Being one-half of a new couple is quite exciting. You want to impress your partner, and you have this strong desire to share as many extraordinary experiences as possible. This is entirely understandable because you feel like a much better person when love is new.
It’s a common practice to go to great lengths for the other person. That means nothing is too extravagant when it comes to earning your beloved’s pleasure. And when it comes to making an effort for that very special someone in your life, dates are the perfect opportunities to demonstrate this.
The great thing about a date is that it only requires creativity to be memorable. You do not always have to dole out a considerable amount of money to make the other one feel appreciated. Quite often, affordable dates are quite impactful.
If you are currently a little low on creative ideas, however, and you have a lot of days off and free nights for dates with your new partner, don’t worry. Listed below are nine unique date ideas that are definitely worth trying. They offer various experiences and come at different price points, allowing you to choose which ones would be most appreciated by your significant other.
1. A food crawl
This is a highly enjoyable activity for a date because it’s an adventure that you can execute on a limited budget. Find the best food street in your city and spend the night trying out affordable treats.
The lovely thing about the food crawl is that you can discover new flavors together, and you can purchase everything in smaller quantities. The goal is to try all kinds of new foods and find those that you will want to indulge in again in the future for a sit-down date.
2. A VR arcade date
VR arcade dates are steadily growing in popularity because of the incredibly unique experiences they offer. You and your date can try saving a cat from a tall building, riding the most terrifying roller coaster, killing zombies, and others.
However, because you’re in an arcade, you do not have to worry about the actual dangers of such experiences. You are not really going on a 75-meter-high ride, which can make you lose your dinner. This date is sure to induce plenty of laughs and is a great chance to see how tough each other is.
3. A luxurious movie date
Turn a regular movie date into a much-needed time for luxurious entertainment. Head to the fanciest luxury cinema in your area and be prepared to be treated like complete VIPs.
Boutique cinemas in Dubai, for instance, offer plush recliner seats for absolute comfort, the most advanced vision and sound technologies, a VIP call button that you can use to have gourmet food delivered to your seats, and so much more. This date idea is a splurge, but you can count on this night to feel like a total treat.
4. A “Come Dine with Me” Cooking Competition
Take a cue from a popular cooking reality show that showcases kitchen chops for whipping up a truly impressive meal. Challenge your partner to a dinner date cook-off for the books.
See how each one will do when the goal is to put together a top-class dinner affair. The fantastic thing about this date idea is that you both get a meal that’s prepared with your preferences and full enjoyment in mind. Also, it makes for a great start for a full night of fun with each other. After dinner, you can go on your movie date or to see a show.
5. A workout session surrounded by nature
Make self-care a priority and get your sweat on while enjoying each other’s company as well as the beautiful natural surroundings, and doing something meaningful to boot.
You can head to the beach for early morning yoga, which can be a peaceful prelude to a romantic brunch. Alternatively, join a community program that organizes fun environmental protection activities. Go windsurfing at the bay or kayaking through mangroves and keep an eye out for ecological threats such as rubbish, which you can pick up to help clean up the area.
This is something that most people engage in with a big group of friends, but if you and your partners are competitive, make karaoke night your next date activity.
To make it more fun and exciting, choose a particular artist to channel for your date night. See who can nail an impression of Celine Dion, Freddie Mercury, or Shakira better. No doubt about it, you’ll have a lot of laughs throughout your date night. In the future, you can also get a few friends to come along and hype your performances.
This is not an activity for everybody, and a lot of people have never experienced being at an actual race as a spectator before, which is basically why it’s a good activity to try. Give it a feel and see what it’s all about.
There’s no need to place a bet, though. Perhaps, just don the traditional race spectator fashion, and splurge on the treats that vendors sell during the matches while making predictions about the outcome of every race you get to witness.
Discuss a cause that you and your partner support and find an activity where you both can lend your services. Dates shouldn’t just be all about having fun. They can be partially spent helping out others as well.
You can volunteer at a soup kitchen or you could help out in your community’s clean-up drive. Get involved in whatever program you and your partner are interested in. This is a sweet way to support each other’s values and promote each other’s personal development.
9. Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution is not just a thing of the nineties; it is a classic date night activity. If you and your partner are game for anything, there’s no doubt that you will have a lot of fun dedicating a date night to DDR.
See who between you and your partner picks up choreography faster and has a future as a backup dancer for JLo. Expect a lot of humorous banter and outrageous challenges for future DDR dates.
These date ideas are sure to help in making your next dates as enjoyable and meaningful with your new partner. Perhaps, they can provide you with the inspiration to come up with your own funky date ideas so that as you get to know each other better, you also grow to love each other more.
Paul Fox is the Director of Roxy Cinemas under Meraas Group/DXB Entertainments. Roxy Cinemas currently has five Dubai locations: The Beach, La Mer, City Walk, Box Park, and Bollywood Parks.
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