Abu Dhabi Skyline

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is known for its cultural attractions. It is rare for someone to consider it as a spot for a romantic holiday. However, if you look a little deeper, there are several amazing things that couples can do in Abu Dhabi.

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You may be a tourist who wants to enjoy a romantic holiday or honeymoon, or a resident who wants to plan a memorable romantic evening for your partner. Whatever it is, you would easily find the perfect romantic things to do in Abu Dhabi.

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Luxury Desert Safari

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

Spend a romantic evening in the vast desert of Abu Dhabi. Various types of desert safaris are available here, including evening, morning and overnight desert safaris. If you are looking for a romantic desert safari where you and your partner are the only guests, then go for a private luxury desert safari.

Belly Dancing

You can enjoy the beautiful sunset, delicious food, the complete attention of the staff and Arabic hospitality here. Entertainment programs like belly dancing or Tanoura dance would also be arranged for you. You can also choose to stay overnight at the desert in completely air-conditioned Bedouin-style desert tents for a complete desert experience.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Abu Dhabi hot air balloon

Another desert activity is a hot air balloon ride. This is one of the favourite things to do in Abu Dhabi for couples. After all, is there anything more romantic than watching the aerial view of the enormous desert with your loved one in tow? Moreover, the high and low sand dunes are not the only things you see during the hot air balloon ride. On the other hand, keep your eyes open and you may spot gazelles and the Arabian oryx as well. However, the highlight of the hot air balloon ride is the glorious sunrise that you will witness during the one-hour long ride over the desert.

Couple’s Spa

Abu Dhabi Spa

Nothing is more relaxing than a massage during a holiday. Make it a romantic experience by going for a couple’s spa when you are in Abu Dhabi. There is no dearth of spas in Abu Dhabi and most of the premium ones offer special spa services for couples. These spas make an effort to turn the couple’s spa into an extremely romantic experience. Apart from the relaxing massage, you are welcomed with beautifully lit candles, pleasant aroma and dreamy music. You also get to enjoy a glass of champagne or your favourite drink while your body and mind are pampered.

Adventures on Yas Island

Yas Island Abu Dhabi

If you are on a romantic holiday in Abu Dhabi, you may like to take a break from the classic romantic experiences and enjoy something more dynamic and exciting. In this case, drive down to Yas Island, an island built purely for entertainment and fun. Yas Island is home to Ferrari World, the first F1 themed in the Middle East. Here you will find some amazing rides and attractions, including the Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world. Yas Island also has the Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World, where you can have a fun time with your partner.

Picnic at Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

If you are looking for something simple and not too expensive, head to Abu Dhabi Corniche, 8-km of beautiful waterfront. Complete with walking and jogging pathways, children’s play area, cafes and restaurants. This is the place where families come to rest and relax.

Romantic Corniche Beach

But if you are looking for a romantic time with your partner, visit the Corniche Beach which is endowed with white sand and azure waters. Pack a picnic (or buy food and drinks from one of the cafes or restaurants on the Corniche), lay on the sand watching the blue waves and the gorgeous sunset. It cannot get more romantic or peaceful than this.

High Tea with a Spectacular View

A quiet meal or drink with your loved one is the most romantic date for most people. Added to this, having a spectacular view will surely be a bonus. Treat your partner and yourself with a delicious afternoon tea as well as a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Then include a visit to the Observation Deck at 300, perched on Level 74 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

Observation Deck at 300

While the panoramic views of the city are a pleasure to your eyes, your tummy will love the delicious food and drinks. The high tea menu at the cafe includes freshly blended coffee, variety of tea blends, wine specialties, and delicious salads, sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. If you want to impress your ladylove, you can never go wrong with a high tea date on the Observation Deck at 300.

Phenomenal Sunset Cruise

Sunset in Abu Dhabi Photo credit: Pixabay

What do you think about enjoying a magical sunset while cruising on the blue waters of Abu Dhabi? Doesn’t that sound romantic to you? If yes, you will find several romantic cruise tours in the capital Emirates of UAE. You can go for an island hopping boat tour, a unique cruise dinner or a luxury private yacht tour. Whichever option you choose, you will enjoy a peaceful evening, with a gorgeous sunset and a champagne flute. Some of the tours also include a full-fledged dinner. For adventurous couples, there are sunset cruises that offer the chance of water adventures like deep sea fishing and scuba diving, etc.

Enjoy a 7-Stars Movie Experience at NOVO Cinema

Nova Cinemas Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi takes the classic date of movie and dinner to the next level by offering the 7-stars NOVO Cinema experience. When you buy tickets to watch a movie with your partner, you do not just have two seats but a private VIP Lounge as well. Sink into your plush recliner seats and get comfortable to watch the movie. Along with the movie experience, you also get a private butler who takes care of all your needs. You can also pick your favourite dishes from the gourmet-dining menu. If you are looking for a romantic experience, can it really get better than this?


These romantic things in Abu Dhabi will ensure that you have a starry-eyed holiday in Abu Dhabi with your partner. Abu Dhabi has all the makings of a city that has numerous romantic experiences. All you have to do is pick one that you like the best. Moreover, if you are planning a holiday with your spouse or partner to Abu Dhabi, make sure that you have the proper UAE visa, so that you have a flawless holiday.

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Disclaimer. Guest Post written by Pranitaa. Photos are provided by Pixabay.com and guest blog author. Youtube video content belongs to its original owner.


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  1. What a great list of things to do. I especially like the hot air balloon, looks amazing.

    1. Oh, yes, as I was preparing this guest post, I kept adding places to my bucket list. I’d love to do the sunset safari too! Thanks very much for reading and commenting!

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