Typical date nights often involve cliches like candlelight dinners or movie nights. Not that we have anything against them, especially if you want to go the classic way. But, if you are seeking out-of-the-box yet affordable and cheap date night ideas, we have some up our sleeves. Here are our favorite picks, some of which you don’t even have to pay a dime for. A couple of them are even cheap dessert places that are perfect for your sugar cravings.
1. WXYZ Bar
Yes, yes, we know you are looking for cheap date night ideas, but what if we told you, every Monday you can binge on tacos for just AED 5! Yes, you heard that right! You get to choose from salmon, mushroom, pulled beef or chicken, so there is something for everyone. Pair them with your favorite Mexican hop priced at AED 15 and you’ve got yourself an affordable yet perfect cheap date night spot!
2.Al Fahidi historical district
Ideal for history buffs, here you can enjoy leisurely strolls around the neighborhood, and also visit the famous Arabian Tea House for a warm cuppa tea. A great way to spend quality time and discover more about your similar interests. There’re also several art galleries featuring pieces from local artists.
3. Tee & Putt Mini Golf
Located in Wafi Mall, this mini-golf park offers visitors a fun and truly exciting experience, with the glow-in-the-dark theme adding to the overall ambiance. There are 18 levels to complete, so bring out your competitive mode and challenge each other to around to see who wins in the end. While it’s priced at AED 75/person, if you have the entertainer app, you can enjoy a 1+1 offer. A win-win situation for both. In my opinion, the best cheap date night option!
4. Sleep under the stars
Confused? Allow us to explain. Qudra is one of the best camping spots in Dubai, so why not take advantage of the situation and plan a date night under the stars? Pack your favorite snacks and set up your camp for that perfect, romantic date night. It’s super affordable and offers a similar experience. The heart-shaped love lake is an added bonus for your love birds! Maybe grab a nutella dessert from these amazing joints for a perfect cheap date night!
5. Unwind Cafe
Do you’ll enjoy board games and want to challenge each other to a fun game? Unwind is the ideal place to be! For just AED 18/person, you get to play unlimited games for a whole hour. Plus, there’s an extensive menu featuring lip-smacking dishes at affordable prices.
6. Dubai Ice Rink
If you are a 90s Dubai kid, you know exactly what we’re talking about here. For the rest of you, the Dubai Ice Rink is located in Dubai Mall and is priced at AED 55/ person. Got wobbly feet? Why not take advantage and help each other maintain the right balance as you’ll glide through the rink?
Located in Al Ghurair, this cute Japanese boutique bakery and café serve a range of adorable and “gram-worthy” treats that are heavy on taste but extremely light on the pocket. From pastries and buns to rice and ramen burgers, their exquisite array is sure to guarantee you a fun night out. If you are a dessert fan, even check out some of the best lotus desserts in Dubai
If you seek something fancier while staying light on the budget, Yamanote Atelier is ideal. A quaint little café located in Dubai Mall, offering a plethora of interesting delights including sweet and savory items. It’s also said to be one of the greatest places to pick an edible gift without having to break the bank. Now if that doesn’t say cheap date night, what does?
9. Flying Cup
Experience a whole new perspective while staying 40 meters above the ground when you sit on the Flying Cup. Located in JBR, you get to capture memories that you will cherish for years to come. So, whether you are on your first date and seek a bit of adventure while being on a budget or want to celebrate an occasion, this is your best bet! Priced at AED 129 for two on Groupon, you get to enjoy the ride along with a snack.
10. Back to Games
Ready to unleash your competitiveness? Well, then this is your place! And we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. It is absolutely free! Yes, you heard that right! Choose from an extensive range of board games based on your preferred genre and challenge each other to a fun game night (or day)! This is surely going to be your usual hangout spot.
So what’s your view on cheap date ideas in Dubai?
While Dubai is known for its extravagance, there are quite a few hidden spots for amazing cheap date nights that you can go with your friends/partners for a budget-free outing! Have we missed something? Tell us in the comments.
If you like sheesha spots, find the best ones that are open for 24 hours here. There are so many restaurants and cafes that are open 24/7 that is perfect for you and your partner if you are night owls.
Contributed by Ray D’silva