DUBAI - It might not be possible to buy love, but at least you can spend a fortune trying to do so in the United Arab Emirates, where luxury hotels are offering Valentine's Day specials for mega-rich romantics.
Lovey dovey in Abu Dhabi? The Emirates Palace, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, has the priciest Valentine offer - a seven-day stay for a cool R7million.
"Time to show your love to your love," the hotel says. Takers will have a private butler and a chauffeur-driven Maybach luxury car at their disposal."
Also included in the million-dollar deal are a romantic dinner in-suite or on a yacht at sea, helicopter flights, use of the Abu Dhabi golf course, horse riding, watching camel racing, and even making your own perfume.
A private jet is also on call for a quick shopping trip to other countries in the region during the week.
The daily Gulf News quoted sources close to the hotel as saying a Russian businessman had expressed interest in the package.
But an employee told AFP that variations on the deal had been offered for some time, and "we didn't expect to sell any of the packages" because of the world economic crisis.
The hotel does offer a more modest three-day Valentine's deal for $136000, about R1,05million. This includes in-suite dinner with live music - and a diamond necklace for the lady.
East along the coast in Dubai the prices might be lower, but opportunities to lavish largesse on one's loved one are not hard to find.
The Palace hotel - near Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building - offers a deal entitled the "Sweet Suite Package" for $2700, about R20800. - Sapa-AFP