7 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Abu Dhabi

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Siobhan Ali

Offering a number of unique experiences and serving delicious cuisine from all around the globe, Abu Dhabi has a variety of wonderful dates to enjoy with your significant other. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or to bring out your adventurous side, there’s something for everyone.

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Escape to the desert for a night under the stars

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari offers a romantic retreat to the heart of Abu Dhabi‘s desert. Here you can embrace the Bedouin lifestyle, ride a camel, go dune-bashing, try shisha, get henna tattoos, watch Arabian belly dancers, or simply enjoy a delicious barbecue and recline under the stars. For couples interested in exploring local culture and history, this safari allows you to journey back in time to the emirate before the development skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.

Camel riding in the desert

Make waves thanks to Watercooled

Watercooled is the ultimate company for water sports enthusiasts. With a range of adventures including sailing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, water skiing, paddleboarding and windsurfing, the activities on offer allow for enjoying Abu Dhabi’s sunny shores and relatively calm waters. While they offer equipment for rent, you can also purchase lessons with trained professionals – a perfect present for your loved one.

Explore Abu Dhabi’s waters

Bounce around in Abu Dhabi’s indoor trampoline park

Lined wall-to-wall with trampolines, Bounce offers various exciting activities for you and your partner to try out, such as a 40-metre (131-feet) slide, an indoor zip-line and a free-fall experience. Whether you want to impress your significant other with your trampolining tricks or challenge them to a game of dodgeball, this award-winning trampolining park is the perfect date for thrill-seekers.

Bounce in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi

Enjoy mini-golf… with a twist

This classic date idea is given an interesting twist at Tee & Putt Mini Golf – this glow-in-the-dark, 10,000 sq foot (929 sq metres), 18-hole indoor mini-golf course is a unique experience for couples to enjoy. Various obstacles make up the Arabian-themed golf course, challenging amateur golfers and allowing them to brush up on their skills.

Glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course

Try out the famous racing track at Yas Marina Circuit

The Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, invites you to suit up and test your racing skills on the famous race track. Perfect to encourage some healthy competition between you and your partner, you can try out a wide range of impressive vehicles such as the Ferrari 458 GT and the Mercedes-AMG GTS. You can even take a video of your drive home with you as a memento of your date.

The Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel

Defy gravity at Spacewalk, Abu Dhabi’s indoor skydiving arena

Located at the Abu Dhabi Country Club, Spacewalk is the only indoor skydiving venue in Abu Dhabi. Allowing you to enjoy the thrill of free-falling without the fear associated with jumping thousands of feet from a plane, this is a perfect date for adventurous couples – there’s even a tandem jump which allows you to try this out alongside your loved one. No prior experience is required, and training lessons and flight equipment are included. Spacewalk also has highly trained instructors to guide you through each step.

Enjoy a Mission Impossible-style adventure at Spacewalk, the indoor skydiving centre

Watch your favourite films in style

Thanks to Theatre by Rhodes, you can enjoy a luxury cinema experience while indulging in a delicious three-course meal. You and your loved one can choose from a menu carefully designed by Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes and enjoy the services of an in-cinema waiter. The pampering doesn’t stop there; with reclining seats and blankets and pillows, you can relax and enjoy yourself. Creating a relaxed and romantic setting, this is the perfect date for movie lovers.

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