Celebrate Christmas in Doha in Style

Left Christmas planning until the last minute and need some quick inspiration? Here’s our top tips for enjoying the festivities in Qatar
ByDawn GibsonSunday , 22 December 2013
Celebrate Christmas in Doha in Style
Have yourselves a merry little Christmas!

Qatar’s restaurants and hotels are going to town with fabulous festive brunches and dinners, so let someone else do the cooking while you sit back, relax and enjoy.

TOP PICKS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

AN ITALIANO MENU AT IL TEATRO
Indulge in a four-course special menu thought up by the culinary team at this first-class Italian restaurant.
INFO: QR400 with soft drinks, QR530 with Italian vino, 7pm-11.30pm, The Four Seasons, The Corniche, 4494 8888, www.fourseasons.com/doha/

A TRADITIONAL FESTIVE SPREAD WITH FAB DISCOUNTS
There’s a sumptuous holiday buffet at the Mövenpick, where the turkey and all the trimmings will be served along with generous family discounts. Children aged under 12 dine free!
INFO: QR185, from 6pm onwards, children up to 12 free, 50 per cent discount for 12 to 16-year-olds, Corniche Rd, 4429 1111, www.moevenpick-doha.com
 
A TRIO OF CHOICES
Get ye to the Grand Hyatt for a delicious Christmas Eve, where a festive feast will be served simultaneously at The Grill, Thai restaurant Isaan and Italian inspired Rocca.
INFO: QR250 for five course dinner, QR350 with special drinks, QR125 for kids, 7pm-12 midnight,
The Grill 3000 7513, Isaan 7021 8097, Rocca 7021 8096, West Bay Lagoon, www.doha.grand.hyatt.com

FINE DINING CELEBRATION
One of Doha’s best known steak restaurants, Prime, will be serving up a special four course menu, including a glass of mulled vino to get you in the spirit.
INFO: QR450, 6pm-11pm, Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay, 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity

CHRISTMAS EVE WITH GORDON RAMSAY
Michelin Star Chef Gilles Bosquet has created a special five course Christmas Eve menu, with a surprise treat, for Gordon Ramsay’s Doha restaurant at the St Regis.
INFO: QR590 set menu only, QR1,200 menu with sommelier’s selection, 6pm-12 midnight, Gordon Ramsay at St Regis Doha, West Bay, 4446 0106, www.stregisdoha.com

TOP CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATIONS

TRADITIONAL ROASTS AND DELISH DESSERTS
The Doha Marriott will go to town with a fine selection of roasts, seasonal desserts and festive drinks. The kids’ room will feature a bouncy castle, games and more.
INFO: QR299 with soft drinks, QR389 with bubbly, from 12pm, Ras Abu Aboud St, 4429 8499, www.marriott.com

SPECIAL TREATS FROM SANTA AND A FAMILY BUFFET
The Intercontinental Doha The City is celebrating with a lavish family buffet as well as a special kids’ buffet, kids’ play zone and a visit from Santa, who’ll be doling out special treats.
INFO: QR200, QR75 for kids aged six to 12-years-old, 12pm-4pm, 4015 8888, West Bay, intercontinental.com/dohathecity

GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Santa will be giving the parents a treat at the Mövenpick’s Christmas lunch, with free dinners for children aged up to 12 and a 50 per cent discount for 12 to 16-year-olds. There will be live entertainment, a visit from Santa and special kids’ activities.
INFO: QR215 adults, Corniche Rd, 4429 1111, www.moevenpick-doha.com

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH IN AL LIWAN
There will be a decadent buffet prepared by Chef Ali Hadla as well as plenty of activities for the kids, including a balloon maker, face painting and bouncy castle.
INFO: QR320 adults, QR160 children 12 years and under, 12pm-4pm, Sharq Village & Spa, 4425 6666, www.ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage

CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY
Have lunch at Kempinski’s sky villa on the 61st floor for a truly memorable Christmas. There will be a kids corner and a visit from Santa.
INFO: QR295 including welcome bubbly and soft drinks, QR450 including welcome bubbly and house vino, QR145 for children up to 12, children under six free, 12pm-3.30pm, Kempinski’s, West Bay, 4405 3325 or kempinski.com/en/doha

WINTER WONDERLAND
Choices restaurant will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, trees and beautifully decorated tables for Christmas lunch, which will include themed food corners, a live band and gifts from Santa.
INFO: QR250 brunch, QR325 with house drinks, from 12pm, Choices at Oryx Rotana, Al Nahda School Street, Airport Road, 4402 3333, www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/qatar