There is so much on offer in Abu Dhabi during the summer, making it an ideal destination for couples. Whether you are looking for an impressive dinner setting or a unique memorable experience to enjoy together, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some date night ideas and romantic places to visit in Abu Dhabi that are guaranteed to excite, inspire and restore.
A magical night sleeping under the stars at Camp Nujum
Located within the expansive Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand mass, is Camp Nujum. Here you can experience an intimate evening under the starry night sky, stay in a traditional Bedouin tent and immerse yourself in Arabian tradition. You can also enjoy romantic sunset cocktails and a cosy bonfire under the starry night sky.
Unwind on the beach
A romantic beach teepee dinner at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Located in a private estate on a pristine natural island, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort welcomes guests to explore the beauty of the surrounding ocean. Plan your romantic beach dining experience and watch the magical sunset as you indulge in a five-course menu featuring dishes such as Boston lobster thermidor or asparagus and black truffle veloute. The romantic ambience and exquisite offerings are set to transform the night into an intimate experience like no other.
Secluded island vibes at Zaya Nurai Island
A romantic break on a private boutique island surrounded by tranquil sea and beautiful clear water is the perfect way to ramp up the romance. Zaya Nurai Island is a mere 10-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. The island’s luxurious all-villa hotel has a magnificent beachfront view. All the villas come with private pools and the best in-room amenities. They also have a renowned spa and wellness centre where you can sit back and relax with a couples’ massage. There’s no better way to unwind than with a romantic dinner on the beach as you watch the sunset over the horizon.
Private tranquillity at Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa
Immerse yourselves in luxury and privacy at Al Wathba Desert Resort, which lies deep within the golden desert landscape of Abu Dhabi. The boutique resort features timeless local details, traditional artwork, and Arabesque accessories, setting the perfect backdrop for you to hit the dunes and explore the natural beauty of the Arabian desert.
A magical night at Emirates Palace Hotel
Emirates Palace is decorated with gold-leaf, marble and hung with almost 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Located in a dazzling natural bay, Emirates Palace offers a private beach and marina with stunning Arabian interiors and legendary five-star service. The resort brings a new touch of luxury to the heart of Abu Dhabi along with delicious food featuring flavours of the Emirati culture.
Adventures at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
If you and your partner are in for a thrill, look no further than the world’s greatest water playground, sure to up the adrenalin. Yas Waterworld is spread across 37 acres, the UAE’s mega water park offers the ultimate water adventure where you can enjoy more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, five of which are unique to Abu Dhabi, and an amazing experience at different thrill levels.
Celebrate art at Louvre Abu Dhabi
The magnificent Louvre Abu Dhabi is the epitome of modern architecture. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, this cultural beacon shines fresh light on the shared stories of humanity. It is the perfect place to revel in the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage.
Its permanent collection comprises more than 600 pieces of art, displayed across 23 state-of-the-art galleries, all under a giant 180-metre-wide metal dome which weighs the same as the Eiffel Tower. Drawn from civilisations from all around the world, the works tell the story of shared human experience from ancient times to the present day.
Indulge in flavour
Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi
Giving you a taste of India, Martabaan has been envisaged as a ‘contemporary classic’ Indian dining destination by Hemant Oberoi – celebrated master chef and the first Indian chef nominated to the World Gourmet Club. Deeply embedded in cultural traditions, his innovative recipes have revolutionized the Indian culinary world with delights such as Temple Cuisine, Iron Cuisine and the Naza, to name a few.
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel
The breathtaking Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island is set within Yas Bay’s Waterfront, at the southern end of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, giving you immediate access to the waterfront’s retail and food and beverage outlets, as well as world-class entertainment and nightlife experiences.
Pamper your partner
With luxury shopping malls and local markets offering everything from gold and designer watches to carpets and textiles, the city’s shopping options are as eclectic as it comes. Spacious, modern and air-conditioned, Abu Dhabi’s malls are a welcome escape from the summer heat and a world of choice when it comes to shopping.
What’s more, they are a place to catch up with friends or for a family outing, always buzzing with activity as people meet, eat and shop. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island features more than 400 brands, or head over to the Avenue at Etihad Towers to browse through one of the world’s most exclusive boutique collections.
To find out more about summer in Abu Dhabi, visit: One Summer Isn’t Enough | Experience Abu Dhabi (visitabudhabi.ae)