Queen Elizabeth 2
Have Christmas dinner in an iconic Dubai destination — The Queen Elizabeth 2 offers the Queens Grill Christmas experience, with a six-course meal of all the classics. From 7pm–11pm, Dh895 per person. Children below 7 years of age are not permitted. Cal 04 526 8888.
Brunch here for a taste of international dishes, some turkey, sea food, live cooking stations, desserts and plenty of chocolate — all with live entertainment from the Kanela Band, with Santa and a clown too! From Dh185, 1pm to 4pm. Call 06 714 5555.
Fancy an Indian meal this Christmas? Head to Khyber at Dukes Dubai for a 3-course dinner and gorgeous Dubai Marina views. From 6–11pm, Dh185. Call 04 455 1111.
Rixos the Palm
Rixos the Palm’s A la turca’s Christmas Day brunch offering includes everything from a truffle risotto and ravioli station and an outdoor live grill station, Turkish sweets, glorious cakes, a Santa Claus Meet & Greet to a piano and cello performance. Dh249. Call 04 457 5454.
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
You’ll get to have bites from across the world this Christmas at Anise at Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. There’ll be seasonal treats from eight live cooking stations, plus a display of cheeses and desserts, with live music. From 1pm to 4pm. From Dh375. Call 04 701 1127.
You’ll never forget a revolving Christmas meal — head to Dubai’s only rooftop, revolving restaurant and lounge Al Dawaar for everything from turkey, roast beef, salmon, oysters, prawns, duck and delicious desserts. Brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dh229. Dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm, from Dh279. Call 04 209 6887.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
At Flavours restaurant, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Christmas Brunch offers everything from fresh lobsters and oysters to carving stations of turkey, lamb and beef. Resident bands, a kids’ play area and Santa bring in the entertainment. From Dh350, 1pm–4pm, call 02 677 3333.
Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi
Head to the Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi’s lavish Christmas Day lunch and dinner celebrations at Kaheela restaurant or at Farmhouse with views of the magnificent Arabian Desert. There’ll also be Santa and his helpers, and a jazz band. From 12.30pm to 4.00pm. From Dh295 per person. Call 07 207 7777.
Towers Rotana Dubai
At Towers Rotana Dubai, feast on hot and cold starters, roast and turkey from a meat carving station, and festive desserts galore at Flavours on Two. Santa visit included. From 12.30 to 4pm, Dh299 per person. Call 04 312 2201.
You can head to your very own winter wonderland for Christmas Day, at the Raffles Ballroom and Raffles Garden. At brunch expect everything from freshly prepared charcuterie, fine cheese, seafood market, live cooking stations, and an extensive carvery. From 1pm to 4.30pm, Dh395. Call 04 324 8888.
Swissôtel Al Ghurair
International newcomer Liwan’s Play House at Swissôtel Al Ghurair will be holding a family-friendly brunch — look out for themed dishes and a Christmas carvery with all the trimmings, plus presents for the little ones and gingerbread decoration in the kid’s zone. From 12:30pm-4pm, Dh215 for adults. Call 04 293 3000.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
At Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche restaurant Parmigiana, you get to select your favourite antipasti from the buffet, paired with a special set menu. From Dh195, 7pm – 11pm. Call 02 813 7777.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
The Christmas Day Brunch has all the classics and trimmings, plus Waldorf Astoria culinary icons such as the Red Velvet cake, and Waldorf salad. There’ll also be live music and activities plus Santa. From Dh490 per person, 1-4pm. Call 04 818 2222.