Dubai is a riveting city of cultural dynamism and innovative energy that’s taking the world by storm. The place is one of United Arab Emirates’ greatest treasures and people all over the globe are quick to share the sentiment. This is why more and more couples are starting to appreciate the beauty of the city when it comes to achieving their #RelationshipGoals and #TravelGoals.

So if you are looking to travel with your special someone this new year, you can take a step back from the usual Paris and give Dubai a visit for a different romantic experience that’s definitely one for the books. Here are five activities you can do in Dubai to set the mood of love going:

  1. Romantic Dinner on a Dhow Cruise

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Photo by Tariq Mohammed

A romantic getaway is never complete without a dinner date and what better way to do it than in a Bedouin-styled boat sailing around the Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek?  Aside from a menu crafted to please the palate, you can also expect a sophisticated service and color entertainment of belly dancing and traditional Tanura dance. Treat yourselves to a sumptuous feast and let the reflection of the stars and city lights on the calm waters paint you the most romantic dinner of your lives.

  1. Parisian-inspired date at La Serre Bistro and Boulangerie 

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Dubai is a bustling city with a diversity that is evident even in its culinary landscape. Here, you don’t have to dream of strolling the streets of Paris to experience dinner like The City of Light; just head to downtown Dubai at La Serre Bistro and Boulangerie. The beautiful two-storey glass facade restaurant is the perfect spot to dine over intimate conversations, a magnificent Mediterranean menu, and your favorite wine with the view of the Downtown Boulevard.

  1. Watch the sunset near Burj Al-Arab.

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Dubai may be a city of vivacious verve that expresses itself in its high-rise skyscapers and buzzing bars and clubs but it’s safe to say it has not yet lost its quaint charm that allows visitors to still appreciate the beauty of nature. But who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Greet the evening with your special someone along the shores of beach resorts that provide a romantic view of the sunset, skyline, seascape, and the globally-recognized beauty of Burj Al-Arab.

  1. Get on a hot air balloon and soar through the skies of Dubai desert.

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If you really want to experience a sky-high romance, then the next adventure you and your partner should go to is on a hot air balloon in the dessert. Get a panoramic, aerial view of Dubai’s picturesque deserts as you share a one-of-kind date with the person you love. Let the light breeze and the golden touch of the sun setting create the perfect mood for one memorable chapter in your love story. So if you are planning to pop the question anytime soon, this is the perfect spot to do it.

  1. Desert camping at Qasr Al Sarab in Anantara.

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Photo by Rushinroulette

Dare to be different in Dubai by camping at the desert of Qasr Al Sarab in Anantara. Bask in the sun while sharing a ride on a camel that would stroll you around the sun-soaked sand of Dubai desert. Maximize your stay by trying fun amenities and activities at the resort like going to the spa, fat-biking, and dune bashing. Get over the heat by inviting your partner for a dip in a luxury oasis pool designed by the resort specifically to provide you a romantic escape you’ll be going back to time and again.

Who says romance is dead? Definitely not Dubai! Start booking your flights now and experience #TravelGoals the best way possible here at Dubai.