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The venue has a set menu for three people and drinks packages for men and women. The dishes sounds great – think sweet potato fries with queso fresco, chipotle honey soy, toasted sesame and spring onions.
Dhs100 (set menu for three), Dhs230 (three hours of beverages for men), free (for ladies with four glasses of sparkling and 50 percent off food). Nation Riviera, Corniche Road West (02 699 3333).
Belgian Café Yas Island
If the prospect of Valentine’s Day induces a groan rather than a swoon, let us propose (no, not on bended knee) an alternative.
Single-minded types can head on down to the Belgian Café for an Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, featuring aptly named dishes such as the selfish shellfish – for those of us who just don’t want to share – as well as an unlimited house beverage package from 8pm until 11pm. A resident DJ will play party mixes to keep your toes tapping all night long. What’s love got to do with it, anyway?
Dhs69 (ladies), Dhs150 (men). Feb 14. 8pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 2000).
Okay, so not everyone wants to be all love-dovey on Valentine’s Day. But just because you are single, doesn’t mean you should be all on your own. Popular Irish haunt is inviting Abu Dhabi’s unattached to join the Anti Valentines’ Day party, being held in the Emerald Garden and poolside. Love might not be in the air, but there will be brilliant tunes from Sweet Chilli Jam, plus prizes for the best dressed and other competitions. There will be no love lost here, that’s for sure.
Dhs200, Dhs80 (kids under 12). Fri Feb 16. 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Trust everyone’s favourite Irish watering-hole to do things a little bit different. The award-winning pub will be hosting its first ever Traffic Light Party on February 15. Now, you might not be familiar with a Traffic Light Party, and you can colour us confused, too. But the basic premise is for single girls and gals to don green outfits and those already in relationships to stop potential suitors in their tracks by wearing red. Those not quite, can slip on some yellow. The anti-Valentine’s Day bash will also include a three-hour free flow of house beverages, live music and DJs until the early hours and great prizes for the best dressed on the night.
Dhs149 (house beverages, 8pm-11pm). Feb 15 8pm-2am. Al Raha Beach Hotel and Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
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