Okay, there might not be snow on the ground and your chin won’t be buried in a pure-wool scarf, but if you can’t enjoy a Christmas market, we reckon you can’t enjoy anything. Stalls, seasonal smells, Santas… what’s not to love? Here are five places in the UAE where you can sample some festive spirit.
Dubai Ice Rink
It probably doesn’t get more wintry than a solid block of ice, does it? The Dubai Ice Rink at The Dubai Mall will at least be covered for the duration of this market, which will run from December 16 into the New Year. There will be more than 40 stalls selling gifts and goodies, as well as live music, food and beverage stalls and, of course, Santa’s Grotto.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Dates: December 16-January 5
Swiss Christmas Market
The Swiss Business Council, Abu Dhabi has been hosting their annual Christmas market for 11 years now and it keeps getting bigger and better. Again hosted by Beach Rotana’s courtyard and sponsored by – who else? – Nestle, the Swiss-style village will be a carnival of chalets, lights, carols and an ooompah-ing Swiss folk band. Expect chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
Where: Beach Rotana
Dates: December 9-12