Our ShortList of things to do this week isn’t as short as usual. Christmas in Dubai equals too much to do. There are markets, special brunches on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, new movies to see, and plenty of eating to do. Try and pack this lot in, and enjoy the celebrations!
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Act
Start the festivities early with a special Christmas Dinner Show at The Act on Christmas Eve. Expect weird and wonderful performers as well as delicious food including dishes like salmon tiradito and foie gras. The dinner costs AED495 per person for a minim of two people.
When: December 24
Where: The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 355 1116
Fort Island’s Festive Market
Madinat Jumeirah doesn’t do mediocre, and their winter market certainly is as polished and as lavish as you would expect. Set over 1,750 square metres, and surrounded by the famous Arabesque architecture, the Fort Island will be converted into a playground of ice-rinks, slides, a North Pole Train and, of course, dozens of stalls for food and handcrafts. There’s also a prodigious tree.
When: December 17-27, 3pm-12am
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Cabana comes alive on the 25th with interactive cooking stations – and chefs who’ll celebrate just as much as you – lavish food spreads in the Brazilian churrasco style, plus old school classics like eggnog and hot chocolate. It’s as close as a glamorous al fresco poolside restaurant will ever come to making you feel like you’re in a snowy log cabin, and the DJ only adds to the party atmosphere. AED295 (soft drinks), AED385 (house beverages), AED150 (children (6-11). Under 6s free.
Where: The Address Dubai Mall
Contact: +9714 888 3444