5 anti-Valentine's Day things to do in Dubai

Single? Unimpressed by such a consumer-driven concept? Here are some alternative ways to spend Valentine's Day with friends (or on your own) this year

This Valentine's Day, go to The Smash Room in Al Quoz, Dubai and smash your frustrations out. Courtesy The Smash Room
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February 14 isn't just for loved-up couples, as these five activities prove. For those of us who don't care for Valentine's Day, this is what else is happening around Dubai that day, whether you're looking to mend a broken heart or just enjoying your newfound freedom.

The Smash Room

In the mood to break something? Head to the Smash Room in Al Quoz and try out their Anti-Valentine’s Day package. Pick any song that might remind you of a former flame and get to smashing. The package includes a TV with your former partner's name sprayed on it to smash, 10 glasses to break, as well as any other things you bring along (hint: old gifts) to destroy.

February 10 to 14, 11am to 10pm, starting from Dh175, 195 Umm Sequim Street, Al Quoz Industrial 4, 058 198 2323

The Justin-Britney break-up party

Remember the break-up of the decade in the early 2000s? Who could ever forget when pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake split? Well, certainly not The House Party Bar Dubai. They’re  throwing a '90s Single Party where if your name is Britney (or any other variation, such as Brittany) or Justin your drinks will be free for the night. The aim is to get as many Britneys and Justins into one room as possible. Is this the making of a new world record?

February 14, 6pm to 3am, starting from Dh150 (from 6pm to 10pm), Fairmont Dubai, 050 995 5400

The bonfire at Double Decker

Feeling the need for a new change? Want to get rid of things that no longer serve you? Head to the Double Decker Pub at Roda Al Murooj Downtown Dubai and take with you an old photo or other mementos that no longer spark joy and toss them into a bonfire. After that, enjoy a special buffet spread, live entertainment and a host of games.

February 15, noon to 4pm, starting from Dh250, Roda Al Murooj Complex, Downtown Dubai, 04 321 1111

The '80s Singles Party

For those who want to go back to a simpler time, head to the '80s Single Party at Bahri Bar in Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy an evening of nibbles and great music from the decade. Don’t forget to put together your favourite outfit from the decade, as there will also be a best-dressed competition.

February 14, 9pm to 3am, free entry for ladies, Dh100 for men, Bahri Bar, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeriah, Umm Suqeim 3, 04 432 3232

Pun-tastic food board at Garden on 8

Looking for something to do with friends? Head to Garden on 8 and enjoy a chilled night out together, while tucking into a selection of creatively named dishes, including the back-stabbing garlic wings, self-centred blue cheese beef sliders, and salt in the wound onion rings. Got an axe to grind?

February 14, from 5pm onwards, starting at Dh95, Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 04 427 1000