Things to do for couples in Dubai to make your special vacation memorable can be found everywhere and cover all the bases from upscale dining to helicopter tours. You can visit traditional spas or an artificial lake in a heart shape. You can head for local landmarks famed for their sense of romance or climb a mountain for magnificent views that are sure to get your blood pumping.

    From desert safaris to special dinner cruises on the waters, you'll find a whole range of activities here to make memories for a lifetime. Explore some of the best things for couples to do on a romantic trip to Dubai.

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    Burj Khalifa

    Catch a view from 830 meters above the ground

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    Burj Khalifa offers a spectacular experience for couples, with the top (figuratively and literally) being a climb to the 830-metre high SKY observatory experience. This experience allows you to access level 148 of this spectacular skyscraper with a breathtaking view of the city below. Level 148 is one of the highest observatories in the entire world. If you don't want to go quite that high, you can take the everyday experience, which gives you access to levels 124 and 125 and still gets astounding views from the observatories on those levels.

    Many feel a romantic trip to Dubai is not complete without visiting here. It's directly in the heart of the city centre.

    Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +971 4 888 8888

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    Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

    Explore Arabian culture in the heart of the desert

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    The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve lets you get out into the untamed wilds of the desert to see the stunningly and unexpectedly diverse range of wildlife that lives there. You'll get on the backs of actual camels and ride into a royal desert retreat among endless seas of dunes. You'll enjoy an authentic Emirati dinner at a Bedouin camp, then enjoy a falconry show, see a demonstration of Arabic bread making, and even get a henna tattoo. You can enjoy a 4-course dinner under the stars at the end of the night, accompanied by Arabian music and dance.

    This show combines traditional Arabian culture with a sense of true romance. You'll depart from the city centre by air-conditioned van.

    Location: Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +971 50 907 0193

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    Dubai Fountain

    See a massive choreographed water, sound and light show

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    The Dubai Fountain at the foot of Burj Khalifa showcases one of the world's largest choreographed urban water shows with choreographed water jets, light, and color. The fountains fire their water up to 150 meters in the sky, all perfectly synced to the beats of music and dancing lights within. It uses 22,000 gallons of water that are recycled through the fountain for an amazing, breathtaking view.

    It's all located right in the heart of the Dubai city centre at the Dubai Mall, and goes on twice every afternoon and every half hour in the evenings. Capture a selfie together for your social media or just stand, hand-in-hand, and enjoy the show together.

    Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +971 4 567 2030

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    Dubai Hot Air Balloon Ride

    See the city, desert, and gulf from high above

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    A Dubai hot air balloon ride may be one of the most classically romantic experiences one can have as you float high above the city in the oldest form of flying vessel. These amazing trips let you witness the vast deserts and skyscrapers that look so massive from the ground but look tiny from high above. You can see the glittering blue waters of the Persian Gulf. At some of these shows, the guides not only tell you the stories of what you see but add in extra features, such as falconry shows high in the sky.

    You can book a balloon ride at many different places across Dubai. Quite a few leave from the heart of the city centre.

    Location: Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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    Dubai Miracle Garden

    Walk beneath a heart-shaped arch of flowers

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    The Dubai Miracle Garden isn't far from the city and offers the chance to capture spectacular sunsets as you walk among 45 million flowers. It's one of the largest gardens of natural flowers in the world, and romance is everywhere you go here. You might even find floral displays in the shape of multicolored hearts that tower as arches beneath which you can stroll holding hands. You might even capture a selfie of the two of you underneath one of these arches.

    If there is a type of flower in the world, it's likely to be found here, in interesting and unique shapes and configurations. It's only a short 20-minute drive south of the city centre.

    Location: Al Barsha South 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +971 4 422 8902

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    Dubai Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise

    Enjoy dinner and entertainment on the water

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    A Dubai Creek Dhow dinner cruise is a wonderfully romantic way to experience Arabic culture as you sail the Dubai Creek in a traditional boat with food and live entertainment. You'll enjoy air-conditioned, comfortable surroundings and get a spectacular live show featuring traditional music and dance and your own waitstaff offering personalized service. The cuisine is top-notch and while each cruise is different usually offers multi-course meals of local recipes and delectable flavors unlike anything you've tasted before.

    These cruises are a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, view Dubai differently and enjoy local culture. The boarding point is just 10 minutes south of the city centre.

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    Dubai Helicopter Ride

    Capture photos of the city from the sky

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    A Dubai helicopter ride offers an exciting and pulse-pounding way to see the city from above as you cruise in a chopper with a knowledgeable guide. You'll get to see such iconic sites as the city centre, the Burj Khalifa, the historic Dubai Creek and the Palm Jumeirah all from high above as your guide tells you all about the history and importance of the places you'll explore.

    This tour is sure to create memories that last a lifetime and offers the chance to capture the kinds of photos for your social media feed that none of your friends can match. Dubai helicopter tours can be found at various places across Dubai, many within 20 minutes of the city centre.

    Location: Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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    Talise Ottoman Spa

    Get pampered like royalty

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    The Talise Ottoman Spa is a fantastic way for the both of you to get fully pampered using ancient techniques combined with the best of modern luxury surroundings. Spa dates are a growing trend among romantic getaways, and this one will allow you to indulge yourself in utter luxury, Arabian style. You'll experience everything from saunas to snow rooms, massages to thalassotherapy pools and just about every kind of royal relaxation you can imagine.

    Whether you're working toward getting in the mood for that evening of romance or you're soothing muscles after a long day of adventure, this is a can't-miss experience. It's just 23 minutes from the city centre.

    Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road (West) - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +971 4 453 0456

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    Hatta Mountain

    Try a desert mountain safari

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    Hatta Mountain offers that ideal chance to get away from the hustle and bustle and get back to nature for the couple who loves outdoor adventure with astounding views. Here you can pack a picnic lunch and hike into the mountains, where you'll find waterfront relaxation along the Hatta Dam, explore a historic local heritage village, enjoy authentic local cuisine, relax in natural pools and even enjoy a safari tour of the region where you'll learn all about the important cultural history and heritage of the mountain.

    This tour is a different kind of romance that allows you outdoor adventure and a chance to get enmeshed in the local culture outside the city. It's only 15 minutes north of the town.

    Location: Unnamed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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    Al-Qudra Love Lakes

    Sit by an artificial lake shaped like 2 hearts

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    The Al-Qudra Love Lakes are artificial lakes shaped like overlapping hearts and offering bird watching, spectacular sunrise and sunset views, and a dedication to romance. You can enjoy lots of shaded neighborhoods with benches to sit together, sculptures and statuary, and trees next to the lake that spell out the word "Love" when viewed from the sky. The lakes have no entry fee and are free to visit.

    A nearby food truck park allows plenty of dining options, or you can bring your own BBQ so long as it has a proper stand. You can even rent bicycles nearby to explore by pedal. The Love Lakes are a bit of a drive, about an hour south of the city centre.

    Location: Al Qudra Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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