Merry Qaristmas

Yuletide dining options in Qatar
BySarah Hedley HymersTuesday , 23 December 2014
Merry Qaristmas

Celebrate the fact that you’re not on the other side of the world – trying to find a taxi home in the freezing cold – at one of the finest restaurants in the city, where you’ll be able to experience contemporary Persian delights while drinking in the sights of Doha Bay like it was eggnog.

INFO: QR280, 6.30pm-11pm, Parisa Restaurant, Sharq Village & Spa Doha, 4425 6666,

Let it Snow at Strata
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Barring a sudden and catastrophic climate change, this is the nearest you’re going to get to it in Doha. For one night only, the sleek West Bay lounge bar will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with complimentary festive eggnog to get you started. Opt for white cocktail attire, dance the night away to festive faves aplenty, and be ready for a very special surprise at midnight.

INFO: Free entry, 6pm-11pm, InterContinental Doha – The City, 4015 8888,

Dinner At Aroma
If you’re after the taste of something more traditionally European – and can’t wait another day to get stuck into some serious nosh – why not partake in a gourmet four-course menu that’s been lovingly prepared by the good people of Kempinski? They’re even laying on live festive entertainment to get you in the mood for a seasonal sesh.

INFO: QR495 with vino, QR345 soft drinks, 8pm–11pm, Kempinski Doha, 4405 3325,

Festive Dinner Brunch At The Ritz-Carlton
If you’re after something even more traditional, this sumptuous evening brunch will be the icing on the Christmas cake. Think festive decoration, sparkly splendour and a succulent banquet to pamper your palate with. All finished off by – bless – a Christmas carol recital, to either evoke cherished childhood memories or remind you of the school nativity where you accidentally left a puddle on the stage…

INFO: QR450 full brunch, QR350 soft brunch, QR130 kids 4-12, 6.30pm-10.30pm, 4484 8512

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