20 of the Best Christmas Day Parties in the UAE
For a swanky buffet-style gathering, check out Olea. Specialities include beef fillet with horseradish and parsley crust, saddle of rabbit with mustard gnocchi, celery and carrots, and roast whole goose with chestnuts, bacon and savoy cabbage. The priciest package comes with unlimited bubbles!
INFO: Dhs300 to Dhs490, 12.30pm to 4pm, The St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8888, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com.
Escape the buzz of the city and head to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, where Al Forsan restaurant is hosting a traditional festive brunch including roast turkey and all the trimmings. The resort is also a popular choice for many expats who wish to turn brunch into a mini getaway!
INFO: Dhs345 to Dhs495, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 809 6194, www.meydanhotels.com.
The festive brunch at Traiteur features a large selection of cuisine so even the fussiest eater will be satisfied. Expect a range of appetisers, live cooking stations, festive season favourites such as butterball turkey with all the traditional trimmings, a huge dessert buffet and live entertainment. The brunch package includes free-flowing grape, grain and Veuve Clicquot bubbly!
INFO: Dhs795; 12.30pm to 4pm; Park Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 2222, www.dubai.park.hyatt.com.
Spectrum on One
Celebrate with your friends and family at Spectrum on One’s Christmas Day Family Brunch, where chefs will serve a decadent range of traditional faves. Expect turkey and roast carving stations, Spectrum on One specialities such as freshly shucked oysters, king crab legs, Wagyu beef, plus extensive desserts and a live festive crepe station. There are four price packages depending on drinks, the priciest of which includes unlimited premium rosé bubbly! Plus, if you’re on child duty, you can still let loose as babysitting services are provided.
INFO: Dhs465 to Dhs760, 12pm to 3pm, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 332 5555, www.fairmont.com.
The Irish Village
The Irish Village is hosting a festive buffet with traditional goodies such as roast carveries, turkey and trimmings, and more. This lunch is great for the whole family as there will be live music all day and kids gets a free gift from Santa!
INFO: Dhs165 food only, 11.30am to 4.30pm, Al Garhoud, Dubai, 04 282 4750, www.irishvillage.ae.
You and your kids will have a blast at this international buffet brunch inspired by Christmas day. Santa will invite the little one to their special buffet where the elves will take care of entertaining them while you enjoy your meal.
INFO: Dhs180 inclusive of selected beverages, Dhs250 inclusive of Prosecco sparkling vino. Kids up to five years eat for free, from six to 12 years 50 per cent discount.; 12.30pm to 4pm; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, email@example.com .
Avoid slaving away in the kitchen and take your family to Chef’s House for a lunch spread of traditional faves, oriental flavours and international delicacies. As for the kids, Santa will entertain the little ones while you sit back and sip on Prosecco.
INFO: Dhs180 to Dhs279, 12.30pm to 4pm, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, 04 366 9111, www.radissonblu.com.
Discover Christmas the Italian way at the Grand Hyatt Dubai’s Italian restaurant Andiamo. Enjoy an extensive all-you-can-eat buffet including cuisine from Italy, with added traditional festive favourites and desserts created for the Christmas Day celebration. Brunch packages also include unlimited selected house beverages.
INFO: Dhs300, 12.30pm to 4pm, Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 2221, www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.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, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, 04 372 2222, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Get festive at The MED and indulge in seasonal flavours and traditional treats at the Christmas Day brunch including turkey and all the essential trimmings, plus appetisers, fresh cuisine from live cooking stations and unlimited house beverages.
INFO: Dhs379, 12pm to 4pm; Media One Hotel, Dubai, 050 354 2567, www.mediaonehotel.com.
It’s all very British at this famous London eatery. Work your way through five courses, including one of the specially created desserts, such as the white chocolate and peppermint bombe before topping it all off with a slice of Stilton and a mince pie.
INFO: Dhs500; 12pm to 11pm; Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, 04 319 8767, www.theivy.ae.
Aim high this Christmas and take the express lift 200m above sea level to the Al Muntaha restaurant at the Burj Al Arab. Enjoy six-courses from the Christmas menu while drinking in the fabulous views of The Palm and Jumeirah Beach.
INFO: Dhs810 per person; 7pm to 11.30pm; Burj Al Arab, 04 301 7600, www.jumeirah.com.
This is one island that promises to offer world cuisine on the big day. As well as your traditional turkey roast, send your taste buds travelling around the buffet to savour Thai, Mexican, Mongolian, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Indian cuisine.
INFO: From Dhs249 to Dhs359; 6.30pm to 11.30pm; Crowne Plaza Deira, 800 4642, www.ihg.com.
It’s a white Christmas after all. We’re talking the white sand of Nasimi Beach (alongside the white chocolate ice cream that’s served with the Christmas pudding).
INFO: A la carte; 7pm to 12.30pm; Atlantis The Palm, 04 426 2626, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
Celebrate the festive season with an Arabic twist at Turath Al-Mandi. The Arabian restaurant will be serving its famous Mandy Turkey, which is slow-roasted in a clay oven and served with savoury mandi rice, pomegranate chutney, and sweet potato mash. Book in advance!
INFO: Dhs130, 5pm to 12am, 503 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, 04 395 3555, www.facebook.com/turath.almandi.
Celebrate at Brunello with Arabic fusion jazz artist Kamal Mussallam. He’ll perform as you munch on cuisine from a gourmet festive buffet, then open gifts from Santa! A pricey but classy otion.
INFO: Dhs600 to Dhs750, 12.30pm to 4pm, Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 056 644 5815, www.kempinski.com.
Enjoy Christmas New York-style at the Manhattan Grill, where chefs will be serving a festive-themed four-course menu including succulent choice cuts of meat, festive treats and a large selection of vino!
INFO: Dhs350 to Dhs500, 7pm to 11.30pm, Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 1234, www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com.
Expect a fab Christmas buffet dinner at the stunning Burj Al Arab restaurant with amaze views.
INFO: Dhs420 per person, 7pm to 11.30pm, Burj Al Arab, 04 301 7600, www.jumeirah.com.
The Christmas day lunch menu in Le Deck begins with fresh shrimps and oysters and ends in a piece-de-resistance bombe Alaska!
INFO: Lunch prices start from Dhs399, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi; 02 656 3500, www.montecarlobeachclub.ae.
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
Christmas Day lunch will feature the latest seasonal products including balik salmon, caviar, black truffle and capon. Enjoy!
INFO: Dhs790 per person (not including beverages), 12pm to 2.30pm, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Festival City, 04 701 1111, www.diningdfc.com.