Romantic destinations for a special valentine’s

The Middle East has a number of unique destinations that would make for an ideal romantic trip for couples, whether they are planning a honeymoon, a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend, or simply want to spend amazing time together.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a city that begs you to stroll along its cobblestone streets, hand in hand, enjoying the bright architecture and historical monuments. You can take a romantic dinner cruise on the Bosphorus, the twisting strait that divides the city in two, or go on a day trip to the breathtaking ruins of Troy, or spend an afternoon exploring the underground Basilica Cistern or the Blue Mosque’s unique architecture.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is like a colourful rocket bursting through the air, overwhelming the senses. It is the city with the highest buildings, the world’s busiest airport, and one of the most expensive locations on Earth. However, it is affordable for any budget-conscious couple. Arrange a private desert safari for you and your partner. Experience the thrill of dune bashing in a 4×4 vehicle, followed by a romantic dinner under the stars at a Bedouin-style campsite.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, the Middle East’s capital of romance and beauty, boasts lively marketplaces, great restaurants, and beautiful coastal views. Visit the famous Pigeon’s Rock to steal a kiss, or explore the Roman remains of Byblos for a more enriching experience. You can also enjoy the city’s dynamic nightlife and spend the entire night dancing beneath the city’s beautiful skies.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech ticks all of the romantic vacation boxes with its souks, palaces, and five-star accommodations. The beauty is so stunning that designer Yves Saint Laurent made it his home. For those wishing to delve deeper into the secrets of the late Yves Saint Laurent & his companion Pierre Bergé, you can reserve a private visit of their home in Marrakech: Villa Oasis.

Siwa, Egypt

With only a few words, Egypt can summon magic: the pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Red Sea. Travellers have been visiting here for 5,000 years, and the traces of its rich and exciting history continue to surprise. Siwa’s breathtaking salt lakes provide a magical backdrop for a Valentine’s Day party unlike any other. As you gaze over exotic sunsets, buried temples, and towering sand dunes, you’ll be transported to a magical realm.