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LET DUBAI DELIGHT THIS VALENTINE'S DAY

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember by treating your loved one and jetting off to Dubai - the ultimate romantic getaway. This enchanting destination, which is full of mystique, beauty and intrigue, is the perfect way to escape the winter cold and experience life in the lap of luxury.

Whether it’s a sunset picnic in the desert dunes, being pampered in one of the emirate’s many spas, or basking on the sun-drenched beaches, Dubai truly has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day. You can pick up the latest romantic gift in more than 40 shopping malls or enjoy some of the many adventures on offer, from wadi bashing in the desert, to scuba diving and deep sea fishing in the Arabian Gulf, while enjoying guaranteed sunshine.

With 125 direct flights from the UK and Ireland to the emirate each week and only a seven hour journey, Dubai is close enough to avoid jet lag, making it the perfect destination for a sun-filled, romantic short-break.

Embark upon a culinary journey through an endless variety of exclusive restaurants and extraordinary experiences. There is a stunning underwater themed restaurant, Al Mahara, at the magnificent Burj Al Arab, or take in the breathtaking views from Vu’s on level 50 of Jumeirah Emirates Towers www.jumeirah.com/valentines. La Baie at the Ritz Carlton Hotel is one of Dubai’s most romantic restaurants with an elegant, intimate and refined dining atmosphere overlooking the Arabian Gulf www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/dubai. Gordon Ramsay’s understated and elegant Verre restaurant at the Hilton Dubai Creek is the ultimate gourmet experience, winning numerous awards and establishing itself as a world-class food destination www.hiltondubaicreek.com.

Why not indulge yourself in one of Dubai’s countless spas? You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety on offer with their unique themes, style and concept treatments. Influences are drawn from East and West with themes ranging from Egyptian and Thai to contemporary. Treatments are equally global with techniques from Bali, Sweden, Thailand, China and beyond. There are spas aimed at men as well as women, indeed, 25 per cent of spa visitors in the emirate are now men, leading to a new trend of men-only spas. For example, Jumeirah has launched its ‘H2O’ spa at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel and Grosvenor House has ‘1847’.

Discover the true beauty of Dubai from the water by boarding a traditionally decorated wooden dhow as you sail along the creek under a starry sky. You’ll be able to see the major landmarks as they sparkle in the moonlit sky while enjoying an enchanting dinner. This unforgettable romantic experience is not one to be missed.

You can also explore the vast surrounding deserts and escape the bustle of Dubai city by dining among the emirate’s golden sand dunes, providing a magical Arabian experience. Or for those thrill-seekers, why not go on a desert safari, sand board or fasten your seatbelt for a spot of wadi bashing. Visit www.arabianadventures.com for more information.

With its fusion of traditional and modern influences, relaxation and adventure, Dubai is one of the world’s most enticing destinations. So, spoil yourself and someone special this Valentine’s Day and indulge in the pleasure of one of the world’s most spectacular destinations.

For further information about Dubai, contact the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing on +44 (0) 29 7839 0580, email: dtcm_uk@dubaitourism.ae or visit www.dubaitourism.ae.

Friday, January 19, 2007



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