampering. From 3-9.30pm. Visit


Two-timing menu

Hungry for love or just hungry? Gossip Café’s dual Valentine’s Day menus – Single Yet Fabulous (Dh350 per person) and In Love (Dh450) – will have you falling for its delicious dishes whatever your romantic status. The former serves shareable tapas such as lobster sliders, the latter offers a romantic three-course meal for two featuring dishes like olive oil-poached asparagus, filet mignon, rose-berry macaroons, and more. Call 04 3430 181 for Dubai and 02 677 7520 for Abu Dhabi.


Shades of romance

‘What is done in love is done well,’ said artist Vincent Van Gogh, and Iris Dubai is letting you do just that with its Valentine’s Paint Night on Sunday. The rooftop venue will supply outlined canvases, paint and exhilarating views of Dubai’s skyline to get your creativity flowing. Instructors will be on hand with tips on how to create your own masterpiece. 
For Dh369, you can paint, and enjoy beverages, cupcakes and a live band performance. From 7.30–10.30pm. Call 056 951 1442 for more information.


Prepare for the best

Getting ready for the biggest date night of the year can have you stressing about everything from your hair to your nails. Soothe those nerves and have all your beauty bases covered at Sisters Beauty Lounge. The Valentine’s Preparation Ritual includes an inch-reducing Shrinking Violet Body Wrap, exfoliation, massage, wrapture – fat-reducing cling-wrapped lipolysis – blow dry, mani and pedi. From Dh800. Visit


Salt, pepper and romance 

Add some spice to your dinner with Peppermill’s five- and six-course Valentine’s Menus (Dh179 and Dh199 respectively). The brilliant Indian eatery dishes out prawn and tomato shorbas, creamy methi murgh malai, pasliyon ka salan, fragrant biryanis and a scrumptious dessert platter. Its regal ambience will have you believe that you’re courting in the colonial era.