90 of the Best Festive Feasts and Events in the UAE!

Take a look at the must-visit places for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
ByKimberly D'souza
,Surena Chande
Wednesday , 21 December 2016
90 of the Best Festive Feasts and Events in the UAE!
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CHRISTMAS EVE

ACCENTS, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA

This Christmas Eve, enjoy a special buffet with traditional dishes including roast turkey with all the trimmings, an oyster bar, foie gras and panettone. From Christmas choirs to a special visit from Santa Claus, there’s plenty to entertain guests of all ages.
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs295 including soft drinks, Dhs395 including grape, 50 per cent off for kids six-12 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 446 6669, icmarinadining.com

ESSENCE RESTAURANT, WYNDHAM DUBAI MARINA
Indulge in a Christmas buffet featuring a traditional roast and a wide spread of festive favourites and sweet temptations. The little ones can enjoy a special buffet and goody bags.
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs159 including soft drinks and Dhs259 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 407 8888, wyndhamdubaimarina.com

SPECTRUM, FAIRMONT AJMAN

Tuck into roast turkey with traditional cranberry sauce and a wide selection of delicacies such as mince pies, Christmas stollen, festive cookies and gingerbread, to name a few, at this eatery.

TIME: 6pm-10pm

PRICE: Dhs165 per person

CONTACT: 06 701 5544, ajman.dining@fairmont.com

RANGE BAR AND GRILL, WYNDHAM DUBAI MARINA
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with DJ Daniela Royal, and enjoy a festive three-course dinner menu with a combination of roasts and succulent steaks. This one’s great for meat-lovers!
TIME: 6pm-12midnight
PRICE: Dhs179 person with food only
CONTACT: 04 407 8888, wyndhamdubaimarina.com

IMPERIUM, JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY
Gather your friends and head down to Imperium for a Christmas Eve dinner. Tuck into gourmet fare and continental delicacies within elegant and regal settings that set the festive scene. We’d dig out the gladrags for this one.
TIME: 6.30pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs350 including a glass of bubbly, 50 per cent off for kids between four-12 and free for kids under three.
CONTACT: 04 453 0444, jumeirah.com/jzsfestive

CELSIUS RESTAURANT, NASSIMA ROYAL HOTEL
Celebrate Christmas early this season with Celsius Restaurant. Bring the family together and tuck into an extravagant spread of Mediterranean and European festive specials including seasonal salads, a selection of roasts and more.
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs199 including soft drinks and Dhs250 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 308 0000, or email fboffice@nassimaroyalhotel.com

POSITANO, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Celebrate Christmas Eve with an evening brunch buffet inspired by coastal Italian cuisine as you dive into classics like risottos, pastas, meat dishes and tiramisu.
TIME: 6pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs180 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai@marriott.com

GARDEN, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Not feeling a traditional roast? Why not indulge in a Peruvian four-course feast at Garden. This Christmas Eve dinner is perfect for sharing with your friends and family.
TIME: 6pm-12midnight
PRICE: Dhs280 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai@marriott.com

MEDLEY, PULLMAN DUBAI CREEK CITY CENTRE
Start the Christmas celebrations with a delectable festive lunch buffet at Medley Restaurant. Featuring traditional favourites such as a golden roasted turkey and a festive buffet with all the traditional trimmings, you’ll need a nice lie-down after a couple of helpings!
TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm
PRICE: Dhs120 for adults and Dhs70 for kids
CONTACT: 04 603 8201, h2022-sb@accor.com

YUAN, ATLANTIS THE PALM
Feeling a little adventurous? Take your friends and family out for an unconventional festive dinner at Yuan and enjoy the Chinese tradition of drinking tea while eating dim sum. You can also indulge in a selection of salads, noodles, rice and traditional Chinese desserts.
TIME: 6pm-11pm
PRICE: À la carte menu
CONTACT: 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com/special-offers/festive

PAI THAI, MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Spoil yourself and the entire family by indulging in authentic Oriental fare at Pai Thai. The restaurant offers the complete package with its laidback atmosphere and idyllic waterfront setting, live Thai entertainment, and an à la carte menu filled with festive specials.
TIME: 6pm-11.30pm
PRICE: À la carte menu
CONTACT: 04 366 6740, jumeirah.com

NA3NA3, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MALL
With an extravagant buffet featuring classic favourites like a traditional turkey with all the trimmings and a festive log, plus live pipe music, this spot could make for a fun Christmas Eve for all the family. There’s also going to be an appearance by Santa, which we’re sure the little ones will love!
TIME: 7pm-11.30pm
PRICE: Dhs250 including soft drinks, Dhs350 including selected house drinks, Dhs130 for kids six-11 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 888 3444, theaddress.com

CONSTELLATION BALLROOM, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
Treat yourself and your family to a holiday dinner within the elegant settings of the Constellation Ballroom. Enjoy a special gourmet festive menu complete with entertainment from a magician and a band. Plus, a special visit
from Santa Claus.
What a treat!
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs345 including soft drinks, Dhs495 including house drinks and Dhs645 including bubbly.
CONTACT: 04 436 7777, dine@theaddress.com

AMAL, ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI
Explore the gourmet heritage of India for an alternative to traditional festive dining. Catering to all palates, you can tuck into a choice of a four-course vegetarian or non-vegetarian tasting menu served sharing-style. Enjoy traditional sounds from sarangi players too, while you fill up on this feast. This certainly won’t be your average Christmas meal.
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs450 including soft drinks and Dhs550 including selected house drinks
CONTACT: 04 888 3666, restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com

KOI RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, THE COLLECTION, SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
Spread the festive cheer and celebrate at a chic Christmas Eve soirée at Koi with the Gochiso Evening Brunch. Begin with a selection of appetisers such as crunchy Vietnamese prawn spring rolls, raw papaya and shrimp salad with soy sesame dressing and tender wagyu tataki. For the mains, guests can tuck into classic roast turkey with all the trimmings, or get a little adventurous with some Asian-inspired dishes such as miso-marinated black cod, Thai chicken curry and sautéed prawns with sweet and sour sauce. Dessert is not to be forgotten, with sticky toffee pudding and Gianduja chocolate mousse accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
TIME: 5pm-8pm, 7pm-10pm (two seatings)
PRICE: Dhs295 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs395 inclusive of selected house drinks and Dhs495 inclusive of bubbly.
CONTACT: 02 678 3334, koiabudhabi.ae

INKA, SOFITEL DUBAI DOWNTOWN
Enjoy the festive season with family and friends and experience traditional Peruvian flavours in an uplifting ambience against the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. Guests can choose from festive Peruvian dishes such as 24-hour marinated boneless chicken leg, Wagyu beef tenderloin and, for dessert, Peruvian Mess. We assume this is a fun take on Eton Mess and we’re intrigued! Guests can also choose from a variety of premium bubbles and house drinks.

TIME: 6pm-2am

PRICE: À la carte

CONTACT: 04 346 9295, reservations@inkadubai.com

YALUMBA, LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
Get in the mood for the big day at the newly renovated Yalumba. Treat yourself to a festive buffet of favourites such as roast turkey, carvery options, international cooking stations and an extensive choice of desserts.
TIME: 8pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks and Dhs499 with premium bubbly
CONTACT: 04 702 2455, lemeridien-dubai.com/festive

MINT LEAF OF LONDON, EMIRATES FINANCIAL TOWERS
Joint Mint Leaf Dubai’s tasteful Christmas celebrations with a carefully crafted set menu on offer throughout the festive period. Incorporating creative flavours, Mint Leaf’s contemporary Indian cuisine has received a seasonal twist. Dig into the lamb boti kebab or the turkey biryani served with a mouth-watering cranberry naan bread. Served sharing style in the spirit of Christmas, the eatery offers a luxurious setting to enjoy this special time of year with family and friends alike.
TIME: 12noon-11pm
PRICE: Dhs249 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 706 0900, reservations@mintleafdubai.com

FOGUEIRA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE AT RAMADA PLAZA JUMEIRAH BEACH
Start your celebrations on the 35th floor of Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach offering stunning views of the Marina. Treat yourself and the entire family to an authentic Brazilian feast of 15 cuts of meat served in unlimited portions, a turkey carving station (so you can well and truly get your fill!), a salad bar and desserts. Not to forget a special early visit by Santa himself.
TIME: 6.30pm-12pm
PRICE: Dhs335 per person with soft drinks, and Dhs445 with house drinks
CONTACT: 04 439 888, festive.rsv@ramadaplazajbr.com

JAZZ@PIZZAEXPRESS, THE HUB, WORLD TRADE CENTER MALL, ABU DHABI
This Christmas, PizzaExpress is pulling out all the stops and putting a festive spin on its Italian fare. How does Brussels sprouts pizza sound to you? Other festive dishes on offer include natale Romana, and roasted turkey breast with sage and onion stuffing. We’re intrigued.
TIME: 12noon-4pm
PRICE: Dhs129 including soft drinks and Dhs229 including house drinks and bubbly
CONTACT: 02 444 7752, pizzaexpress.ae

BALLARO, CONRAD DUBAI
Get stuck into a special ‘Christmas Eve Golden’ three-course festive dinner menu that’ll leave you feeling super-Christmassy. Indulge in roast turkey, mince pies and other Christmas classics, all while dining in an elegant setting. 
TIME: 6.30pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs499 per couple
CONTACT: 04 444 7111, conraddubai.com

ANISE, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Toast to a memorable festive season this year with Anise as it presents a feast of flavours from around the world. Choose from premium quality Fine de Claire oysters, butterball turkey and a seafood display. Yum!
TIME: 7pm-11.30pm
PRICE: Dhs375 including soft drinks, Dhs475 including house drinks and bubbly, Dhs185 for kids six-12 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 701 1136, restaurant.reservations.dfc@ihg.com

PORTERHOUSE, SOFITEL THE PALM
Enjoy quality time with your family and friends and tuck into a tempting four-course feast at Porterhouse. Start with a rich and festive foie gras torchon with five-spice gingerbread, fig compote and toasted banana brioche, followed by a turkey roulade with smoked parsnip, parsley confit shallots and potato fondant drizzled with cranberry jus. Save room for the main course, which is a succulent char-grilled Welsh lamb loin served with English peas falafel, squash purée and a red currant and mint jus. To satiate your sweet tooth, delve into the ‘Christmas Jewels’; passion fruit crèmeux, hazelnut Gianduja and chocolate-coated almonds. This one’s perfect for serious foodies looking for more than the traditional offerings.
TIME: 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs350 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 455 5656, dining.palmdubai@sofitel.com

TRADER VIC’S MAI TAI LOUNGE, HILTON AL HAMRA BEACH & GOLF RESORT, RAS AL KHAIMAH

Swap the conventional Christmas Eve traditional fare for some French-Polynesian-inspired dishes. If you’re looking for a party-style celebration for the night before Christmas, this could be the place for you!

Time: 6.30pm-11.00pm

Price: Dhs195 for food only

Contact: 07 204 2300, events.alhamra@hilton.com 

CHRISTMAS DAY

ACCENTS, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA

Get cosy with friends and family this Christmas and tuck into a hearty, sharing four-course brunch including roast turkey with all the trimmings. A special visit from Santa will keep the kids entertained, too! 
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs175 adults with soft drinks, Dhs275 with grape, 50 per cent off for kids six-12 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 446 6669, icmarinadining.com

BOARDWALK, DUBAI CREEK RESORT
Visit Boardwalk on Christmas Day for a Mediterranean-style buffet with a Christmas twist, while you savour views of the Dubai Creek with friends and family. Post-lunch there’s a happy hour on all cocktails until 6pm.

Time: 12noon-4pm

Price: Dhs350 with selected house drinks, Dhs150 for kids four-12 years and free for kids under three

Contact: 04 295 6000, creekdining@dubaigolf.com

MARINA SOCIAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA
Celebrate Christmas at Marina Social with a festive feast including an à la carte brunch featuring traditional British Christmas dishes, such as the turkey and foie gras terrine and a special soufflé pudding, too!
TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6pm-12midnight
PRICE: Dhs415 including soft drinks, Dhs595 including house drinks, Dhs695 including bubby, Dhs795 including premium bubbles and 50 per cent off for kids under 12
CONTACT: 04 446 6664, marinasocialdubai.com

ASADO, THE PALACE DOWNTOWN DUBAI

With magnificent views of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, have a truly special Christmas Day at Asado. This South-American-style celebration will feature sizzling Argentinian dishes from the à la carte menu and music from an Argentinian duo. Make sure to book early to bag a table outside!

TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: À la carte
CONTACT: 04 428 7806, dine@thepalace-dubai.com

THE RIB ROOM, JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY

Ring in Christmas at The Rib Room and tuck into seasonal specials to satisfy your festive spirit this December. Jazzing up the joyful season, live music sets the perfect ambience for Christmas Day. Though on the pricey side, the venue is also offering a complimentary kids’ menu to children below four.
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs425 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs525 inclusive of house beverages, Dhs775 inclusive of free-flowing bubbly and 50 per cent off for kids four-12
CONTACT: 04 453 0444, jumeirah.com/jzsfestive

MAHIKI, JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL

Take a break from unwrapping your presents and head to Tiki wonderland where the first 50 ladies get free Christmas Punch upon entering the tropical grotto. DJs Skinny Loop and Adam Graca will be spinning seasonal tracks to get you feeling festive, and you can also get an unlimited drinks package from 9pm to 1am, too. Partying on Christmas Day? Why not!

TIME: 7pm-3am

PRICE: Free entry, Dhs200 for the unlimited drinks package

CONTACT: 04 380 7731, mahiki.ae

CELSIUS RESTAURANT, NASSIMA ROYAL HOTEL
Indulge in a Christmas feast with friends and family where you can enjoy a spread of traditional favourites. Ringing in at under Dhs200 with soft drinks, this deal’s pretty reasonable, too!
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs199 including soft drinks and Dhs250 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 308 0000, fboffice@nassimaroyalhotel.com

AL FRESCO GARDEN, JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY
Soak up the sun and have your Christmas celebrations at Al Fresco Garden. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf as you dine with a festive barbecue buffet. It’s a treat for the entire family, and great for those of you who want to enjoy Christmas in the sunshine!
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs375 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs495 inclusive of house beverages, Dhs695 inclusive of free-flowing bubbly, 50 per cent off for kids four-12 and free for kids under three
CONTACT: 04 453 0444, jumeirah.com/jzsfestive

PRIME 68, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Start your Christmas day in style with a festive à la carte brunch at Prime68 while enjoying the finest cuts, grape, bubbly and panoramic views of the city from the world’s tallest hotel. Indulge in a selection of traditional savoury treats including beef truffle salami, crab cakes and Josper oven-grilled tenderloin from the carvery cart, plus there’s an oyster station to tuck into. Indulge your sweet tooth with the festive desserts, which include mini stollens, whoopie pies, hot chocolate shooters, eggnog and Christmas plum pudding.
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs650 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriott marquisdubai@marriott.com

SULTAN’S LOUNGE, JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY
Enjoy a Christmas afternoon tea at Sultan’s Lounge with a selection of festive delights, and kids and adults alike will love the gingerbread house, too.
TIME: 2.30pm-6.30pm
PRICE: Dhs220 including a signature tea selection, Dhs250 including bubbly, 50 per cent off for kids four-12 and free for kids under three
CONTACT: 04 453 0444, jumeirah.com/jzsfestive

GARDEN, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
The Festive Wanderlust brunch here is a culinary journey around the world. With around 10 live stations and over 365 dishes, this food odyssey has something for everyone. With its party atmosphere, this brunch is ideal for groups. Book early to bag a table on the terrace!
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs395 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 308 0000, fboffice@nassimaroyalhotel.com

BREAD STREET KITCHEN, ATLANTIS THE PALM
Indulge in a slice of London this season with a Christmas celebration at the renowned Bread Street Kitchen. Delight in a selection of Gordon Ramsay’s festive interpretations of modern British cuisine, including traditional mains, appetisers and dessert stations.
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs550 including selected house drinks
CONTACT: 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com/special-offers/festive

CABANA, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MALL
Make your Christmas brunch a sizzling celebration with Cabana. Tuck into treats from the cooking stations, mulled drinks and plenty of roast turkey with a generous helping of trimmings. As you dine, the resident DJ will play his take on festive tunes to keep you feeling Christmassy! Private cabanas and outdoor seating is available (book early!) and there’s also a special activities area for the wee ones.
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs295 including soft drinks, Dhs395 including selected house drinks, Dhs150 for kids six-11 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 888 3444, theaddress.com

CRESCENDO, ANANTARA THE PALM
Expect a lively atmosphere at the renowned Fork & Cork brunch Christmas Day special. Tuck into international festive specialities as you are entertained by live music. Children can enjoy a variety of fun activities including face painting and balloon sculpting, plus they’ll meet a special visitor from the North Pole.
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs445 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs645 inclusive of house drinks and bubbly, Dhs750 inclusive of premium bubby and Dhs175 for kids six-11
CONTACT: 04 567 8304, restaurants.dubai@anantara.com

BUSHMAN’S RESTAURANT AND BAR, ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT
Celebrate at a gentle pace in the tranquil beachside surroundings of Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar. Tuck into a selection of seasonal Australian dishes and soak up the sounds of local artist Ash Minor. Also, a special visit from Santa is certain to enthrall the kids on this exciting family day!
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs250 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs360 inclusive of house drinks and Dhs175 for kids six-11
CONTACT: 04 567 8304, restaurants.dubai@anantara.com

NEZESAUSSI, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
Indulge in the traditions, cuisine and beverages originating from south of the equator in this newly-rebranded venue. A succulent, traditional roast with all the trimmings accompanied by bottomless drinks from New Zealand, South Africa and Australia will make for a memorable gathering. Get into the Christmas spirit as you dance with a special guest who’ll be sledging into town, and enjoy seasonal tunes.
TIME: 4pm-2am
PRICE: À la carte
CONTACT: 04 436 7777, dine@theaddress.com

RISTORANTE, ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI
Delight in a reinterpretation of Italian cuisine at the swanky Ristorante at Armani Hotel. The six-course menu is perfect if you’re looking for something a little less traditional. Oh, and we’re sure you’re in for a treat with the views, too! 
TIME: 6pm-11pm
PRICE: Dhs550 including soft drinks and Dhs650 including selected house drinks
CONTACT: 04 888 3666, restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com

COPPER DOG, DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON
Experience an authentic Scottish Christmas feast with your friends and family as you dig into a delectable three-course menu featuring dishes such as smoked salmon, foie gras, roast turkey and roasted cod. Groups of eight or more can indulge in a three-course menu throughout December, with guests choosing from starters such as carrot and orange soup, smoked mackerel with celeriac and apple remoulade, or ham hock terrine served with piccalilli, followed by a choice of traditional roast turkey with stuffing and traditional sides, the chargrilled salmon served with mushroom risotto, or the vegetarian option of nut roast with all the trimmings. If you’ve still got room, there are three desserts to choose from in the form of the Christmas pudding, the winter berry Eton mess or the trifle, all rounded off with a mince pie. Yummy!
TIME: 12noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5.30pm on Christmas day, 12noon-2am for the rest of the month
PRICE: Dhs350 on Christmas day with soft drinks, Dhs650 on Christmas Day with house drinks, Dhs195 per person on Christmas Day for groups of eight or more and Dhs99 for kids below 12

CONTACT: 04 559 5355, reservations@copperdog.ae

LE VENDOME, EMIRATES PALACE
Emirates Palace has pulled out all the stops to make your Christmas dinner one to remember, especially given its decadent décor and surroundings. Expect traditional Christmas fare alongside international favourites. The buffet and drinks will leave you feeling seriously full, but we recommend leaving some room for the awesome desserts. A magical visit from Santa Claus and his elves will have your children super-excited, too!
TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm
PRICE: Dhs450 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs600 inclusive of house drinks and Dhs700 inclusive of free-flowing bubbly
CONTACT: 02 690 7999, restaurants@emiratespalace.ae

KARMA KAFÉ, SOUK AL BAHAR
Indulge in an Asian-inspired brunch that allows you to order unlimited servings from a festive-themed à la carte menu, which includes honey-glazed turkey, venison yakitori and ginger mirin glazed salmon. Paired with unlimited-drinks packages, as well as a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, Karma Kafé is ready to set the perfect Christmas vib for you and your crew.
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks and Dhs449 with bubbly
CONTACT: 04 423 0909, info@karma-kafe.com

LA SERRE BISTRO & BOULANGERIE, VIDA HOTEL
Revel in the festive spirit with La Serre’s extensive à la carte menu where guests can start their journey with a selection of appetisers such as Brittany oysters, pan-seared foie gras accompanied by caramelised pineapple and wild thyme honey, as well as grilled octopus served with black olive pesto, fresh citrus and herbs. For mains, guests can indulge in an array of dishes including whole sea bass baked in puff pastry, duck breast served with roasted pears and root vegetables, and ricotta gnocchi with white truffle, butternut squash purée, baby spinach and Parmesan. End your meal with desserts including pumpkin pecan pie, Christmas log served with pear and chestnut or mixed berries and Black Forest gateau with fresh cherries and ginger.
TIME: 12noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.15pm
PRICE: À la Carte
CONTACT: 04 428 6966, laserre.ae

JONES THE GROCER, DUSIT THANI HOTEL
This Christmas, be a part of Jones the Grocer’s first ever Jones Brunch that offers something to suit most palates. You and your family can tuck into festive delicacies like roast turkey with all the trimmings. Round off with some live music and bubbly and you’ve got yourself a very merry Christmas.
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs275 including soft drinks, Dhs395 including house drinks, Dhs450 including bubbly and Dhs150 for kids under 12
CONTACT: 04 335 7769, dusit@jonesthegrocer.com

ASPEN CHALETS, KEMPINSKI HOTEL MALL OF THE EMIRATES
We think this is possibly one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in the region given the snow-filled surroundings and log-cabin-feel of the venue. The festive winter wonderland could be a lovely spot to spend Christmas Day with friends and family. Tuck into a traditional feast while gazing at views over the white slopes of Ski Dubai. The four-hour celebration begins with loved ones gathering together in front of a log fire to enjoy a visit from Santa. With transportation provided, up to 12 guests can be comfortably accommodated at the Aspen Chalets.
TIME: 10am onwards
PRICE: Dhs1,450 per person, minimum spend of Dhs10,500 applies, 50 per cent discount for kids between six-12
CONTACT: 04 341 0000, reservations.malloftheemirates@kempinski.com

BOXING DAY

LA FARINE, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS

Enjoy a three-course festive lunch or dinner with a modern French twist at La Farine and savour foie gras lollipops, grilled scallops or braised turkey burgundy, accompanied with traditional Christmas desserts such as mini Christmas log, stollen and ginger bread crème brûlée. Yum!
TIME: 12noon-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm
PRICE: Dhs290 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai@marriott.com

RANG MAHAL, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Discover traditional Indian delights fused with the contemporary flair of Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar. Guests can indulge in an enticing festive set menu for a rather reasonable pricetag in the opulent setting of Rang Mahal.

TIME: 6pm-8pm
PRICE: Dhs250 per person with food only
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai@marriott.com

OSSIANO, ATLANTIS THE PALM

Gather your favourite people and enjoy seafood creations with a unique afternoon tea surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Ambassador Lagoon and its captivating ocean life. Indulge in a variety of pastries and savoury treats, accompanied by a vast selection of speciality teas. It’s certainly not your average Boxing Day!

TIME: 2pm-5pm

PRICE: Dhs295 including tea, or Dhs450 including premium bubbly

CONTACT: 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com/special-offers/festive

THE IVY, JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS
Continue the festivities with a lavish brunch at The Ivy. Indulge in classic creations from the British restaurant and international brasserie fare while swaying to the tunes of jazz and swing vocalist Ciaran Fox. The institution is closing at the end of the year, so head there for one last knees-up!
TIME: 12.30pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs499 with house drinks, Dhs599 with bubbly and Dhs699 with premium bubbly
CONTACT: 04 319 8088, theivydubai.ae

MUNDO, JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS
Make Boxing Day memorable with a feast at Mundo. Treat yourself and the family to a buffet full of roast meats, cold cuts, seafood, desserts
and more.
TIME: 1pm-4pm
PRICE: Dhs195 including food only, Dhs275 including soft drinks, Dhs350 including house drinks and kids under 12 eat for free
CONTACT: 04 432 3232, jumeirah.com

MAZINA, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
Let the merriment of Christmas continue for yet another day. Round up all your fave people to enjoy a festive celebration with an extensive traditional buffet selection including roast meats, a salad bar, sushi and traditional desserts.

TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm

PRICE: Dhs315 including soft drinks, Dhs440 including house drinks and Dhs595 including bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 436 7777, dine@theaddress.com

LINKS, THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE
Keep the festive spirits up with your loved ones at the Boxing Day Carvery Buffet. Tantalise your palate with a selection of roasts and a range of trimmings. Take a seat at the outdoor terrace and unwind with the striking view of the golf course and Dubai Marina skyline.

TIME: 5pm-10pm

PRICE: Packages starting from Dhs175 per person and Dhs100 for kids six-11

CONTACT: 04 363 1237, events.tamd@theaddress.com

ASIA ASIA, PIER 7
Savour the flavours of Christmas at Asia Asia with its Boxing Day brunch. The festive-themed brunch menu includes cranberry teriyaki turkey, venison kofta and soy butter turkey. Paired with the unlimited-drinks package of your choosing, along with the fabulous views from the terrace, this one’s ideal if you’re not yet ready to stop partying!

TIME: 2pm-5pm

PRICE: Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks and Dhs449 with bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 276 5900, asia-asia.com

BILLIONAIRE MANSION, THE TAJ DUBAI
Continue the festivities with Billionaire Mansion and enjoy a three-course set menu, which includes sharing plates of Billionaire’s famous sushi, Chilean sea bass with cherry tomato and dark and white chocolate fondant. After your meal, guests are invited to stay for the after-party at the club with DJs, dancers and singers.

TIME: 7pm-3am

PRICE: Dhs550 with food and selected drinks and Dhs650 with food and unlimited drinks

CONTACT: 04 510 3100, billionaire mansiondubai.com

CIRQUE LE SOIR, FAIRMONT HOTEL SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Join the wild Cirque le Soir performers at the Hip-Hop Chic night. Far from your average festive offering, you can expect strange Santas, sword-swallowing elves juggling candy canes and much more as Christmas meets the circus! With the club’s resident DJs playing the best of hip-hop all night long, prepare to bring your best moves to the dance floor.

TIME: 10.30pm-3am

PRICE: Free entry

CONTACT: 050 995 5400, cirquelesoirdubai.com

AQUARA, DUBAI MARINA YACHT CLUB
End the festive season with a relaxing Boxing Day dinner at Aquara. Get together with friends and family and enjoy an extravagant buffet dinner filled with classic favourites and signature dishes, as you take in breathtaking views of the marina. This popular spot’s closing soon, so head there to make the most of it before it disappears!

TIME: 7.30pm-10.30pm

PRICE: Dhs299 including soft drinks, Dhs449 including house drinks, Dhs149 for kids six-12 and free for kids under five

CONTACT: 04 362 7900, dubaimarinayachtclub.com

FRANKIE’S ITALIAN BAR & GRILL, JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
Tuck into an Italian festive menu from Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill. The meal will begin with a slow-cooked duck breast with red onion, strawberry and balsamic vinegar, before enjoying chickpea cream ravioli with red prawns. Then savour the lamb ragout tagliatelle before tucking into the famous Frankie’s turkey with polenta cream and baby beetroot served with all the trimmings. And if this isn’t enough for your festive feast, the Panettone sponge, with cream cheese, truffle and chestnut ice cream will hit the spot!

TIME: 5.30pm until late
PRICE: Dhs325 per person for the festive menu
CONTACT: 04 399 4311, frankiesdubai.com

SLOANE’S, GROSVENOR HOUSE DUBAI
Spend Boxing Day with loved ones at Sloane’s this festive season. Pick up where Christmas Day left off with Sloane’s extensive buffet selection including cooking stations, international cuisine, salads, sushi and more.

TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm

PRICE: Dhs260 per person for the buffet only

CONTACT: 04 317 6000, sloanes-dubai.com

NEW YEAR'S EVE

ACCENTS, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA

Turn back the clock and celebrate New Year’s Eve with your loved ones while enjoying a gala dinner, band performances and disco entertainers dancing to classics from the Seventies and Eighties. This is a serious throwback celebration!
TIME: 9pm-12.30am
PRICE: Dhs650 including soft drinks, Dhs950 including house drinks, Dhs1,250 including bubbly, Dhs1,650 including premium bubbly, 50 per cent off for kids six-12 and free for kids under five
CONTACT: 04 446 6669, icmarinadining.com

KARMA KAFÉ, SOUK AL BAHAR

If it’s gorgeous views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains you’re after, look no further. Karma Kafé’s offering guests a five-course menu paired with a premium open bar, while you enjoy music from ‘Gipsy Man’ George Reyes.

TIME: 9pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs699 for open bar only at the bar, Dhs899 with canapés and open bar at the lounge, Dhs1,199 indoors with five-course menu and open bar and Dhs1,899 on the terrace with five-course menu and open bar
CONTACT: 04 423 0909, info@karma-kafe.com

MARINA SOCIAL, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA
Ring in the New Year at Marina Social and dine and dance till the early hours. There’s an expansive dinner menu featuring scrumptious British fare and a great atmosphere at this fun spot. 
TIME: 6pm-12.30am
PRICE: Dhs515 including soft drinks, Dhs695 including house drinks, Dhs795 including bubbly, Dhs895 including premium bubbly and 50 per cent off for kids under 12
CONTACT: 04 446 6664, icmarinadining.com

THIPTARA, THE PALACE DOWNTOWN

With breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and fine fare on offer, Thiptara’s set to be a magical spot to welcome in the New Year! Get stuck into a five-course feast of Thai delicacies, while you wait for midnight and the fireworks to the backdrop of music from the DJ.

TIME: 8pm-3am
PRICE: Dhs1,900 per person with soft drinks and indoor seating, Dhs2,500 per person with premium bubbly and indoor seating, Dhs2,900 per person with soft drinks and outdoor seating and Dhs3,500 per person with premium bubbly and outdoor seating
CONTACT: 04 428 7806, dine@thepalace-dubai.com

TRE LOUNGE, NASSIMA ROYAL HOTEL
Welcome the New Year with a feast at Tre Lounge, while enjoying front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks from both the Burj Khalifa and The Palm Jumeirah, followed by a night of dancing at the Phantom of the Opera- themed event.
TIME: 9pm-3am
PRICE: Table bookings from Dhs2,000 inclusive of sharing platters and drinks, contact the hotel for tailored packages
CONTACT: 055 885 9183, fboffice@nassimaroyalhotel.com

FUMé NEIGHBOURHOOD EATERY, PIER 7 and al MANZIL DOWNTOWN

A grand three-course menu has been created, featuring some of the restaurant’s classics, including crab cakes, roasted mustard chicken casserole and truffle and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, for the special occasion! Whether you’re dining in Downtown or at the Marina location, there are great views of the fireworks. So get ready to welcome 2017, and eat plenty of food!

TIME: 7pm-2am Pier 7, 8pm-3am Manzil Downtown
PRICE: Dhs195 per person for three-course set menu only at Pier 7, Dhs500 per person for three-course set menu only at Manzil Downtown
CONTACT: 04 421 5669 Pier 7, 04 456 8784 Manzil Downtown

MEKONG, ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT
Enjoy the company of loved ones over a festive dinner at Mekong. Tuck into a wide selection of delectable signature dishes as you bid farewell to 2016. Relax in the fun rickshaw-style seating area or intimate round tables as you are entertained with chilled out tunes from DJ Liona.
TIME: 8pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs750, Dhs900 including soft drinks, Dhs1,200 including house drinks and Dhs1,399 including bubbly
CONTACT: 04 567 8304, restaurants.dubai@anantara.com

AQUA, JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS
Ring in the New Year with breathtaking outdoor views of the city’s fireworks while Aqua serves its signature canapés and crafted drinks on the terrace. This year’s exciting DJ line-up will ensure you have a New Year’s Eve party to remember. The night will start with Dubai’s popular electronica duo Hollaphonic, followed by DVJ King Arthur and at midnight French superstar DJ Norman Doray will hit the decks.
TIME: 8pm-3am
PRICE: Dhs850 per person or Dhs1,600 per couple including signature canapés and house beverages
CONTACT: 04 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai@marriott.com

SHADES, THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
End the year on a high note as you get together with loved ones for a night of dancing, fine dining and celebration. Positioned around an infinity pool, Shades offers alfresco dining with a glamorous ‘Sparkles’ theme and stunning views of the Dubai Marina skyline. Delight in a generous buffet featuring a barbecue, too. The DJ and saxophonist will set the mood for you to dance your way into the early hours of the New Year.
TIME: 8pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs750 including soft drinks, Dhs999 including bubbly, 50 per cent off for kids six-11 and kids under five dine for free
CONTACT: 04 436 7777, dine@theaddress.com

BICE RISTORANTE, HILTON JBR
Say ciao to 2016 with a spectacular six-course gala dinner, with the option of an entire vegetarian menu, too. Be mesmerised by the remarkable views of JBR’s fireworks from the newly opened terrace and dance to the tunes of the late-night after-party. Guests will enjoy an array of authentic Italian offerings, from butter-poached slow-cooked lobster tail with avocado cream, to wild rock-salt seabass. The vegetarian menu features dishes such as gazpacho with burrata foam. Both options end with a delicious Italian cheese platter and a dessert of lavender mille-feuille with wild berries, a trio of macarons and Gianduja crumble.
TIME: From 7:30pm
PRICE: Dhs1,300 including soft drinks and Dhs1,700 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 318 2520

BOA STEAKHOUSE, EASTERN MANGROVES PROMENADE, ABU DHABI
Feast on a seven-course set menu specially designed to welcome the New Year at Boa! You’ll get dishes including marinated Scottish salmon served with mixed beetroot, horseradish cream and fresh plum, lobster and zucchini cannelloni with mushroom sauce and fresh black truffle. Finish off your celebrations with dessert and petit fours.
TIME: 8pm-12midnight
PRICE: Dhs495 including soft drinks, Dhs595 including house drinks and Dhs695 including premium bubbly
CONTACT: 02 641 1500, boaabudhabi.ae

ETIHAD BALLROOM, EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL
Ring in the New Year in Emirates Palace’s Grand Ballroom as it’s transformed into a winter wonderland. Upon arrival guests will warm up with a welcome drink and then move into the ballroom, where a snowy ground, festively-lit trees, lively music and a grand buffet await. Grab your drinks at the ice bar while you dance to music from the band. Entertainment is around every corner as acrobats defy gravity and dancers contort themselves in birdcages. As midnight nears, make your way to the beach for a magical fireworks display.
TIME: 7am-3am
PRICE: Dhs2,750 per adult with free-flowing drinks until 1am and Dhs1,375 for kids six-12
CONTACT: 02 690 7999, restaurants@emiratespalace.ae

DANA BALLROOM, FOUR SEASONS DUBAI AT JUMEIRAH BEACH
Celebrate the New Year in the glamorous style of the Twenties at the Dana Ballroom. A delightful array of cuisine with cooking stations will be accompanied by the swinging sounds of a band! An opportunity to really go to town on your outfit!

TIME: 8pm-2am

PRICE:  Dhs2,200 including food and soft drinks.

CONTACT: 04 270 7777, fourseasons.com/dubaijb

TORO TORO, GROSVENOR HOUSE
Welcome 2017 at Toro Toro and revel in the colour and excitement of a Latin-inspired shindig. Feast on a four-course sharing menu, which includes Pan-Latin delicacies created by renowned celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval and get into the party spirit with pumping tunes from the DJ and mesmerising dancers.
TIME: 7pm-1am
PRICE: Dhs1,200 inclusive of unlimited house drinks.
CONTACT: 04 317 6000, torotoro-dubai.com

RAMUSAKE, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

Ring in the New Year at Ramusake and say so-long to 2016 in style! Whether you want to dine inside the Izakaya-style restaurant or observe the fireworks from the Japanese garden terrace, this one’s set to be entertaining – especially with friends. Indulge in the chef’s decadent menu consisting of six dishes. The offering includes signature starters of Wagyu beef and rock shrimp, followed by the dim sum selection served from the trolley. Sushi lovers can nibble on California, spider, spicy tuna, Hamachi and seabass rolls ahead of the mains that will arrive straight from the robata grill, with black cod among the options. Satisfying those with a sweet tooth, Ramusake’s dessert menu includes kinako doughnuts, mini yazu tart and mochi ice cream. Yummy! Entertainment comes in the form of a DJ spinning tunes and a violinist during dinner.

TIME: 8pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs995 per person with the six-course dinner, a glass of bubbly at midnight and free-flowing premium drinks
CONTACT: 04 559 5300, reservations@ramusake.ae

LEVEL 43 SKY LOUNGE, FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
Party your way through the New Year with Level 43 Sky Lounge. From front-row seats to the annual fireworks extravaganza that lights up the city’s skies, to a feast with premium drinks and entertainment, we reckon this one’s going to be amazing!
TIME: 7pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs1,450 including house drinks
CONTACT: 056 414 2213, level43lounge.com

THE ASATEER TENT, ATLANTIS THE PALM
The New Year’s Eve Royal Gala held on the Atlantis Beach begins with canapés, bubbly and welcome drinks in Asateer, before the outdoor venue opens up at 8pm and a 30-piece band kicks off the night’s entertainment. On the menu is a decadent buffet serving everything from lobster and caviar through to shawarmas and fajitas. There will also be cooking stations as well as buffet stations for the kids. Gala guests will also enjoy fantastic views of The Palm, the Dubai skyline and the spectacular Atlantis itself. 
TIME: 7.30pm-3am
PRICE: Dhs2,030 for guests aged 12-20 including unlimited soft drinks, Dhs2,900 per adult including unlimited soft drinks and premium drinks, and children under 12 are free
CONTACT: 04 426 2626, atlantisthepalm.com/special-offers/new-years

PURE SKY LOUNGE, HILTON DUBAI THE WALK HOTEL
Make the most of every moment 2016 at Pure Sky Lounge. Tuck into 17 Pan-Asian and Western dishes served to the table. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable ambience, free-flowing drinks and breathtaking views of JBR’s and Burj Al Arabs impressive fireworks.
TIME: 9pm-12midnight
PRICE: Dhs495 including house drinks
CONTACT: 04 374 7888, pureskylounge@hilton.com

TAMBA, THE HUB WORLD TRADE CENTER MALL, ABU DHABI
Ring in the New Year in stunning surroundings, with an 11-course Indian-inspired dinner and free-flowing drinks. Live entertainment, a resident DJ and surprise performances will keep you dancing.
TIME: 8pm-2am
PRICE: Dhs580 including soft drinks and Dhs850 including house drinks
CONTACT: 02 672 8888, tambarestaurant.com

PIERCHIC, AL QASR
This iconic and romantic dining destination is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash. Take a front-row seat to the Burj Al Arab fireworks as you gaze over the Arabian Gulf from the waterside restaurant and tuck into a signature six-course
set menu throughout the evening.

TIME: 8pm-1am
PRICE: Dhs2,500 with house drinks, from Dhs2,995-DhsDhs8,500  with premium bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com

NEW YEAR'S DAY

MEDLEY, PULLMAN DUBAI CREEK CITY CENTRE

Ease into the New Year with Medley Restaurant’s New Year buffet. The menu boasts a sumptuous selection of treats including the finest cuts of meat, an oven-roast turkey (if you haven’t had enough already) and a selection of traditional trimmings.

TIME: 12noon-4pm

PRICE: Dhs199 including soft drinks, Dhs220 including house drinks and Dhs459 including bubbly

CONTACT: 04 603 8201, h2202-sb@accor.com

LE PATIO, THE ST REGIS DUBAI

Start the New Year at Le Patio’s lavish New Year’s Day buffet. To the backdrop of smooth jazz sounds, guests are invited to enjoy this expansive culinary journey of signature breakfast specialities, oysters and smoked salmon from the raw bar, a grill, a carving station that boasts cuts of the most delectable meats, and an extensive selection of desserts.

TIME: 1pm-4pm

PRICE: Dhs450 including soft drinks, Dhs550 including house drinks and Dhs650 including premium bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 435 5557, srdubai.dining@stregis.com

CANDYPANTS, HABTOOR GRAND HOTEL

This brunch is designed with recovery in mind, or simply a party that never ends! Starting from 3pm, celebrate the New Year with eight hours of international DJs, acts and entertainment.

TIME: Brunch 3pm-6pm, after-party 6pm-11pm

PRICE: Dhs325 including house drinks and Dhs375 including house drinks and bubbly

CONTACT: 050 220 4638, info@candypants-events.co.uk

COYA, FOUR SEASONS RESORT

Starting 2017 on the right foot, Coya Dubai’s first day of the year will see the return of the brunch concept offered with the outlet’s signature flourish, as guests dine to the sights and sounds of Latin America while in the heart of Dubai.

TIME: 12.30pm-3.30pm

PRICE: Dhs328 including soft drinks, Dhs498 including house drinks and Dhs598 including premium bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 316 9600, fourseasons.com/dubaijb

FEAST, SHERATON GRAND HOTEL

Ease into the New Year by feasting on flavours from around the world. Choose from a selection of hot and cold appetisers, an oyster bar, cheese counter, Asian live-cooking stations and dessert!

TIME: 1pm-4pm

PRICE: Dhs325 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs425 inclusive of house drinks and Dhs595 inclusive of premium bubbly.

CONTACT: 04 503
4444, info.granddubai@sheraton.com

BRASSERIE 2.0, LE ROYAL MERIDIEN BEACH RESORT & SPA

Start the New Year in style with the Curry Night buffet at Brasserie 2.0. Indulge in international specialities and much more.

PRICE: Dhs290 with soft drinks and Dhs440 including selected house drinks

TIME: 7pm-11.30pm

CONTACT: 04 317 0000, brasserie2point0.com

PERRY & BLACKWELDER, MADINAT JUMEIRAH

Relax and recuperate at Perry & Blackwelder for a day of laidback celebrations. Put the resolutions on hold for a day and treat yourself to some good old-fashioned comfort food to appease the side effects of last night’s party, or find a spot on the outdoor terrace to enjoy some fresh air with friends. Indulge in à la carte and festive specials such as slow-smoked brisket and applewood-smoked turkey to welcome the New Year.

TIME: 12noon-2am

PRICE: À la carte

CONTACT: 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com

BUBBALICIOUS, THE WESTIN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT

Start 2017 with an afternoon of food and fun with family and friends at this iconic brunch. After the antics of New Year’s Eve, indulge your cravings with a feast courtesy of Hunters, Blue Orange, Spice Emporium and newly revamped outdoor food stations. Carry on into 2017 with free-flowing bubbly and entertainment.

TIME: 1pm-4pm

PRICE: Dhs650 inclusive of soft drinks, Dhs680 inclusive of bubbly and house drinks and Dhs295 for kids six-11

CONTACT: 04 511 7139, westinminaseyahi.com

THE TERRACE ON THE CORNICHE, ST REGIS ABU DHABI

Kick off your New Year here and relax with indoor and outdoor seating. Indulge in everyone’s breakfast favourites, such as eggs Benedict, French toast and vegetable shooters with wheatgrass. Yummy!

TIME: 6.30am-3pm

PRICE: Dhs165 per person with food

CONTACT: 02 694 4553

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