The UAE to-do list

The things that ought to be on your radar this fabulously festive week
ByKaty GillettWednesday , 20 December 2017
The UAE to-do list
Fancy brunch in the clouds this festive season?

PICK YOUR PICNIC
MON 25 DEC
Come Christmas Day, you could be lazing around by the pool, on the outdoor terrace at 3in1 in Vida Downtown Dubai, and filling up a picnic basket full of special festive goodies while picking up a premium house beverage or two. Because this is how we do it in the UAE. INFO: Dhs295 (food and soft drinks), Dhs345 (house beverages), Dhs148 (kids aged 6-11), free (kids five and under), Mon 25 Dec 1pm-5pm, Vida Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, 04 888 3444, vida-hotels.com 

SANTA IN THE SUN
SAT 23 DEC AND TUE 26
The main man is making an appearance at El Chiringuito’s much-loved La Famillia brunch on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. There’ll be tree-decorating, card-making and a festive spread of traditional turkey, the venue’s famous paella, and plenty of pudding. The bad dad jokes are optional. INFO: From Dhs495 (food and house beverages) on Sat 23 Dec, from Dhs450 (food and house beverages) on Tue 26 Dec, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 277 9180, thepalmdubai.rixos.com 

GOURMET GIFTING
UNTIL SUN 31 DEC
Got a co ee-obsessed brother? Or a chocolate- loving mother? A best friend who can’t get enough cheese? Then head to Tub Of Butter and fill up a personalised crate or hamper full of gourmet items from its festive gift shop. Simples. INFO: Prices start from Dhs50, daily 7am-11pm, Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 343 8884, tubofbutter.com 

BRUNCH IN THE CLOUDS
FRI 22 DEC
Indulge in a lavish, festive-themed brunch in the world’s highest suspended suite in The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. The exclusive event, which is only open to 50 diners, includes a caviar ice bar, oyster room, massages, live jazz music and much more. If Insta uploads of this shindig don’t make your pals jealous then nothing will. INFO: Dhs500++ (food and soft drinks), Dhs750++ (bubbly), The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Tower, Corniche, 12noon-5pm, 02 694 4553, stregisabudhabi.com 

JAPANESE CHIC
FRI 22 DEC
Mark the lead-up to Christmas Day with an award- winning brunch at Zuma Abu Dhabi. Seasonally inspired dishes and desserts are on the menu, all with the stylish venue’s modern twist. Santa will be dropping by too, with personalised gifts for the kids. INFO: Dhs345 (food and soft drinks), Dhs445 (house beverages), Dhs555 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids up to age 12), The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 401 5900, zumarestaurant.com 

A VERY MARIACHI CHRISTMAS
FRI 22 DEC AND MON 25 DEC
Modern Mexican cuisine and traditional festive dishes are on the table at Peyote. Tuck into the likes of turkey tacos, Brussels sprout salsa, and chicken and mole blanco. Then get your face painted and immerse yourself in the jolly vibes. INFO: Dhs375 (food and soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs175+ (kids aged 6-12), free (kids five and under), Fri 22 Dec and Mon 25 Dec, 12.30pm-4pm, Gate Village No. 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 521 6300, peyoterestaurant.com/dubai 

SUPERIOR NEW YEAR
COMING SOON
How Dubai is this? On New Year’s Eve, you and up to 12 friends can board the Athena Charter Yacht. You’ll enjoy a four-hour cruise, canapés and selected house beverages, with music and stunning sea views. Can you think of a fancier way to start 2018? We didn’t think so. INFO: Dhs19,950 (cruise, food and house beverages for up to 12 people), Sun 31 Dec 9pm-1am, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, 04 362 7894, dubaimarinayachtclub.com 

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