Guide to buying a Christmas tree in Dubai
Christmas is a season of smells. Cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, a turkey slow roasting in the oven and, for many, pine needles. Sometimes Christmas just isn’t Christmas until you’ve dragged a two-metre spruce into your front room and thrown coloured glass at it. You can buy the real thing in the UAE, although you might have to be quick about it. Here are the places you should try first:
Dubai Garden Centre
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 340 0006
The landmark just by Exit 42 on Sheikh Zayed Road received its shipment of Nordmann firs from Denmark this week. They are 2.5 metres and retail for AED795.
Where: Academic City
Contact: +9714 287 3323
They received their order of Fraser firs from Canada last week, the majority of which are between 2m-2.5m. Prices start at AED595.
Sultan Garden Centre
Where: Jumeirah Road
Contact: +9714 344 5544
They hadn’t received any at the time of going to press but they assured us something will come from Europe in the next week or so. Price dependent on size.
TIP: Do not purchase your real tree before December 1 as it won’t last the season. According to UK-based supplier Needlefresh, the best time is after December 9.
Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery has beautiful fake Christmas trees, for those looking for something that will last for years. You'll also find figurines and ornaments to add that warm festive finish to your home.
Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery
Where: Al Zomorrodah Building, Zabeel Road
Contact: +971 4 334 9090, www.fsrg.com