14 fun and affordable party ideas to check out in Dubai


Wine and cheese evenings with the purchase of a free offer…

Dating in Dubai can be a bit pricey, especially if you’re footing the bill. You don’t have to go to the fanciest restaurants to impress, we promise.

From fun (and some free) activities to great dinner and drink deals, we’ve got you covered with these affordable date ideas in Dubai.

See the city’s iconic sights

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Ain Dubai or the ‘Wheel of Dubai’ as it is often called, is one of the biggest attractions to open in the city in recent times (it launched in October 2021). The 48 cabins offer 360 degree views of Bluewaters Island, Dubai Marina and JBR, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and the Arabian Gulf. The attraction has a total capacity of 1,750 people.

A regular ticket for the observation cabins is priced at 130 Dhs for adults and 100 Dhs for children, at sunset the price increases to 180 Dhs for adults or 150 Dhs for children. aindubai.com

Watch a movie under the stars

VOICE Cinemas offer a magical outdoor cinematic experience on the Aloft Dubai Creek rooftop, taking place in a comfortable, air-conditioned outdoor lounge-style setting. This is the first fully licensed outdoor cinema in Dubai and is strictly for patrons over 21 years of age. Children will be permitted on private bookings. Single seats will cost you 65 Dhs and double seats 130 Dhs.

Vox Outdoor Cinema, Aloft City Center Deira, daily, various times, Dhs65 single, Dhs130 double. voxcinemas.com

Paddleboarding at the Palm Jumeirah

Get active with a paddleboard spot on The Palm Jumeirah. You can do it at Ignite, outside the Riva Beach Club, with views of the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and even (on a clear day) the Burj Khalifa. The best time to go is around sunrise which is stunning, the water usually as smooth as glass, and you really get an innate sense of peace. The 5am checkout can be tough, but worth it. If you’re not an early riser, you can swing at any time of the day.

Ignite Water Sports, Palm Jumeirah, Dhs75 for one hour. ignitewatersports.com

Go for a romantic stroll

Dubai’s iconic marina is breathtaking at night, when its glittering skyscrapers and majestic yachts reflect in the silky waters. Enjoy a romantic stroll around the area, with a walk of up to 3.8 miles. There are plenty of restaurants and outlets in the area to stop by if you’re feeling peckish.

Admire Miracle Garden

One of the buckets of Dubai is definitely a trip to Miracle Garden. This amazing place features hundreds of flower displays of all kinds of different shapes and sizes, including a newly designed three-dimensional clock, a floating rock with a fountain, floral peacocks, as well as two flower displays inspired by favorite characters: a Genie and a flying magic carpet. Don’t forget to check out the iconic Emirates A380 (the largest floral structure in the world), the floating lady, the teddy bear and more.

Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubailand, Dubai, for adults over 12 it’s Dhs 55 and for children 3-12 it’s Dhs 40. Book your tickets here.

Enjoy the sun

If you’re enjoying a romantic day, why not spend it soaking up the sun on one of Dubai’s free beaches? The Beach JBR is dotted with loungers and cabanas for lounging by the sea, and the boardwalk is packed with shops, restaurants, an outdoor market, and even a mini game room. It has some pretty special sunsets and will offer the best views of Ain Dubai which is soon to be completed. You can then head to The Cheesecake Factory (which is right on the beach) and share a delicious slice of cheesecake.

Dubai Beach, JBR. facebook.com/TheBeachDubai

Treat yourself to unlimited pizzas

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If pizza is the way to your heart, how about unlimited pizza for 95 Dhs? Run by Gordon Ramsay himself, the new Street Pizza in Atlantis, The Palm. Served slice by slice, guests can choose from a plethora of toppings and flavors from the boards that come to the table for Dhs 95 per person. Experience the ultimate gooey cheese margherita, a meaty pepperoni, or dare one of the unique daily specials including pulled lamb or butternut squash and blue cheese.

Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza, Atlantis The Palm, Saturday through Wednesday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., no reservations required. @atlantisthepalm

Feast on fresh seafood

While Dubai may be known for its abundance of chic restaurants, those who really know the city’s hidden culinary wonders will have heard of Bu Qtair. Make sure your date is the stuck up type as this is not a fancy restaurant. This laid back fish shack is known for some of the best fresh fish in Dubai. You will choose your catch, sourced from local fishermen, which will then be cooked to perfection according to Bu Qtair’s “secret recipe”. The prices are as modest as the place itself.

Bu Qtair, Fishing Harbor 2, Dubai, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tel: (0)55 705 2130. facebook.com

Toast with two-for-one drinks

TJs outdoor bar in Dubai

With a cool industrial-chic design, with high tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace, TJs is the perfect casual hangout spot, so you can get to know each other better. Hearty entrees include nachos, pizza, pies, and burgers. A long happy hour runs daily with two-for-one on selected drinks until 8 p.m.

TJ’s, Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, open 11am-1am Saturday-Wednesday, 11am-2am Thursday-Friday. Tel: (04) 5741 111. tajhotels.com

Wine (cheese) and dinner

Step away from the usual dinner plans and opt for a wine and cheese night at Ciao Bella (formerly known as Cafe M). For cheese and wine lovers, ‘Pour Decisions’ takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, with a selection of Italian cheeses and wines for 189 Dhs.

Ciao Bella, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight. mediaonehotel.com

STK

Gentlemen, if you take your daughter to STK Downtown or JBR after 6pm, you can take advantage of their “share the love” offer. Taking place every Wednesday, when you buy dinner and drinks, you’ll get one free, ie. one drink, one free, one main, one free and so on. Dishes include Lil Brgrs, prime steak, and desserts such as New York Cheesecake.

STK JBR, Every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., the lowest priced item is free. stksteakhouse.com

Spend the night at a pool party

Change up your evenings with a fun tropical pool party at Dubai’s famous beach club, Barasti, on a Thursday or Friday. Because, well, why not? Spend the evening splashing in and out of the pool while dancing and singing along to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s with unlimited food and drinks from 8pm. Its price is 99 Dhs for women and 199 Dhs for men.

Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Thursdays and Fridays, from 8pm, Dhs99 ladies, Dhs199 guys. Tel: (04) 318 1313. @barastibeach

Drinks and dinner for Dhs50

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This popular Irish pub speaks to the girls and guys on Monday with their “McGett Together” deal. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., ladies and gents can sip three free drinks when they purchase a Dhs 50 dining voucher.

McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Monday 6-10 p.m. Phone. : (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt

Unlimited drinks and dim sum

A popular Asian street food restaurant and bar in Media City, Mr Miyagi’s hosts a ladies’ night on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. It’s 179 Dhs for two hours of unlimited drinks and dim sum for women, and 199 Dhs for men.

Level 9, Media One Hotel, Tuesday from 6 p.m. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com

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