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The gentleman’s guide to Valentine’s Day in Dubai

From what to do to where to go, we’ve got you covered

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and ask yourself: Does this spark joy?

There are generally two types of men when it comes to Valentine’s Day: those who go all-in with grand gestures to show their love, and those who couldn’t be bothered and refuse to fall into the trap of commercialism.

However, it’s also true that your significant other wouldn’t mind if you marked the day — even if she says you don’t have to mark the occasion.

So, in the spirit of celebrating love and romance irrespective of the day you choose to do it on, here are some ideas:

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and ask yourself: Does this spark joy?

Spick and span

Czech & Speake

No.88 Shaving Set & Stand
AED 1,800.00

V76

Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
AED 104.00

Mr Natty

Dub 100ml tin (hairdub)
AED 100.00

Haeckels

Seaweed / Sea Buckthorn Body Cleanser
AED 230.00

It never hurts to look your best — not only does it increase your confidence levels, but it can only improve your chances of a favourable outcome.

Sort out your face, tame your mane and keep that beard in check. When was your last mani?

Fun in the sun

Frescobol Carioca

Trancoso Beach Bat Set -Blue
AED 785.00

Frescobol Carioca

Stripe Linen Beach Towel
AED 399.00

Mocha Salt

Crew Neck T-Shirt slim fit Lightweight -White
AED 295.00

Thomas Royall

Iceberg 'Luca' shorts
AED 425.00

Beach day

We’re big fans of easy, relaxed dates that don’t take hours to plan or cost the world.

If the idea of being crammed into a restaurant with hundreds of other people doesn’t appeal to you, why not go outdoors? Instead of sitting elbow-to-elbow with other couples who can overhear the sweet nothings you whisper to your SO, head into nature. The weather is perfect for a day at the beach or in a park — we won’t tell your boss you’re skiving.

Pack a picnic for one of the public beaches or parks, or go and chill out at one of the many beach clubs around the city.

Something casual

Grenson

Archie
AED 900.00

Richard James

Contemporary Shirt Butterfly Print
AED 780.00

Richard James

Pewter Grey / White Cotton Seersucker
AED 2,200.00

Timothy Everest

Timothy Everest X Fullcount Jean
AED 2,097.00

A relaxed evening

Not everyone is into the big, OTT V-Day extravaganzas. It’s important to knowing yourself and your date, and if the thought of a super-fancy shindig sparks anxiety there are other options.

We recently spoke to Joey Ghazal, the man behind The Main Oyster Bar, one of our favourite come-as-you-are venues. You can read it here.

Alternatively, try one of these:

Out to impress

Drakes

Pocket Sqaure painted spot
AED 195.00

Richard James

Classic Suit Wool & Mohair
AED 3,400.00

Emmett London

White Poplin
AED 600.00

Bow-Tie

Holmes - Box Calf Black Leather
AED 1,100.00

Fancy pants

Then, there’s the traditional option — a restaurant with great food, impeccable service and just the right atmosphere for if you want to go down on one knee.

Here’s our recommendations:

Baby it’s cold outside

Puma

PUMA Breaker Suede Puma Black
AED 410.00

Richard James

Contemporary Shirt Self Spot
AED 700.00

Richard James

Trousers Stretch Cotton Twill
AED 925.00

Timothy Everest

Bomber Jacket
AED 2,925.00

The home cook

Finally, you could also consider going the DIY route. Whether you try something new or go with your tried-and-tested signature, nothing conveys affection like taking the time to cook for your love.

Now, before you reach for the cookbook, these chefs have some tips to share:

Whatever you decide to do on Valentine’s Day, remember it has to be fun. Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and ask yourself: Does this spark joy?

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