Date ideas around Dubai

I currently do not have a significant other (unless you consider Emmett?!) but the other day I was having a bit of a walk down memory lane – it was also recently Valentine’s Day 😳 – and I remembered some of the good / great / downright awful dates I’ve been on in the past… and I thought that I’d share some of these with you so that if you’ve got a hot date and don’t know what to do / where to go then you need look no further than this blog post 🙂 ❤

  • Paddleboarding at sunset

This one probably wins hands down. It was by far one of the most romantic, if not the most romantic date that I have ever been on. We met on the beach just before sunset (he brought the paddleboards), pumped up the boards and set off… eventually ending up just sitting on them, floating around while we watched the sun go down. After some time of lying about we headed back to land and then lay on the boards, on the sand, chatting away for what felt like forever.

  • Dinner and dance show

We went to a dinner and dance show at Pacha (which is now closed), however they still have the same concept running at The Act – I’ve actually been here too, it just wasn’t on a date, but I highly recommend it! You spend the night enthralled by some outstanding performances on a stage set out right in front of you, while you eat your way through multiple courses of delicious food and sip on beverages of your choice. It’s as if the theatre is jumping right out of your plate 🙂

  • Movies under the stars

One of the cheapest nights out so if you’re on a tight budget, then this is highly recommended! There are lots of places around Dubai that are starting to offer movies under the stars, but my recommendations are for the rooftop at Wafi, or West 14th at Oceana, Palm Jumeirah. It’s as simple as checking what the movie being played is, grabbing a bean bag on arrival (free entry!), and loading up on popcorn, nibbles and even some of the ‘naughty-but-nice’ type of beverages 😉

  • Cheese and Wine night

Well, there’s not much that I need to say about this one, is there? There are hundreds of venues around the emirates that offer cheese and wine nights, on most nights of the week, so you just need to look up one in your area, and off you go! Salute! 

  • Musical fountains

Best to go on a week night to avoid the crazy crowds of Dubai Mall… but once you’re there, book dinner at one of the restaurants at either the mall or Souk al Bahar, overlooking the fountains, and sit back and enjoy the show 🙂

  • Get out of Dubai

This one may take up more than just an evening / night, but a great way to spend some ‘alone time’ is to head out to Al Ain, take a winding drive up Jebel Hafeet for some amazing views, and then you can head down to the park for a picnic, or to the zoo for something different 🐻

  • Dinner and a dhow

For a slight Arabic twist on just a normal dinner night, why not head down to Madinat Jumeirah for dinner. A great way to make the night seem to never end is to start off with sundowners at Bahri Bar, then hop on a dhow, enjoying a lazy ride to the Madinat, and head off for that scrumptious dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

  • Running date

So, this one could be turned into any type of sporty date, if you’re not a runner. But it’s as simple as making a plan to meet up and head out for a run, nice and early in the morning (even better if he picks you up from your house, and stops in for coffee afterwards 🙂 )

  • Picnic on the beach

Pretty much self explanatory… I once chose the beach as a venue for a picnic date because I am a city girl – I grew up very far away from the beach, so I thought that this would be something fun and different to do. One thing to be sure of when planning this – check the weather! While it doesn’t rain often in this part of the world, it does get windy and you certainly don’t want to be getting romantic on a beach with wind blowing sand into all of your food 😳

(Other than paddleboarding being mentioned first, the rest of these are in no specific order. I have only mentioned activities that I have personally done on dates – there are many, many, many more ideas around town…. just use some imagination ❤ )

Playing with my food

Now that’s something that most people don’t do very often.

But, I’m not most people.

And, I don’t actually mean that I’m playing with my food… I do, however, mean that I am going to be playing around with food(s) that work, and more than likely some that don’t, on my long runs.

As I run more, I want to run more, and longer, and faster. I still doubt I’ll ever want to run a marathon (although “they” say that it’s every runners goal). I’m more than happy with my half-marathon, and the training that comes with it, thanks!

But as each year passes and I run half-marathon after half-marathon, I obviously want to do better and better at each one. And the only way to do this is to run more. And more often. And longer.

So, I have recently been reading a lot of running blogs, websites, etc. all offering advice on what to eat, what not to eat, what to wear, what not to wear etc. When I started running I didn’t have anyone to help me and tell me what to do or how to do this all. I just went out there and I ran. So I’m now spending loads of time reading up about all aspects of running and one of the biggest topics that I seem to come across at the moment is fuelling for, and during long runs.

I’ve not experimented much with fuelling. I know that my pre-race dinner works as spaghetti bolognese, and pre-race breakfast is a boiled egg with mayonnaise on toast. I’ll glug down a gu at the start line, and then I carry them with me, along with a couple of gu chews for additional fuel along the way. I know this because it’s what I tried the first time (tried it for all the training leading up to the race), and it worked.

But there are soooo many other options out there – options that don’t taste awful like most gu’s do (my favourite flavour is the strawberry banana), and won’t get your hands all sticky! So, before my actual “training” for the RAK half marathon (in February) starts, I plan on trying out a bunch of different options on my long runs to try and mix things up a bit.

Here’s what I’m going to try:

1) Peanut butter M & M’s, or Reese’s peanut butter choc chips

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2) Dates

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3) Raisins

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4) Bovril (marmite) sandwiches, cut into bite size pieces and carried in a fuel pack (I read loads of people using peanut butter sandwiches but I don’t like the thought of having to chew and chew and chew on peanut butter while running)

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5) Sticking to my gu routine only

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So, runners, what do you use for fuelling on long runs? Any options you can share with me to maybe try out?