15 of the Best Christmas Eve Parties in the UAE

Get your pre-Christmas bash started with our top picks. You're welcome!
Monday , 10 December 2012
Mina A’Salam
Mina A’Salam
Bateaux Dubai
Bateaux Dubai
Celsius
Celsius
The Meydan Hotel
The Meydan Hotel
ICHO
ICHO
La Mer
La Mer
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Horizon Restaurant
Horizon Restaurant
Mozaïque
Mozaïque
Cavendish
Cavendish
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
Fazaris
Fazaris
Al Bahar
Al Bahar
Can Can Brasserie
Can Can Brasserie
The Gallery
The Gallery

Mina A’Salam
If you can’t decide on one restaurant for a Christmas Eve brunch, why not dine from three! Three of Mina A’Salam’s top restaurants – Al Muna, The Wharf and Zheng He’s – have joined forces to host an extensive festive brunch, with an abundance of international food and drinks. There will also be a band playing festive tunes!
INFO: Dhs550 to Dhs650, 12.30pm to 4pm, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6730, www.jumeirah.com.

Bateaux Dubai
Board the festively decorated Bateaux Dubai, cruise up the Creek and tuck into five courses from the gourmet menu.
INFO: Dhs540 per adult including welcome drink and unlimited house beverages, Dhs250 per child (between five and 11); 8.30pm to 11pm; Bur Dubai, 04 814 5553, www.jaresortshotels.com.

Celsius
Dig into the delish, special festive buffet prepared in a live cooking station. There's everything from traditional turkey to delicious oysters and lots more!
INFO: Dhs195 inclusive of selected beverages and Dhs250 inclusive of Prosecco sparkling vino. Kids up to five years eat for free, from six to 12 years old get 50 per cent discount; 7pm to 10.30pm; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, rric.royaldubai@radissonblu.com.

The Meydan Hotel
Get into the spirit on Christmas Eve with a festive afternoon tea and caroling at Millennium Lounge followed by a delicious brunch or buffet dinner at Farriers.
INFO: From Dhs175 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house beverages; 12.30pm to 3pm; Nad Al Sheba, 04 381 3111, www.meydanhotels.com.

ICHO
Enjoy amaze Teppan grills, ICHO’s chefs preparing your meals live in front of you and top music from the DJ!
INFO: Dhs175 with soft drinks, Dhs265 with vino and hops, Dhs275 with vino, hops and sake; 7pm to 1am; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, rric.royaldubai@radissonblu.com.

La Mer
For a festive dinner with a difference, head to La Mer where chefs will swap turkey for lobster with a seafood spread, including seared scallops, warm smoked salmon and grilled lobster plus accompanying vinos and a Christmas log for a sweet finish.
INFO: Dhs400, 7pm to 12am, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com.


 

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
The hotel’s signature Thai restaurant, Pachaylen, offers the perfect alternative to traditional dinner on Christmas Eve with a four-course set menu designed for sharing.
INFO: Dhs700 per couple or Dhs900 per couple with three glasses of selected wine each; 7.30pm; Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 656 1000, www.anantara.com.

Horizon Restaurant
International restaurant Horizon is hosting a festive buffet spread including mains and desserts for the whole family. On the way to dinner, check out the gingerbread house at the Atrium Lobby Lounge where you can nibble on homemade festive treats such as cakes, Yule logs and much more!
INFO: Dhs199 to Dhs249, 7pm to 11pm, Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Dubai, 04 428 2000, www.rotanatimes.com.

Mozaïque
Fujairah residents and visitors can get festive at contemporary restaurant Mozaïque, which is throwing a lavish dinner buffet full of international cuisine, with house bevvies and themed entertainment. When you’re there, check out the Christmas Bazaar at Al Falaj lobby café – on from 14 December to 7 January – with traditional Christmas goodies and delicacies from around the world!
INFO: Dhs210, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah, 09 244 9888, www.rotana.com.

Cavendish
Feast on a specially created five-course menu at Cavendish restaurant, which will be transformed with festive décor to get you in the Christmas mood. Vino lovers can upgrade their package to include a perfectly paired glass of fine vintage with each course.
INFO: Dhs225 to Dhs395, 7pm to 11.30pm, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 356 0600, www.bonningtontower.com.

Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy a special three-course set menu featuring authentic Italian cuisine including ice cream-stuffed panettone. Frankie’s resident piano player, Nazareno Pica will perform throughout the evening and if set menus aren’t your thing, you can also choose from the à la carte menu. As an extra treat, guests who book the festive menu will also receive a free one day pass to the hotel’s pool and beach!
INFO: Dhs299, 7pm to 12.30am, 20 to 25 December, Fairmont Bab al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, 02 654 3238, www.fairmont.com/abu-dhabi.

Fazaris
Take advantage of the UAE weather and dine al fresco at Fazaris. The cosmopolitan restaurant is hosting a festive feast with music from Yulia and Levgen. A great choice for dinner with your hubby or friends! Choose between soft drinks and a bubbly package. Indoor dining’s available too.
INFO: Dhs275 to Dhs495, 7pm to 11pm, The Address Downtown, Dubai, 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com.

Al Bahar
All day dining restaurant Al Bahar is serving a traditional buffet of festive eats such as pepper crusted prime ribs with Yorkshire pudding and whole honey-glazed turkey with trimmings and cranberry sauce. Great for all the family!
INFO: Dhs125, 12.30pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm, Coral Beach Resort – Sharjah, 06 522 9999, www.coral-beachresortsharjah.com.

Can Can Brasserie
Highlights of French restaurant Can Can Brasserie’s brunch include seafood, a salad station, charcuterie and cheese, soup selections, live cooking stations including a turkey carvery with stuffing, shawarma, and a barbeque! For a sweet treat, there will be a selection of desserts and pastries, a festive yule log and even gingerbread man making!
INFO: Dhs250 to Dhs450, 12pm to 4pm, 24 and 25 December, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, 04 372 2222, www.ritzcarlton.com.

The Gallery
There's a mouth-watering three-course
set menu at the restaurant including a special festive mocktail! Enjoy!
INFO: Dhs89, The Gallery, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, 04 508 7833, rotana.com/magicalseason.