17 October 2017Last updated

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Christmas Day meals

Want to eat out on Christmas Day? Here are offers for all budgets

30 Nov 2016 | 09:00 am
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Under Dh100

Clinton St Bakery

Turkey, trimmings and a Clinton Street surprise waffle for dessert. Noon-11pm, Dh98. 04 428 1331

Rove Downtown

The Daily’s weekend Bench Brunch gets a festive flavour with additions to the unlimited buffet (roast turkey and beef with trimmings, Yule log and mince pies), seasonal tunes and staff in silly jumpers (guests are also encouraged to wear their favourite reindeer sweater). Dh99 per person (Dh49 for children aged six to 12 years, children under six years free) with a welcome drink. 11am-3.30pm. 04 561 9999

Sheraton Abu Dhabi

British pub the Tavern has a festive meal with a drink and live music, noon-5pm and 8-11pm, for Dh95. 02 677 3333


Le Meridien Dubai

The Dubliner’s Irish brunch, 1-4pm, has live music. Dh199 with a buffet and two beverages (Dh99 for children 6-12 years, 5 years and below eat free, and under 12s can use the Jules Kids’ Club for free). 04 702 2455

Fortnum & Mason

If you want a roast turkey and trimmings with a view, head to the Tea Salon for the Dh170 lunch or dinner (starters and desserts are extra, but the view of the Burj Khalifa is free). 04 388 2627

Hard Rock Cafe

The resident band play festive tunes, Santa stops by and there’s a festive à la carte menu. 04 232 8900

The Huddle, CityMax Hotel Al Barsha

Christmas in Al Barsha? It’s Dh149 for the regular package at this bar, which is serving a festive meal from noon-6pm. 04 407 8000

The Irish Village

This family-focused Christmas lunch has turkey, trimmings, music and a visit from Santa. Lunch, noon-4pm, is Dh199 (food only) (children below 12 year, Dh99). 04 282 4750

Nezesaussi Grill

Christmas in the style of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, 7-10pm for Dh119 with a welcome drink. 04 888 3444


Bistro Des Arts

The French restaurant on the Marina Promenade is serving a Gallic twist for Dh299 per person (unlimited selection from the Social Table and one serving from the Cuisine and Creperie sections), 10am-3pm. 04 551 1576

Casa de Tapas

Try a Spanish Christmas brunch for Dh299 at this Dubai Creek gem. 04 416 1800

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen’s Christmas lunch includes seafood, turkey, barbecue and Christmas pastries for Dh299+ per person. 02 698 8888

Fairmont Ajman

The Spectrum brunch has a carving station, caviar and blinis, oysters, foie gras and giant Panettone, festive beverages and gingerbread house decorating for the children. Dh250 per person, children 11 and below eat free. Pool and beach access is an additional Dh150. 06 701 5544


Both the Dubai (JLT) and Abu Dhabi (The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall) are serving a festive menu, and that means Brussels sprout pizza. The meal package is Dh229, noon-4pm. 04 441 6342 or 02 444 7752

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

The best-value Christmas lunch offer at this hotel is Mundo’s buffet at Dh275 with a welcome drink (Dh450 with house drinks, and Dh135 for kids aged four-11).

Le Meridien Dubai

The hotel near Dubai airport has two value offers, at Warehouse and Meridien Terrace, both doing Christmas day lunch parties for Dh299. Warehouse has food, fun and dancing with a happy hour from 4pm and access to the Kids’ Club at Jules Bar free of charge. 04 702 2455

Rose and Crown

The traditional British Christmas lunch at this pub at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City includes a carvery station and is Dh280 per person, 12.30-4pm. 04 437 0022

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Christmas buffet with a welcome drink and house beverages for Dh225. If Santa didn’t leave you anything, not to worry: The restaurant is giving a present of a 50 per cent discount voucher for your next visit. 02 813 7777


Address Dubai Mall

Na3Na3’s buffet has international dishes, turkey, a Santa visit, a children’s’ activity area and free access for little ones to Qix Club. Dh395 (children 6-11, Dh150 per person, under-fives eat free). Cabana goes festive with outdoor seating and Burj Khalifa views, a DJ and kids’ activities, with the same prices. 800 38 224 6255

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

Sufra’s Christmas Day brunch is Dh350 (children below 6 dine for free and children aged between 6-12 dine at 50 per cent when accompanied by a paying adult), 12.30-4pm. 04 317 2221

Fume, Pier 7

The Dh195 Christmas menu at this restaurant with Marina views comes with a four-hour drinks package for Dh189. 04 421 5669

Grand Hyatt

The Collective serves Christmas lunch from 12.30-3pm for Dh350 per person and Dh100 for children aged six to 12. 04 317 1234

H Hotel

The Black Lion pub has a Christmas Day Soul Supper to the tunes of old skool funk, soul, hip-hop and R’n’B classics. Expect festive street food, a secret Santa and music by DJ Shero, 6-10pm, Dh335. 04 359 2366

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel

The Festive Wanderlust brunch is one of the best offers we’ve seen (trust us - we’ve read hundreds). Located in the Garden restaurant, they promise international cuisine at 10 live stations serving over 365 dishes for Dh395 (1-4pm). 04 414 3000

Karma Kafé

There are unlimited servings from a Dh399 festive menu with the trad turkey as well as Asian flavours (venison yakitori, anyone?). Don’t forget there are Dubai Fountain views, too. 04 423 0909.

Kempinski, Mall of Emirates

Olea Levantine restaurant has live entertainment, Father Christmas and a meal for Dh395 per person (children 6-12, Dh145). 04 341 0000

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Café Palmier has performances by carolers and entertainers and a Santa visit; the buffet is Dh399+ (Dh99 for children), 1-4pm. Market Kitchen has an American Christmas lunch for Dh399 and a dinner menu from Dh200 for three courses. 02 674 2020

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

Soul has a lunch buffet, live carving, festive drinks, a jazz singer and saxophonist, plus Santa, Christmas carols and a kids’ corner. Dh399 per person (Dh175 for children 6-12 and free for under sixes). Dinner at The Talk Restaurant has the same festive fun for Dh350 per person (Dh125 for kids over six). 04 449 8781


This rooftop bar and restaurant lets you lie in, serving its feast from 2–5pm, with happy hour until 8pm and sunset views from 43 floors up, for Dh350. 04 443 5403

Sheraton Grand

Feast restaurant’s roast and live cooking stations is Dh345 and lasts an hour longer than most Chrismas Day brunches, taking the eating from 1-5pm. 04 503 4444

Sheraton Mall of Emirates

Santa Claus, carol singers and a Dh329 house package at Besh. 04 377 2353


This organic-focused restaurant at JA Ocean View, JBR has a four course set menu plus a post-dinner dancefloor, 7pm-midnight, Dh349. 04 814 5923


Address Marina

Celebrate in the Constellation Ballroom with the Winter Wonderland brunch. Created to look like a festive village, there’s a band, Santa visit and magician, 12.30-4pm, Dh495. 04 436 7777

Amwaj Rotana, JBR

Live stations, roast, gingerbread and cupcake decorating, face painting and Santa Claus, 12.30-4.30pm, Dh444 (Dh166 for children aged 6 to 12 years, under sixes eat free). 04 428 2000

Bab Al Shams

Carolers and camels? Only at Al Forsan. There’s a buffet, music, children’s’ activities, 1-4pm, Dh595 (Dh223 per child). Or try Le Dune’s four-course dinner, 6-11pm, Dh450. 04 809 6100

Bread St Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay’s roast at Atlantis The Palm is Dh450, 12.30-4pm. (Saffron brunch, Dh595, and Seafire’s roast lunch, Dh395 with a welcome drink). 04 426 2000

China Grill

If Father Christmas appearances and carolers aren’t your cup of eggnog, try the Toy brunch (they call it an ‘adult playground’). The food is Asian and there are multiple DJs to entertain. Dh450, 1.30-4.30pm. 04 511 7139

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Pony rides, a bouncy castle, festive entertainment and traditional food at Palermo, 1-4pm for Dh475 (Dh110 for children 6-11 and free for under-fives). 04 362 7880

Four Seasons DIFC

Christmas in a diner? Expect something beyond a milkshake and fries at Michael Mina’s Firebird at Dh495 per person. 04 506 0000

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

The picnic brunch, noon-4pm, gets a Christmas theme with food cooked in the smoker. Dh450 (Dh175 for children 6-12). Free for under-fives. 04 701 1111


A contemporary holiday menu of chestnut cream soup, salmon tataki with jalapeno ponzu; turkey breast roulade with chestnut stuffing or sous-vide lamb rump. The three-course set menu has a four-person minimum, Dh520. 04 336 4444

Reform, The Lakes

Four-course Christmas brunch, plus a children’s menu, festive entertainment and Father Christmas, Dh495, noon-3pm. 04 454 2638


Simon Rimmer’s Pier 7 restaurant has a four-course menu for Dh550 (Dh99 for children and free for under 5s with a couple). 052 103 0994

St Regis, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Oléa’s brunch is one for the cheese lovers: They have a room with more than 40 kinds of fromage. It’s Dh600 (Dh250 package for children 6-12). 02 498 8996

W Dubai

The Jingle Me Brunch at Level Seven has seafood, turkey and Christmas pudding for Dh495, 12.30-4pm. 04 435 5577