It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to love and, whether you’re just starting out as a couple or in a long-term partnership, it’s the perfect excuse to plan a really amazing date to show that special someone just how much you care. We’ve come up with our Fantastic Five ideas for dates with a difference.

The Way To The Heart
There’s an old saying that the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through his stomach. And how better to discover that route than with a cooking class, learning to prepare fabulous food and then eating it? The Cooking Academy offers both group and individual classes and, if you fancy learning to cook celeb-style, Nobu also has regular classes as does Al Messila Resort & Spa.

Can’t Escape That Loving Feeling
There’s nothing like sharing a difficult task to encourage bonding. So how about an escape room, where you have to work together to solve puzzles to unlock the door. We’ve previously tried, and loved, Virtuocity, which has a range of experiences – be warned, some of them are pretty scary. We also hear good things about Escape Rooms Qatar.

Moving In Rhythm
Couples are rarely closer than when they dance together and, if the success of dance-based TV shows is anything to go by, it’s a popular pastime. Even if you’ve got two left feet, your partner will definitely appreciate the effort if you suggest taking a dance class together. Who knows, you might surprise yourself. Salsa N Candela can help you get moving, with the added bonus of Latin rhythms.

Desert By Night
There can be few things more romantic than an evening under the wide, starlit, desert skies. Take a desert safari: visit a camel camp and ride a ship of the desert; go dune bashing and sandboarding and visit the Khor Al Udaid inland sea. There are numerous companies offering evening trips and it’s an experience not to be missed.

Get Away
Head to Qatar’s northeast coast Bin Ghannam or Purple Island. Famous for its natural beauty and exotic flora and fauna. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet. it’s the perfect place to get away from it all for a few hours of alone time… do we sense a proposal coming on?