Here’s a roundup of places to spend Christmas Day in Dubai
It’s that time of year when we have carte blanche to eat, drink and have fun. From festive brunches to roasts and more, we’ve put together a list of great places to spend Christmas Day in Dubai.
While you’re at it, read this to plan where you’ll spend Christmas Eve in Dubai.
Here are 22 great places to book to have a Merry Christmas in Dubai
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
The multi-award-winning Crescendo Restaurant hosts a Christmas Day brunch with savory and sweet dishes from around the world. Santa Claus promises an apparition to distribute gifts to toddlers.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 480 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 680 Dhs with house drinks, 199 Dhs for children aged 6 to 12. Phone: (0) 4 567 8304. [email protected]
Andaz Dubai the Palm
Live entertainment, magnificent views of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, unlimited food, drinks and the party atmosphere created by the one and only Secret Parties gang, you better believe this new Christmas menu offering at La Coco is going to be wild.
Andaz Dubai the Palm, from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., 299 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 399 Dhs with house drinks, 449 Dhs with premium drinks, 699 Dhs sparkling. Phone: (0) 45811234. @andazdubaithepalm
Armani / Mediterranean
A luxurious festive brunch with Mediterranean vibes inside the tallest tower in the world.
Armani Hotel Dubai, 449 Dhs with soft drinks, 699 Dhs with house drinks. Tel: (0) 4 888 3666. armanihoteldubai.com/dine
Bab Al Shams
Celebrate Christmas in the desert where roast turkey and live cooking stations are offered alongside live entertainment and plenty of family fun. Watch out for Santa Claus, who will distribute gifts.
Al Forsan, Bab Al Shams, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 495 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 695 Dhs with house drinks, 250 Dhs children from 4 to 11 years old. Phone: (0) 4 809 6194. @babalshamshotel
A generous buffet – one of the biggest and brightest in town – with a live band and a resident DJ playing classic party tunes.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., 550 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 695 Dhs with a selection of house drinks, 950 Dhs with a selection of house drinks and champagne, 275 Dhs for children aged 5 to 12 . Tel: (0) 4 316550. @ brasserie2.0
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
It’s a traditional British Christmas extravaganza at Gordon Ramsay this season. Live entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus are on the menu, with festive cocktails, a big Christmas brunch with all the usual wonderful Christmas food. Admission includes free access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Atlantis, The Palm, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 390 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 550 Dhs with house drinks, 195 Dhs for children from 4 to 11 years old. Tel: (0) 4 426 1000. atlantis.com/dubai
Bring some sparkle to your festive celebrations and celebrate the Westin way at award-winning Bubbalicious Brunch, where the bubbly flows freely and the food is always delicious. Sample cuisines from around the world, prepared by the resort’s three restaurants, Baba, Sui Mui and Mina’s Kitchen.
Westin Mina Seyahi, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 895 Dhs with champagne, 595 Dhs with soft drinks, 295 Dhs children aged 6 to 11. 04 511 7373. 03034. [email protected]
bull and bear
Dress your best for Christmas and head to this festive brunch, The Bull of Wall Street, for instant Christmas fun with a five-course turkey menu including shared entrees and Wall’s now famous desserts. Street.
Waldorf Astoria DIFC, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 390 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 550 Dhs with house drinks, 750 Dhs with bubbles, 175 Dhs for children from 6 to 12 years old. Phone. : (0) 4 5159888. @ bullandbear.difc
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City
Bytes Restaurant is hosting this year’s festive brunch with singing singers, a Winterland kids’ area, and an appearance of the big guy in red. Expect traditional festive dishes as part of the extended brunch offerings.
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 249 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 399 Dhs with house drinks, 89 Dhs for children from 6 to 12 years old. Phone. : (054) 7931424. [email protected]
A good Christmas roast turkey back to basics with all the trimmings, washed down with a range of craft beers and wines.
Five Jumeirah Village Dubai, from noon, 175 Dhs. Phone: (0) 4 455998. @fivejumeirahvillage
JA Hatta Fort Hotel
Picnic tables, bohemian furniture and buffet in the beautifully manicured gardens in the shade of the Hajar mountains.
JA Hatta Fort Hotel, from noon to 4 p.m., 295 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 395 Dhs with house drinks. Tel: (0) 4 8145400. @jahattaforthotel
JA The Resort
This legendary hotel hosts its ‘Epic Christmas Day Brunch’ with a whopping 150 traditional festive dishes alongside international favorites and a big kid’s buffet with candy counters and gingerbread houses. Live music, artists and a special appearance by Santa Claus at 2 p.m. round out the entertainment.
Palmito Garden, JA Beach Hotel, 350 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 495 Dhs with house drinks, 50% reduction for children aged 6 to 12. Phone: (0) 4 8145604. jaresorts.com
Award-winning Pan-Asian cuisine and bar, Lah Lah cooks up a full festive Christmas Day brunch with Peking duck, dim sum, live sushi and sashimi, and pandan creme brulee. As you settle in, you’ll hear the sound of a DJ playing a set-list filled with Christmas carols. It takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required.
Lah Lah Bazaar, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. 395 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 495 Dhs with house drinks, 595 Dhs for sparkling wines, 198 Dhs for children under 12, free for children under four. Tel: (0) 4 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com/restaurants
Say “Ciao” to Santa during Luigia’s Christmas Day celebrations, with a set menu of Italian dishes and desserts as the legendary man in red hands out gifts to children. Children also eat pasta and pizza for free.
Rixos Premium JBR, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 290 Dhs with selected drinks. Phone. : (055) 4287540. luigia.ae
The girl from Shanghai
Expect a naughty but enjoyable Christmas at Maiden Shanghai with delicious Chinese food, well-crafted cocktails, and live entertainment on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., from 450 Dhs with homemade drinks (Christmas Eve) and from 549 Dhs with homemade drinks (Christmas day). Phone: (0) 4 4559989. @fivepalmjumeirah
Games, Christmas crafts and live performances offered by Jin Flora, alumnus of The Voice, in the brunch gardens of Sofitel Dubai The Palm’s Manava.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 450 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 595 Dhs with cocktails, 260 Dhs for teenagers, 130 Dhs for children from 6 to 11 years old. Tel: (0) 4 4556677. Sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com/festive
Souk Madinat de McGettigan
Enjoy a festive meal, including McGettigan’s famous Ham and Turkey Roast, complete with all the essentials. There will be festive events at both sessions.
Souk Madinat de McGettigan, from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m., 249 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 475 Dhs with house drinks. mcgettigans.com/festif
Radisson Blu Damac Hills
A nice, inexpensive neighborhood party option for those who live in the area, Radisson’s all-day Hessa Street Kitchen restaurant prepares Christmas lunch for Dhs 295 with homemade drinks.
Radisson Blu Damac Hills, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 175 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 295 Dhs with house drinks. Tel: (0) 4 879 1111. radissonhotels.com
Saffron is celebrating the holiday season with a special festively inspired brunch and festive dinner available on December 24th and 25th. Join Santa and his elves for an unforgettable feast of food, drink and holiday fun. Over 21 only for Christmas lunch. A family dinner option is also available.
Atlantis, The Palm, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 595 Dhs. Tel: (0) 4 4261000. atlantis.com/dubai
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Christmas by the Mosaic Pool features an extravagant seafood counter, chicken roulade, and several other seasonal dishes, including a turkey station with all sides. Junior brunchers will love Kid’s Corner with its centerpiece chocolate fountain.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 350 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 475 Dhs with homemade drinks, 170 Dhs for children aged 6 to 12. Tel: (0) 4 5036666. sofitel-dubai-downtown.com
A certain What’s On member (ahem, Laura) has ordered the H hotel take-out turkey option four years in a row because she claims it’s one of the best in town. Try it for yourself at the hotel’s Eat & Meat restaurant where its festive brunch features a big bird with all the trimmings, plus plenty of family fun. Alternatively, you can do like Laura and order one for the house (prices start at $ 299).
The H Hotel, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dhs399 with non-alcoholic drinks, Dhs 499 with house drinks, Dhs 709 premium, Dhs 199 for children from 6 to 12 years old. Phone: (0) 4 5018644. hhoteldubai.com
Waldorf Astoria The Palm
Experience a Waldorf Astoria Brunch on Christmas Day with a large buffet featuring some of Waldorf Astoria’s culinary icons and a wide variety of festive delicacies. Santa Claus is also making his appearance.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 490 Dhs with non-alcoholic drinks, 690 Dhs with house drinks, 890 Dhs with champagne, 250 Dhs children from 6 to 11 years old. Tel: (04) 8182222. waldorfastoria.com/dubai