DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island with a line-up of festive activities taking place throughout the holiday season. Brunch goers can enjoy an elevated experience with good food, great atmosphere and classic festive favourites played by The Anchor Bar’s resident DJ on December 18 from 4pm-8pm. The beverage package is Dh138 per person with an a la carte option available. Don’t miss out the other activities like the Exquisite Christmas Eve Dinner, Islander’s Christmas Brunch, Islander’s NYE Gala at Meze and Sanchaya Terrace, A Glamorous NYE Gala at Marjan Pool and the NYE Entertainment Programme.

For reservations, call 07 203 0000 or email: reservations_dtmarjan@hilton.com.

Radisson RED

Radisson RED has an exciting festive line-up at OUIBar + Terrace that will involve a partnership with Treats Card for a ‘Santa Paws’ festive doggy brunch, welcoming pet dogs with their human friends to wear Xmas jumpers, rejoice to the fabulous live entertainment and find several pet-friendly goodies at a festive market from 12pm-5pm. All this for Dh299 for non-members and Dh250 for Treats Card members.

Merry makers can also enjoy the All-American Diner Brunch, taking place every Friday all December from 1pm-4pm, with house beverages priced at Dh350 and Dh175 for soft drinks.

There’s also the New Year’s Eve Street Food Market between 9pm and 1am on December 31 with a live band at OUIBar. Guests can have a one last cheerio to 2020 with a matchless must try ‘We Survived – 2021 Bunch’ taking place on January 1, from 1pm- 4pm and priced at Dh350 for house beverages and Dh175 for soft drinks.

Call 04 571 4343 or email hotline@radissonred.com to book.

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s new festive food ranges include Christmas brunch options, a mouth-watering selection of finger food and cheeseboard favourites, and centrepieces, sides and desserts to make this a Christmas hassle-free. For those looking for an alternative to turkey this year, there’re 17 delicious cuts of beef and lamb sourced from trusted farms in New Zealand and chicken from the UK.

A limited time promotion is on where shoppers receive a complimentary whole chicken or chicken breast x 4 pack with any meat and poultry purchased. The chain has also teamed up with Michelin star chef Kirk Westaway to create a range of quick and delicious dishes.

Selected lines are available on the M&S Food, el Grocer, Deliveroo and NowNow apps and in-store at Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival Plaza, Mall of the Emirates, Marina Walk and The Springs Souk.

Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection

Habtoor Palace Dubai’s enchanting Winter Garden will be open daily from 5pm-12am until December 28, to ensure visitors are able to celebrate Festive season in true palatial fashion. Located in the property’s beautiful Versailles Gardens, the space will resemble a winter wonderland, providing fun festivities for all the family.

On the weekend, a jolly Santa will arrive and the evening continues with a live singer playing all the seasonal classics ensuring all guests are in the festive spirit.

To add on to the winter cheer, there will be a variety of kiosks and food stalls, serving up a delicious Yuletide of traditional delights.

Entry to the Winter Garden will be complimentary and pets will also be allowed with presence of their owners, to make sure the whole family is involved.

Award-winning restaurant World Cut Steakhouse will be hosting a sophisticated Christmas Day brunch with all the festive favourites, including traditional seafood displays, live carvings and succulent roasts complemented with house beverages.

Price: Dh550 including house beverages.

Level Seven, V Hotel Dubai is throwing family friendly Christmas Day brunch from 1pm-4.30pm with traditional Christmas favourites, Santa and a live entertainment singing all the famous Christmas tunes. Price start at Dh400 per person.

Ribs & Brews, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City has a lot planned for Boxing Day celebrations including a modern hipster Santa. Prices start at Dh220.

Contact 04 435 5577 or email dining@hiltonalhabtoorcity.com or visit alhabtoorcityhotels.com/festive.

Yalumba, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

A celebration that comes around once every 365 days just wouldn’t be complete without a meal shared among loved ones. What better place to celebrate with loved ones than at Yalumba at Le Meridien?

Christmas Eve Dinner is on from 7.30pm-11pm. Prices start from Dh199.

You can also opt for Christmas Day Brunch while dancing the day away to the tunes of DJ Kennedy on December 25, between 1pm and 4.30pm. From Dh592.

Contact 04 702 2455 or email restaurants.lmd@lemeridien.com.

Sofitel Dubai The Palm

Beneath the star-studded sky and surrounded by twinkling lights, the Sofitel Dubai The Palm collection of unparalleled experiences will envelop you in Art de Noel this festive season. You can choose from Christmas Eve steaks and grills, Christmas Day delicious brunch and even bliss out with the festive spa offers alongside many other exciting happenings. For lovers of meat, spend Christmas Eve at Porterhouse Steaks and Grills, the award-winning steakhouse on Palm Jumeirah. Diners can choose indoor seating or the adjacent terrace overlooking the resort’s beautiful lawn and swimming pool. Throughout the evening, a contemporary jazz pianist will provide the perfect soundtrack to your dining experience.

Dh350 per person. Dh175 for children 6-20 years.

Christmas cuisine can be enjoyed at the family-friendly restaurant Manava. Living up to its name, meaning ‘welcome’ in Tahitian, adults and children will be treated to a spectacular Christmas brunch. Families with little ones will also be delighted to share in the joy of this Christmas with a special line up of children’s activities which includes a (distanced) meet and greet with the man of the hour, Santa Claus. Prices start from Dh130. The Manava Family Brunch is inclusive of Pool & Beach access for the day (9am-6pm).

Contact 04 455 6677 or email H6541-RE@sofitel.com or visit sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com.

Swissotel Al Ghurair

The night before Christmas and where better to celebrate than at Swissotel’s signature dining restaurant, Liwan bringing you a lavish festive buffet with all your holiday favourites and specials like Beef Wellington and 72-hour infused thyme and coriander Salmon Gravalax. Adding to the festive feels is a performance from house Christmas choir.

Dh195 per person for adults. Children age 6-12 years enjoy half price.

There’s also a festive High Tea & Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop until December 23, from 12pm-6pm. Dh150 for two persons and two kids (inclusive of afternoon tea & two gingerbread house decorating kits).

For reservation, call 04 293 3000.

Wakame

Craving a fun night out on Christmas Eve? Enjoy the spirit of the season with your friends and family by joining Wakame on Christmas Eve for a delicious five-course set menu priced at Dh299 per person excluding drinks and available from 2pm-12am. Includes an asparagus shiso butter soup, lobster burrata salad, roast turkey, winter truffle risotto and a sticky date pudding.

Visit wakame.ae or call 04 224 6663.

Giardino in Palazzo Versace Dubai

Embark on an epicurean adventure with your loved ones with a fabulous feast at Giardino in Palazzo Versace Dubai. Commence the festivities with a variety of choices from a lavish festive buffet while taking a seat either in our indoor fashion inspired restaurant or by the pool-facing terrace. Enjoy December 24th with a dinner buffet priced at Dh330 per person from 6:30pm to 11pm. Kids below 6 years can dine free; children between 6 and 12 years can enjoy 50 per cent off.

On the December 25, indulge in a festive brunch from 1pm-4pm with live entertainment DJ/ Percussionist/Live Act and complimentary pool access at Central and West Pool. Children between 0-3 years dine free of charge while Children from 4-11 years dine at Dh262.

Dine in on December 25 with a buffet priced at Dh330 per person from 7pm-10.30pm. While kids below 6 can dine free of charge, children between 6-12 years can enjoy 50 per cent off. Groups of 10 adults and above can enjoy 10 per cent discount on total bill.

On December 26, enjoy a dinner buffet priced at Dh330 per head from 7pm-10.30pm. Children from 6-12 years get 50 per cent off, kids below 6 years dine free.

Call 04 556 8805 or email dining@palazzoversace.ae.

Akiba Dori

Akiba Dori, d3’s home to modern Japanese street-food and the famed Tokyo-Neapolitan Pizza, brings a gourmet gift of Japanese tradition to Dubai this Christmas. Guests can dig into a divine plate of four pieces of fried chicken as the star attraction – marinated overnight with umami-filled, fresh herbs and spices, fried to a perfect crisp. The golden fried chicken is accompanied by an essential bowl of house-special coleslaw and extra crispy French fries to follow.

For dessert, try a heavenly slice of traditional Hakata Cheesecake, the perfect finish to a memorable Christmas lunch.

Available at Dh99 per person till December 30 for dine-in during lunch and for delivery.

IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City

Glistening by the Dubai Creek, InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City plays host to a series of magical celebrations this festive season. Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City from 7pm-11.30pm. Relish your favourite seasonal treats in this opulent spread, including a premium collection of fresh catches from the ocean. Prices start from Dh295. For reservations, call 04 701 1111 or visit dubaifestivalcityhotels.com/festive.

You can also choose the Christmas Eve Dinner at Sirocco, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City on from 6.30pm-11pm. The buffet includes a selection of roasts, smoked salmon and turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings. Prices start from Dh99 per person. For reservation, call 04 603 5000.

There’s also a Christmas Brunch at Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City from 1 pm-4 pm. Enjoy traditional treats from eight live cooking stations, as well as an array of international cheeses and desserts. The little ones will be delighted by a visit from Santa. Prices from Dh375 per person. For reservations, call 04 701 1111.

Then there’s the Festive Picnic Pantry Brunch at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City on Christmas day from 12.30pm-4pm. Enjoy a selection of delectable treats from a one-of-a-kind walk-in pantry, premium grills from the BBQ stations. Prices starts from Dh275 per person. For reservations, call 04 701 1111.

The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah

Guests will be able to dine at the Food District, the UAE’s first licensed dine-in market at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah with no minimum spend or any set menus across the whole festive season – whether Christmas or New Year. On New Year’s Eve at midnight, the two Food District terraces will boast front-row views of a spectacular fireworks display, as a backdrop to the world’s largest fountains.

Bookings are encouraged for dinner on December 31st to ensure seating is reserved in line with Dubai Municipality’s safe spacing regulations. A credit card is required to guarantee reservations, with a Dh200 per person charge in case of no shows.

To ensure smooth, traffic-free access to The Pointe on the busiest night of the year, all visitors to the complex must purchase a Dh50 entry ticket in advance.

Contact 052 509 4783 or email food.district@nakheel.com.

Ajman Hotel

Enjoy a private festive dinner on Christmas Eve in the comfort of Ajman Hotel’s Royal Suite overlooking the Arabian Sea. Chefs have created a special menu to enhance the flavours of the season – a plethora of starters and appetisers from smoked salmon, sushi, beef Carpaccio, salad bar, gourmet cheese station to the main delicious seafood thermidor, creamy veal goulash, lamb leg Provençal and a selection of mouth-watering sweets. Royal welcome reception from 7pm; buffet service from 8pm. Price per person: Dh500.

Contact 06 714 5582, email fboffice@hotelajman.com or visit hotelajman.com.

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi

The Westin and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi will be hosting its share of events that will make everyone get into the festive season. Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin will be holding a Christmas Eve Brunch on December 24, between 6 and 11pm for Dh440 and at Dh350 with non-alcoholic beverages. Kids from 6 to 11 years enjoy brunch for Dh145.

Call 04 511 7373 or visit 03034.restaurants@westin.com.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek’s extravagant Christmas Eve dinner under the stars will make you feel right at home. Be spoilt for choice with all your Christmas favourites including live carvery stations and traditional Christmas desserts. Prices from Dh245.

There's also the SuperBrunch: Christmas Edition where over 200 dishes from the hotel’s eight award-winning restaurants will be featured and there will be plenty of live stations and delectable desserts merrily served with a warm Christmas vibe. Prices start from Dh245.

Call 04 205 7033 or email booking.diningdubaicreek@radissonblu.com for reservations.

Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

A world of festive joy with an Art De Noël theme awaits you at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. Discover a four-course Christmas Eve dinner set menu at The Nine Gastropub. Enjoy a delicious spread of British classics, crafted with seasonal flavours, from stuffed turkey with all the trimmings to Christmas puddings while sweet Christmas melodies fill the air. From 6pm to midnight.

Prices start from Dh249. À la carte menu option also available.

Christmas Day Brunch is also available at The Nine with highlights such as Turkey and Scottish Salmon, from 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Prices start at Dh249.

Call 04 281 4111 to book.

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