10 places to spend Christmas in Dubai

What would you rather do – stand in front of an oven armed with a thermometer and baster for six hours, or kick back with a glass of bubbles and spend time catching up with friends and loved ones? Thought so. We’ve searched the region to pick out the best places to dine on December 25, with minimum fuss and maximum fun – whether you want to dine out or order in – it’s all possible.

The Hide
Where: Al Qasr Hotel
Best for: Looking beyond turkey
What you get: Who says the big bird is the be-all and end-all of Christmas feasts? Of course, a whole roasted turkey with all the trimmings is on offer at the meatiest brunch in town, but you can also select juicy beef tenderloin or the favourite for carnivores – the Turducken, a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. All this is served with duck fat roast potatoes and veg.
Price: AED550 (soft drinks), AED650 (house beverages), AED450 (ages 12-20), AED275 (ages 4-11).
Contact: +9714 432 3232

STAY by Yannick Alléno
Where: One&Only The Palm
Best for: Blowing the budget
What you get: Chef Yannick Alléno’s bulging collection of Michelin stars is vindicated by his interpretation of the classic Christmas dinner. His epic five-course dinner menu is available on the 24th and 25th, and the menu itself is a closely guarded secret – rest assured that it will contain many traditional favourites presented in delicious ways.
Price: AED510 per person, excluding beverages. Children over 9 only.
Contact: +9714 440 1030

Where: Souk al Bahar
Best for: American pie
What you get: Nobody does Christmas like the Americans – one look at Claw’s incredibly decorated festive wonderland will be enough to prove that. This year the cool crab shack will be offering a super four-hour brunch on the 25th, with festive food, fun and drinks in the classic Claw style. Don’t forget your best Christmas jumper – the best on display wins a fantastic prize.
Price: AED229 (soft drinks), AED329 (house pours), AED399 (cocktails and shooters).
Contact: +9714 432 2300

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