When people think about romantic countries, France, Italy, and Japan might come to mind. However, the United Arab Emirates has plenty of romantic experiences for couples too! From exploring natural wonders to indulging in luxury, here are the most romantic things to do in the UAE.

1. Suwaidi Pearl Farm

The Suwaidi Pearl Farms preserves the memory of the pearling age that originated in the United Arab Emirates. Located in Al Rams, a small town inside of Ras Al Khaimah emirate, this family-owned pearl farm is a proud symbol of the Gulf region’s great wealth through its pearl harvesting and trading before the 20th century. 

Abdulla Al Suwaidi founded the Suwaidi Pearl Farms in 2005 as the world’s first Arabian Pearl Farmer. Suwaidi is the only natural pearl farm in the world, breeding oysters that share the DNA of the natural pearls from the past in the Al Rams area. The farm breeds 40,000 oysters with a 60% yield capacity. The farm harvests pearls of 13 colors, including whit*e, blue, yellowish, gold, green, and violet. Their focus is the Pinctada Radiata, the Gulf Pearl Oyster, and use advanced seeding technology. 

Visitors to the Suwaidi Pearl Farms will learn the history of the pearling process and how it has changed over time as well as get an opportunity to dine and shop jewelry made from the pearls from the farm. The Suwaidi Pearl Farm tour is the perfect romantic adventure complete with a little bit of history and fine jewelry.

 

2. Private Villas at Ritz Carlton (Ras Al Khaimah)

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach is situated on a stretch of private beach. Its 32 villas boast private pools and access to the beach for the ultimate romantic getaway. 

 

The seafront spa is located in a series of waterside pavilions where you and your partner can receive the best treatments infused with flowers, native spices, and a wide array of other natural, designer products.

 

Need to book a romantic meal for you and your significant other? The Shore House offers island-inspired dishes with a focus on locally-sourced seafood and overlooks the picturesque beach. For a more intimate dining, the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah offers the Destination Dining experience, which allows you to book a private spot on the beach or cabana. 

 

If you are looking for active date ideas, the resort also offers a plethora of water and land-based activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing, and kayaking. For those looking to explore other areas of Ras Al Khaimah, a complimentary shuttle will ferry guests to the hotel’s sister property in the Al Wadi Desert. There, guests can engage in archery, explore the nature trail, and see falcons and owls up close for an outdoor-experience. 

 

3. Al Wadi Desert

Explore Al Wadi Nature Reserve with your significant other. The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi is a unique remote getaway just 45 minutes from Dubai. This private resort offers opportunities for adventure and tranquil relaxation in a desert oasis. The resort boasts intimate pool villas, world-class fine dining, therapeutic spa treatments and outdoor adventures. 

Connecting with nature and vulture is at your fingertips at this vast nature reserve. Resort guests can enjoy nature walks, falconry shows, archery, horse riding and encounters with local wildlife such as camels and the Arabian Oryx. 

4. Go on a Desert Safari

One of the most iconic attractions in the UAE is going on a desert safari. You can have a thrilling time together while riding 4x4s across dunes or going on a camel ride at sunset. There are also plenty of opportunities for stargazing in the clear desert night sky.

Many companies offer safaris, and some even include dinner and overnight stays in a luxury camp. The best desert safaris are in Ras Al Khaimah, which offers outstanding items from the Al Hajar mountains of Oman.

 

A desert safari tour in UAE is a fantastic way to experience the desert and bond with your partner in a natural setting.

5. Book a Glamping Experience at Mysk Moon Retreat

If the desert safari sounds a bit too adventurous and you care more about relaxing with your partner, spending quality time together, and enjoying views of the desert and mountains from a unique luxury dome tent, then stay at Mysk Moon Retreat.

 

Located an hour outside of Dubai, this is a lovely location for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, as it’s in the desert and surrounded by mountains.

 

It includes comforts like a fully equipped bathroom, shower, and toiletries, so you won’t have to worry about keeping clean and cozy.

 

Although it’s more relaxed than a safari, there are still things to do, like stargaze through a telescope, bond over a campfire, and enjoy live music.

6. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and is an architectural masterpiece.

 

It’s a great place to learn about UAE culture and appreciate its religion and traditions. If the two of you want to learn more about culture, history, religion, and architecture, this is a great activity to do together.

7. Shop at the Gold Souk

The Gold Souk is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UAE. It’s a great place to do some shopping, but it’s also incredibly romantic, given the glitter and glitz of the surrounding jewelry shops.

 

Walking through the souk and admiring all the glittering gold is truly a memorable experience. And if you decide to purchase anything, you’ll have the perfect keepsake for remembering your experience together.

8. Have a Beach Day

UAE has several lovely beaches across the country, so you’re sure to find one that both you and your partner fall in love with. Some popular ones for couples include Jumeirah Beach, Umm Suqeim Beach, and Al Mamzar Beach Park.

Jumeirah Beach is located in Dubai and has stunning white sand, clear water, and plenty of beach amenities like restaurants and showers.

Umm Suqeim Beach is also located in Dubai and is great for surfing, as there are artificial reefs that create waves.

Al Mamzar Beach Park is located in Sharjah and is a great spot for picnics, as there are many green spaces and BBQ areas.

9. Walk on The Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and is a famous, iconic, and visually appealing landmark in Dubai.

You can visit The Palm Jumeirah for the day or stay at one of the luxury hotels on the island, such as the Atlantis The Palm, if you want to have a truly exceptional experience.

There are plenty of romantic activities on the island, such as swimming with dolphins, going to the aquarium, relaxing on the beach, shopping, and dining. You can also ride on the monorail that runs through the island.

10. Take a Romantic Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides at sunrise are becoming increasingly popular in the UAE, and there’s no better place to take one than over the desert.

You can book a private ride for just you and your partner or join a group tour.

Either way, you’re sure to have a memorable experience, especially if you take it during sunrise and watch the orange glow shine over surrounding peaks, cliffs, dunes, and wildlife.

 

Given the allure of seeing the beautiful country from a bird’s eye view, taking a sunrise hot air balloon is undoubtedly one of the most romantic things to do in the UAE. 

11. Have a Thrill Ride at Ferrari World

If you’re a thrill-seeking couple, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to visit Ferrari World, an exciting amusement park dedicated to the Ferrari brand.

This amusement park is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and features world-class rides, such as the world’s fastest roller coaster.

There is also a myriad of shopping and dining options, so you can make a day out of it. They also offer a private honeymoon tour where they’ll take you to other popular sites like Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village and the Grand Mosque.

12. Visit the Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is a luxurious hotel located in Abu Dhabi.

 

If you don’t mind splurging on a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, then you can book a room here or even just have dinner at one of the 14 award-winning restaurants.

You and your partner can also tour the palace, which is open to the public. It’s a great place to learn about UAE culture and history, as well as see some incredible architecture and inspirational design.

You’ve gotta mention their golden cappuccino and golden ice cream.

13. Stay in the Underwater Suite at Atlantis

Another spectacular and romantic hotel to check out on your trip to the UAE is Atlantis. It’s part hotel, part theme park, and all of the rides and spectacles might not be your idea of romance.

But if you stay in one of their unique underwater suites, you’ll have a front-row seat to all the action, as you’ll be staying in a room with walls made entirely of glass that offer views of aquatic life right from your king bed.

Final Thoughts

These are just some of the various romantic things you can do in the UAE. As you can see, the use offers a lot in terms of adventure, relaxation, history, exploration, and pure romance.

There’s something for every couple. So no matter what your and your partner’s interests are, you’re sure to find something that you’ll both enjoy. So start planning your trip today!

 

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